Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Win a Limited Edition Bookmark

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! :)

Monday, 12 September 2011

Day of Vengeance by Johnny O'Brien

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 :)

Friday, 2 September 2011

Interview with Author G.C Naffin

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!