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Tales Review – Fun Science by Charlie McDonnell


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I’ve recently received this super fun book, Fun Science by Charlie McDonnell AKA Charlieissocoollike from the lovely Stephanie at Midas PR.

Charlie McDonnell is the first UK Youtuber to reach 1 million subscribers and his aim in writing Fun Science is to share his love of the subject, create new fans, and show that science is an integral part of everyday life, not just a subject you are forced to take at school.

Fun Science was released on the 20th October 2016 in hardback published by Quadrille Publishing and is pretty awesome.

So today I thought I would shine the spotlight on the book and it’s author and share some of my initial thoughts on the book……


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Welcome, fellow humans (and others), to the world of FUN SCIENCE! I’m Charlie, also known across the internet as charlieissocoollike.

In my book, I’ll be taking you on an awesome journey through the cosmos, beginning with the Big Bang through to the Solar System and the origins of life on Earth, all the way down to the particles that make up everything around us (including you and me!).

Expect frequent digressions, tons of illustrations of not-so-sciencey things (NB a microwave flying through space), and pages packed with my all time favourite mind-bending science facts.

So, get ready for a faster-than-the-speed of-light (OK, not quite) tour of all of the best and most interesting things that science has to offer us… and most importantly: WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSE!

(Written by a Science Fan NOT a scientist!)


Publisher – Quadrille Publishing

Published – 20th October 2016

Pages – 256 pages

Format – PHardback

Category – Non Fiction

Source – I was sent a copy of this book by the wonderful people at Midas PR. This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you Midas PR for sending this to me to read and to Stephanie for organising!


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I first saw this book.  I raise my hand up high and admit that I had not heard of Charlie prior to the book, but my 11 year old son had and sometimes watches his videos.

I found myself flicking through the pages, firstly to have a quick look and then becoming fully engrossed.

The book is split into ten sections ranging from The Universe to Life to The Brian and The End Of Time.  It is full of wonderful illustrations by Fran Meneses and Dave Brown and they bring Charlie’s words to life on the page.

The science is relayed with humour and in such a fun style that it really does make what your reading and learning seem fun.  The fact that clownfish can switch sex in order to breed is told with an aside about Nemo and his dad and geologists are dubbed Super Rock detectives (because geology  is cool!)

The book has fun facts and ultimate fun facts throughout and also includes some activities and mini experiments throughout.  Myself and my son had numerous fun trying an experiment involving our right leg and drawing a number six with our right arm!

Our minds were blown!

Charlie’s love for all things science shines brightly and he guides you through each section like he is excited to share things with you along the way.

It’s bright, it’s colourful, it’s full of facts and most of all it does what it says on the tin….it makes science fun!

Loved it!

I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!

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61jrask1fql-_sx332_bo1204203200_You can buy a copy of Fun Science here or from your local bookshop

This video chats a bit more about how Charlie write Fun Science….


About Charlie McDonnell

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Charlie McDonnell (known on YouTube as charlieissocoollike) is a British Video Blogger, Filmmaker and Musician from Bath, who currently resides in London.

After starting to post YouTube videos in 2007, Charlie became the first Video Blogger in the UK to reach one million subscribers on YouTube. His most viewed video is of him doing a bad american accent (he’s not sure why that happened) and his second most viewed video is “Duet With Myself,” which he’s a bit more proud of, honestly.

In 2010 Charlie released his first album, “This Is Me.” People seem to really want him to make more music but he hasn’t gotten around to that yet. Throughout 2013-14, Charlie made a series of four short films, funded directly by YouTube. He likes to think they got better as he made more of them, but is happy for you to disagree with him on that.

Over the years, Charlie has worked on numerous projects for charities, including Cancer Research UK, UNICEF, Children In Need, Comic Relief, Save The Children and the Alzheimer’s Society. I guess he must like helping people or something.

Beyond his own YouTube channel, Charlie has worked on many online video projects, notably “Science of Attraction,” hosted by Derren Brown, and a series of video blogs from behind the scenes of Doctor Who for the BBC. He’s also worked with many brands to produce videos for his own channel, including Microsoft, Sony Pictures, Pixar, Disney, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Charlie is a regular participant in Radio 1’s Internet Takeover show (yes, for the actual radio) and he’s also tried his hand at voice acting for Mike Bithell’s upcoming video game “Volume.” He’s pretty new to both of these things, but fortunately hasn’t been told off for doing a bad job by his bosses. Yet.

In his spare time Charlie enjoys consuming media in all its forms, and hanging out with his girlfriend and their cat, Gideon. Basically, he is deceptively boring.

You can find out more about Charlie on his website – charliemcdonnell.com 

Or why not follow Charlie on twitter – @coollike

And subscribe to Charlie’s channel here


A huge thank you to Stephanie at Midas PR for sending me a copy of this book!

Have you read Fun Science?  Does it sound up your street?  Do you have any fun science facts?  I would love to hear 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!

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Review – Dylan The Doctor by Guy Parker-Rees


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Today I have something a little different as I am reviewing a fab new gorgeous picture book which was released on the 4th August 2016 published by Scholastic.

Dylan The Doctor is by Guy Parker-Rees and is gorgeous inside and out with beautiful words and stunning illustrations making this picture book an absolute joy to read.

I am so over the moon to be part of the wonderful blog tour for this book!

For my stop on the blog tour I am going to share my thoughts on the book and post a review….but in a slightly different way!

A huge thank you to Faye Rogers  and Scholastic for having me on this wonderful tour and for sending me the book to read.


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Dylan’s on his way – are you ready to play? DYLAN THE DOCTOR is the first picture book in a series featuring an exuberant stripy dog, who just loves to play. Created by bestselling illustrator Guy Parker-Rees, Dylan is a joyous new character who uses playing and fun to help toddlers explore and understand their world. Today Dylan is playing at being a doctor. He dashes about looking after all of his friends: Purple Puss, Jolly Otter and Titchy Chick. But who will look after poor, tired Doctor Dylan? All his friends, of course! Look out for Dylan’s friend, Dotty Bug, on every page, as she encourages readers to join in with the story.


Publisher – Scholastic

Published – 4th August 2016

Format – Paperback

Category – Picture Book

Source – I was sent a copy of this book by the wonderful people at Scholastic as part of the blog tour organised by Faye Rogers.  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you Scholastic for sending this to me to read and to Faye for organising!


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


Firstly…..let me tell you a story I wrote…..

This story features the character created by Guy Parker-Rees in his book Dylan the Doctor and things that happen in the book.  Oh and little old me……

One day I woke up and I was feeling rather unwell.  I sighed a little, rubbed my eyes to clear the sleepiness from them and stretched until all of my body ached and pulled at every limb.

“Ugh,” I thought to myself. “Nothing is going to make me feel better today!”

I looked down at the bright and beautiful picture book sitting beside me on the bed glinting in the morning sunlight.

In the distance I heard a noise.  It was faint but I could hear it getting louder and louder!

“Nee-Naw, Nee-Naw, Nee-Naw!”

All of a sudden a smiley white face with colourful stripes jumped out of the book and appeared before me on my duvet with a doctors kit in hand!

