Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Thursday, 20 October 2011
Laurel has always lived as an ordinary girl - but now something is happening to her. Something magical.
In this enchanting tale of magic, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

Publishers: HarperCollins
Publishing Year: 2009
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Romance
Recommended Age: 11+
Source: Library
Rating: 5/5

When I saw this in my school library, I don't know why, but I just had to have it. I think part of me went, oh look at that pretty cover! but another part of me really wanted it for some reason, and yesterday, when I was browsing through my old posts I came across it in one of my wishlists posts! I am glad to say that this book didn't disappoint. I loved it!
I loved the storyline, characters, the writing style, just everything!
The storyline included faeries and I was actually quite excited about that part, since I'd never read a novel with faeries in it, and what the synopsis states is true, faeries are not what you think they are going to be in this novel!
The characters are well written and play great parts in the story, but my favourites probably have to be Laurel (the main character) and Tamani. Laurel had just the right personality and I really liked her from the start. She's brave, loyal and a faery! I do not really want to go into much detail about Tamani, because if I do I will probably reveal spoilers.

I give this 5/5 because I just found it a great read. I really, really, really hope you will read this, I would say it is a must! I'm actually going to order the sequels, that is how good it is!

Rachel xx :)

PS: To everyone out there that has read this book, are you Team David or Team Tamani? I'm Team Tamani! :D

Booktastic Reviews is One!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011
I feel so ashamed! Booktastic Reviews is now one whole year old and I never posted on the birthday day :( I am very proud of this blog and I am missing posting on it! :'( I'd just like to thank everyone of my followers! :D
Happy (Very) Belated Birthday Booktastic Reviews!

Rachel xx :)

PS: Has anyone read Lucas by Kevin Brooks? It's a great book, you should try it! Really sad :'(

Win a Limited Edition Bookmark

Tuesday, 13 September 2011
The time has come for the final giveaway. Fill in the following form for your chance to win a limited edition Justin Thyme bookmark! I hope you all enter, I want loads of entries since it's my last giveaway :D You have until next Monday - 6pm - to enter, good luck!

Rachel xx :)

PS: A picture of the bookmark can be found in a previous post about an online scavenger hunt. It really is a fancy bookmark! :)

Day of Vengeance by Johnny O'Brien

Monday, 12 September 2011
Schoolboy time-traveller Jack Christie is thrown back to 1940s Nazi-occupied France. With the Battle of Britain and the German Vengeance programme underway, the Second World War is at a crucial point. Jack and his best friend Angus take a more senior role in VIGIL's attempts to prevent intervention in history, attempting to stop the Revisionists from their highly volatile nuclear plan to stop the war. With spitfire dogfights, jeep races and thrilling chases, the boys have their most hair-raising adventure yet, including involvement in an assassination attempt on Hitler himself...

Edition: Templar, September 2011, Proof copy
Note/s: Book #3 in the Jack Christie Adventures novels
Source: Templar Publisher
Rating: 2/5

When I was contacted by the publisher to review this book, I wasn't completely sure that it was my thing, and after reading a good load of the book I began to wonder if I, in fact, was right.

I found the beginning boring and I was actually thinking about putting the book down but then it suddenly picked up and I found myself absorbed in the action. I also found it a little confusing because I don't know much about weapons or planes.

I bet you're all now thinking, well this book doesn't sound that good then I feel I ought to tell you that one enjoyable factor that I found kept me reading was the characters. The two main characters, Jack and Angus are caught up in the middle of a feud between two teams, The Revisionists and VIGIL. Jack's dad (along with some help) had managed to create a time machine, the Tauras, so they (the Revisionists) could travel back in time and prevent past disasters. VIGIL, on the other hand feel that it is too dangerous for people to re-write history so they try to stop them. Jack and Angus side with VIGIL, but, naturally, they usually end up in the past.

My favourite character in this book is Sophie. She meets Jack and Angus when they end up in the past. She's the exact brave, determined, butt-kicking girl any female reader would admire. She's similar to Angus. He too is adventurous, and brave. Jack is slightly more cautious and scared but he can shine in certain situations.

I recommend this book to readers 12+ who like weapons, action and a splash of history. Even though, I personally feel that it is just slightly more aimed at boys, if you're a girl who likes the sound of it go ahead! I love the Alex Rider novels, even though stereotypically it looks like it's for boys, so it's all about finding the books for you.

Rachel xx :)

Interview with Author G.C Naffin

Friday, 2 September 2011
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I have always loved writing, though it didn’t dawn on me for quite a while that I may be able to take it to the level of publication. When Iwas younger, I would write stories about horses because that’s what I knew best. Now I’ve been able to finesse my love of fantasy and horses into the same story.

What do you hope to achieve with your book?
I will settle for anything. I love hearing from people that they’ve read Defiance and enjoyed it and I hope I can continue to hear that for a long time. To be able to share a story I’ve created is a wonderful and very rewarding experience.

Who is your favourite character?
Declan. He’s a joy to write because he is surrounded by so many enigmas and shady secrets. When I introduced him in Defiance, I thought he would be a temporary character. As the story progressed, I quickly discovered that he held an important position for everyone – the characters and the readers. Very much the loner with an attitude, Declan always has something up his sleeve that may put him in the position of being the bad guy, but I can assure you that there is much more to him than that!

Have you got any ideas for future books?
I’m currently writing the second book in The Successor Series and hope to continue the series after that. Once the series has been finished, I can see myself writing more about Iledora and Vivian’s reign, but from another perspective.

If you could choose any super power what would it be?

To see the future, and plan accordingly!

Do you have any passions/interests other than writing?
I own a horse and he takes up a great part of my daily activities. I’m also a runner and spend much of my time training for races that fund research for illnesses or children in need. But aside from being a fitness fanatic, I enjoy photography and baking.

Quick Fire Questions:

Favourite Colour? Blue.
Favourite Animal? Horses! They have been my life since I was seven or eight and things haven't changed.
Reading or Writing? Writing. That's my problem. I do more writing than reading and my ideas all dry up because I'm never doing anything else!
Television or Computer? You could break my TV in half and I'd never notice. I would go crazy without my computer, though!
Hardback or Paperback? Paperback. Bendable covers!

Justin Thyme Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, 31 August 2011
To celebrate the paperback release of JUSTIN THYME, the Tartan of Thyme Blog is running a competition with signed/doodled copies of both JUSTIN THYME and its forthcoming sequel THYME RUNNING OUT as the prize.

All readers have to do is visit the participating blogs, note down the letters and numbers on the Justin Thyme bookmarks (see photos), then rearrange the letters in numerical order. This spells a secret message (Justin’s description of himself). Visit the TOT blog to find links to all participating blogs, and to email your answer. The competition will close on September 7th, when a winner (picked at random from the correct entries) will be announced.

Rachel xx :)

Rémy Brunel and The Ocean of Light by Sharon Gosling (Chapter #4 Review)

Sunday, 14 August 2011
No-one performs on the circus trapeze like sixteen-year-old Rémy Brunel. But when the circus closes for the night, Rémy leads another life, as a cat burglar and jewel thief. Forced by the evil circus owner Gustave to attempt the theft of one of the world's most valuable diamonds, Rémy thinks it will be just another heist, but when she meets determined young detective Thaddeus Rec, her life changes forever. Will Thaddeus manage to rescue the jewel from Rémy’s nimble fingers? Or is it really Rémy that he needs to save?

