Tales Quiz – Which Character From Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman Are You?


Earlier this year I read and loved Lying About Last Summer by the lovely Sue Wallman.

You can find my spoiler free review here

So when the book was announced as one of the #ZoellaBookClub Books I was so super excited!

I was lucky enough to have been sent all of the #ZoellaBookClub Autumn Edition books by the lovely people at WH Smith ( you can find my unboxing and more about the books here ) and as I had already read and reviewed Lying About Last Summer I thought it would be nice to do something a little different.

So I teamed up with the wonderful Sue Wallman and today we are asking….

Which Character From Lying About Last Summer Are You?


Skye is looking for an escape from the reality of last summer when her sister died in a tragic accident. Her parents think that a camp for troubled teenagers might help her process her grief. All of the kids at the summer camp have lost someone close, but is bringing them together such a good idea? And can everyone at camp be trusted? When Skye starts receiving text messages from someone pretending to be her dead sister, she knows it’s time to confront the past. But what if the danger is right in front of her?

You can buy a copy of the #ZoellaBookClub version of the book here


You can buy a copy of the original cover of the book here

Which character from Lying About Last Summer are you most like? 

Take the quiz to find out and share your results with us on twitter or leave a comment.

If you cannot see the quiz below click here and scroll down

About Sue Wallman


Sue Wallman is a journalist who lives in London with her husband and three teenage daughters. In 2013 she won the Bailey’s Women’s Prize first chapter award judged by Rachel Joyce and Kate Mosse. LYING ABOUT LAST SUMMER is her first novel.

To find out more about Sue Wallman you can visit her website – http://suewallman.co.uk

Or why not follow her on twitter using @swallman

A huge thank you to Sue for playing along and helping to create this quiz!  And to Olivia at Scholastic for being so supportive of the idea.

Have you read Lying About Last Summer?  What did you think?  Have you taken the quiz?  Which character are you?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button above or tweet my on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!


Tales Quiz – Which Character From Our House by T. S. Easton Are You?









This year, 2016, the super funny T. S. Easton released the awesome Our House and Our House Time To Shine published by Piccadilly Press I am so excited to welcome the man himself to Tales Of Yesterday!

*claps hands*

So when I was thinking about what type of post for Tom to feature I got to thinking about all the different characters in the book and the lovable family Tom has created so today we are asking….

Which Character From Our House Are You?


Chloe Deal is observant. Every day she notices small details – like how Front Door always refuses to open when it’s raining; how whatever task he sets out to do, Daddy usually ends up snoozing to the radio in his shed; how her younger sister Daisy muddles her similes but never her fashion sense, and how Mummy’s nostrils flare when Dad forgets to mow the lawn, again.

So when Chloe starts a school project about her house, she ends up cataloguing the chaotic balancing act of her family along with it. In the run up to the school holidays (and Chloe’s birthday), disaster follows disaster at home and school. Mummy’s patience is beginning to unravel. Can Chloe get the house, her siblings and her father in shape before it’s too late.


Can Chloe Deal dazzle on stage, with some help from the builders at home?

Dad’s weird and wonderful extended family are coming to stay at Christmas, and in preparation the Deal house is finally going to be redecorated! Dad’s taken a job in Germany to pay for it, but as the builders start work they uncover more serious problems with the house.. Will Dad ever be able to move back home? Chloe has landed a starring role in her school play, but Imogen is the lead, and being as insufferable as ever. She even has a stage-kiss with Thomas! Can Mum and the kids pull off two school plays, a house refurbishment and a supersize Deal family Christmas?

Another warm, funny family story from OUR HOUSE.

You can buy a copy of these fab books here

Which character from Our House are you most like? 

Take the quiz to find out and share your results with us on twitter or leave a comment.

If you cannot see the quiz below click here and scroll down

About T. S. Easton


T. S. Easton has written fiction for all ages and has published more than thirty books. He has written under a number of different pseudonyms in a variety of genres. Subjects include vampires, pirates, pandemics and teenage agony aunts (not all in the same book). He lives in Surrey with his wife and three children and in his spare time works as a Production Manager for Hachette Children’s Books. HIs latest book is Our House, published by Piccadilly Press.

You can find out more about him at www.tomeaston.co.uk

Or why not follow him on Twitter: @TomEaston   

A huge thank you to Tom for playing along and helping to create this quiz!  And to Carmen at Piccadilly Press for helping to organise.

Have you read any of Our House or Our House Time To Shine?  What did you think?  Have you taken the quiz?  Which character are you?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button above or tweet my on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!


Cover Reveal – Pet Defenders: Attack of the Alien Dung! by Gareth P Jones


I am over the moon to have been asked by the lovely people at Stripes Publishing / Little Tiger Press to reveal the awesome cover for a new series launching February 2017 by the brilliant Gareth P Jones!

It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Gareth’s books and I always read them with a huge smile on my face and Gareth’s new series is set to do just that.

Pet Defenders of the Earth follows Mitzy and Biskit and it is their job to save the world from alien invasions – just so long as they can stop fighting like cat and dog for long enough to do it! Beth at Stripes Publishing describes it as The Secret Life of Pets meets The X Files!