“Today is a making-everyone-better day” he announced throwing his doctors kit down in front of me with a thud.

It was Dylan!  Dylan the Doctor!  From the book I was reading!  Surely this couldn’t be possible!

He threw open his kit with one click and swoosh.

“Do you have Head-shoulders-knees-and-toes-I-tis?” Dylan asked.  “If so I have a bandage that will help.”

I looked curiously at Dylan unable to quite believe my eyes.  “I don’t think so” I replied weakly with a feeble cough and squinting my eyes to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

“Does your arm feel all flappy?”  Dylan asked whilst lifting my arm and waggling it about like it was jelly on a plate.

“Well it didn’t, but it does now”  I giggled whilst watching my arm flop around in Dylan’s paws.

“I’ve got it!”  Dylan said with glee “You have Floppy-Wobble Fever!”

Dylan grabbed some plasters and stuck them all up my arm in a neat little row of pink plastic.

“Do you feel any better now?”  Dylan asked me.

I sadly shook my head.

“Well there’s only one thing for it!”  Dylan announced!

I gave Dylan a look of confusion as he started to pat the blanket all around me.  Tucking me in at every crease and crevice on the bed.  He plumped my pillow, made sure I was comfortable and gave me some pink medicine that tasted like sunshine and strawberries on a spoon!

“All this fuss and pink medicine is making me feel so much better Dylan” I said dreamily my eyes half closing due to the cosiness and warmth of the blanket.

Dylan topped up my orange drink by the side of my bed and fed me some super squishy pink and white marshmallows.

“Ta-dah!”  Dylan announced proudly producing a get well soon card that had exploded glitter all over Dylan so that he looked like a glistening multi-coloured star!

I took the card off Dylan.  “It’s wonderful!” I smiled.

As time went on Dylan sung me a song and performed a little Dylan dance all on his own.  He even read me a story or two!

“Oh Dylan, I’m feeling so much better now!”

Dylan smiled proudly beaming from ear to ear.  “I told you today was a making-everyone-better day”

At that moment a strange smell filled my nostrils and I looked down to where the smell was coming from.

“Erm, Dylan?  What on earth is that stinky sock doing in your doctors kit?”  I asked.

Dylan smiled and looked up at me quickly clicking shut his doctors bag.

“That is another story”  Dylan announced and jumped straight back into the book I was holding in my hand.

dylanSo that was a story I made up after reading Dylan The Doctor.

This picture book is just beautiful.  The words, the illustrations and the story as a whole.  Friendship and helping people are the moral of this story and a lovely lesson for every child to learn and grow up with along the way.  Being kind, loving and caring.

I also loved little Dotty the Bug who appears on pages to ask questions to really get you and your child talking and sharing thoughts and feelings about the book.

I would have loved to see Dylan’s smiling face smiling up at me from the page when I was a toddler.  A smile to brighten any ones day completely.

I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!

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You can buy a copy of Dylan The Doctor here

Or why not add it to Goodreads here


About Guy Parker-Rees GUY PARKER-REES

Guy Parker-Rees is one of the UK’s best-loved children’s illustrators. His many successes include GIRAFFES CAN’T DANCE (Orchard) and SPOOKYRUMPUS (Orchard). Guy lives in Brighton.

You can find out more about Guy on his Website: www.guyparkerrees.com

Or why not follow Guy on Twitter: @Guyguyyug


Blog Tour

You can catch up or follow the rest of the blog tour at the following stops!

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Monday 15th August

Chouett

Big Book Little Book

Tuesday 16th August

Powered by Reading

Orchard Book Club’s Mini Reviewers

Wednesday 17th August

The Pewter Wolf

Maia and a Little Moore

Thursday 18th August

Linda’s Book Bag

Fiction Fascination

Friday 19th August

Emma’s Bookery

Winged Reviews

Saturday 20th August

Tales of Yesterday

Get Kids into Books

Sunday 21st August

Library Girl and Book Boy

Acorn Books

 

 

 

 


Have you read Dylan The Doctor?  What did you think?  Has this review made you want to go grab a copy?  I would love to here from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!

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Review – The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight by Helen & Thomas Docherty


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Today I have something a little different as I am reviewing a fab new gorgeous picture book that is due to be released on the 4th August 2016 published by Scholastic.

The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight is by Helen & Thomas Docherty and is gorgeous inside and out.  Beautiful words by Helen and stunning illustrations by Thomas make this picture book a joy to read.

I am so over the moon to be part of the wonderful blog tour for this book!

For my stop on the blog tour I am going to share my thoughts on the book and post a review….but in a slightly different way!

A huge thank you to Faye Rogers  and Scholastic for having me on this wonderful tour and for sending me the book to read.


The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight

Leo the mouse isn’t like the other knights. While they like fighting, he’d rather read a book. Leo’s parents are keen to turn him into a proper knight, so they pack him off on a mission to tame a dragon. But Leo knows that books are mightier than swords, and he tames not just the dragon, but a troll and a griffin, too \- by reading them stories. With its witty rhyming text and glorious, detailed illustrations, THE KNIGHT WHO WOULDN’T FIGHT is a joyful, magical picture book about the power of stories.


Publisher – Scholastic

Published – 4th August 2016

Format – Paperback

Category – Picture Book

Source – I was sent a copy of this book by the wonderful people at Scholastic as part of the blog tour organised by Faye Rogers.  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you Scholastic for sending this to me to read and to Faye for organising!


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


Please note that this book is written in rhyme so therefore I am trying my review in the same style….

Even Chelley’s love a good story!

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Chelley was a thoughtful sole

A book she was in need

While her hubby is busy making Lego

Chelley likes to sit and read.

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And through the door a gem appeared

All sparkly and new

A bright and colourful picture book

All ready for me to review.

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I turned the pages one by one

And read every single word

I smiled and laughed and cheered a lot

It was the sweetest story I’d ever heard.

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Leo loved to sit and read

Stories old and new

But his parents wanted him to venture out

Poor Leo had to follow through.

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Off Leo goes to tame the dragon

To make his parents proud

With his sword and brand new shield

He rides underneath the clouds.

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A Griffin, a Troll and a Dragon

Friends he meets along the way

A brave old knight who wouldn’t fight

He had far too much to say.

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The illustrations in this book

Were perfect through and through

They capture every moment

Even lots of dragon poo!

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I highly recommend this book

For adults and children to share

The perfect little story

To show loved ones that you care.

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So snuggle on down with Leo and friends

And a pile of favourite books

Books are powerful, fun and amazing

One page will get you hooked.

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Words are all Leo needed

On his journey through the lands

A book or two to share with friends

And that, sadly, is where my story ends.

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I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!

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You can buy a copy of The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight here

Or why not add it to Goodreads here


About Helen & Thomas Docherty

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Helen Docherty is the author of THE SNATCHABOOK and ABRACAZEBRA. Helen lives in Swansea with her husband, Thomas, and their two daughters

Website: www.helendocherty.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/docherty_helen

Thomas Docherty is the acclaimed illustrator of THE SNATCHABOOK, ABRACAZEBRA and THE SNORGH AND THE SAILOR. He was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal.