Fiction Express | Previous Chapter Reviews: Chapter #1, Chapters #2 & #3

Chapter 3 ended with us in Scotland Yard, wondering if Thaddeus was going to punch Collins (who was supposed to be arresting him) and escape. Now, in this chapter, a new character suddenly comes in and knocks Collins out and him and Thaddeus escape. He's known simply as the Professor. Rémy and J are also in this chapter, they are checking out Lord Abernathy's house. I quite enjoyed this chapter, but beware, the end finishes in yet another cliffhanger where Rémy is caught by Thaddeus... | Chapter Rating: 4/5

Rachel xx :)

PS: A review of Angel might be posted up today, so keep a look out!

In My Mailbox #4 and #5

Sunday, 7 August 2011
IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren where readers can share what books they received throughout the week.
Yet again, this is another catch-up post because of my holiday. I am showing you all the books I've recieved throughout the past two weeks.

Angel by L.A Weatherly
Jack Christie Adventures: Day of Vengeance by Johnny O'Brien (ARC)
Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

There is a lovely little book and card shop where I was on holiday so, being the typical reader I am, I went inside to explore. When I saw Dead Beautiful, I knew I just had to have it, so obviously, I went and got my money. Then I saw Angel and thought, why not? You can't go into a book shop and expect only one book to catch your eye, can you? I also received an ARC copy of Day of Vengeance for a blog tour in September, so keep your eye out for a review!

What did you all get in your mailboxes?

Rachel xx :)

Rémy Brunel and The Ocean of Light by Sharon Gosling (Reviews of Chapters #2 and #3)

Saturday, 6 August 2011
Since I was on holiday when the second chapter of this ebook came out, I am going to put both reviews of chapters two and three (published last night) in the same post.
Fiction Express | Review of Rémy Ch #1

No-one performs on the circus trapeze like sixteen-year-old Rémy Brunel. But when the circus closes for the night, Rémy leads another life, as a cat burglar and jewel thief. Forced by the evil circus owner Gustave to attempt the theft of one of the world's most valuable diamonds, Rémy thinks it will be just another heist, but when she meets determined young detective Thaddeus Rec, her life changes forever. Will Thaddeus manage to rescue the jewel from Rémy’s nimble fingers? Or is it really Rémy that he needs to save?

Chapter #2 Review...
When the first chapter finished, we were left on a cliffhanger, one in which Rémy was facing being caught. Luckily she did manage to escape but don't be too disappointed, there is more mystery and action thrown into this chapter just to keep you on your toes! I also got a very, very, very small hint that there might be a bit of romance in this novel, anyone agree with me? Also, in this chapter, you find out a very big plot twist but, you've guessed it, you are still kept in the shadows. Teasing or what? | Chapter Rating: 5/5

Chapter #3 Review...
Woah, Chapter 3 is just...woah! I can't believe they accused Thaddeus! I would go into more detail about what I was just rambling about but if I did it would be a spoiler.
In this chapter Rémy has to escape, now she has to figure out what she's going to do, how will she get the real Ocean of Light?
Another character is introduced in this chapter too, a boy call J. He lets spill some very interesting and probably helpful information about, who Rémy thinks is the one in possesion of the diamond... | Chapter Rating: 5/5

My vote is cast and I can't wait for the next chapter to come out, some questions need to be answered!

Rachel xx :)

So Long

Thursday, 28 July 2011
Yes, yes, I'm leaving for a little island tomorrow for a week! Sorry to all of my amazing followers but I might have to desert you for the seven days :( I'm not sure if where I'm going has internet or even if I'm taking my laptop with me, but if I don't then there's possibly not going to be anymore posts until next Friday. I'm going to miss commenting on all my favourite blogs but I will try and catch up on all the posts/book reviews I miss!

Happy Reading,
Rachel xx :)

Interview with Author Rachel Higginson

Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Today I am very glad to welcome talented author, Rachel Higginson to Booktastic Reviews! After reading only the first of her ebooks in the The Star-Crossed Series, Reckless Magic (review here) I am hooked and can not wait to read the next in the four-part series, Hopeless Magic.

Where did you get the inspiration for The Star-Crossed Series?
That's a really good question. I had been reading a lot of fantastic young adult paranormal stuff and was actually inspired by great writers. But I also wanted a very strong female character, someone who would fall in love but have a bigger destiny. When I sat down to write Reckless Magic, I had an entirely different intention and idea in mind, but Eden just came to life in front of me and once she was there, the rest of the story fell into place.

If you could meet any of your characters, who would it be and why?
I would love to meet Eden! I wrote her as sort of an exaggerated version of myself and I think it would be so fun to get to know her. I would also love to spend a Friday night with Avalon and his team, Jericho, Titus, Xander and Xavier. I think we would have the best time and they would probably get me into all kinds of trouble, like cow-tipping!

If you could have any supernatural power, what would it be - it can be any of the four magic groups in your novels?
They would all be great to have! But if I had to pick one... I think it would have to be shape-shifting! Wouldn't it be great to get to be something entirely different for a day? I would shift into some tiger or something and spend the day in the jungle getting a totally different perspective on the world!

Have you always wanted to be a writer, if so, what sort of genre did you write as a child?
I have always been a writer, journaling or short stories, or different endings to stories that I didn't like. I really have always written. I remember as a fourth grader, I wrote a play that was a sequel to Alice in Wonderland and then I had all of the neighborhood children in the middle of the street in costume, acting it out! In junior high, I really found my niche in poetry. I had notebooks full of poetry. I really feel like writing down all of my thoughts in a creative way helped me to figure out who I was and what I wanted out of life. It was very self-defining.

Do you have a favourite place to write? Any necessities you need while writing?
Alone! I have three little kids and so anytime I can find and hour or two by myself turns into my favorite place to write! And I absolutely must have chocolate when writing!! If I sit down at the computer without it, it's not long before I'm up again rummaging through cabinets looking for something chocolate! If it has caramel inside, all the better!

Quick Fire Questions:

Dark Chocolate or white chocolate? Dark, most definitely. But I'm not one to turn down any kind of chocolate.
Printed or ebook? Oh, can I cheat and say both? Nothing beats curling up with a book in hand and reading it straight through, but ebooks are so life-changing! It's too hard to choose.
Favourite animal? Elephants! And in Hopeless Magic, there is a great chapter where Eden gets to ride elephants and I am so jealous!
Favourite colour? Pink. I am a girly girl to the core!

Rachel xx :)

PS: My friend, Zoe from Bookhi has now got a facebook page. Click HERE to go see it, make sure to like it though! Booktastic Reviews has got one too, make sure to go see that by clicking HERE. Thank you :D

In My Mailbox #3

Sunday, 24 July 2011
IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren where readers can share what books they received throughout the week.

Ebooks Gifted By Author For Review...
House Trap by Mike Mauthor - This book had recently been showing up on a few book blogs I read so when the author contacted me I decided that I would give it a go because of the great reviews and that I haven't ever really read a thriller novel before. I hope I enjoy it as much as some of the other bloggers have! :D

What did you all get in your mailboxes?

Rachel xx :)

Reckless Magic by Rachel Higginson

Saturday, 23 July 2011
Goodreads Summary
16 year old Eden Matthews has been in and out of private schools for the last two years. She can't seem to stop herself from closing them down. Kingsley is her last chance to finish high school and the last private school willing to accept her. She is focused on just getting through graduation until she realizes Kingsley is not like the other private schools she's been to. The students may be different, but so is she. And after meeting Kiran Kendrick, the boy who won't leave her alone and seems to be the source of all of her problems, she is suddenly in a world that seems more make-believe than reality. To top it off, she is being hunted by men who want to kill Kiran and her best friend Lilly is taken away to a foreign prison. Eden finds herself right in the middle of an ancient war, threatening everything she loves. She alone has to find a way to save her best friend and the boy who has captivated her heart. Reckless is an intricate story about mystery, adventure, magic and forbidden love. Eden Matthews is an unlikely heroine determined to save the world and be with her one, true love before it's too late.