Biskit works alone. So when the unruly Pet Defenders dog agent is teamed up with Mitzy – a rookie and, even worse, a cat – he’s not happy. Can Biskit put his ego aside and work with Mitzy to save the world from an alien attack of terrifying proportions? When the humunga-dunga beetle rolls into town, the dynamic duo are going to need all their skills to stop the creature from laying waste to the world as they know it…

Illustrated by the brilliant Steve May I am super excited to read this and of course reveal the awesome cover…….

The Blurb

Pet Defenders: Attack of the Alien Dung!

The Pet Defenders Code: 1. The safety of Planet Earth depends on you. 2. Humans MUST NOT know the truth. GOOD LUCK – you’ll need it…

From Gareth P. Jones, winner of the Blue Peter Award and author of successful young series fiction, including NINA MEERKATS, comes a brand-new comic caper. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS meets THE X FILES – Pet Defenders are secret agents with a difference.

It’s up to Mitzy and Biskit to save the world from alien invasions – just so long as they can stop fighting like cat and dog for long enough to do it!

Secret agent Biskit is not happy when he discovers his new partner Mitzy is a cat – everyone knows that cats and dogs don’t mix. But saving the earth from alien invasions must come first and the planet is under attack! A cluster of cow pats has flown into town and they’re whipping up a stink… It’s time for Biskit and Mitzy to put aside their differences and kick some alien butt!

For fans of funny and action-packed animal adventures including Andrew Cope’s Spy Dog series, Astrosaurs and Jeremy Strong.

About Gareth P Jones


Gareth P. Jones is the author of many books for children, including the NINJA MEERKATS series, and THE CONSIDINE CURSE, for which he won the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2012 award. He also works as a producer of TV documentaries. He lives in Forest Hill, south east London, with his wife and children.

To find out more about Gareth visit his website – www.garethwrites.co.uk

Or why not follow Gareth on twitter – @jonesgarethp

About Steve May

Steve May is an illustrator and animator based in north London. He was born in sunny Hastings and has an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art. As an illustrator he has produced work for a variety of clients including Puffin and Faber.

To find out more about Steve May visit –  www.stevemay.biz

Cover Reveal

And now the moment you have all been waiting for…….


Isn’t it AWESOME!!!

You can buy a copy of the first in this fab series Pet Defenders: Attack of the Alien Dung! here

(Please note that this book is not due for release until 9th February 2017)

Another huge thank you to Beth at Stripes Publishing for asking me to feature this fab cover reveal!

What do you think of the cover for Pet Defenders: Attack of the Alien Dung!?  Are you intrigued? Have you read any of Gareth’s other books?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading


Tales Post – British Books Challenge 2017 – Sign Up #BritishBooksChallenge17


I’m so very excited to announce that in 2017 I will be hosting the British Books Challenge!

*gives a big fan fare and dances in excitement*


I have participated in this particular reading challenge for the past two years and I’m so excited to now be hosting it myself.  I am hugely passionate about reading and supporting British authors and I really do hope that you will join me in this very special reading challenge starting in the new year.

Find my year in Books and Challenges 2015 here

Or my current British Books Challenge for 2016 here

I was super excited to be have been asked to host and I have to say a massive thank you first to Becky for originally creating the challenge, to Sarah for hosting from 2013-2014, Michelle for hosting in 2015 and getting me signed up to my first ever bookish challenge and to Kirsty for hosting it firstly in 2012 and again this year in 2016 . All four of these amazing women have put in an incredible amount of work towards promoting British authors and I hope I can do half as well as they did next year. Special thanks to Michelle for letting me pretty much cut and paste most of her sign up pages!

And as always a massive thank you to Rhys from Thirst For Fiction for designing the British Books Challenge blog button!

I have some exciting plans for the challenge throughout the year all of which are detailed below…..

Including a special prize draw prize for signing up to the challenge with thanks to Foyles!

So what is the British Books Challenge?

The British Books Challenge is a reading challenge that will be running here on Tales Of Yesterday between 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2017 and the main focus of the challenge is reading and reviewing books by British authors.

This challenge is available for all bloggers and/or booktubers who review books on their blogs, YouTube channels or readers who review on other websites such as Goodreads.

If you sign up for the challenge you will be aiming to read at least 12 books by British authors (which works out to one a month).

For every book you review each month you will get an entry into the draw to win a monthly prize pack (assuming that you’ve left all appropriate links on the monthly link page!). Therefore the more you review the more chances you have at winning that month’s prize(s).

Also see the Author Of The Month and Debut Of The Month section for ways to gain extra entries each month!

Please note that entries must have been read and reviewed in the month that you are entering your link/entry.

There may also be some kind of special prize draw at the end of the year for those challenge participants who have gone to the most effort over the year and reviewing 50 or more books by British authors.

As prize packs are mainly being sponsored by British publishers I’m afraid that some of the prizes will only be available for UK participants but I hope that international bloggers will still take part.  Please be aware that you will need to provide me with an address which may sometimes be passed on to a publicist in order for your prize to be sent out.

