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Tales Post – Red Eye Read Along October 2015


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So with those dark nights approaching and Halloween just around the corner myself and the lovely Heather ( heatherreviews.wordpress.com ) thought we would team up and do a read along with some spooky reads!

We have both been enjoying the Red Eye series published by Stripes Publishing this year so thought these would be ideal for a spooky read along!

Everyone is welcome to join in!

We have a hash tag on twitter where you can keep up to date on our progress and tweet out yours – #RedEyeReadAlong

We also have a Goodreads Group set up for the occasion for even more discussion and to comfort each other when we get scared – you can find the group here

We also have some special treats and prizes to be won!


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Mondays

Introduction of book and author for the week

Tuesdays

A spooky Q&A with this weeks author over on heatherreviews.wordpress.com

Wednesdays

A spooky fun weekly challenge is set!

Thursdays

A spooky guest post from this weeks author over on talesofyesterday.co.uk

Sundays

12pm cut off for weekly challenge and winner announced at around 7pm!

31st October 2015

This is to be confirmed later in the month if it is to go ahead, but we may have a twitter chat on Halloween with some of the Red Eye authors!


Weekly Challenge

Every week a new weekly challenge will be set (normally on a Wednesday) where you could win a Red Eye bundle of books!

The lovely people at Stripes Publishing have kindly given us 5 complete sets (5 books) of all of the currently published Red Eye Books which means one set can be won each week (UK and Ire Only).

Thank you Stripes!

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All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning the weekly set of books is complete the weekly challenge!

Remember we only have one set of books to give away each week so there can only be one winner each week!  The winner will be announced on Sunday evening at around 7pm on twitter and in the Goodreads Group!


Reading Order

28th September 2015 – 4th October 2015

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Dunvegan School for Girls has been closed for many years. Converted into a family home, the teachers and students are long gone. But they left something behind…Sophie arrives at the old schoolhouse to spend the summer with her cousins. Brooding Cameron with his scarred hand, strange Lillias with a fear of bones and Piper, who seems just a bit too good to be true. And then there’s her other cousin. The girl with a room full of antique dolls. The girl that shouldn’t be there. The girl that died. Alex Bell’s chilling novel is part of the Red Eye series, perfect for fans of James Dawson’s Say Her Name and Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood.

Check out the Frozen Charlotte Read Along Week here

Or check out this spooky video by @hlwrites0490 !

Check out my review of Frozen Charlotte here

Or a previous creepy Q&A with Alex Bell here

#RedEyeReadAlong Q&A with Alex Bell here

#RedEyeReadAlong Guest Post from Alex Bell here

Or a Guest Post about Point Horror and Haunted Houses here

5th October 2015 – 11th October 2015

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Young, rich and good-looking, Izzy and her friends lead seemingly perfect lives. But exams are looming – and at a school like Clerkenwell, failure is not an option. Luckily, Tigs has a solution. A small pill that will make revision a breeze and help them get the results they need. Desperate to succeed, the friends begin taking the study drug. But as the side effects take hold they realize there are far worse things than failing a few exams. “…creepy, claustrophobic and pant-wettingly scary…” Kim Curran, author of Shift. Lou Morgan’s terrifying novel is part of the Red Eye series, perfect for fans of James Dawson’s Say Her Name and Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood.

Check out the Sleepless Read Along Week here

Or check out Heathers fab video announcement!

Check out a previous Point Horror related guest post from Lou Morgan here

Check out a #RedEyeReadAlong Q&A with Lou Morgan here

Or a #RedEyeReadAlong guest post by Lou here

12th October 2015 – 18th October 2015

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I must record the facts that have led me to where I am now. So that, when someone reads this, they understand. Sam Hunter’s neighbours are pillars of the community, the most influential people in town. But they’re liars too. The Greenhills are hiding something and Sam’s determined to find out what it is. As his investigation unfolds, he realizes the lies reach further than he ever imagined – is there anyone he can trust? Uncovering the horror is one thing …escaping is another. Simon Cheshire’s chilling novel is part of the Red Eye series.

Check out the Flesh & Blood Read Along Week here

Or Heathers fab video announcement below!