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publishers: Kindle & Smashwords
Recommended Age: 13+
Notes: Use of mild swearing
Rating: 5/5

Where can I begin? I absolutely loved this book! I loved the plot, the characters, the style of writing... everything!
The main character, Eden Matthews is just your usual "freak" but when she is introduced to her own world - a world that had been kept a secret from her - she finds that the people are just like her. When I found out that it was written in first person I was a little bit sceptical because I usually read third person novels but I actually enjoyed reading Eden's thoughts and opinions. It gave you a better insight as to what kind of person she was. I loved the fact she's determined and slightly stubborn as well as brave and opinionated. The perfect main character for this novel.
Since I have already mentioned that the writing is in first person, I suppose I don't have to go into much detail. Basically, it's told by a teenage girl with a load of personality.
I really hope I can get my hands of the next book in this four-part series (The Star-Crossed Series), Hopeless. Thank you so much to the fantastic author Rachel Higginson who gave me the opportunity to read this!
I hope I've got the message across about just how much I love this book and I hope that you have obtained from this review that you simply must go and read it.

Rachel xx :)

Review - Rémy Brunel and the Ocean of Light Ch1

Friday, 22 July 2011
No-one performs on the circus trapeze like sixteen-year-old Rémy Brunel. But when the circus closes for the night, Rémy leads another life, as a cat burglar and jewel thief. Forced by the evil circus owner Gustave to attempt the theft of one of the world's most valuable diamonds, Rémy thinks it will be just another heist, but when she meets determined young detective Thaddeus Rec, her life changes forever. Will Thaddeus manage to rescue the jewel from Rémy’s nimble fingers? Or is it really Rémy that he needs to save?

Author: Sharon Gosling
Publisher: Fiction Express
Chapter Rating: 5/5

Before I go into my review I would just like to tell you of how I will review this e-book. Basically, each week, a new chapter of this book will come out so I will be reviewing each chapter separately. Click on the Fiction Express link to go check this e-book out. The first chapter is free!

When I first heard about this book I instantly thought "is this my type of thing?" but, now having read the first chapter and got a little taster of it, I think it will be! I was instantly intrigued and was very glad when it got straight into a little suspense and action!
The main character, Rémy Brunel, is very likeable, even though she's a jewel thief! There's just something about her that you immediately like.
I really can't wait to see what happens, I'm impatiently awaiting the next chapter!

Rachel xx :)

The Harry Potter Depression Can STOP!

This Saturday teams from Random House will be handing out copies of the international bestseller, The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice Book #1) by John Flanagan at Odeon Glasgow Quay, Cineworld Sheffield, Odeon Manchester Trafford Centre, Cineworld Nottingham and Odeon Wimbledon. These FREE books will be handed out around the Harry Potter screening times, so be on the look out! :D

Rachel xx :)

PS: You can now find Booktastic Reviews on Facebook! :)

In My Mailbox #2

Sunday, 17 July 2011
IMM is hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren where readers can share what books they received throughout the week.

Ebook Gifted by Author for Review...
Crushed by K.C Blake

The Noah sisters rule Titan High with their beauty, brains, and magical powers.
Each year they play a game: Crushed. They choose their targets and blow enchanted dust into the boys' faces, charming them. Now they'll do whatever the witches ask them to do. Each successfully completed task performed by the boy makes the witch's power grow stronger, and whoever has the most power at the end of the game wins. But this year is going to be different. Kristen picks the wrong boy and almost dies that same day.
There's something off about Zach Bevian. He doesn't behave like the other boys do under the spell. Although he complies with Kristen's demands, there is always a flicker of resentment in his eyes. Confused, Kristen doesn't know what to think. Zach is hot and then cold, hostile towards her and then flirting with her. Does he hate her, or is he falling for her? Is he trying to kill her, or is he trying to save her?

This book sounds fab! What a great idea for a novel, don't you think? I can't wait to get on to reading this! :D
What did you all get in your mailboxes?

Rachel xx :)

Guest Post by Author Samantha Boyette

Saturday, 16 July 2011
I’ve been writing for years, it’s almost like therapy for me. Last year I finally started to get serious about it, sending out some short stories and entering writing contests. Low and behold I actually won a contest! It was the 2010 writing contest, and I won with my book Prime which is in the limbo process of finding publication. While waiting for that to happen, I decided to jump on the ebook band wagon with another book that is close to my heart, Morning Rising.

At it’s core this YA fantasy novel was inspired by a friend’s issues with drugs, and the ups and downs that had on her life and everyone around her. Of course this book is a fantasy, so it’s not straight up an issues book or anything. Instead, it follows Kara, who thought her best friend Dylan was just a normal, messed up teenage girl, until they were both pulled into the world of Inbetween. There she discovers that Dylan is a princess from the Daylands, and Kara is her Guardian. They were both sent to the human world to hide Dylan from Demitar, the ruler of Inbetween, who wants to claim her because she was born of light and darkness. Whichever side she chooses, she will become their most powerful ally. As her Guardian, Kara is the only one who can help Dylan choose the side of light.

Until reaching Inbetween, Kara has always been Dylan’s sidekick, going along with whatever she says and doing her best to keep Dylan from killing herself with too many drugs. In Inbetween, Kara begins to realize she is more than a sidekick, that she’s always been the one looking out for Dylan. As new friends show her respect for being a Guardian, she begins to take on more of a leader role, becoming stronger in who she is and what she wants.

Morning Rising is available for only .99 cents on both the Nook and Kindle now! You can read the first two chapters on my website:

Thank you for posting, Samantha!

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

Thursday, 14 July 2011
Roran was left with next to nothing when his cousin, Eragon suddenly fled Carvahall. Now, the enemy has come looking for him, the enemy Eragon had flown off to pursue. With no other choice but to flee, Roran goes off to search for safety and help.
Meanwhile, Eragon has travelled to Ellesmera with Saphira for his training as a Rider, but danger is steadily catching up...

Edition: Corgi 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Pages: 668
Recommended Age: 13+
Source: RHCB
Rating: 2/5

I really wanted to enjoy this book, but I have to be honest, it wasn't as good as the first one. It got to confusing and after a while, I started to get a little tired of it.
The start did seem promising as it went straight into the action but afterward I was just to confused that I didn't settle into the novel as I would have liked. Overall you do sort of get the main points and all but it's the little things in books that you want to know. The language is really descriptive but I just wasn't advanced enough to understand some of it.
Judging my review so far, you're probably thinking she never enjoyed this novel at all but at some parts, I did. For example, there is a BIG twist near the end which you can't helped but be amazed by. I also enjoyed finding out more about the characters and reading about Roran.
My favourite characters pretty much remained the same (Arya and Saphira), but this time another character was introduced that I found in my favour. I don't want to say anything though because it would be a MAJOR spoiler.
Arya, the elf that Eragon seems to be falling for, has now accompanied Saphira, Orik and Eragon back to her city, Ellesmera (oh yeah, and there's another twist somewhere in there too...) and you get to see her personality blossom.
I give this book the rating of 2/5 because I feel it wasn't absolutely terrible, but OK. I would have liked to have given this a higher mark but at the end of the day, in my opinion, this book just wasn't what I had hoped.