In terms of what books would count towards the challenge – the books can be in print or out. Old or new titles. They can be from any genre and for any age range. In previous years Becky, Michelle and Kirsty focused mostly on young adult books on their respective blogs, and Sarah’s reviews for the challenge spanned many genres and age ranges. The primary focus on Tales Of Yesterday will be on YA and MG with a few adult books in the mix too, however feel free to read any books by British authors and have those books count towards the challenge: children’s books, middle grade, young adult, new adult, or adult fiction or non-fiction – whatever you feel like reading by any British Authors.


Monthly Prize Packs

I am absolutely delighted to tell you I have had a huge amount of support and encouragement in the planning of this challenge from UK publishers and authors.

These wonderful publishers / authors have agreed to provide British bookish goodies for prize packs which can be won by the challenge entrants.

Watch out for the review link up post on the 1st of each month for details of what you could win.


If you are a publisher who publishes books by British authors or British author who would be interesting in promoting their titles through the British Books Challenge giveaways please contact me by email.

Author Of The Month

Each month I will be featuring an Author Of The Month!

This will normally be an author I am a huge fan of and who’s books I think you would love.

I will announce each author of the month on the monthly sign up posts on the 1st of every month.

I will also be spotlighting the author and their books on my blog throughout the month along with any reviews and a special post by the author themselves on my blog too.

And that’s not all…..

If you read, review and link up any books by the author of the month (in the same month that they are author of the month only) then that one review will get you an extra entry into the monthly prize pack draw.  So a double entry for one review!

If the author has multiple books and you read them all you will gain a double entry for each review of each book.


If you are a publisher who publishes books by British authors or British author who would be interesting in promoting their titles through the British Books Challenge author of the month then please contact me by email.

Debut Of The Month

Each month I will also be featuring a Debut Of The Month!

This will normally be a book I will be reading myself throughout that month that I am hugely excited about!

I will announce each debut of the month on the monthly sign up posts on the 1st of every month.

I will also be spotlighting the author and their books on my blog throughout the month along with a review and a special post by the author themselves on my blog too.

And that’s not all…..

If you read, review and link up a review of the book chosen as debut of the month (in the same month that the book is debut of the month) then that one review will get you an extra entry into the monthly prize pack draw.  So a double entry for one review!


If you are a publisher who publishes books by British authors or British author who would be interesting in promoting their debut through the British Books Challenge debut of the month then please contact me by email.

About Signing Up

This year, with thanks to Foyles, I have an exciting prize to giveaway so signing up for the challenge will gain you entry into this special prize draw (more details about this prize below).

To sign up for the challenge…..

Write a blog post or page on your blog or upload a video to your YouTube channel linking back to this one.

In that post/page/video compile a list of titles by British authors that you hope to read and review during 2017. If you are not yet sure, just add one or two and update as and when you read titles with hyperlinks to your review.  A bit like I’ve done here

Insert the British Books Challenge button onto your blog’s side bar. To do this save the button onto your computer, then go to add gadget on your sidebar to put the picture on your blog adding a hyperlink to it of the url address for this post. For Youtubers, please include the graphic within your video.

Fill out the Mr.Linky form below. Do make sure the link you add goes directly to your sign up post and has your blog/channel name as the title. Links to anything other than sign up posts will be deleted and only people who have created a sign up post will be eligible to win the monthly prize pack each month and be entered for a chance to win the sign up prize. This is very important step!

And finally, as you review the books on your blog/YT channel, update the monthly review pages, which will go live on the 1st of every month, with a link to your review. Every link up you add will be an entry into that month’s prize pack (please note that some of the prizes may be donated by publishers only willing to send to the UK).

Links to any books by Author Of The Month or links to reviews for Debut Of The Month will be eligible for a double entry into the prize draw within the month that they are Author Of The Month / Debut Of The Month only.


It’s Good To Talk!

Share your reviews on social media using the hashtag #BritishBooksChallenge17

Lets get chatting and celebrating all of the brilliant British books and authors that we have and all of the wonderful British books that we are reading!

Always remember – never tweet an author into a negative review and be constructive.

As well as following the hashtag #BritishBooksChallenge17 I would also suggest following my blog using your preferred feed subscription (by email by filling in the subscription box at the top of my blog , BlogLovin’ etc) in order to keep up with the latest news and posts regarding this challenge throughout 2017!


What books would you suggest that I read for the British Books challenge?

I will be writing many a blog post throughout 2017 to give you any and all recommendations and of course we will have our Author Of The Month and Debut Of The Month to get you started.

I will also provide a link to my own British Books Challenge 2017 page which will detail which books I have been reading and reviewing for the challenge or any books I am hoping to read in 2017 by British authors.

I will also let you know on each monthly sign up page which books I have been reading and enjoying the month before.

I also have various guest posts, Q&A’s, spotlight posts and of course reviews throughout my blog so do check them out through the index here

If you’re on Twitter, following the hashtag #BritishBooksChallenge17  –  a place where people can also share what they are reading by British Authors.

You can always have a look through other participant’s review links on the monthly link up pages once the challenge gets started. I’ll add links to each month’s post below.