Website: www.thomasdocherty.co.uk

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TDIllustration


Blog Tour

You can catch up or follow the rest of the blog tour at the following stops

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Monday 1st August

Wonderfully Bookish

The Pewter Wolf

Tuesday 2nd August

Chouett

Library Mice

Wednesday 3rd August

An Awfully Big Adventure

Tales of Yesterday

Thursday 4th August

Powered by Reading

Big Book Little Book

Friday 5th August

Library Girl and Book Boy

Rhino Reads

Saturday 6th August

Linda’s Book Bag

Luna’s Little Library

Sunday 7th August

Emma’s Bookery

Maia and a Little Moore

 

 


Have you read The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight?  What did you think?  Has this review made you want to go grab a copy?  I would love to here from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!

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PHBC – Hit And Run by R L Stine


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Do you remember the Point Horror Book Series from the 90’s?  The Point Horror Series was a series of young adult point horror books and was launched in 1991 by Scholastic always with the Point Horror banner on the spine and on the top of every point horror book.  There were a number of authors that wrote these books for Scholastic: R L Stine, Diane Hoh, Caroline B Cooney, Sinclair Smith to name but a few.

Are the Point Horror books we loved as a teenager still our favourites on the re-read?  Are you new to Point Horror?  Has our opinion changed?  Are they still as good?  Do they stand up to modern day YA Horror?  Or are they a whole load of cray cray?

Lets find out…

#pointhorrorbookclub

 Join in the discussion with this months title!

Hit And Run By R L Stine

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Don’t forget to use the #pointhorrorbookclub on twitter so I can see your thoughts or tweet me using @chelleytoy

 There is a link to a poll at the bottom of this post to vote for your next #pointhorrorbookclub read! The next book will be announced on 17th March 2016

For links to #pointhorrorbookclub posts old and new, Point Horror guest posts and interviews with Point Horror authors please click here


** Please note that as this is a discussion there will be spoilers**


The Tagline

Look before you leap!

Okay ….so…What’s It All About?

A group of friends are due to take their driving test, the good girl, the joker, the jock and the shy guy and after playing too many practical jokes on one of the group Eddie they decide one night ,when their parents are not around obvs, to take the car out for a spin and some get in some extra practise!

But isn’t that illegal?!  What if they got caught?!

Pfft!  Chill there’s totally nothing to worry about!  Nothing whatsoever….I mean they only run over a guy and leave him for dead on the side of the road!  No biggie!

But that’s called a Hit and Run!

Ohhhhhhh now I get why the book is called Hit & Run!

Anyway onwards we must go….

So the four friends try to forget about the poor dead guy, Brandt Tinker (not a joke)…..

*sniggers*

I’m trying to tell a synopsis here!

Anyway….then the phone calls start and the threatening letters turning up….you know the drill, but this time they appear to be from the dead guy, Brandt Tinkers!  Could he really be alive and out to get revenge?!

The Girl

With her crimped blonde hair, face full of freckles and lively green eyes I kind of liked Cassie Martin.  A normal 16 year old girl who’s short, thin athletic appearance made her look twelve. She hung out with her three best friends and she even had a secret crush on the one, Scott Baldwin.  This being said I loved how Cassie always gave us the plus and negative sides to her friends and her inside thoughts ie wishing Winks to be more serious and Scott, her crushes laugh making her teeth itch!

*scratches teeth*

It made me growl a little that her athletic tendencies seemed to be used as an excuse for hanging out with three boys instead of girls.  I don’t think this should have been an issue that kept needing to be brought up throughout the book, especially when the three boys were….lets say idiots Point Horror Boys!

Cassie did make me laugh though when she receives a phone call and the operator tells her it’s the supposed dead man they ran over and she accepts the call!  I mean would you?!

She wasn’t the worst Point Horror Girl we have come across, but just not the best….

The Love Interest

Scott Bladwin was described as more of a follower than a leader by Cassie.  A sheep rather than a tiger.

*growls*.

The big, blonde jock with brawny shoulders, broadneck and brains.  He was the full back on the football team, all state wrestler, class representative on the student government, held a solid B Plus Average, held an after school job (that he never seemed to be at throughout the book) and an all round guy who’s picture is in every year book.

I mean wow!  Can this guy be any better!

Unfortunately his personality was not the best Point Horror Boy we have ever had.  He has no idea Cassie has a crush on him and a really annoying laugh apparently and is described as good looking in a teddy bear sort of way?!!

I mean ….whaaaaaa???

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He did go up in my estimation for that yellow poloroid camera though, that awkward kiss with Cassie and the way he didn’t really care if people took the mickey out of him.

The Gang

Bruce “Winks” Winkleman….upon first description I knew he would have been the boy that 15 year old Chelle would have swooned over.  Stringy brown hair down to his shoulders, short pudgy nose, blue denim jacket with his Fathers war medals pinned to it, faded jeans with gaping holes, black rimmed Buddy Holly glasses slightly to big for his slender face, one kind of smile, a devilish grin, the joker and a good guy once you get to know him.

Apparently!  Yes I soon changed my mind!

I realised very quickly that he took his “dumb jokes and schemes” way to far and literally would do anything for a laugh.  He practically bullies poor Eddie and gets everyone else to join in on the bullying!  Was it just me who laughed when he got run over by the “corpse”?  I did a little ha you deserved it sucker at my book!  🙂

His eyeball trick was plain gross….even I would have fainted and his car trick with the brakes was really all just about setting him up as the suspect in the story.

Eddie Katz the short, quiet, timid and frightened looking friend with his curly black hair, dark red circles on his cheeks, who wants to be a doctor but appears to not be able to deal with people let alone dead bodies and blood and who blushes far to easily.  He is the subject of Wink’s practical jokes and I really felt for him.  Everyone plays the jokes on him and he is a good sport about it all…..well that is until he decides to get payback on his “friends”.

It was a little obvious he was the one playing the tricks and who set up the whole hit and run scenario in my opinion.

Brandt Tinkers….the dead guy!  Yep that’s right the already dead guy that Eddie “claims” he ran over and killed even though he was already dead!  So stiff he could stand up on his own!  I mean the poor guy!  Not only does he have to suffer the name Brandt Tinkers he gets run over, shoved in and out of different cars and trunks and I do not even want to think about how he must have smelled!  OMG!

A little mention to Jerry, Eddies cousin who worked at the morgue and who supplied the eyeball to Winks and a dead body (which I’m pretty sure is illegal) to Eddie all in the name of a practical joke!  Tall and broad sholdered, built like a fall back, with long, frizzy blonde hair that fell unbrushed around his micheivious face.  He was like a cross between Winks and Scott and completely the opposite to his cousin Eddie.  He loved his diamond stud and cowboy boots and although helping Eddie initially with his so called joke it took him far to long to realise that the joke had gone to far!

I want to do a shout out here to the parents in this book too!  Oh how they made me laugh!  I did fear the worst for the parents when on page three the classic “the parents are out” is mentioned and then as we went on the parents were either at the cinema or in bed or out for dinner, but then something changed!  About halfway into this book the most rare thing happened.  The parents became involved in their childrens lives and were real people with real personalities.  Grounding their children and wearing bath robes and answering the phone at 3am in the morning and actually caring about there child being laid up and left for dead in the hospital!  I mean what craziness is this!  Yes Mr Stine!  Yes!

