Friday, March 23, 2018

Review: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

Title: The Chalk Man

Series: Stand-Alone

Author: C.J. Tudor

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Publication Date: January 9th 2018, by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

Format: Hardcover

Source: I received this book in blogging for books programs in exchange for an honest review.


You can feel it in the woods, in the school and in the playground; you can feel it in the houses and at the fairground. You can feel it in most places in the small town of Anderbury . . . the fear that something or someone is watching you. It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran - the Chalk Man.

He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.

Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.

Is history going to repeat itself?

Was it ever really over?

Will this game only end in the same way?

Holy crap I had no idea what I was going to read in The Chalk Man I heard mix reviews about it, but when I had I chance to get it and you bet I was going to check this book out and see if I like it or not. I will tell you this book is not for every reader which I can totally understand why some readers didn't like it and that is totally ok because I love seeing different opinions in reviews as well. But I absolutely love and enjoy this book so much I don't want to go into any details about The Chalk Man because I don't want to be too a spoiler. But this book I mean This Freaking Book yall wow, wow, wow, I absolutely love thrillers book and The Chalk Man was so much more than a thriller book. From the prologue at the very beginning intraps you and get you thinking about what it is going on. This book has alternate timelines one set in the past of 1986 to 2016 30 years later around Eddie Addams and his friends, which I will tell you that Eddie and his friends to me were unlikable characters I really didn't connect to them or even like any of them especially I didn't like Eddie. I really can't explain why I didn't like or connect with any of these characters it's just I didn't, but that's ok I really don't mind reading unlikable characters because I love reading books with unlikable characters if that makes sense. But this book goes back to the year of 1986 when Eddie and his friend were kids hanging out during the summer and getting ready for the new school year. Now Eddie and his friends do normal kids stuff during the summer and school year when one day Eddie saw a chalk message on the sidewalk what he thought was one of his friend that made it from him, but it was actually a more sinister message that leads Eddie and his group of friends to a body in the woods and that they were lead there by The Chalk Man. Now while reading The Chalk Man you read from the past 1986 to 30 years later at 2016 I really don't mind the alternate timelines I thought it added more to the plotlines and characters in this amazing book. There are so many dark secrets that Eddie and his friends were keeping from each other and there were so many twists and turns in this book that I so didn't see it coming! Especially that ending OMGosh that ending caught me way off guard I so didn't see it coming I mean it shouldn't have surprised me but it absolutely surprises me at the end. Now I am going to stop here without getting too a spoiler but all and all I absolutely love and enjoy The Chalk Man I will most diffidently continue on reading more books by C.J. Tudor in the near future.

*** I received this book in blogging for books programs in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to Crown Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review The Chalk Man! ***

C. J. Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, where she still lives with her partner and young daughter.

She left school at sixteen and has had a variety of jobs over the years, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant, ad agency copywriter and voiceover.

In the early nineties, she fell into a job as a television presenter for a show on Channel 4 called Moviewatch. Although a terrible presenter, she got to interview acting legends such as Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, Emma Thompson and Robin Williams. She also annoyed Tim Robbins by asking a question about Susan Sarandon’s breasts and was extremely flattered when Robert Downey Junior showed her his chest.

While writing the Chalk Man she ran a dog-walking business, walking over twenty dogs a week as well as looking after her little girl.

She’s been writing since she was a child but only knuckled down to it properly in her thirties. Her English teacher once told her that if she ‘did not become Prime Minister or a best-selling author’ he would be ‘very disappointed.’

The Chalk Man was inspired by a tub of chalks a friend bought for her daughter’s second birthday. One afternoon they drew chalk figures all over the driveway. Later that night she opened the back door to be confronted by weird stick men everywhere. In the dark, they looked incredibly sinister. She called to her partner: ‘These chalk men look really creepy in the dark . . .’

She is never knowingly over-dressed. She has never owned a handbag and the last time she wore heels (twelve years ago) she broke a tooth.

She loves The Killers, Foo Fighters and Frank Turner. Her favourite venue is Rock City.

Her favourite films are Ghostbusters and The Lost Boys. Her favourite authors are Stephen King, Michael Marshall and Harlan Coben.

She is SO glad she was a teenager in the eighties.