Rachel xx :)

PS: If you ever read any book I review and want to state your view on the "twists" of the story but don't want to ruin the book for others that might be interested by posting in the comments, feel free to email me at booktasticreviews(at)gmail(dot)com :)

Guest Post by Book Blogger Zoe

Tuesday, 12 July 2011
There are many different genres and for me, the perfect book has a splash of everything! In this post I will talk to you about my favourites in each genre.
Genres are important in books because not each one suits everyone. If every book in the world consisted of fantasy it might get slightly boring after a while. If a certain book contains all different ranges, then it will probably be more interesting. However, this isn't always the case. I also enjoy books with one specific genre running all the way through. Below are a few genres and my favourite books in them:

Action: When I Was Joe by Keren David
Humour: Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
Fantasy: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Romance: The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Adventure: Harry Potter series
Chick Lit: Swapped By A Kiss by Luisa Plaja
Mystery: Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie
Historical: Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
Non-Fiction: Anne Frank's Diary

I recommend you read all of these, or just read the ones suited to your interests. Finally, I would like to say thank you to Rachel for having me today for the guest post. I love her blog, and I think everyone should read it! Booktastic Reviews is one of my favourite blogs, and always will be.

Thanks Zoe. You're too sweet! I have read Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling, Swapped by a Kiss by Luisa Plaja and Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian and I recommend all of them too! If you would like to visit Zoe's amazing blog, click HERE.

In My Mailbox #1

Sunday, 10 July 2011
IMM is hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. It is where book lovers can share what books they received throughout the week. This week I got some amazing books! Yay! :D

Ebooks Gifted by Author to Review...
Reckless Magic by Rachel Higginson - Can't wait to read!
Defiance by G.C Naffin - This looks fab! I LOVE this cover!

Printed Copies For Review Gifted by RHCB...
Eragon by Christopher Paolini (review here)
Eldest by Christopher Paolini
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

I hope my first IMM post was OK. What did you all get in your mailboxes?

Rachel xx :)

Review - Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Thursday, 7 July 2011
Abandoned by his mother as a baby and put into the care of his Uncle Garrow, Eragon is a simple farm boy, nothing more, nothing less. One day when out hunting for his family, Eragon comes across a large blue stone. Thinking that this stone could buy some meat for his family, Eragon takes it home. During one night the stone begins to crack and before he knows what is happening, Eragon is holding a baby dragon. Not long after the dragon appears strange things begin to happen to the village, leaving Eragon with a dangerous quest and great responsibility...

Edition: 2011 (New Covers), Corgi (RHCB)
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Pages: 497
Recommended Age: 13+
Source: RHCB
Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Brimming with magic, adventure and action, I found Eragon a very enjoyable read. The thing that stunned me the most with this book was the fact that the author had written it when he was only 15 years old! The style of writing in this book you would expect from an extremely talented adult but to think that it was only a person slightly older than me is just amazing!
The characters in this book are very well described and each have their own part in adding to the book. The main character, Eragon, is brave, determined and very likeable. Apart from Eragon and Arya (an elf), my favourite character was the dragon, Saphira. Even though in this book the highest she ages is only a few months, she is very wise, fiery and determined. I love the fact that she sometimes has to keep Eragon behaving and how she protects him from danger.
As I said before, the writing style used in this book amazed me. Nevertheless, I did find myself not knowing what certain (and I'm probably going to sound very childish here) big words meant. I'm not sure if that was because they were made up or because I had just never heard of them. I also found myself rather confused with the names of places, but in my defense, a lot of places were mentioned. I just found it hard to remember which place had what and whether it was good or bad, etc.
I score this book 3/5 because the ideas in this novel are unique and overall I did enjoy reading it. This might look like a bad mark but I reassure you it isn't. I recommend this book to people that can stand a lengthy novel.
I would just like to extend my thanks to the person (you know who you are) who sent me this book and the two other sequels. I can not wait until I delve into the pages of the next in the Inheritance Cycle novels, Eldest.

Rachel xx :)

PS: Can you leave a comment. I have been feeling a little lonely on the comment side of things...

Nikolas and Co: A Creature Most Foul by Kevin McGill (Review of First 100 pages)

Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Nick wants one thing, only one thing, and that is to go home. He has had enough of living with drones and a mum and dad who aren't normal, he wants to go back to his home planet. So when his Grand turns up after a mysterious incident involving his parents and tells him everything about his real life, Nick suddenly finds himself with a destiny greater than he had ever imagined...

Genre: Fantasy
Recommended Age: 12+
Publishers/Source: Aero Studios
Release Date: 15 September 2011
Notes: First 130 pages (approx.) reviewed
Rating: 4/5

I liked it. Fantasy and adventure are my two favourite genres so when I figured that this novel had meshed the two of them together, well my opinion was set.
There are a lot of characters in this book and at the start of the book I was wondering if that would be a problem but after a while I began to remember who was who and what their personalities were like. All the characters have very different personalities which I found a good quality because you get to see how they handle certain situations. I haven't got a favourite character because I was reviewing only part of the book which didn't give me enough time to find one.
If I had to critisize this novel then I would say I was a little confused at a part near the beginning but overall I did enjoy this book and would happily read the next part. The book might be a little fast paced for some people but I actually liked the pace. It never spent three chapters to set the scene, it introduced you to the characters and then went straight into the adventure.

Rachel xx :)

PS: I have permission to email this PDF copy to anyone that would like it so please email me at booktasticreviews(at)gmail(dot)com and I will happily send it to you as an attachment via email. It is only the first 130 pages though, just the same as what I was given. Don't hesitate to email me if you would like to read this! :D


Sunday, 3 July 2011
Sorry I've been neglecting you all once again but I've been kind of busy enjoying the rare sunshine since it's the summer holidays and all...
Currently I am reading an ebook, and as some of you will probably know, ebooks take a little more time than printed books. I hope I can post a review up soon but unfortunetly I can't promise it.
In the meantime, why don't you go to my BRAND NEW daily blog HERE and browse through the posts. I hope you all follow and comment on it!

Thanks for being the best followers!
Rachel xx :)

PS: If you're reading this now and are not following, I strongly advise you to think about it... hehe! :D

Nikolas and Co: A Creature Most Foul - Sneak Peek

Thursday, 16 June 2011
Author: Kevin McGill
Publishers: Aero Studios
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: 15 September 2011
Trailer: Click Here to see it

Stay tuned for a review of the first 100 pages!

Rachel xx :)

Interview with Author Cathy Cassidy!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Everybody has heard of Cathy Cassidy, right? Probably! She's had tons of best sellers and I am pretty sure that the majority of you reading this will have read at least one of her books (if not, don't worry, just go pick one up from your local library!).
I was so happy when she agreed to answer some of my questions and I hope you are just as happy reading them and hopefully, just hopefully, you'll find something out that you never knew about this fantastic author :o)

If you got the chance to spend a day with any character in any of your books, who would it be and why?
Probably Scarlett. I was quite quiet and shy at school, more like Jude or Hannah, so it would be brilliant to spend a day with someone like Scarlett who is brave and bright and fiery!

My favourite book is Lucky Star, where did you get your inspiration for that book?
Lucky Star was written to give the character Mouse, who first appeared as a small boy in my first book Dizzy, the happy ending I thought he deserved. So many readers wrote asking for a sequel or to find out what happened next to Mouse that I couldn't resist jumping ahead a few years and writing a book from his viewpoint. Mouse is still my favourite character of all!

Where do you like to write?
I work on Mac laptop so technically I can write anywhere, but my fave place to work is in the writing shed in my garden. It's very pretty as sheds go, and has no phone or internet so no interruptions! In the winter it's a bit cold, so then I snuggle up indoors, usually on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate at my side for extra inspiration!

If you could chose a super power, what would it be and why?
The power to grant wishes...

Did you write as a child - what did you usually write about?
Everything! Adventure, ponies, sailing, Victorian ladies, boarding school... it didn't matter that I knew next to nothing about any of those things! As a teen I wrote about boys, boys and more boys...

Are you working on a new book right now, if so, can you tell us a little bit about it?
I am just beginning the plotting for the third book in the Chocolate Box Girls series, Summer's Dream. It's early days, but I will say that it will be an exciting summery read with a few shocks and surprises hidden away in there...

