Tales Post – British Books Challenge 2017 – April


Welcome to the British Books Challenge 2017 – April!


It’s now spring and the clocks have sprung forward!  Now we have all caught up on or lost hour I’m sure we all have lots of exciting reading ahead!

And again I’ve been blown away by all of your amazing reviews linked up for the March British Books Challenge! You all did SO amazing!  I’m so glad to see you are all enjoying the challenge so much!  I heart you all very much!

94 reviews of books by British Authors were linked up in March!

That makes a grand total of 334 reviews of books by British Authors in total since we started in January!

*hi fives*

And thank you so much for embracing our author and debut of the month for March as well as all of the other amazing books you all read!

Thank you all!

Lets hop, skip and jump to April!

About 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.

I have created a #BritishBooksChallenge17 summary page here which will also keep track of my own progress in the challenge too.

If you have not signed up yet there’s still plenty of time – find out more about the challenge here

Please note you can sign up to the challenge at any time throughout the year but only sign up entries made on or before the 31st December 2016 will be entered to win the sign up prize.

This is the first time I am hosting this particular challenge and I have lots of things planned for us all!

I have been in touch with lots of publishers who have kindly donated lots of lovely prize packs for us throughout the year for the challenge!

Right lets get the ball for April rolling starting with the winner of the March Prize Pack!

With thanks to the lovely people at HQ March’s prize pack contained the following three books…..

All valid reviews and links by British Authors that were linked up on the March linky here were eligible to be entered to win the March prize pack. With people who read any books by our Author Of The Month, Melinda Salisbury and/or our Debut’s of the month, Open by Gemma Cairney, earning extra entries.

But there can only be one winner!

And the winner is…….


With her review of … A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale


Please email me your address so that I can arrange for your prize to be sent out to you!


The lovely winner of the February Prize Pack, Mel, and subsequent winner Andrea have kindly said I can pick a runner up for two of the books they already has out of the February Prize pack – please check the February post to see if it was you!

I hope everyone also enjoyed all the extra giveaways I ran on my blog or via twitter over March too 🙂

April’s prize pack has been kindly donated by the lovely people at Egmont / Electric Monkey and contains the following five books…..

The first book in a stunning new fantasy adventure trilogy, perfect for readers aged 9+ and fans of Philip Pullman, Piers Torday, Abi Elphinstone, Katherine Rundell and Frances Hardinge.

In the sky, the fire spirits dance and ripple. Grandma says they showed our Tribe that I’d be a captain, before I was even born.

Ever since Ma died, Mouse has looked after her little brother, Sparrow, dreaming of her destiny as captain of the Huntress. But now Da’s missing, Sparrow is in danger, and a deathly cold is creeping across Trianukka . . .

Sea-churning, beast-chattering, dream-dancing, whale-riding, terrodyl-flying, world-saving adventure. 

Jemma knows who did the murder. She knows because he told her. And she can’t tell anyone. 

Fourteen-year-old Jemma has severe cerebral palsy. Unable to communicate or move, she relies on her family and carer for everything. She has a sharp brain and inquisitive nature, and knows all sorts of things about everyone. But when she is confronted with this terrible secret, she is utterly powerless to do anything. Though that might be about to change…

A page-turning thriller seen through the eyes of a unique narrator, this is a truly original, heart-rending  and compulsive book for young adult readers. Perfect for fans of Wonder, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Looking for JJ.  

What price for peace on Wrath? The blood-curdling sequel to science-fiction epic The Sign of One.

Hiding out in a Gemini stronghold, Kyle is finding out that being a hero is a bit of a let-down. The rebels may have struck a blow against the Slayer army, but victory is far from won and Wrath is as hostile as ever. Kyle finds himself caught between his ident brother Colm, who he saved from certain death, and his friend Sky, who is desperate to follow up a trail that may or may not lead to her lost sister.

When the Slayers offer a peace deal with a sting in its tail, the rebels are split into factions – with Kyle at its centre. There’s no choice but to run – and this time the path leads deep into Reaper territory, into the No-Zone.

A hilariously funny and deliciously romantic ‘clean teen’ book for teens. Perfect for fans of Geek Girl and Girl Online.

Everybody wants to be a famous It Girl. Don’t they?

Anna Huntley’s aims in life:

1) To recreate famous film scenes with Dog (pet Labrador) such as the lift from The Lion King during that Circle of Life song.

2) To not accidentally set Deputy Queen Bee, Josie Graham’s, hair on fire. Again.

3) To keep first and only school friends by not doing anything in usual manner of socially inept dork and outcast.

4) To work out whether 1) and 2) constitute being socially inept – or outcastish.

5) To hide in the cupboard FOR LIFE after her dad gets engaged to one of the most famous actresses EVER, the paparazzi move in and everyone in school (The World) is on the brink of discovering why no one wants to be friends with Anna . . .

A fantastic, laugh-out-loud read for girls aged 11+ who love Louise Rennison and Zoella.