If you love UKYA check out this fab spreadsheet by Debbie and Jim that give you lists of UKYA books – here

These links by no means include the only books that count towards the challenge but hopefully they’ll help you get started.

Don’t forget to post links to your reviews each month for your chance to win prizes:

How did the British Books Challenge come about?

The BBC is a reading challenge that was created by Becky from The Bookette in 2011 as a way to encourage people to read more books by British authors. The challenge was taken over by Kirsty at The Overflowing Library for 2012 and again this year in 2016, was hosted by Sarah at Feeling Fictional between 2013 to 2014, Michelle at Fluttering Butterflies throughout 2015 and is now being hosted by me, Chelley at Tales Of Yesterday for 2017.

I post reviews on more than one blog. Can they count towards my challenge total?


I am an international entrant and sometimes I do not have time to write my reviews in English. Can I write them in my native language?

Of course. It would be helpful if there was a little summary in English so that I can comment but as long as you make sure the book’s title is translated somewhere on your post then it is fine. I’m delighted that international bloggers are going to help promote British authors.

Do you need to read the book and review the book in the same month?

Yes.  The idea of the British Books Challenge is to read 12 books by British Authors throughout the year (this is only 1 per month but please feel free to read and review more) so reading a book and reviewing in the same month gains you a valid entry into the prize draw.

It doesn’t matter if it is a re-read of a book you haven’t reviewed before as long as the review is created and posted within the same month you are linking up for.

Any archive reviews from previous years / months will not be eligible for the monthly prize draw.

Can I count books that I have already counted on other challenges in 2017?

I don’t see why not.

I’ve read and reviewed a book by the Author Of The Month or the Debut Of The Month how do I gain my extra entry?

You still link up your review as normal on the monthly link up page and I will do the rest.  Any linked reviews to either author of the month or debut of the month will gain an extra entry into the prize draw at the end of the month.

Do Irish authors count towards my challenge total?

No. Ireland is not part of the UK. The UK is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Authors who live in any of these four locations can count towards the challenge.

How about authors who were say born in America (insert any other country here) but are currently living in the UK?

Yes, we are using the following criteria to decide whether an author can count towards the challenge:

  • Authors who were born in the UK, live in the UK and are published in the UK
  • Authors who were born overseas but are CURRENTLY living in the UK and his/her books were/are being published in the UK first
  • Authors who were born in the UK are currently living overseas but his/her books are being published in the UK first

Top examples of authors born in other countries but who currently reside and are published in the UK and count as being ‘British authors’ include Patrick Ness, Meg Rosoff, Moira Young, Laura Lam, CJ Daugherty etc.  We love these authors and we claim them as our own!

I know it can be tricky to work out if X author counts towards this challenge so if you are not sure about a particular author, please do contact me and I’ll see what I can do to help!

I do not have a blog but I would love to take part. Is there a way that I can take part?

If you have an account on Goodreads or another book review website you may still join the challenge. Sign up by linking to your profile page and make sure you link directly to your reviews each month to be eligible to win the monthly prize packs.

How will I know if the monthly prize pack is International?

I will always specify clearly the terms and conditions of winning the prize pack on the monthly link up page.

As the prize packs are often kindly donated and sent to the winners by the publishers it is up to the publisher if the giveaway is international or not.

When will I know if I have won a prize pack and what do I do if I win?

The winner of the monthly prize pack will be notified on the link up post for the following months British Books Challenge.

The winner will then have 14 days to contact me via email with their address and must be happy for me to pass this onto the relevant publisher.

Once your prize is received please let me know so I can tick you off my list and feel free to share any pictures of your prize on social media using the hashtag #BritishBooksChallenge17

It’s not January anymore and I’ve only just seen this challenge – can I still sign up?

Yes!  Of Course!  The more the merrier!  Follow the steps above for a sign up post then start linking your reviews in the monthly link up post for the month you are starting the challenge.

I am a publicist promoting a book by a British author (or indeed a British author). Can I promote my book via the British Books Challenge?

Yes. If you would like to donate prizes to the monthly prize packs that would be fantastic. Please contact me via email to discuss this further.  I really do appreciate the generosity of publishers and authors who have donated books as prizes in the past and I hope that this continues in the future!

I have a question that you haven’t answered here. How can I contact you?

The best way to contact me is by email, I will reply to all emails as quickly as possible but sometimes life gets in the way so please bear with me if it takes me a couple of days to respond.

I do have a twitter account ( @ChelleyToy ) and always love to hear all of your thoughts/comments regarding the #BritishBooksChallenge2017 and any books you are reading for the challenge there, however, for queries regarding the challenge email is still your best bet towards hearing back from me.


Looking for the monthly link up posts?  Click on the months below

Please note these will be updated as each post goes live on the 1st of every month













#BritishBooksChallenge17 Sign Up


With thanks to the lovely people at Foyles I have a £25 Foyles gift voucher that can be used in store or online to giveaway to one lucky winner that signs up for the British Books Challenge 2017!


To enter –

Write a blog post or page on your blog or upload a video to your YouTube channel linking back to this one.