How does it feel to know you are one of the most admired authors in the world?
I do know I have the coolest readers ever, and they are very loyal, and that means a huge amount to me. For me, just being able to earn a living writing books is a dream come true. I know I am very, very lucky.

Quick Fire Questions:

Favourite Animal? Llama.
Favourite Take-a-way? Indian.
Favourite Colour? Moss green.
Favourite Type of Music? Indie rock.

A big shout-out to CC for letting me interview her! :D

Rachel xx :)

The Books of Beginning #1 - The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

Sunday, 12 June 2011
Kate, Michael and Emma think they are just plain ordinary. Nothing special. But when they come across a mysterious book in a mysterious orphanage that has the power to transport them back to the past, they realise their destiny is far more greater than any of them could ever have imagined, and way more dangerous too...

Genre: Adventure/Fantasy/Mystery
Edition: Doubleday, Hardback, 2011
Recommended Age: 10+
Source: Bought
Notes: Book 1 out of 3
Rating: 4/5

Woah. This book is good. Crammed full of action, adventure, fantasy and mystery, this novel has the whole package!
The main characters, Kate, Michael and Emma P. have their own very different and distinct personalities and I feel without one of them, this book would have felt like a part of it was missing. Kate is the protective, older sister, Michael is the slightly younger brother who loves magical creatures (especially dwarves!) and Emma - even though she is the youngest - is tough and fiery. I can't really say who is my favourite character because I like them all, but the character that stands out just a tiny bit more - apart from the three main characters - is Gabriel. The children meet Gabriel when he comes to their rescue and he has a strong bond with Emma. I admire his bravery and determination and the love and reassurance he gives Emma.
If I had to admit a slight problem I found in this book, it would be that I thought the beginning was a bit unrealistic at a certain part.
Overall though, I found this book quite enjoyable.

Rachel xx :)

Teaser Tuesday

Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by MizB at Should Be Reading and all you have to do to participate is...

- Grab your current read.
- Open to a random page.
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others)!
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens:
"A figure emerged from the trees, running toward them through the high grass. It was dressed in dark rags, and some kind of mask covered its face."

What do you think? I haven't got to that part yet so I don't even know what's going to happen!

Rachel xx :)

New Winner for Low Red Moon!

Monday, 6 June 2011
Due to a mistake (no one is at fault!) Low Red Moon is still up for grabs. Now, let me introduce to you the new owner of Low Red Moon....................

Stephanie B!

Congrats! I will be emailing you as soon as I post this up!

Rachel xx :)


Sunday, 5 June 2011

Yes, the time has come for me to announce the winners! Good luck to all of you and I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone who entered, I was so happy to see a good amount of entries I had never expected for my first competiton! Without further-a-do I give you the three winners...

Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen - Zoe C :o)
The Raspberry Rules by Karen McCombie - Lucy C :o)
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin - Stephanie B :o)

Congrats to all that have won, an email is on its way to you! You have 48 hours to reply or you forfeit the prize to another participant.

I might just do another giveaway sometime, so to all of you that didn't win this time, it might be you next! Congrats again to all the winners, I hope you enjoy your prizes!

Rachel xx :)

Giveaway: Win One of Three Books!

Sunday, 29 May 2011
Yay! Booktastic Reviews is doing its very first giveaway! Woohoo! I'm going to keep it really simple for my first giveaway so I am not doing extra entries or anything like that but it would be greatly appreciated if you could post about this on your blogs.
Here are the three books that you can chose from...

Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen: Ruby Cooper likes to expect the worst. That way, she's never disappointed. Abandoned by her mother and forced to leave the house she calls home, Ruby is facing too many changes. Her world has been transformed into a life of luxury by her long-lost sister, but all Ruby wants to do is leave - she can make it on her own. Even Nate, the gorgeous boy next door, can't seem to change her mind. Will Ruby realize first impressions don't always count? And that sometimes, people can surprise you, so it's OK to let the closest ones in...

The Raspberry Rules by Karen McCombie: Greetings! I'm Rowan Love. A few things have been bothering me...

  • Am I really annoying?
  • Was it a mistake to sew felt squirrels on to a pair of knickers?
  • Can I get away with wearing sequins, ribbons and two shades of pink nail varnish to school?
  • Has my best friend ditched me?
  • And is writing rules for my life on my raspberry-pink bedroom wall a wierd think to do?

Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin: She knows what he is. But she can't be sure what he's done.

The only thing Avery Hood can recall about the night her parents died is that she saw silver - deadly silver, moving inhumanly fast. As much as she wants to remember who killed her parents, she can't, and there's nothing left to do but try to piece her life back together. Then Avery meets the new boy at school. Ben is mysterious and beautiful, and Avery feels a connection with him like nothing she's ever experienced. Ben is also a werewolf, but Avery trusts him - at first. Then she sees that sometimes his eyes flash an inhuman silver. And she learns that she's not the only one who can't remember the night her parents died...


- UK and Ireland participates only.

- You must be 12 or over.

- This competition closes on Sunday 5th of June.

- The winner has 48 hours to answer my email or they will forfeit the win to another participant.

My Name is Mina by David Almond

Friday, 27 May 2011
Mina is different. She's slightly strange and a little mad. She has loads of opinions and stories to tell, so she dedicates some of her time to writing her memories in a notebook.

Writer: David Almond
Publishers: Hodder Children's Book
Recommended Age: 12+
Rating: 3/5

What a strange book. I don't even know what to think about it. Apparently it is a prequel to a novel called, Skellig, so maybe if I had read that then I would have got this story a little better. I am not saying it was terrible, just rather strange. I think that is what the author is wanting, though.
Mina, the main character, is slightly mad and strange, herself and the diary she keeps, just proves it. She is rather shy but has many opinions.
Has anyone out there read this book and agree with my review?

Rachel xx :)

Pony Club Rivals by Stacey Gregg

Tuesday, 24 May 2011
A little while back I finished the first three books in the Pony Club Rival series by Stacey Gregg and so I've decided to post about all of them in the same post. If you like the sound of these books after reading the first synopsis, it might be a spoiler to read the second and third one, if you don't mind though, be my guest!

Book #1 (The Auditions): Georgie Parker has always dreamed of attending "all stars" Blainford Academy, the most admired equestrian boarding school in America, so when her chance finally comes along can she show everyone that she has what it takes to be a great rider?

Book #2 (Showjumpers): Blainford Academy isn't easy, as thirteen year old Georgie Parker is now well aware of, but can she show the competitive girls in her classes that she has her place in the "all stars academy" and that she can beat them at their own skill?
Since meeting James Kirkwood, Georgie has found herself smitten but when James had asked her to stay over at his mansion during the holidays, Georgie had no idea what was in store...

Book #3 (Riding Star): Georgie Parker has always longed to be an eventing rider like her famous mother, Ginny Parker, but when her dreams are delayed she has to take up a different sport, polo. But polo is looked upon as a man's game so can Georgie show everyone that girls have what it takes?

Recommended Age: 9+
Author: Stacey Gregg
Rating: 4/5

Yes, yes, yes, you've guessed right. I love horses! So of course I loved these books. I can't really tell you much more than I loved the plots each book had, I enjoyed reading about the characters (and the horses obviously!) and I am awaiting the arrival of the next book in this fabby series that is not yet out! I do hope that you will try these books and if you are horse crazy I think if you gave these books a go, you would enjoy them greatly!

Rachel xx :)

PS: Do you think this blog should host giveaways (by asking you this, I am not promising a giveaway or anything though, I would really like to do one though)?