The much anticipated follow-up title from the multi-award winning author of The Bunker Diary, recipient of the 2014 Carnegie Medal for an outstanding book for young adults.

Elliot is terrified of almost everything.

From the moment he was born, his life has been governed by acute fear. The only thing that keeps his terrors in check are the pills that he takes every day.

It’s Christmas Eve, there’s a snowstorm and Elliot’s medication is almost gone. His mum nips out to collect his prescription. She’ll only be 10 minutes – but shen she doesn’t come back, Elliot must face his fears and try to find her. She should only be 400 metres away. It might as well be 400 miles…

Born Scared joins the ranks of Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places, Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of A Funny Story, and Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why as an example of teen fiction offering a frank and intelligent portrait of mental illness.

A huge thank you to Egmont / Electric Monkey for donating this super brilliant Prize Pack for April!

I also have a couple of special post from these authors going up throughout April too!

One winner will be picked at random from the list of valid reviews submitted each month and will be announced in the following month’s review link up post. The winner will then have 1 week to contact me to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen. Obviously the more reviews you enter the greater your chance of winning and don’t forget you gain extra entries for any reviews by Debut or Author of the Month for April! It doesn’t matter if you only review one book (or even skip a month or two in the challenge!) you’ll still be entered for each review you do write.

Please Remember…..

Only participants with a valid sign up page that has been linked here are eligible for entry to the monthly prize packs mentioned on this monthly link up page – you can still sign up here

When you add your link to the Mr. Linky below please make sure you link directly to your review, not just to your blog/vlog (invalid links will be deleted)

Books must have been read and reviewed in 2017 to count towards the challenge so those books you read last year but reviewed in 2017 don’t count!  Only books reviewed in April on your blog will count towards the challenge (you could have read them in earlier in the year though – I’m feeling kind 🙂 )

Also, please make sure that the reviews you link are for books written by British Authors – they can be born in Britain (living here or abroad) or they can be adopted British Authors (who were born elsewhere and now live here) but if they don’t fit into one of those categories then they don’t count. (as above invalid links will be deleted and won’t get you an entry into the prize pack). Please note that Britain includes England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, I’m afraid authors from Southern Ireland don’t count.

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

And lastly feel free to share your reviews on social media using the #BritishBooksChallenge17 hashtag – it’s not compulsory but it would be fun to share any great British Books you have loved with others!

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.

For more information about the #BritishBooksChallenge17 click here

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.

And the #BritishBooksChallenge17 Author Of The Month for April is…….

C J Skuse!

With 5 brilliant YA books under her belt C J is releasing her first Adult book, Sweet Pea this month and I’m so proud that she is our April Author Of The Month!

Not heard of CJ and her books?  I have you covered!

Look out for a Spotlight post in the next few days about CJ and her brilliant books!

Don’t Forget…..

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.

I also have a special treat lined up too!

Look out for a post with the lady herself going live at some point in April with a giveaway!

You can find previous posts from CJ on my blog or by clicking on the links below …

Hot Boys In My Books!


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.

Again here are so many good debuts coming out this month that it was really hard to decide which to pick, but I thought we would do things a little different this month and have a debut illustrator of the month…..

So the #BritishBooksChallenge17 Debut Illustrator Of The Month for April is…….

The Pavee and the Buffer Girl by Siobhan Dowd Illustrated by Emma Shoard

Siobhan Dowd is obviously not a debut author but the illustrations but our debut Illustrator of the month Emma Shoard are simply gorgeous and full of emotion and I am super excited to read this book!

Not heard of The Pavee and the Buffer Girl by Siobhan Dowd Illustrated by Emma Shoard? I have you covered!

Look out for a Spotlight post in the next few days about this book!

You can find a previous post from Emma Shoard on my blog or by clicking on the link below …

The Pavee and the Buffer Girl Mini Animation – Cave

Don’t Forget…..

If you read, review and link up a review of The Pavee and the Buffer Girl by Siobhan Dowd Illustrated by Emma Shoard (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!

I also have some special treats lined up too!


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.

As well as the above I have lots of other exciting posts and giveaways going up throughout the month too which I will share using the hashtag so do look out for those too!


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!

Here’s to a wonderful April!

Now for the important part, make sure you link all of your reviews using the Mr. Linky form below. In the Your Name field please include your blog name, the title of the book and the author. Make sure the link takes me directly to your review or your entry won’t count and will be deleted from the list.

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20 Responses

  1. lightstruck08@hotmail.com' Ana

    April 14, 2017 7:16 am

    I have to say I really recommend the book I just finished – All the Good Things by Clare Fisher. If you think you can handle a tough read please get it. It will only come out in June though, I got it on Netgalley.

  2. jill@jillwrites.com' Jill

    May 1, 2017 12:30 am

    Being a good theater nerd and observing the month of Shakespeare’s birth and death with Bill Bryson’s book about him–Shakespeare: The World As Stage. A geeky good time for me, anyway. 😉 And Bill Bryson is one of my favorites. I love research adventuring.


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