I was contacted by the author of this captivating novel asking if I wanted to read and write a review on it. I cannot turn down a free book, its just not in me! Before I accepted I read the description quickly on Goodreads and my first thoughts were that it seemed a really nice story, a bit different from my latest reads of Not A Word About Love and Patalosh: The Time Travellers. Now that I have read Ahoy For Joy by Keith Reilly, nice is a word not good enough to describe this book. Extraordinary is much more appropriate.
I found a competition on Goodreads for this book, The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly back in March and I was one of the lucky winners. I have been waiting patiently for it to arrive for ages and it turned up last week.
You know when you enter a competition that you really want to win, well this was one of them! I have been a huge Matthew Reilly fan for years. My older sister introduced me to his books ages ago. The first book of Reilly’s I read was Ice Station, its was a fantastic thriller with the introduction of Shane Schofield, and many other characters which turn up in his later books.
Reilly creates very strong characters which makes the books so much better to get absorbed into.
Here is a list of his books and which are on my to-read list:
Shane Scofield Novels:
- Ice Station (read)
- Area 7 (read)
- Scarecrow (read)
- Hell Island (read)
- Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves (to-read)
Jack West Jr Novels:
- Seven Ancient Wonders (read)
- The Six Sacred Stones (read)
- The Five Greatest Warriors (to-read)
Stand Alone Novels:
- Hovercar Racer (read)
- Contest (read)
- Temple (read)
- The Tournament (to-read)
- Troll Mountain (to-read)
- The Great Zoo of China (to-read)
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I received this book at the beginning of the month from a Goodreads giveaway that I won. As you probably know from my previous post (A fantastic book win – Patalosh) it came beautifully packaged and I was so eager to start reading it! It is a high quality hardback copy.
Patalosh – The Time Travellers is written by Z. Altug and Tracey Gensler. It is a novel aimed at kids around 10-12 years of age I would assume, although I was not disappointed as an adult reader. It’s a fantastically written sci-fi / fantasy time – travel adventure novel.
The plot of the story involves 10 year old Orion Spence and his adventure around space and time to find his parents who have been kidnapped by an evil emperor called Daaggerd. Orion’s companions include Sir K who is the first officer on their airship Exploricus, Pen the penguin and a host of other little buddies that they pick up on their travels.
Orion is a very brave chap and goes through a lot to rescue his parents. His quest to help him find his parents starts with finding 7 keys across all the continents in different time periods, to open the Ancient Book of Spells. The clues to the keys discovery hide in his medallion that only he can read.
One thing that I really adore about the book is the authors creation of a new world called Patalosh. Orion’s parents are Taloshians from Patalosh and have special powers but Orion is a ‘non’ Taloshian and is a regular kid from Earth.
The book contains many illustrations throughout which is fantastic for the imagination of a kid. There are 73 chapters which are fairly short but perfect for keeping the attention of younger readers. Some of my favourite parts of the book are the additional information sections that have been included. These range from a guide to the Exploricus and Orion’s family tree, to a Patalosh Pumpkin Pie recipe!
Once I got into the book I kept referring back to the front cover image and wondered why there were pumpkins on the front cover. This confused me for a while, until I reached chapter 41 and Orion describes how much the people of Patalosh love pumpkins and pumpkin pie.
The only thing about the book I didn’t quite like was the amount of characters that kept being introduced throughout the book and they were not being developed enough. I found it easy to forget them after a while.
The ending of the book I quite liked, it did seem to end with what I think would be further development for future books in the series. These I would love to read!
I would definitely re-read the book again one day. It was great fun! When I was a kid I would have loved to have found an adventure book like this one.
That is why I am giving Patalosh -The Time Travellers 4 stars out of 5.
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These are my latest competition wins that have arrived. I love the signed football shirt! Its from a Twitter win with Capital One and the team is Swindon FC. I absolutely adore little wins like these that are special.
My next one is a cute little love hearts air freshener from Evan Halshaw on Twitter. It smells gorgeous! I was only going to buy one the other day as well, so luck was definitely on my side.