I especially liked Mrs Katz who just wanted everyone to love her yellow moist cake!

A part of me did wish that they were the evil twist in this book and were playing the pratical jokes on the kids as some type of Point Horror revenge gone wrong!!

*evil laugh*

Fashion Faux Pas

This book mentioned clothing all over the place!

It mentioned pump up sneakers…..a sign of the 90’s for sure!

th3P2G4BZ9A Bart Simpson t-shirt….

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Dialogue Disasters

I have to admit I didn’t find many in this one….but these few made me chuckle…

“Cassie has been athletic all her life, playing sports, swimming, bike riding and hanging out with the boys in her neighbourhood”

*coughs*

With an opening sentence like this I thought this was going to be Point Romance!

“We won’t need headlights.  Winks can run ahead of us in that sweater”

Lol

“Brandt Tinkers Eddie said staring at his corpse.  Brandt Tinkers”

Yep we were all thinking the same….who came up with this name #ClassicPointHorrorName

“Even though it was only seven thirty she was already in a flannel night gown and bathrobe”

I’m normally in mine by 6:30!

“Eddie had pulled into himself like a frightened turtle”

Peek A Boo!

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Body Count

A lame one….and even he was already dead!  Disappointing to say the least!

Is it scary?

No no no!  Not scary at all I’m afraid.

Did the best friend do it?

Well yeah….one of the best friends did do it!

*throws confetti*

Some Mild Peril?

Hmmmmm I guess being run over and left for dead and being told to run for your life whilst a car tries to mow you down classes as mild peril.

Other than that I’m not sure…..

I know one thing for sure definitely not a threatening note written in purple crayon lol

Is it any good?

I actually kind of liked this one…it was like a first version of I Know What You Did Last Summer with a few more plot wholes and before they cast Sarah Michelle Geller….I enjoyed it.  Okay the twist was guessable and the threats not really that scary, but it was enjoyable.

Also did anyone else notice the obsession with the colour yellow in this book?  Yellow food, yellow clothes, yellow camera, yellow cake, yellow lights…….and there was that hospital that was….wait for it….. pea soup green.  All green.  Green every where ruining my mellow yellow coma that I was in.

Final Thought

Fluffy the cat!

*sniffles*

Cover Wars

Which do you prefer?

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Over to you!

As well as your thoughts on the book I’ve added some fun questions to ponder!

  • What practical joke would you have played on Winks?
  • Were the parents in on it?
  • What was Brandt Tinkers back story other than being a poor homeless guys who’s body was used for prank purposes?
  • What yellow thing would you have added into the book?

See you at #pointhorrorbookclub on 13th April 2016 !

You can vote for your next #PointHorrorBookClub read here!

Voting closes on the 17th March 2016!

And the winner was…..

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The next read will be announced on the #pointhorrorbookclub page here and on twitter using the hashtag #pointhorrorbookclub on the 17th February 2016!

For links to #pointhorrorbookclub posts old and new, Point Horror guest posts and interviews with Point Horror authors please click here

Thanks for joining in….

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Review – Crush by Eve Ainsworth


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It’s no secret that I LOVED Eve Ainsworth’s debut 7 Days when I read it last year ( you can find my review here ) so I was super excited and very lucky to have received a copy of her second book, Crush last year!  Crush was released on the 3rd March 2016 published by Scholastic and I loved ever page of it!

I am so over the moon to be part of the wonderful blog tour for this book!

For my stop on the blog tour I am going to share my thoughts on the book and post a review!

A huge thank you to Faye Rogers , Eve Ainsworth and Scholastic for having me on this wonderful tour and for sending me the book to read.


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Love hurts … but should it hurt this much? Reeling from her mum’s sudden departure, Anna finds the comfort she needs in her blossoming relationship with Will. He’s handsome and loving, everything Anna has always dreamt of. He’s also moody and unpredictable, pushing her away from her friends, her music. He wants her to be his and his alone. He wants her to be perfect. Anna’s world is closing in. But threatening everything is a dark secret that not even Will can control… Eve Ainsworth’s gripping second novel is a pitch-perfect exploration of love at its most powerful, addictive and destructive.


Publisher – Scholastic UK

Published – 3rd March 2016

Pages – 340 pages

Format – Paperback

Category – Contemporary YA

Source – I was sent a copy of this book by the wonderful people at Scholastic as part of the blog tour organised by Faye Rogers.  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you Scholastic for sending this to me to read and to Faye for organising!


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


After reading and loving Eve’s debut, 7 Day’s, last year I could not wait to get my little mitts on her second book Crush and I have to say it did not disappoint.

A story about a toxic relationship and a reminder that domestic abuse is never okay in any way, shape or form.

 Crush tells the story of Anna who, since her Mom has left home, is struggling to cope living with her Dad and her younger brother.  Everything seems to cause an issue between her and her Dad and she is generally not happy at home.  She then catches the eye of Will, one of the schools heart throbs, who whilst is slightly older than Anna she enjoys the attention that Will gives her and she can’t quite believe that Will would be interested in someone like her.  Will makes Anna feel good about herself and gives her something to take her mind off things.  Anna is so wrapped up in Will that she doesn’t see that the relationship takes a somewhat toxic turn.

 The story is told from the perspective of Anna, but also at the end/start of every chapter we get a brief glimpse into Will’s thoughts and feelings with regards to his actions.

 As a character I gelled with Anna and really wanted her to get out of the situations she finds herself in. As a character she is strong even if she does not believe that to be true.  Anna’s feelings of love and being swept away by love are both endearing and heart wrenching because as a reader you kind of know what’s coming and you really want her to wake up and realise it for herself.   The relationship between her and her brother, Eddie, was a classic sister/brother relationship.  I loved Eddie a lot and loved how Anna and Eddie’s relationship develops over the course of the book.

 Also I loved Dan…..I think there’s a story in Dan somewhere!  Hint Hint Eve!

 I found Will harder to like as a character and rightly so.  I already felt quite reserved and a bit hostile towards Will mainly because of my initial thoughts to the blurb of the book which gives a good indication of what is to come.  In fact I really hated him but he has been designed by Eve not to like as a character.  He treats Anna badly….very badly and whilst, as mentioned above, we get a glimpse into his reasoning’s behind what he does and his thoughts and feelings I found it a very hard lump to swallow especially with one explosive letter that he writes (I don’t want to say which one due to spoilers but my mouth dropped wide open and I felt so so angry).  But Eve’s writing as always is very clever.  It’s willing you to feel something for this character that you hate and I found myself constantly reminding myself of the wrongs he has done.  His reasoning does not justify his actions in anyway, and the letters sort of try and justify things and reasons why he is like the way he is, but as a reader you know that this could never excuse his behaviour.  It’s evident that Eve, like in 7 Days, is trying to give both sides to a very complex and harrowing story.

 What shocked me about the story is that as a reader you can see the small things that begin to happen to Anna and it makes you angry that she can’t see it, but that just proves how realistic the words written in this book are.  In real life when you are in a situation like Anna finds herself you may not necessarily want to believe it’s true or you may not recognise the signs.