In that post/page/video compile a list of titles by British authors that you hope to read and review during 2017. If you are not yet sure, just add one or two and update as and when you read titles with hyperlinks to your review.  A bit like I’ve done here

Insert the British Books Challenge button onto your blog’s side bar. To do this save the button onto your computer, then go to add gadget on your sidebar to put the picture on your blog adding a hyperlink to it of the url address for this post. For Youtubers, please include the graphic within your video.

Fill out the Mr.Linky form below. Do make sure the link you add goes directly to your sign up post and has your blog/channel name as the title. Links to anything other than sign up posts will be deleted and only people who have created a sign up post will be eligible to win the monthly prize pack each month and be entered for a chance to win the sign up prize. This is very important step!

UK/IRE entrants only for the prize draw but anyone can still sign up for the challenge.

Ends 31st December 2016

Please note that for online purchases Foyles offer free delivery on UK Second Class only – full delivery details and costs here

Please also find terms and conditions of a Foyles gift card here

A huge thank you to Foyles for such a fab prize!

Thanks for signing up for the British Books Challenge 2017!


Name – Please add your name and blog / YouTube channel e.g Chelley Toy – Tales Of Yesterday

URL – Please add a direct link to your British Books Challenge sign up post here

Spotlight – The True and Untold Story of the Outlaw Tam Barker by Andy Robb


I’ve recently read a chapter sample of YA author and all round brilliant guy, Andy Robb’s new YA novel and loved it!

The True and Untold Story of Tam Barker is his latest novel, bringing a mix of science-fiction and western lore to the YA genre in a fresh, new way. Tam is the Last Librarian and must fight against the dark forces in her world to protect a very special book and get it back to the Library. There are battles to be fought and dangers untold but she’s a strong fighter and won’t give up – even when secrets and lies conspire against her.

This is a totally new direction for Andy Robb and it’s left me craving more so I thought I would spotlight a little about this book and it’s fab author…..



The True and Untold Story of the Outlaw Tam Baker is a dystopian space-western set in a version of our future where books are more dangerous than guns and are often bought with blood.

With influences such as Firefly, Judge Dredd and the Spaghetti westerns; Tam is a futuristic Wild West heroine.

A lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever she finds it.

To survive against this landscape, Librarians have to be even tougher. The timid, retiring stereotypes we all know are replaced with hardened gun-slingers who live by their wits.

Tamarind Barker is the last Librarian.

Having had her memories and identity taken away, she’s as much on a mission to find out who she is as to locate the one book that could bring the totalitarian Powers to their knees.

Helped and hampered by the jittering young Drifter, Jangles, and his dog, Ratchet, Tam’s quest leads her from the Lo-Class settlements, through the Mid-Class city of Toyle and to the Hi-Class paradise of Home

Ultimately, Tam must snatch the mysterious book and return it to the Librarian’s sanctuary: Central Library – whatever the cost.

Forget everything you’ve heard about me.

 Whatever the Powers are saying isn’t true. By now, they’ve probably painted me as a terrorist or a hacktivist or maybe even a jacker.

 Truth is I’m a seventeen year old girl, I’m a Librarian and I’m the last of my kind.

 Most of you won’t even know what an honest-to-goodness, paper-and-print book looks like. Not since the Powers burned them. Not since the Zusak Riots and the Pushbutton Wars. But they didn’t get them all and it’s my job to hunt them down and get them to Central Library.  Become a Librarian and they take your identity away. They take your name and they take your memories and everything you were.

 There’s a world out there, beyond your holo-boxes and whatever the Powers tell you; a world where they’ve tried to bury the past and burn the books and tell you what to read, what to listen to and what to think. That’s the world I live in and that’s the world I’m trying to set right: a world where every word counts, for good or for bad.

 This is my story. Chances are you came across it by accident, maybe looking to watch a soap or download a game-show. But maybe you want to try reading a truth, for a change; read something that’s sneaked past the hands of the Censors and tells it like it happened.

 Everything in these pages is a truth. And a truth’s got to come out.

 Everything you thought you knew is about to change, all because of one, lone book.


You can buy a copy of this book here

About Andy Robb


 Andy Robb is the author of the Geekhood books, the first of which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Award 2012

 He’s had many jobs over the years, most notable as an actor working on stage and screen but now spends his time writing on his house boat on the Thames; occasionally stopping to feed the ducks. 

Andy is also the found of the brilliant UKYABA celebrating bloggers!

You can find out more about Andy Robb on his website –www.theandyrobbsite.co.uk

You can follow Andy on twitter – @ThatAndyBloke

A huge thank you to Andy Robb and Laura for sending me a chapter sample to read!

Have you read The True and Untold Story of the Outlaw Tam Barker ?  What did you think?  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading!


Cover Reveal – Playlist For A Paper Angel by Jacqueline Ward


I am super excited to have been asked by the lovely Faye Rogers – PR Extraordinaire – to reveal the awesome cover for the new adult thriller novel, Playlist For A Paper Angel by Jacqueline Ward which is the second book in the DS Jan Pearce series.

So what’s it all about?

DS Jan Pearce is still searching for her missing son. When she finds a little girl, Elise, alone in a pram in a busy town centre, she must unravel a mystery that takes her to the edge of her emotions. Then another child, Dara Price, goes missing.