The Ashleys by Melissa de la Cruz

Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Meet the Ashleys - rulers of Miss Gamble's Preparatory School for Girls, gorgeous, rich, impeccably dressed, and, of course, all named Ashley.

Meet Lauren Page - pretty, but slightly geeky, she's been going to the same school as the Ashleys for as long as she can remember, and they barely notice she's alive.

But her parents got the trend wrong when they chose her name, because Lauren is so obviously an Ashley. And this year, everything is going to change...

Genre: Chick Lit
Recommended Age: 12+
Publishing Company: Simon and Schuster
Rating: 4/5

This is definitely a girly read, maybe for slightly younger readers than me but I still found it rather enjoyable!
I've had this book for ages but I had somehow managed to dismiss it for a long time. Well to be honest I think I gave it a go but forgot to finish, but this time I did and I found it quite a light and pleasurable read!
If ever there was a character that was a bully, it would be Ashley Spencer (the main Ashley). She is definitely horrible to Lauren (my favourite character). She doesn't want to give up the title of queen bee, especially to a new and improved Lauren Page, no way. Ashley Li, in other words, Lili is practically Ashley's servant and Ashley Alioto, better known as A.A., can sometimes be moody (but she's probably the nicest Ashley).
The only thing that let this book down was the ending. It wasn't anything like I had planned (even though sometimes that's a good thing, but in this case not) and it disappointed me. I would still encourage girls to give this a go!

Rachel xx :o)

PS: Just feel like giving my followers a shout out! Thanks for following! :D

Virals by Kathy Reichs

Monday, 9 May 2011
Tory Brennan isn't your usual high school pupil. She's adventurous, cunning and just slightly brilliant. Now living on an island with her dad and four best friends, Tory doesn't expect much adventure to come her way... That is until she finds a dog tag, a crusty, old, forgotten tag belonging to someone back in the past. During her research into the dog tag, Tory and her friends stumble upon an unsolved mystery, but as soon as they start snooping, they are faced with dangers greater than ever expected. Someone out there is trying to keep them quiet, does that mean killing them just to keep their secret?

Not only is it hard enough to solve a mystery, but when they find a sick wolfdog in a secret, closed off lab they know they have to help. Not soon after saving the wolfdog each of them start to feel slightly strange. What's happening to them? Now they have two mysteries to solve, but can they do it?

Genre: Adventure, Forensic Science, Mystery.
Recommended Age: 13+
Notes: Use of mild language.
Rating: 5/5

This book is plain brilliant, a lovely change from all the romance novels that I've been reading lately! Viral is based around forensic anthropology which, I feel, is a nice touch to a mystery novel.
One of many likeable factors in this book, are the characters. Each individual sets off the book perfectly, and I think I would feel some part of the book was missing if one of them wasn't there. It is really hard to pick a favourite character in a book, this one especially. I love all of them. The main four just a tad more. Oh yeah, and the little wolf pup! The main character, Tory Brennan is niece to famous forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (the main character in Reich's books for adults) and so she has some skills for anthropology. She is quite tomboy-ish and confident and I like that about her. She doesn't care for flowery dresses or sparkly necklaces, she thrives on adventure. I don't really want to go into more detail about any of the other characters incase you want to find out about them yourself but I feel I have to tell you about one more. Hi, short for Hiram is one of Tory's best friends and he has a love for gadgets. At some parts in the book, I found him quite comical - he was the only one that put a smile on my face.
I'm recommending this book for teenagers for the simple reason it contains some use of mild language (but nothing too bad!).

Rachel xx :)

PS: I would also like to apologise again for the wait but I really will try to post more often! :D

Long Time, No Post

Monday, 18 April 2011
I know, I know, I've been neglecting you and I am truly sorry but I have been on holiday over the past week and I never had any time to post. Now I come to think of it, I never have time to post. Stay tuned to find a review of Viral by Kathy Reichs!

Rachel xx :o)

New Release: LadyStar: The Dreamspeaker (New Cover NOW)

Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Jessica Hoshi is just like any other girl. She loves music, playing in the marching band at school and spending time with her friends. One day, Jessica and her friends visit the Lakeshore Historical Society to take the Tall Ship Tour. After they get separated from the tour group, Jessica discovers a gem-encrusted Lantern and a magically locked jewelry box below decks in the ship’s hold. A voice from inside the Lantern tells Jessica they are all in great danger. The jewelry box contains priceless stolen artifacts sought by ruthless and evil sorcerers known as Cryptics. Minutes later, the vessel’s lights flicker to life and the sails fill with an invisible wind. The great ship sails across the lake carrying Jessica and all of her friends through an astral portal to an unfamiliar land called Aventar. There, they meet the shadowy arcanist Reina, who tells them they must train at once to become Ajan Warriors. Unless they succeed, the treasures will be lost, and the last hopes of a betrayed people will fade forever.

Doesn't this just sound fabulous? The cover is so eye catching and cool too! Want to read the first 10 sample chapters? Click HERE! What do you think?

Press Release: Trash by Andy Mulligan + Cover Release: Crossed by Ally Condie

Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Coming out in paperback on the 31 March with a new jacket design is Trash by Andy Mulligan!

‘ exceptionally satisfying plot’ The Times.
‘Andy Mulligan has produced a rip-roaring adventure’ The Sunday Express.
‘Harrowing, exhilarating, humbling and quite brilliant’ The Bookseller.

£5.99 Paperback
Coming out 31 March
David Flickling Books
eBook available

About the Author: Andy Mulligan was brought up in South London. He worked as a theatre director for ten years before travels in Asia prompted him to retrain as a teacher. He has taught English and Drama in India, Brazil, the Philippines and the UK. He now divides his time between London and Manila.

While I am on the subject of up and coming books I think I should show you the cover of Crossed by Ally Condie which comes out on the 1 November this year!

Gorgeous, don't you agree? I have read Matched so I understand what this cover is showing us (anybody else know). I can not wait to read this!

Rachel xx :)

Janette Rallison's Amazing Giveaway!

Monday, 14 March 2011
You may have heard of Janette Rallison. She is the author of many books including My Fair Godmother and My Unfair Godmother (coming out soon!) so to celebrate she is hosting a giveaway where one lucky winner will win a book every day from tomorrow up until April 12th. How GREAT is that?!?!?!?! Head on over to the post holding all the details HERE :o)

Rachel xx :)

Torment by Lauren Kate (Fallen #2)

Sunday, 13 March 2011

It took Lucinda an eternity to find her beloved angel, Daniel. But he waited for her. Now they are forced apart again, to protect Luce from the Outcasts - immortals who want her dead. During their separation, Luce learns about her mysterious past lives. But the more she discovers, the more she suspects that Daniel is hiding something.

What if Daniel's version of the past isn't true?
Is it really their destiny to be together?
Or is Luce actually meant to be with somebody else?

Edition: Doubleday Paperback
Release Date: 30th September 2010
Recommended Age: 13+
Source: Bought
Rating: 4/5

Isn't the summary just great? How could someone not get lured in? Especially if you are left with a lot of questions from the first novel that you really want answered.
The characters continued to be well developed and the main character, Luce still managed to stay my favourite. There were also a few character traits that were thrown in for good measure and a whole load of other characters introduced.
As I have said already, when I started this book I was hoping for some questions that arised in the first book to be answered, but Kate decided to keep us waiting and only answered a few (and managed to make more). Very teasing.
Another quality I love is Kate's writing. At the start of the book when I found it a bit slow paced and boring, the writing was the one thing that kept me reading. Kate has a knack for writing very descriptively and I love it!
I also love the cover. It's gorgeous! I especially love the dress in this one.
The novel left on a major cliffhanger (well maybe not major but one that has left me really wanting more!) and I can't wait to read Passion (the next novel in this fabulous series) which comes out Summer 2011.