 I loved how Anna lived on the same estate as 7 Days was set.  In fact the same tower block as 7 Day’s character Lyn.  This paved a way for Lyn to appear in Crush and I loved it and him even more so.  I love it when books cross over like this.  It was almost like visiting an old friend and finding out how he is doing and what he has been up to since the end of 7 Day’s.  I also loved the caring way he is with Anna, his genuine concern ….  Oh how I love Lyn.

 The ending, whilst I won’t spoil it, gave me as a reader some closure.  This is Anna’s story and Anna as a character deserved some closure.  Eve gives us as a reader room to think about the events and the characters.

 Again Eve has tackled a raw, hard hitting subject and has done it fantastically well.  Eve’s writing just flows across the page which makes this book quite a quick read.  I really believe, like 7 Day’s that a book like this could help somebody who needed it or who maybe wasn’t aware that their relationship maybe potentially be toxic.

Well done to Eve for another brilliant powerful book.  I’m excited to see the conversations this book will spark and waiting in high anticipation for Eve’s next book as I know it’s going to be brilliant.

I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!

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You can buy Crush by Eve Ainsworth here

Or why not add it to Goodreads here

Check out my review of 7 Days by Eve Ainsworth here

Or a Q&A with a character from 7 Days and Crush, Lyn, here


About Eve Ainsworth

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Eve Ainsworth has worked extensively in Child Protection and pastoral care roles, supporting teenagers with emotional and behavioural issues. Her debut novel Seven Days was released in 2015 and has been nominated for a string of awards including the Carnegie Medal. Her second novel, Crush, is out March 2016. She lives in West Sussex.

You can find out more about Eve on her website here

Or why not follow Eve on Twitter – @EveAinsworth


Blog Tour

You can catch up or follow the rest of the blog tour at the following stops

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Monday 7th March

Snuggling on the Sofa

Bookish Outsider

Tuesday 8th March

The Bibliophile Chronicles

Ali the Dragon Slayer

 Wednesday 9th March

Tales of Yesterday

Literary-ly Obssessed

Thursday 10th March

Writing from the Tub

Serendipity Reviews

Friday 11th March

Eat Read Glam

Mia in Narnia

Saturday 12th March

The Book Moo

An Awful Lot of Reading

Sunday 13th March

Maia and a Little Moore

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Have you read Crush or 7 Days by Eve Ainsworth?  What did you think?  Has this review made you want to go grab a copy?  I would love to here from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!

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Review – Defender Of The Realm by Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler


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I have recently read this fun, action packed MG fantasy by the brilliant duo Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler, Defender Of The Realm which is released today on the 3rd March 2016 and I loved ever page of it!  I am so over the moon to be part of the wonderful blog tour for this book!

For my stop on the blog tour I am going to share my thoughts on the book and post a review!

A huge thank you to Faye Rogers , Mark Huckerby, Nick Ostler and Scholastic for having me on this wonderful tour and for sending me the book to read.


Defender of the Realm

Super-villains. Hungry monsters. One kid to stop them all. Meet King Alfie: fourteen-year-old British monarch and Defender of the Realm. Alfie never expected to become king so young. He definitely didn’t expect to become a legendary superhero: the Defender. Which means fighting an ancient secret battle against mega-villains and evil monsters. All while grappling with adoring crowds, paparazzi and minders. Now the terrible Black Dragon is rising. Only Alfie can stop him. Think being a king is just about wearing a crown? Wrong.


Publisher – Scholastic UK

Published – 3rd March 2016

Pages – 340 pages

Format – Paperback and E-book

Category – MG Fantasy

Source – I was sent a copy of this book by the wonderful people at Scholastic as part of the blog tour organised by Faye Rogers.  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you Scholastic for sending this to me to read and to Faye for organising!


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


I wasn’t sure what to expect from Defender Of The Realm, but as soon as it came through the post I skim read the first few pages fully intrigued and I was immediately drawn into a world that mixed the real world and fantasy world flawlessly and all with some historical facts, humour and well known United Kingdom landmarks too!

Defender Of The Realm tells the story or Alfie who is a reluctant heir to the thrown and who finds himself thrust into the limelight to take on his duty a little earlier in life than he would have thought.  What Alfie doesn’t expect is the extra responsibilities that come with it… you know the kind of thing…Crown Jewels, Paparazzi, BECOMING AN AWESOME SUPERHERO CALLED THE DEFENDER AND SAVING THE WORLD FROM THE BLACK LIZARD!  When Alfie becomes King he discovers a whole new duty to his country that is steeped in history and kept a secret for many years.  And when the evil Black Lizard seems unstoppable Alfie has to learn to protect his country, be King and be The Defender, but is Alfie the right person for the job?

This book is a real page turner!

I loved the feel of this book.  It felt so very British.  I loved the way even though the characters are fictional I felt like I was taking a sneaky peak behind the scenes of the actual royal family.  That’s how real the characters came across for me.  I loved the references to historical landmarks or traditions which I recognised like The Tower Of London, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey and the tradition of a Coronation and who knew there was a volcanoes under Edinburgh Castle 😉

You will never look at a Beefeater…I mean Yoeman Warder the same ever again after reading this book…..oh the secrets that they possibly hold!

It really reads like a film.  You could picture the scenes playing out on the screen in front of you.

*Hints for someone to make this into a TV show or film immediately*

To top all of this off this book was not only packed with a brilliant action packed plot and brilliant story line it also had a brilliant cast of superb characters.

I adored Alfie right from the action packed off set!  He is heir to the thrown, but doesn’t want to be treated as such and just wants to be a normal boy who can go out for pizza when he wants to.  As a reader I think you really feel for Alfie and you really want him to do well.  You see him grow and mature slightly throughout the book almost like becoming the superhero Defender brings something out in him that he never knew was there.

I also loved Hayley so so much.  The girl who looks after her gran who is thrust into the middle of the world of Alfie, The Defender and the Black Lizard when a trip to The Tower Of London with her gran turns into a battle and she finds a keeps a piece of the Black Lizards tail!  Hayley was awesome.  She says what she thinks and doesn’t give two hoots what people think.  She is honest, caring, funny and demands her voice to be heard.  The friendship between Hayley and Alfie is a friendship that would last forever.

That’s another thing about this book.  It made me laugh and giggle in places.  There are some classic one liners or comedic moments that really make you grin like a Cheshire cat beaming from ear to ear and make you love these characters and the story even more.

There were two characters especially that did just this for me… Brian and L.C.  Oh how I want them to have their own spin off or sketch show.  They were absolutely brilliant fun.  Always at Alfie’s side, but in roles of responsibility.  Brian was the more carefree of the two trying to always tell the “bad smell under his nose” L.C to give Alfie and often Hayley a break.  I loved how L.C was so traditional and does things by the book and when this does not go to plan he is all out of sorts.  But they both have Alfie’s back.  They were a brilliant comedy duo.  They kind of reminded me a little of Jeeves and Wooster or Hacker and Humprey from Yes Prime Minster.