Lisa Connelly, Elise’s mother, has been forced into a life of prostitution and has been leaving her little girl alone. Her gangland boss is holding her prisoner but she wants her little girl back.

Jan and her temporary partner, profiler Damien Booth, must find Lisa before time runs out for Dara.

Playlist for a Paper Angel is the second in the DS Jan Pearce series of novels.

Information about Random Acts of Unkindness (DS Jan Pearce #1) can be found here

Or check out my spotlight on Random Acts of Unkindness here

About Jacqueline Ward


Jacqueline Ward writes short stories, novels and screenplays. She has been writing seriously since 2007 and has had short stories published in anthologies and magazines. Jacqueline won Kindle Scout in 2016 and her crime novel, Random Acts of Unkindness, will be published by Amazon Publishing imprint Kindle Press. Her novel SmartYellowTM was published by Elsewhen Press in 2015 and was nominated for the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2016. Jacqueline is a Chartered psychologist who specializes in narrative psychology, gaining a PhD in narrative and storytelling in 2007. She lives in Oldham, near Manchester, with her partner and their dog.

You can find out more about Jacqueline on her website – www.jacquelineward.co.uk

Or why not follow her on twitter – @JacquiAnnC

Or Facebook here

You can also check out Jacqueline’s Goodreads page here

Cover Reveal

And now the moment you have all been waiting for…….


Isn’t it wonderful!

Another huge thank you to Faye Rogers for asking me to feature this fab cover reveal!

What do you think of the cover for Playlist For A Paper Angel?  Are you intrigued? Have you read Random Acts Of UnKindness?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading


Tales Post – #MKBParty Unboxing


kindaA few weeks ago I received a very exciting email from the lovely people at Come Round on behalf of the brilliant My Kinda Book and Pan Macmillan!

The asked me if I would like to be involved with #MKBParty and receive a party pack filled with bookish goodies and everything I would need to host a bookish night in / party.

Of course I said yes and I was bowled over by the amount of goodies I was sent!

So I filmed an unboxing!


Please note that whilst I was send this box of goodies by the publisher it does not affect my views and will always give an honest opinion.

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So there you have it!  What a fab box of bookish delight!

I LOVED every single item in the box!














About The Books


It was not enough. All knowledge- any knowledge – called to Faith, and there was a delicious, poisonous pleasure in stealing it unseen.

Faith has a thirst for science and secrets that the rigid confines of her class cannot supress. And so it is that she discovers her disgraced father’s journals, filled with the scribbled notes and theories of a man driven close to madness. Tales of a strange tree which, when told a lie, will uncover a truth: the greater the lie, the greater the truth revealed to the liar. Faith’s search for the tree leads her into great danger – for where lies seduce, truths shatter . . .


Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She’s got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible . . .

A love story about opening your heart by Rainbow Rowell, the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park.


I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realizes, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

About My Kinda Book

MyKindaBook is THE place to discover upcoming YA read, authors and gain access to exclusive content.  MyKindaBook is part of Macmillan Children’s Books, and is our home for all of our fantastic books for teenagers and fans of young adult fiction – from new and upcoming debut authors to bestsellers, including Rainbow Rowell, Frances Hardinge, Meg Cabot and more, MyKindaBook is the only pace to come when you want to find your next brilliant YA read.

Visit our main homepage www.mykindabook.com to find information and fun facts about our booksand authors, learn what’s coming soon, read blog posts by us and authors we love, and gain access to exclusive news.  You can even set up your own MKB profile and create to=read lists, bookmark authors to discover and more treats.

The fin doesn’t stop online, you can join us at events throughout the year at MyKindaBook Club.  MyKindaBook Club gives you, the reader, an opportunity to meet other fans in real life to discuss books in details.  We even sometimes bring the authors along!  Keep an eye on forthcoming events at www.mykindabook.com/bookclub

Find us on twitter – @MyKindaBook

About Come Round

We are a social influencer marketing agency providing brands with a platform to enable offline and online influencers the chance to fall in love with brands and products, become brand advocates, generate word of mouth, recommendations, content and consumer insight.


I’m going to be running various giveaways on twitter over the weekend so do check them out……

I will also detail them here for easy reference!


You can enter this giveaway here


You can enter this giveaway here


You can enter this giveaway here


You can enter this giveaway here

A huge HUGE thank you to MyKindaBook and Come Round for asking me if I would like to involved with #MKBParty

Join in the conversation on twitter using #MKBParty and share the bookish love!

Happy Reading!


Tales Post – UKYACX – UKYA & Children’s Extravaganza 2017 Announcement


I am super excited to have been asked by the lovely Emma Pass and Kerry Drewery to reveal the date and location of the next UKYACX for 2017!

For those of you who don’t know about the UKYACX it is a brilliant event that started in February 2015 aiming to bring authors and readers together around the country.

Here a little bit more about it from the UKYACX website…..


It all started in October 2014 with a ‘what if…?’

We – Kerry Drewery and Emma Pass – had just taken part in a panel event which Kerry had arranged at Waterstones Lincoln. Afterwards, we said to each other, ‘What if we did this again, with a few more authors, and invited a few more people?’