Rachel xx :)

Teaser Tuesday

Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at Should Be Reading :o)

- Grab your current read.
- Open to a random page.
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!).
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Torment by Lauren Kate: There was no violet in his eyes now at all; he could feel it. She was too far away.

Before I forget, Happy Pancake Day! Did anyone make pancakes? I am not a big fan of them myself but I sometimes have one now and again, usually with jam... Happy Reading!

Rachel xx :)

Weekly Wanted: Wishlist Wonders #4

Monday, 7 March 2011
Weekly Wanted: Wishlist Wonders is a weekly bookish meme created by myself and friend, Amber and can be posted any day of the week. We hope you join! :)

1. Post up 3 books that you can't wait to read or wish for.
2. Post up the synopsis/blurb.
3. Post up a picture of the front cover.

**We would appreciate it if you would put our names (Amber and Rachel) and our blog links in you Weekly Wanted: Wishlist Wonders post. You will find Amber's blog on my blog list, The Mile Long Bookshelf. Weekly Wanted button made by Jean, feel free to put it on your blog. Any questions feel free to email or comment. Anyone can take part so why don't you start now!**

Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful--too beautiful for words. Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.

Laurel discovers she is a faerie, sent among humans to protect the gateway to Avalon. Thrust into the midst of a centuries-old battle between faeries and trolls, she's torn between a human and a faerie love, as well as her loyalties to each world. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

My Unfair Godmother by Jannette Rallison
Tansy Miller has always felt that her divorced father has never had enough time for her. But mistakenly getting caught on the wrong side of the law wasn't exactly how she wanted to get his attention. Enter Chrysanthemum "Chrissy" Everstar, Tansy's fairy in shining, er, high heels. Chrissy is only a fair godmother, of course, so Tansy's three wishes don't exactly go according to plan. And if bringing Robin Hood to the twenty-first century isn't bad enough for Tansy, being transported back to the Middle Ages to deal with Rumpelstiltskin certainly is. She'll need the help of her blended family, her wits, and especially the cute police chief 's son to stop the gold-spinning story from spinning wildly out of control.

Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
Things in Delilah Hannaford's life have a tendency to fall apart.
She used to be a good student, but she can't seem to keep it together anymore. Her "boyfriend" isn't much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition.
Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family's painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced together again?

Rachel xx :)

PS: If you want you can link to your Weekly Wanted post in the comments :o)

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Instant. Intense. Weirdly familiar. . .
The moment Luce looks at Daniel she knows she has never felt like this before. Except she can't shake the feeling she has. . . and with him - a boy she doesn't remember ever setting eyes on.
Will her attempt to find out why enlighten her - or destroy her?"

Author: Lauren Kate
Genre: Romance
Pages: 452
Edition: Corgi, 1 July 2010, Paperback
Recommend Age: 13 +
Source: Bought
Rating: 4/5

After reading great reviews about this book, I just had to have it! I was so glad when I found it in the book fair and just could not wait to start reading it. This is the first book by Lauren Kate I have read and she certainly gave a good first impression. This is a great book! Really unique with well developed characters and an unusual plot.
The main character, Luce has just the right personality to fit perfectly into this novel and she is one of my favourite characters because of her determination and kindness towards her friends. I also felt a little bit sorry for her because Daniel always seemed to block her out and never involve her. Another character I liked was Arriane. She immediately befriended Luce when she moved to Sword & Cross (a school) and made her feel wanted. I also liked her because of her boldness and confidence.
I would also like to mention how much I love this cover. A great cover for a great story. Dark, scary, mysterious...
I really recommend this book because it is really good. I bought the sequel, Torment last night and I started reading it not that long ago and already I am loving it!

Rachel xx :)

Interview with Book Blogger, Zoe from Bookhi

Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Please welcome to Booktastic Reviews, Zoe from Bookhi. Her blog is one of my favourite book blogs so I am delighted to have her on my blog today! :o)

For bloggers out there that haven't yet come across your blog, how would you describe it to them?
My blog is a book blog (obviously) where I review the books I read and generally talk about them. It (hopefully) has a friendly atmosphere and anyone is welcome to comment, take part and become a follower. My blog is colourful, entertaining and I hope you all enjoy it!

Does your blog have any special qualities?
I am not sure my blog has that many special qualities, but I hope it is different in a good way that people enjoy reading. I have a monthly post where people can judge which cover they like best (this is new). I also have pages where I post upcoming releases, what is coming soon to the blog and an index of my book reviews. On my blog I also have a poll, what I am reading, author sites, my button and a 'book of the month'.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have the books of one author, who would it be and why?
This is tricky! There are so many brilliant books that it is very hard to choose just one. And most books rarely you can enjoy reading again and again. If I had to choose it would be 'Swapped By A Kiss' by Luisa Plaja. It is not necessarily my favourite book, but it would keep me occupied when stranded. This fab book cheers me up and really is just....fab!!

Which movie (that has been based on a book) is your favourite?
I would have to say one of the HP movies, since they aren't many movies that I know of based on book. My favourite one is the latest one 'Deathly Hallows'. It was real and imaginative and the director did a really good job. I am a HP geek!! *HP meaning Harry Potter.

Do you write any stories in your spare time? What type of genre do you mainly go for?
Yes, I love to write stories. I manily write about real life problems like Jacqueline Wilson and Cathy Cassidy. Sometimes I write stories on romance similar to Luisa Plaja. However I am currently writing a short story where a girl goes into the future, when being whisked away by a tornado. I started writing a novel but I never finished it. I would to have a writing profession someday and write novels for kids - finished novels!

Which character (in any book) do you think resembles your own personality?
I think Pearl from 'My Sister Jodie' by Jacqueline Wilson. She is quiet, obedient (ish) and LOVES to read! And write. We don't look anything alike but this question is asking about personality.

Which Harry Potter (by J.K Rowling) book is your favourite?
Definitely the last one. It is full of surprising twists and everything comes together at the end. My second favourite is the 'Half Blood Prince' because that is one of the amazing books too. Go J.K Rowling!!

Are you more of a Cathy Cassidy fan or a Jacqueline Wilson fan and why?
Ah...ooh....good question. Correction: hard question! I really can't decide. They write much different books yet they are both amazing writers. CC's books I can relate too and they have good story lines. However JW's books are really original and gripping. Sorry, I can't decide!!

Which fictional character would you love to be friends with?
Inide from 'Indigo Blue' by Cathy Cassidy. She is imaginative, a good friend and I think would be really fun to talk too. Also, I would love to meet her cute little sister Mistie!!

Which book can you not wait to come out?
Can I say two? 'Kiss, Date, Love, Hate' by Luisa Plaja is coming out in July and sounds fantastic and 'Vanilla Skye' by Cathy Cassidy is the second book in the The Chocolate Box Girls series and I really enjoyed the first one.

Quick Fire Questions:

Favourite snack? Crisps.
Favourite animal? I love every animal. I would love to have a pet dog the most though!
Favourite colour? Blue.
Favourite hobby? Reading of course :)
Hardcover of Paperback? Paperbacks are cheaper but hardbacks tend to be nicer covers... To be honest I don't mind - as long as the same brilliant story is inside waiting for me...

Thanks again for answering my questions, Zoe!

Rachel xx :)

PS: If you want to interview me or want me to interview you or even interview each other, feel free to drop an email :o)

Teaser Tuesday

Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at Should Be Reading :o)

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
"Liz seemed to ponder it, and the she said, "No."
And just like that I remembered that Liz was probably the most dangerous one of us all."

I know, I know, this is the same book I did for my last Teaser Tuesday. Sorry! I have just been really busy with homework and other stuff, I will try to finish soon!