The scene where L.C takes Alfie into the secret passage from Buckingham Palace to the Tower to a secret under ground lair had me in absolute stitches!  There’s Alfie who is experiencing this for the first time and being told to get in a small carriage as it’s quicker and there’s L.C all laid back like he’s about to board the train with his newspaper.  It’s a brilliant scene.

Also a little shout out to the badies….. Fulcher and Turpin the so called MI5 agents who would give the two wet bandits from Home Alone a run for their money and who I hope will make an appearance in book two.

And there’s the Black Lizard!

*quakes in boots*

*gulps*

*runs and hides*

Yes that’s right there is apparently going to be a book two and I cannot wait!  I need this book now!  Especially with the jaw dropping cliff hanger to end all cliff hangers that this book finished on!  I almost felt the authors write that last line with glee mixed with an extremely evil laugh 😉

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves an action packed, superhero read that will make you turn the page and laugh, but also make your heart beat and with all with a little twist along the way that I for one didn’t see coming.

I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!

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You can buy Defender of the Realm (Defender of the Realm #1) here

Or why not add it to Goodreads here


About Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler

Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler are Emmy and BAFTA-nominated screenwriters best known for writing popular TV shows such as Danger Mouse and Thunderbirds Are Go! 

You can find out more about Mark & Nick on their website www.ostlerandhuckerby.com

Or why not follow them both on twitter using @huckywucky and @nickostler


Blog Tour

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Monday 29th February

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Library Girl and Book Boy

 Tuesday 1st March

Book Lover Jo

A Bookish Life

 Wednesday 2nd March

Minerva Reads

A Daydreamers Thoughts

 Thursday 3rd March

Tales of Yesterday

My Book Corner

Friday 4th March

Chouett

Ya Ya Yeah

 Saturday 5th March

Bart’s Bookshelf

Big Book Little Book

 Sunday 6th March

The Arts Shelf

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Have you read Defender Of The Realm?  What did you think?  Has this review made you want to go grab a copy?  I would love to here from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading and defending the country!

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Corey’s Corner – Review – The Seriously Extra Ordinary Diary of Pig by Emer Stamp


Seriously Extra Ordinary Diary of Pig

Pig 3: Pig, Duck, Cow and all the Sheeps are far away from their Farm and beloved Vegetarian Farmers. More fun, parps, slops and unbelievable adventure from this much-loved set of characters. Complete with illustrations throughout and printed in a unique diary format.


Publisher – Scholastic

Date Published – 4th February 2016

Pages – 224 pages

Format – Hardback

Category – MG Comedy

Source –

We were sent a copy of this book by the publisher Scholastic in exchange for an honest review.  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way.  Thank you for sending us this book to read and review.


**Please note this review is as spoiler free as possible**


Hi, my name is Corey, I am eleven and today I am doing a review on The Seriously Extra Ordinary Diary Of Pig!!!

After a game of ‘Wheres Woc?’ goes horribly wrong, Pig, Duck and Cow try to make things good again…they try to win their farmers a trophy!

But then cow gets captured by the evil Ivana Herchew!

Can Pig (with the help of some old and new friends along the way) save cow from being turned into a handbag!

Dum dum dum!

Read the book to find out!

This book is really funny and made me laugh out loud at Pigs adventures.

My favourite character was Pig!  He is funny and makes me laugh!  Especially when the pigeons cover him in bird poo and feathers so he looks like one of them!  Lol

Duck is my second favourite character as he knows a lot of different languages!

Ivana is the baddy.  She wears a long thin black suit and has black sunglasses and has teeny lips.  She is EVIL!  She tries to turn Pig, Duck, Cow and Kiki into handbags!!

My favourite part of the book was when they were escaping from Ivana’s mansion because the corn fields got set on fire and they tried to run.  It was action paced!

This book was quite different from the other two books as the characters go on a boat to the ‘otherside’.

This was my favourite Pig book out of them all!

As you can see……

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5 OUT OF 5 COREY CORNER BOOKS!

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You can find Emer Stamp’s favourite Pig scenes here


About Emer Stamp

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Emer Stamp is the author and illustrator of The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig. Emer grew up on a farm in Devon before training in graphic design and working for some of London’s top advertising agencies. She was the Creative Director for the Adam and Eve DDB communications agency, which creates advertisements for clients including John Lewis, Halifax, Cadbury’s and Save the Children. She lives in London.

Find out more on Emer’s website – here

Follow Emer on twitter using @emerstamp

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You can buy The Seriously Extra Ordinary Diary Of Pig! or other Pig books here

Happy Reading

Corey!

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Review – The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury


Sleeping Prince

I was so excited to be asked to be part of the blog tour for the second book in The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy, The Sleeping Prince.  I adored The Sin Eater’s Daughter so so much and have been anticipating The Sleeping Prince for so long!

You can find my review of The Sin Eater’s Daughter here

For my stop on the blog tour I am going to share my thoughts on the book and post a review!

A huge thank you to Faye Rogers and Scholastic for having me on this wonderful tour and for sending me the book to read and review!


Sleeping PrinceReturn to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater’s Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified …and desperate for more. Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep. When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help Errin, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds splits the world as she knows it apart, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom…


Publisher – Scholastic UK

Published – 4th February 2016

Pages – 336 pages

Format – Paperback and E-book

Category – YA Fantasy

Source – I was sent a copy of this book by the wonderful people at Scholastic as part of the blog tour organised by Faye Rogers.  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you Scholastic for sending this to me to read and to Faye for organising!


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


The Sleeping Prince has been high up on my most anticipated list since I read the first novel in the trilogy The Sin Eaters Daughter.  I couldn’t wait to jump back into Mel’s world and see what Melinda Salisbury had in store for me next!  I have to say I was blown away!

And this time it has an awesome map showing all the Kingdoms!  I love a good map!

The Sleeping Prince starts where The Sin Eater’s Daughter left off thereabouts, but this time from the perspective of Errin who although we had not met prior to The Sleeping Prince we had heard of her through Leif’s stories in The Sin Eater’s Daughter as Errin is Liefs sister.

With the Kingdoms at war following The Sleeping Prince being awoken we are thrown straight into Kingdoms in turmoil.  With an unforgettable prologue that crushed my soul we are thrown straight into the action and the feeling of fear is instantly felt.

We follow Errin through the highs and lows.  Looking after her sick mother, missing her brother Leif and her dead Father, trying to make ends meet and brewing potions for the mysterious Silas.  With the threat of being evacuated from her home and with the approach of The Sleeping Prince threatening to take over all of the Kingdoms Errin is forced on a journey that she ordinarily would not take.

I loved how certain aspects of Errin’s memories were her perspective of what we already knew from Leif in the previous book and it gave me the warm fuzzy feelings inside with these gentle nods to the character I had grown to love from The Sin Eater’s Daughter.  That being said Errin stands out on her own and is an instantly likeable character with a caring, loving nature who grows throughout the book.

I fell completely in love with the mysterious Silas….a hooded mysterious man who keeps his mystery throughout the book.  That’s kinda sexy right?

A lot of my favourite scenes involved the growing relationship between Errin and Silas before her journey begins.

I also loved various cross over points and nods to The Sin Eater’s Daughter which created some rather sweet moments which touched my heart.  And you also find out the answer to the question that has haunted us for a whole year….who was behind the knocking on the door!