And from there it just grew… and grew.

On 28th February 2015, the first ever UKYA Extravaganza took place at Waterstones Birmingham High Street  with 33 authors taking part, and over 100 bloggers and readers attending. Tickets sold out in 24 hours! Read more about it at Where it all began.

Then, in October 2015, we did it again, holding a UKYA Extravaganza and a UKMG Extravaganza in Nottingham, featuring over 60 authors between the two events. You can see photos and find out more about the authors here.

In September 2016 we decided to combine the two events and renamed them the UKYA and Children’s Extravaganza. UKYACX took place in Newcastle and featured a whopping 42 authors from across the UK. Head over to the UKYACX 2016 page to read all about it!

We’re now planning UKYACX 2017!



I attended both the Birmingham UKYACX and the Nottingham one and they were both full of books, love and cake and most of all fun!

Find my write up of the Birmingham event here


So now onto the BIG announcement!

The next UKYAXC will be at……..

Waterstones Bristol Galleries



Saturday 21st October 2017!

See you there!



Guest Post – Celebrating YA by Cynthia Murphy


Today I am honoured to bring to you a brilliant guest post from awesome blogger, writer, friend and basically all round awesome human being who I hugely admire, the lovely Cynthia Murphy.

Cynthia has been doing a fantastic job blogging recently about mental health in UKYA and following an article that was released this week (that shall not be named) asked if I would feature a guest post here on Tales.

I jumped at the chance and can confirm that and can confirm that this blog post is glitter free…..

Celebrating YA

Another week, another article shaming young adult literature.  Is it just me, or is it getting boring now?

Yes.  Yes, it is.

I’m proud to say that I, unlike some newspapers which shall remain nameless, have been busy setting up a blog series that actually celebrates YA, instead of constantly tearing it down.  I have actually read these books and loved them, just like many of you.

My first post was on Halloween reads – all a far cry from cute and glittery, without a manic pixie dream boy in sight.  There’s some cracking teen horror around at the moment (I’m 32 and had to read FROZEN CHARLOTTE with the lights on) that has come a long way since the Point Horrors I read as a teen.  You can see the rest of my creepy reading recs here.

Yesterday, I posted something very close to my heart – Mental Health in UKYA.  The books I covered were all excellent examples of how young adult literature is making a difference for readers.  In five book recommendations (which you can see here

I had covered PTSD, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, agoraphobia, OCD and attempted suicide.  Two of those books just happened to be titles from Zoella’s book club, the very one that was unnecessarily criticised this week.  Yet I think these books are important, not only because they allow readers to explore content they may not be familiar with, but because they are good.  They are well written, adventurous and often hilarious.  They allow you to see yourself in the character.  They make you laugh, cry and gain empathy and understanding of serious topics in a compelling way.  What’s so cute and glittery about that?

As I’ve been concentrating on UKYA, I’m delighted to be guest blogging for Chelley, as this way I’m able to recommend some more wonderful, important books from around the world. As far as I’m concerned they’re all excellent depictions of a wide range of issues and genres, as well as being fabulously well written.  I hope you agree and that you find your next great read amongst the list!

The Micah Grey Trilogy by L.R. Lam


One of the most beautifully written fantasy worlds I’ve ever come across.  This series has just been re-released and features an intersex main character who craves freedom and runs away to the circus.  I dare you not to fall in love with Micah.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


This book made me laugh, ugly cry and feel all the feelings.  It touches on the issues of growing up as a mixed race teen, poverty and abuse, all while making you yearn for first kisses and hand holding on the bus.  Plus, I really want to borrow Park’s X-Men comics.

The Spinster Club Series by Holly Bourne


Holly has captured exactly what it’s like to be going through sixth form and does it with real feeling and some pee-inducing laughs.  Though the books link together, each can be picked up as a stand-alone and they cover mental health, drinking, dodgy dates, split families and feminism.  Oh, and how could I forget the cheesy snacks?

Crush by Eve Ainsworth


A story told from two points of view, Crush examines an abusive relationship as it plays out, from start to finish.  It’s beautifully done and not only looks at why the relationship is wrong, but what leads both parties to act the way they do.  Important and empathetic.

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom


Parker Grant is one of my favourite characters.  Yes, she’s blind, but she’s bolshy, bright and full of resolve, too.  She has taught herself to navigate around her home town, but finding her way through family problems and relationships proves a lot more difficult…

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield


Heart. Wrenching.  Paper Butterflies examines the physical and mental abuse of June, a character you will want to wrap up in a blanket and hold until it’s all over.  The ending was a million miles away from what I expected and absolutely broke me.  An important lesson on why you should always speak out and characters you won’t forget in a hurry.

Well, there you have it. I could go on and on and on but I think I’ve made my point.  YA is exploring important topics in amazing ways and if you don’t believe me, give one of the books above a try and let me know how it goes.

You can find my Celebrating #UKYA series over at The Scribblers (https://thescribblersonline.com/) where I will be covering a different topic every two weeks.  The next one will be live on Friday 25th November and is on those books that are breaking taboos in UKYA, including the fabulous ASKING FOR IT by Louise O’Neill and THE ART OF BEING NORMAL by Lisa Williamson, to name just two.