Check out my review of Flesh and Blood here

Or a previous guest post from Simon Cheshire with his top 5 scares here

Check out a #RedEyeReadAlong Q&A with Simon Cheshire here

Or a #RedEyeReadAlong Guest Post with Simon Cheshire here

Or a moment to chill the blood guest post by Simon Cheshire here

19th October 2015 – 25th October 2015

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Gabe is feeling the pressure. His family has money troubles, he’s hardly talking to his dad, plus lowlife Benny is on his case. Needing some space to think, he heads off into the hills surrounding LA. And he suddenly stumbles across a secret that will change everything. A shallow grave. Gabe doesn’t think twice about taking the gold bracelet he finds buried there. Even from the clutches of skeletal hands. But he has no idea what he’s awakening…Graham Mark’s chilling novel is part of the Red Eye series, perfect for fans of James Dawson’s Say Her Name.

Check out the Bad Bones Read Along Week here

Check out my review of Bad Bones here

Or a previous Q&A with Graham Marks here

A #RedEyeReadAlong Q&A with Graham Marks here

A #RedEyeReadAlong Guest Post from Graham Marks here

26th October 2015 – 31st October 2015

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The camera never lies…Darla and her dad are looking for a fresh start. But when they wind up in affluent Saffron Hills, Darla stands no chance of fitting in with the beautiful, selfie-obsessed teens at her new school. Just when she thinks things can’t get any worse, she starts having visions. The gruesome snapshots flashing into Darla’s mind seem to suggest she’s going crazy…until she realizes they’re actually a horrifying glimpse into the future. With a killer on the loose, can she make sense of what she’s seeing before it’s too late?

Check out the Dark Room Read Along week here

Check out a previous Q&A with Tom Becker here

Check out the #RedEyeReadAlong Q&A with Tom Becker here

Check out the #RedEyeReadAlong Guest Post by Tom Becker here


So there you have it!

Do join in using the has tag on twitter #RedEyeReadAlong and why not join the Goodreads Group here

You can follow me on twitter using @ChelleyToy or Heather using @hlwrites0490

Happy Halloween!

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Review – Flesh & Blood by Simon Cheshire


RE_FleshandBlood_C  I must record the facts that have led me to where I am now. So that, when someone reads this, they understand. Sam Hunter’s neighbours are pillars of the community, the most influential people in town. But they’re liars too. The Greenhills are hiding something and Sam’s determined to find out what it is. As his investigation unfolds, he realizes the lies reach further than he ever imagined – is there anyone he can trust? Uncovering the horror is one thing …escaping is another.


Publisher – Stripes Publishing

Date Published – 2nd March 2015

Pages – 336 pages

Format – Paperback

Category – UK YA / YA Horror

Source –

I was sent a copy of this book originally by the wonderful Lovereading4kids in exchange for an honest review.  Stripes Publishing then asked me to be part of the blog tour for this book and sent me another copy in exchange for an honest review (which I will be doing a little giveaway further down the post 🙂 ).  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way.  Thank you both for sending me this book to read and review.


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


Flesh and Blood by Simon Cheshire is the third book to be released in 2015 as part of the new YA Horror Red Eye Series by Stripes Publishing with more titles to come later this year.

As you all may already know I love a creepy and scary read and loved the previous Red Eye book I read called Frozen Charlotte (see my review here), and most recently Bad Bones (see my review here), but Flesh and Blood took the scares and in this case gore up another notch on the heart rate meter!   I used to love the 90’s Point Horror series when I was a teenager as well as being a huge fan of James Dawson and I am excited about the whole premise of a new UK YA Horror series with a contemporary makeover that has left me craving more and to collect and read the rest in the series asap.

You can find the original press release and more information on the fantastic Red Eye series here.

You can see the creepy Red Eye Series book trailer below….if you dare!

Dear Readers….

Here is my account of a book called Flesh and Blood….which I need to write objectively like an enthusiastic blogger would do….but firstly….this book scared the hibbie jeebies out of me!

I must record the facts, a sequence of events, the chain of suspicions and thoughts that I had whilst reading this book that led me to how I feel right now!  So that when someone reads this they understand!

I have to set down everything, to document it, from the beginning.

I have to think clearly.  Breathe deeply.

I’ll sit and think for a while.  Then I’ll write…..