Yet again Melinda Salisbury writes such well crafted characters and gives us the fear factor of The Sleeping Prince.  Imagine if you had been woken up after a 100 years sleep!  You would be grumpy right?  Well so was The Sleeping Prince!  With his army of Gollum’s doing his dirty work with the aid of The Silver Knight he reigns havoc in the scenes where he is present, but also his presence is felt throughout the book without him being in each scene.  The feeling that The Sleeping Prince is coming is truly terrifying and really makes you fearful for everyone in the Kingdoms that you love.

The pace of the book really makes the story flow page after page.

I really think Melinda’s writing in this book has grown so much in strength.  It’s completely stunning and breath-taking.  The imagery that is created and the feelings she makes you feel through her characters are truly amazing.  Each chapter leaves you craving more and makes you wonder how on earth Melinda is going to wrap everything up in just one more book!

Also I have a sneaky feeling I may have worked out the title for the next book…..but I may be really wrong!

And last but not least all I’m going to say is…..That. Last. Line!

*cries about waiting another year for the next book and my return to Mel’s world*

On another note a huge shout out to Jamie Gregory for such stunning covers for The Sin Eater’s Daughters trilogy.  They are a thing of absolute beauty!

The Sleeping Prince is a phenomenal read which I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy, fantastic characters and a brilliant twisting plot.  The story feels true of ancient Camelot times with hints of fairy tales and far away lands.

This could be read as a companion novel, but I highly recommend reading The Sin Eater’s Daughter first to get the full experience and impact of the all the storylines and to let Melinda destroy your very soul!

I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!

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You can buy The Sleeping Prince here

Or why not add it to Goodreads here

Check out my review of the first book in the trilogy, The Sin Eater’s Daughter here

Or find out what about an evening with Melinda Salisbury here

Or find out what we got up to at The Sleeping Prince book launch in Birmingham here


About Melinda Salisbury

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When not working on her next novel, Melinda Salisbury is busy reading and travelling, both of which are now more addictions than hobbies.

To find out more about Melinda check out here website – www.melindasalisbury.com

Or why not follow her on twitter – @ahintofmystery


Blog Tour

Catch up of follow the rest of this wonderful blog tour by checking out the stops below

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Monday 1st February – Music, Books and Tea

Tuesday 2nd February – Tales of Yesterday

Wednesday 3rd February – The Bibliophile Chronicles

Thursday 4th February – Jess Hearts Books & Uncorked Thoughts

Friday 5th February – Maia and a Little Moore

Saturday 6th February – Bookish Outsiders

Sunday 7th February – The Book Moo

Monday 8th February – Mia in Narnia

Tuesday 9th February – So Many Books, So Little Time

Wednesday 10th February – Emma’s Bookery

Thursday 11th February – The Books Bandit

Friday 12th February – Big Book Little Book

Saturday 13th February – The Reading Fangirl

Sunday 14th February – Literary-ly Obsessed

 

 

 

 


You can find my review of The Sin Eaters Daughter here

Or find out about An Evening With Melinda Salisbury here

Have you read The Sleeping Prince or The Sin Eater’s Daughter?  What did you think?  Has this review made you want to go grab a copy?  I would love to here from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading

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Review – The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury


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Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court. She’s the executioner. As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company. But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen. However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favour of a doomed love?


Publisher – Scholastic

Date Published – 5th February 2015

Pages – 352 pages

Format – Paperback

Category – YA Fantasy

Source –

I originally received a proof of this book from the wonderful people at Love Reading 4 Kids followed by a finished copy from the publisher Scholastic.  This was then followed by me buying several copies of this book!  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you all for sending / giving this to me to read!


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


Reading fantasy is normally really out of my comfort zone, but Melinda Salisbury’s debut, The Sin Eater’s Daughter, about a girl who can kill with a single touch, drew me into a world full of imagination, corruption and love and it hasn’t let me go ever since.

 The Sin Eater’s Daughter tells the story of Twylla.  Twylla is the daughter of the Kingdom’s Sin Eater who eats peoples sins in the form of food when they die.  Brought to the Kingdom of Lormere by the King and the evil Queen she it betrothed to Prince Merek (*swoons*), but is also the perfect weapon with the Queen advising her Kingdom that Twylla has been chosen by the Gods to be Daunen Embodied and can kill anyone with a single touch.  This is proved to the Kingdom by Twylla drinking the Morningsbane poison every harvest proving that the Gods have chosen her.  Under the constant protection of her guards, including new guard Lief from the enemies town Tregellan (*swoons*), Twylla starts to question the Queens motives and reasoning’s behind the executions that Twylla is asked to perform and in the process learns to love.

 I instantly connected with this world and it’s characters.  I could actually imagine this world being part of our past and history.  It felt very real to me as if these moments in history had actually taken place in the past.  This entangled with a fairy-tale-esque world made me envision everything so clearly and it gave me the feelings of being a child and reading the fairy tales of old and being swept away by them completely.

 I loved Twylla as a character.  Melinda Salisbury does a fantastic job, which is credit to her writing, of making you feel exactly what Twylla does.  You feel her pain of having to perform these executions, you feel her fear of the Queen, you feel every little tummy flip and every torn thought in her mind.  I felt for her completely and as a reader I wanted the best for her.

 On the other side of the coin you have the Queen.  Within the first few pages my tummy filled with fear.  Her presence, even when she is only suggested and spoke about on the page, made me cower in fear and for what was going to happen next.  She is so cold, calculating and really quite heartless.  One scene that sticks fully in my mind and made me realise just what the Queen was like happened very early on in the book when a court member dares to speak over Twylla singing during a banquet (and possibly a little out of turn) so much so that the Queen takes a dislike to it.  Quite calmly and casually the Queen tells him to leave by foot through the woods that surround the castle.  She gives him a head start and then asks the guards to send the viscous dogs after him casually as if she is asking someone to pour more wine or batting a fly away.  Oh she is so evil!

*runs away scared*

 Amongst all of this there’s also a very swoon worthy love triangle in the mix.  There’s the gorgeous new guard Lief who is as much mysterious as he is handsome and Prince Merek who is devoted to his Kingdom and his betrothed, Twylla.  Melinda Salisbury writes some very very swoony scenes indeed which made my cheeks flush red and made me fall deeply in love with both of these characters.  I don’t want to give too much away so I will leave it there but at an event I attended with Melinda she mentioned that she would cast these two actors in a movie / TV adaptation….

Reeve+Carney+65th+Annual+Tony+Awards+Arrivals+u_tL0caMNhLlaneurin-barnard*Daydreams*

Oh sorry……better get back to the review!

One of my favourite scenes has to be the Hall Of Mirrors….It was just so cleverly crafted and written I felt like I was there, hiding and trying not to be seen.

I also loved the threads of story Melinda Salisbury has threaded into the mix in a very clever way indeed.  The story of The Sin Eaters Daughter lead me to question things happening in this fictional world with a massive twist along the way and left me craving…no actually demanding more!

The title of the next book in the series is called The Sleeping Prince.  Thinking back after hearing this title made me realise aspects of the fictional history that Melinda Salisbury has created about the Sleeping Prince throughout The Sin Eaters Daughter make this a highly anticipated read for 2016!