I hope to hear from some of you with your thoughts and recommendations and if a certain newspaper is reading, I’d be happy to write you some honest reviews of books I have actually read

About Cynthia Murphy


Cynthia is a primary school teacher from Manchester who loves to read, write, bake and eat. She will read anything and everything and favourites include The Historian, The Secret Garden, Harry Potter and Eleanor & Park, to name a few. She’s inspired by her travels and believes that magic is real…

Cynthia also blogs over at https://cynthiamurphywrites.wordpress.com where she has documented how meeting her literary agent led to a breast cancer diagnosis.

She is currently editing her debut novel, a contemporary middle grade mystery and is repped by Nicola Barr at Greene and Heaton.

You can follow Cynthia on twitter – @Cyn_Murphy


The home of The Scribblers – a group of writers on a whirlwind adventure from slush pile to publication – from slush to lush! The Scribblers are a group of writers who first met on the CBC Online Writing for Children Course with Catherine Johnson in Autumn 2015.


A huge thank you to Cynthia for such a fab guest post!

Have you read any of these brilliant books? What books would you recommend?  I would love to here from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @ChelleyToy !

Happy Reading!


Spotlight – Michelle Toy In Conversation With Jennifer Niven & Lauren James


Tonight I am doing something very exciting indeed!

It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Jennifer Niven and I am so honoured to have been asked by the lovely Clare Kelly at Penguin to chair an event as part of Jennifer’s UK tour!

I keep pinching myself to check I’m not dreaming.

Of course I agreed and then just to top the icing on the cake I find out it will also be with another of my favourite author, Lauren James, too!

How lucky am I?!

*squeals in excitement*

I’m even on the Waterstones website and everything!


I’ve been busy prepping questions for this fab event and I thought it would be fun to shine the spotlight on the authors and their books a little and find out a little more about them……

Event Information


Superstar authors Jennifer Niven and Lauren James join us for an exciting evening of conversation with Tales Of Yesterday Blogger – Michelle Toy!

They’ll be discussing the trials and tribulations of being a teenager of today, as well as first-loves, mental health and time travel!

Expect plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and some serious business, ask your burning questions and get your books signed.

Jennifer Niven is the author behind the tear-jerkers All the Bright Places and Holding Up The Universe.

Lauren James is the author of the time travelling-romance duology, The Next Together and The Last Beginning.

This event is £3.
(ticket price redeemable against a copy of one book)

To book your seat:
Call: 0121 633 4353
Tweet: @waterstonesbham
Email: events.birmingham@waterstones.com
Book online or pop in store and speak to a bookseller.

Jennifer Niven


Jennifer Niven lives in Los Angeles. Even though she’s always wanted to be a Charlie’s Angel, her true passion is writing. In 2000, she started writing full-time, and has now written eight books. All the Bright Places is Jennifer’s first novel for young adult readers.  As a companion to the book, Jennifer has created Germ, a web magazine for and run by girls (and boys) — that celebrates beginnings, futures, and all the amazing and agonizing moments in between.

       www.jenniferniven.com @jenniferniven


From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone – and love someone – for who they truly are.

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed ‘America’s Fattest Teen’. But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to see who she really is. Since her mum’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the art of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his own brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game which lands them in group counseling, Libby and Jack are both angry, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world – theirs and yours.

Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are – and seeing them right back.


Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the ‘natural wonders’ of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself – a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?

An intense, gripping novel, perfect for fans of John Green, Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, Gayle Forman and Jenny Downham.

You can buy Jennifer’s books here or from your local bookshop

Lauren James


Lauren James is 23, and graduated in 2014 from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Her first novel The Next Together, a YA reincarnation romance, is out now with Walker Books in the UK and has been translated into over six languages worldwide. The Last Beginning was published in October 2016.

She is an Arts Council grant recipient, and is longlisted for the 2016 Branford Boase Award. She lives in the West Midlands. You can find her on Twitter at @Lauren_E_James or her website laurenejames.co.uk  


A powerful and epic debut novel about fate and the timelessness of first love. Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again. Each time their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. How many times can you lose the person you love? For Matthew and Katherine it is again and again, over and over, century after century. But why do they keep coming back? How many times must they die to save the world? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? Maybe the next together will be different.  


Winter, 1940: there is a murderer on the loose at Bletchley Park, the headquarters of Britain’s most daring codebreaking operation against the Nazis. Can two young codebreakers Kitty and Matthew catch the killer?

This standalone short story can be enjoyed by new readers and existing fans of Lauren James’s The Next Together series.

tumblr_o7i0m9jotl1qe8zmko1_250-195x300The epic conclusion to Lauren James’ debut The Next Together about true love and reincarnation. Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives. But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove’s investigation? For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future.    



You can buy Lauren’s books here or at your local bookshop


It would be awesome to see you there!

Do tweet @WaterstonesBham for your ticket!

Have you read any of these books or met any of these fab authors before? What questions would you ask if you were chairing the panel?  I would love to here from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @ChelleyToy !

Wish me luck!


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