I have to say most of my wins come from Twitter, but then that is my preferred social media site. My Twitter handle is @RachelBustin if you want to pop over and say hi to me over there! I spend many hours a day on there catching up on book news, entering competitions, reading new posts from my favourite bloggers and catching up on news in general. I have been on Twitter since 2009 and have loved every minute of it!. It is the quickest way to enter competitions, with most only needing a retweet. When you are time short (like me!) it’s ideal! I enter loads when I’m on my lunch breaks at work!
I won the book Techbitch by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza in the photo from a Goodreads giveaway. It’s a chick-lit novel about Imogen Tate who is editor-in-chief of Glossy magzine, returning from a sabatical to find someone else in her job. I see a lot of rivalry and fighting going to happen here hence the name Techbitch!
I received this beautiful perfume sample through the post yesterday. It’s called La Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraiche by Guerlain Paris. The scent is exquisite, flowery with a pistachio note. It is one I would definitely go out and buy. I love perfume samples, they are ideal testers to see if the scent suits you before you go out and buy the full size bottle.
I won these gorgeous eye shadows from Twitter as well! They are a collection of Next eye shadows. I normally always wear brown shades so will come in very useful. The quality of the shadow is fairly good but after a few hours I did notice some cracking on my eye lids. I don’t normally buy makeup from Next preferring brands like Rimmel that specialize in makeup, but I will make use of them.
So that’s my mid week catch up for you on competition wins. Don’t forget you can follow me on Bloglovin to keep up to date on my latest posts on, books, gardening and my competition wins.
I was given an electronic copy of Missing Gretyl: Only Fools and Trollops by the author Si Page to read on my Kindle. I thought it would be a very different book to try from my normal types of book, so was very excited to give it a go! I was not disappointed!
The book is about Gretyl Trollop and her long suffering husband Albert, and the Soddall family. Their lives intertwine later on in the book and it was fun discovering how that happened! But for now I’ll tell you a little bit about the plot.
Gretyl and Albert live in a block of flats in the East End, London, and Albert has a little garden allotment that is his escape from Gretyl. Gretyl spends her time going to car boots, collecting frogs, wearing wigs, complaining, acting like she has no money and generally annoying everyone she comes into contact with! She is an over the top character that you can’t help but learn to love.
The Soddall family are from an estate in Essex and are always looking to make quick easy money through some dodgy get rich scheme. They are Sharon, Dave and son Kevin who is the smart one in the family. Dave is on the look out for a “new scam to put them on the map” and they come up with a fantastic idea along with a crooked family friend, which eventually ends up involving Gretyl and Albert, Poncy Bridge and Marbella, but I don’t want to spoil that for you! You are in for a treat!
On a slightly negative note the book started off slow for me and took me a while to get into the character’s especially Gretyl. Who I didn’t really like at first but she grew on me with her eccentric and roguish ways, the further I got into the book. One of the best bits of the book is Gretyl’s waxing situation. I laughed so much it gave me stitches in my side!
Its an ideal read if you only read in small bursts which is what I did, as Its divided into little chapters that are easy to pick up. A book I will definitely read again! A very British sense of humour is needed for this book which will leave you laughing all the way till the end. A fantastic comedy novel from a brilliant writer!
You can also catch my review on Goodreads
I won this gorgeous book with a Goodreads giveaway on the 31st March and it arrived on the 8th April. It has travelled a long way from Los Angeles, California to Cornwall, United Kingdom but was wonderfully packaged so arrived undamaged.
The book is called Patalosh – The Time Travellers by Z Altug and Tracey Gensler and is aimed at children 8-12 ish. I received a hardback copy which has a very eye catching cover with a huge orange pumpkin on the front. The story is from an adventure-fantasy genre, based around the main character who is 10 year old Orion Spence. Orion must save his family, who are a captain and an officer on a time-travelling spaceship that have been kidnapped by an evil emperor.
I know it seems to be aimed mainly at children but with myself being a big kid I think adults could enjoy it as well!