Rachel xx :)

Weekly Wanted: Wishlist Wonders #3

Monday, 28 February 2011
You may or may not remember but I used to take part in a meme every week, Weekly Wanted: Wishlist Wonders, remember? Well I sort of stopped on like the second week which was terrible because I am one of the hosts (the other host being Amber)! I would, however, like to shout out to Zoe from Bookhi because she has kept it up for 8 whole weeks! GO ZOE!

1. Post up 3 books that you can't wait to read or wish for.
2. Post up the synopsis/blurb.
3. Post up a picture of the front cover.

**We would appreciate it if you would put our names (Amber and Rachel) and our blog links in you Weekly Wanted: Wishlist Wonders post. You will find Amber's blog on my blog list, The Mile Long Bookshelf. Weekly Wanted button made by Jean, feel free to put it on your blog. Any questions feel free to email or comment. Anyone can take part so why don't you start now!**

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school teaches advanced martial arts in PE, chemistry always consists of the latest in chemical warfare, and everyone breaks CIA codes for extra credit in computer class. So in truth, while the Gallagher Academy might say it's a school for geniuses what they really mean is spies. But what happens when a Gallagher Girl falls for a boy who doesn't have a code name?
Cammie Morgan may be fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti), but the Gallagher Academy hasn't prepared her for what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without him ever being the wiser, but can she have a regular relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, she's doing something riskier than ever—she's falling in love.

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison

After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, sophomore Savannah Delano wishes she could find a true prince to take her to the prom. Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Savannah’s gum-chewing, cell phone–carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she’s only Fair—because she’s not a very good fairy student—Chrissy mistakenly sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White. Finally she sends Tristan, a boy in Savannah’s class, back instead to turn him into her prom-worthy prince. When Savannah returns to the Middle Ages to save Tristan, they must team up to defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious and undeniably sexy Black Knight.

Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout

Zahra, Kali, and Syd would never have met if their parents' marriages hadn't fallen apart. But when the three girls collide in group counseling, they discover they have something else in common: they've each been triple-timed by the same nefarious charmer, Eric, aka Rico, aka Rick. Talk about eye-opening therapy.Cheerful, diplomatic Zahra is devastated. Rico had been her rock and sole confidant. How could she have missed the signs? Folksy, flirtatious Kali feels almost as bad. She and Rick had only been on a few dates, but they'd felt so promising. Hardened vintage-vixen Syd is beyond tears. She and Eric had real history... Or so she'd thought. Now all three girls have one mission: to show that cheater the folly of his ways.Project Payback is such a success, the girls soon have clients lining up for their consulting services. Is your boyfriend acting shady? Dying to know if your crush is into you? Need match-making expertise? Look no further than Love, Inc.

Rachel xx :)

7 Facts Award + Teaser Tuesday

Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Thanks to Kero from Kero's Book Blog, Booktastic Reviews has now got its second award! Thank you so much, Kero! :o)

- Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog.
- Post seven random facts about yourself.
- Pass on the award to 15 other worthy bloggers.

I know this is very similar (well exactly the same really) to the Stylish Blogger Award I received not that long ago so I am going to try to give you 7 other facts about myself and pass on the award to another lot of 15 bloggers that I never gave it to last time.

7 Facts:
- I like being unusual and different.
- I like tigers and tapias.
- I was in the newspaper team.
- I like running - I know, sad!
- I usually start writing a story but never finish it.
- I am against any sort of animal cruelty.
- I would like a horse named Milo.

The 15 Bloggers:
- Brittany at Brittany's Fantasy :)
- Aleetha at It's all about books :)
- Leanne at Magic of Reading :)
- Michelle at Michelle's Bookshelf :)
- Crazy Bookworm at The Crazy Bookworm :)
- Story Siren at The Story Siren :)
- Lucy at Nice Reads by Lucy :)
- Kate at Literary Explorations :)
- Megan at The Book Addicted Girl :)
- Amber at Books of Amber :)
- Britney and Farrah at I. Eat. Words. :)
- Emma at The Thirteenth Chime :)
- Falcata Times and LadyEleanor at Falcata Times :)
- Sybil at Writer's Lounge :)
- Angela at My Game, My Rules :)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at Should Be Reading.

- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- Be careful not to include spoilers! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter: "Instead, we stood there until we heard the screen door behind us screech and slam. A minute later a helicopter appeared on the horizon and dipped, its whirling blades sending ripples across the quiet lake before landing somewhere in the forest."

Rachel xx :)

Interview with Author Judy Dearborn Nill

Monday, 21 February 2011
Please welcome Judy Nill, author of The Rise and Fall of Bibi Karstad to Booktastic Reviews. She very kindly agreed to answer a few of my questions:

Have you always wanted to be an author?
If always means a long time, yes. I think I was about 10 when I first became aware of how much I liked to write. I used to "rewrite" my favorite books and comic books--create new characters, write and illustrate stories for them.

Who is your favourite character out of The Rise and Fall of Bibi Karstad and why?
Besides Bibi, I'd say Bibi's mom Sally (and of course Sally's 25,000-year-old "wheeze bag" spirit guide), because Bibi thinks they're both weird whereas readers may just find them funny.

What is your favourite type of genre?
I like YA and cozy mystery. I also like some literary. I read a lot of memoir, biography and nonfiction as well.

What was your favourite book as a child?
Snowbound in Hidden Valley by Holly Wilson. I read and reread that book so many times, I wore it out. Have two copies of it now so that I'll always have it to reread. It's the story of a big blizzard (woo-hoo! one of my favorite concepts as a kid, because where I grew up it seldom snowed) that traps the main character among people her family are suspicious of.

Are you working on a new book right now?
I was until I got my three YAs up on Kindle, and then I got a contract for a picture book (first reader) which is to be titled Samuel and Sophia: A Tale of Two Teddies. Online promotion of books takes way more time than I imagined. The book I was working on could eventually be my first novel for adults.

Where did you get your inspiration for The Rise and Fall of Bibi Karstad?
I woke up from a dream about levitating to the ceiling that was so real I actually stood in the middle of the room and tried to float upwards! Later I got to thinking how fun it would be to write a novel about a girl who can fly but who has no control over it.

Did you do any other jobs before publishing your first book?
Yes, I've worked in several fields, including as a newspaper reporter, a college journalism instructor, and a therapist. I now work out of my home office as a mental health and couples counselor.

What does it feel like to know you have your own book out?
Depends on which day I'm doing the feeling! Some days it's great. I especially enjoyed getting the first paperback copies of my books (I put three out at the same time; the other two are Just for Kicks about a girl who loves horses and martial arts and Simple Twists of Faith about a girl in love with her married pastor). Other days I think publication isn't all it's cracked up to be. The work doesn't end when the stories are in print. It just goes on....

Quick Fire Questions:

Favourite author?
Madeleine L'Engle. I've read everything she wrote, many books several times over. My favorite single book is An Acceptable Time followed by A Swiftly Tilting Planet and A Ring of Endless Light.

Favourite Animal?
That's hard. I love cute, cuddly animals of all sorts. Love stuffed animals, too. But probably dophins because they're so playful, bright, and helpful to people. It's disturbing that some are trained to do dangerous and destructive work for the military.

Favourite song?
Hmm. Also hard. Depends on the kind of music. I love certain songs from Les Mis, Phantom and Superstar. I love classical choral music such as Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus" and Allegri's "Miserere." In a more popular vein, a current favorite is Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" sung by Susan Boyle. However, she doesn't use all the lyrics, and that's too bad, because they're amazing.

Favourite TV show?
Right now it's BBC's Doc Martin. I used to love Joan of Arcadia and mourned when it went off the air.

Rachel xx :)