I have to face the consequence of my actions, of what I would do for my love of YA Horror!

If events had happened differently, if I hadn’t been so intent of on following my love for a good old scare then perhaps I wouldn’t be here now, sitting at this desk…alone and scared!

You see, whilst reading this book I met a character called Sam Hunter who wants to be a journalist.  Sam was new to the town of Hadlington!  He moved with his parents, after they came into some money, to a house on an unlit street called Priory Mews.  New area meant new school for Sam, Maybrick High, and he soon made friends with the lovely Jo and joker Liam.  There is a mansion also in the same cul de sac where Sam lives called Bierce Priory where the prettiest girl in school, Emma Greenhill, lives with her GP mother and surgeon father and her creepy grandfather.

All pretty normal eh?….but this was the book lulling me into a false sense of security!

The Bierce Priory mansion is creepy!  At night Sam hears screams, see things he shouldn’t see …. hears things he shouldn’t hear….but that was just the noisy old mansion boilers right?!  People from the rough estate, Elton Gardens start going missing and dead bodies are found in the town with body parts or organs removed from their actual bodies!  But surely that must be the gangs from Elton Gardens right?!  And what’s with everybody getting the sniffles?!

Do we really know our neighbours?  I mean I live next door to my Mom and since reading this book have started to look at her a bit funny and in horror…..is her house like Bierce Priory?! *dum dum duuuuuuummmm*

*gulps at receiving a Halloween party invitation*

Only kidding Mom, but this book really does make you think….and creeps you out!

If I only new that this book would draw me in as much as it did, scare me to death reading late at night and make me feel a bit icky whilst eating a good spag bol….but all in a good way! *nervous laugh*

Sam tells his story through writing a journal sometimes breaking from the story to talk directly to the reader….I really felt for Sam and was routing for him all the way through!  The relationship he builds with his new friends Jo and Liam is touching and very horror movie-esqe as in he ropes them in to help when they should be running the other way!  And the poor guy sees a dead body on his first day of new school….I mean he was destined for trouble!  Poor Sam!

At one point during Sam’s account of events he begins to imagine horrific things like bugs crawling on him and mouths opening wide to eat him!  This for me was terrifying but also one of my favourite parts of Sam’s account as the detail really sent my imagination into overdrive!  I had to cuddle my Sammy Seal teddy and sleep with the light on all night afterwards….erm did I really just say that out loud?! *blushes*…I totally mean I was brave!

The book instilled memories of watching the films The Stepford Wives with a mixture of Saw and Hostel thrown into the mix!  Wow what a truly cool and terrifying combination!

Simon Cheshire’s contribution to the fab Red Eye series is fantastic!  The book and writing style do exactly what they are supposed to do for the reader as a YA Horror should and will proudly sit on my shelf next to the others in the series! Thank you Simon and Stripes Publishing for keeping my love for YA Horror well and truly alive! *pinches self to check I am still alive*

The facts of what are contained in this book that I read I really cannot share although I want to, but….spoilers… you really need to all read it for yourselves….find out the real account…the first hand account ….the truth….from Sam Hunter…IF YOU DARE!

There’s also a creepy prequel over on @DoYAReadMe! – here

I award this book 4 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!

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You can find out more about author Simon Cheshire on his website here

Check out my guest post with Simon Cheshire where he talks about his top 5 scares – here

Or a moment to chill the blood guest post by Simon Cheshire here

Flesh and Blood was also feature in the #RedEyeReadAlong in October – here and here

You can buy a copy of Flesh and Blood here

Or why not checkout the other titles in the Red Eye Series here

Also do follow the new YA community from Stripes Publishing – doyareadme.tumblr.com or on twitter @doyareadme for news, competitions and more.

Don’t forget to check out the fab Lovereading4kids also! – here


Giveaway!

Fancy winning this fab book?  I have one copy to giveaway!

RT and Follow on twitter using this link below.

End 18th March 2015.  Winner will be announced 19th March 2015.

Win a copy of Flesh and Blood by Simon Cheshire 

Have you read this book or any of the other books in the Red Eye Series?  What did you think?  Are you a fan of YA Horror?  Do you think you will give this book a go after reading this review?  I would love to hear from you – please leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or why not tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Creepy Reading

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