(You can check out my review of The Sleeping Prince here)

I highly recommended The Sin Eaters Daughter to anyone who enjoys fantasy, brilliant characters, a fearful villain, clever plot twists, brilliant writing and swoony love interests.

Oh and also I’m definitely team Lief *swoons*….. I mean Merek *swoons* …. I mean….Oh I just can’t choose….maybe both?

I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!

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I loved this book that much and even though it was the last book I read in 2015 it made my best 15 books read in 2015 list here

You can buy a copy of this book here or why not visit your local independent book shop for a copy?

Check out my review of the second book in the trilogy, The Sleeping Prince here

Find out about an evening with Melinda Salisbury here

Or find out what we got up to at The Sleeping Prince launch in Birmingham here


About Melinda Salisbury

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Melinda Salisbury lives by the sea, somewhere in the south of England. As a child she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matilda was her biography, in part helped by her grandfather often mistakenly calling her Matilda, and the local library having a pretty cavalier attitude to the books she borrowed. Sadly she never manifested telekinetic powers.

She likes to travel, and have adventures. She also likes medieval castles, non-medieval aquariums, Richard III, and all things Scandinavian. The Sin Eater’s Daughter is her first novel, and will be published by Scholastic in 2015. She is represented by the amazing Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge and White.

To find out more about Melinda Salisbury check out her website – www.melindasalisbury.com

Or why not follow Melinda on Twitter using @AHintOfMystery


Have you read The Sin Eater’s Daughter?  What did you think?  Are you Team Lief or Team Merek?  Are you excited for The Sleeping Prince?   I would love to hear 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!

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Review – Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta


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In this lyrical, absorbing, award-winning novel, nothing is as it seems, and every clue leads to more questions.

At age eleven, Taylor Markham was abandoned by her mother. At fourteen, she ran away from boarding school, only to be tracked down and brought back by a mysterious stranger. Now seventeen, Taylor’s the reluctant leader of her school’s underground community, whose annual territory war with the Townies and visiting Cadets has just begun. This year, though, the Cadets are led by Jonah Griggs, and Taylor can’t avoid his intense gaze for long. To make matters worse, Hannah, the one adult Taylor trusts, has disappeared. But if Taylor can piece together the clues Hannah left behind, the truth she uncovers might not just settle her past, but also change her future.


Publisher – Harper Teen

Date Published – 1st September 2008

Pages – 419 pages

Format – Paperback (also avail bale on kindle and audible)

Category – YA Contemporary

Source –

I participated in a secret Santa in 2015 (#UKBBSS) and was gifted this, along with some other books from my list as part of it by the lovely Caitlin Lomas.  Thank you Caitlin.


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


I must admit I had not heard of this book or the author until I received it as part of a secret Santa I participated in in 2015 (#UKBBSS) along with a little note from my secret Santa ( @Caitlomas ) saying that this is literally one of the best books she has ever read!

This intrigued me and I always love receiving a recommendation I have not heard of before so I jumped straight into reading it on Boxing Day and I have to say I completely agree with Caitlin!

This has now become one of my favourite EVER books.

This book!  OMG!  I ADORED it so so much!  Even thinking about it makes my heart ache and beat wildly at the same time and tears form in my eyes!

A story of friendship, family, truth, hope and love that all happens around the Jellicoe Road and with an opening line that I will never forget….

“My Father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.  I counted.  It happened on the Jellicoe Road” 

Jellicoe Road is told in alternative perspectives.  A story from twenty years in the past and a story from the present.   Taylor Markham, the main character in the present is the reluctant leader in the towns territory wars with the visiting Cadets lead by Jonah Griggs and the Townies lead by Santangelo which is played out every year to claim parts of the town around the school and the Jellicoe Road.  The story in the past tells the story of a similar group of students, Narnie, Webb, Fitz, Tate and Jude who are brought together and form friendships following a terrible accident.  When Hannah, the one adult Taylor trusts, disappears Taylor forms friendships with the most unlikely of people in a bid to piece together the clues to uncover the truth.

The story does have a slightly muddly beginning where things are little unclear as to what is going on etc, but this all becomes much more understandable after a few chapters almost like the jigsaw pieces start slotting into place and you can understand where you are.

This story is beautiful from page to page and the writing is powerful and full of emotion throughout and it also introduced me too one of my favourite YA boys ever….Jonah Griggs!  To him my heart will always now belong.  I actually think I love him…quite a lot!

Taylor Markham is a tough brilliant lead character who has had a hard life and keeps herself to herself.  I loved following her journey throughout the book.  I think for me, other than Jonah Griggs, my favourite character was Jude from the past storyline.  He’s kind of selfless and friendship means the world to him completely.

I was completely engrossed and drawn into this book.  I literally could not put it down and when I did I craved to pick it up again.  I just connected with it, with the story and with the characters completely.

The flashbacks to the past story, unfolding as we read it, really hit me right in the heart and I cry just thinking it about it.  It even made me cry on the bus!  I think the past story for me really captured my heart the most.  I think most of my favourite scenes came from this aspect of the story.  The tone, the feelings, the friendships and the tree house.   Narnie, Webb, Fitz, Tate and Jude.  They just swooped me up into their arms and never let me go.  In fact I think this book and the story will stay with me for a very long time to come.

Marchetta is so clever with her writing.  It allows your brain to piece things together before things are even said or done, but also with some twists and turns along the way that you don’t see coming.

“Whatever is now covered up will be uncovered and every secret will be made known”

If you can’t tell already I highly recommend this book to everyone!  Especially if you love YA Contemporary.

There are many things I loved about this book and I feel my review may not have done this wonderful book justice, but I have a favourite quote from this book that sums up my feelings and the tone of this book perfectly…

“I fall in love with these kids over and over again and my heart aches for their tragedies and marvels at their friendship”

*wells up and reaches for tissue*

Thank you Caitlin for buying me this book and introducing me to such a wonderful story and characters that I will never forget!

I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!

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I loved this book that much and even though it was the last book I read in 2015 it made my best 15 books read in 2015 list here

This book does not have a UK Publisher (I know!) but you can purchase the book still in the UK here


About Melina Marchetta

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Melina Marchetta’s writing career took off in 1992 when she published her first novel: Looking For Alibrandi. She later turned the story into a film script. The movie Looking for Alibrandi screened in theatres around Australia and the world from 2000.

Melina managed to combine writing with teaching English and History in secondary school for ten years up to 2006, when she committed to writing full-time. During that period, she released two novels, Saving Francesca and On the Jellicoe Road.

Her first fantasy novel, Finnikin of the Rock, was published in 2008. The Piper’s Son (a companion novel to Saving Francesca) was released in 2010. She has written a children’s book, The Gorgon in the Gully, as part of the Puffin Pocket Money series.

Her novels have been published in 17 languages in at least 18 countries.  Melina lives in Sydney where she writes full time.

You can find more about Melina on her website – www.melinamarchetta.com.au


Have you read Jellicoe Road?  What did you think?  Have you read any other books by Melina Marchetta?  Which book should I read next?  I would love to hear 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!

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