She firmly believes that there are no finer meals than takeaway pizza and champagne, or chips with curry sauce after a night out.

Everyone calls her Caz.

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Audible Review: The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey

Title: The 5th Wave

Series: The 5th Wave #1

Author: Rick Yancey

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopian

Publication Date: May 7th, 2013 by Listening Library

Narrator:  Brandon Espinoza &  Phoebe Strole

Format: Audioable

Source: Library Overdrive


Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

I've been dying to read The 5th Wave since I heard the movie was coming out a few years ago, but I never got that chance to check it out when the movie came out a couple of years ago. But I started to use my library overdrive at the end of the year of 2017, so when I saw The 5th Wave was on there for audio this year I check it out. And I am so glad and happy that I check it out because I absolutely love and enjoy it so much. I love this book from start to finish I don't want to go into any details about it because I think everybody knows what it is about plus I don't want to get a spoiler. But I will tell you I haven't read a dystopian book for a long time and I thought it was high time that I read another dystopian book because I do quite love and enjoy dystopian books. And The 5th Wave did not disappoint me in any way I also love sci-fi books as well. I was enthralled and very intrigued with the first few pages and then on the edge of my set in the middle and at the end of this amazing book. I just shiver on how Cassie explain the four different waves the aliens did to destroy and kill the humans of Earth it just sent chills down my spine how these people suffer from what these horrible alien invaders did to all the innocent human life they destroy and kill. And after Cassie saw the fourth wave I so don't blame Cassie to not trust anyone now after she saw the fourth wave happen. Now, Cassie, an only main objective was to save her little brother Sammy and comes to hell or high waters she was going to save and get her little brother Sammy back from danger and nobody was going to stop her. And I am going to stop here without getting to a spoiler. But I also love the narrators to The 5th Wave I thought that Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole did an excellent job narrating this fantastic book. I can't wait to hear them in the next book The Infinite Sea soon!

aka Richard Yancey

Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, for young readers, and The Highly Effective Detective, for adults. Both books are set in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Rick lived for ten years before returning to Florida.

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Book Blogger Hop #69

Book Blogger Hop Hosted by Billy B. at Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer

When meeting with friends, do your discussions usually turn to books? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)

When I am talking to my friends who are fellow book nerds like me yes, sometimes our coversatation and discussion usuelly turns into books.  And we have a lot of fun discussing books with each other. My other friends that are not book nerds we unfortunately  do not discuss about books. 

 How About You? 

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Cover Reveal: Lie to Me by Natasha Preston


We are so excited to be sharing the cover for #1 New York Times bestselling author Natasha Preston's LIE TO ME. This new contemporary romance will be releasing on all platforms on April 23rd.



At nineteen, Savannah Dean escaped her family, leaving behind a note and the people who caused her so much pain. Now, she lives on her own and keeps to herself. At nineteen, Kent Lawson’s girlfriend betrayed him, leaving him behind with a broken heart and a whole lot of mistrust in women. Now, he lives on his own and shares himself with nearly every pretty thing that walks by but only for one night. When Savannah and Kent meet, they can’t stand each other. Kent knows she’s hiding something, and he despises liars. And Savannah has nothing but secrets.

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UK native Natasha Preston grew up in small villages and towns. She discovered her love of writing when she stumbled across an amateur writing site and uploaded her first story and hasn’t looked back since.
She enjoys writing contemporary romance, gritty Young Adult thrillers and, of course, the occasional serial killer.
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Can't-Wait Wednesday #6: The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen

When I first started book blogging back in 2015 I starting to participate in  “Waiting On Wednesday”  that was a weekly meme that was originally created by Breaking The Spine.  Unfortunately Breaking the Spine is no longer hosting so I’m now linking my posts up to Wishful Endings Can’t Wait Wednesday. Don’t forget to stop over, link up and check out what books everyone else is waiting for.

  Here Is My Can't Wait Wednesday Pick For This Week:
Title: The Bird and the Blade
By  Megan Bannen
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018 by Balzer + Bray
As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom … until she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father as they flee from their enemies across the vast Mongol Empire. On the run, with adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks’ exile to return home, a plan that becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into a hopeless love.

Jinghua’s already dicey prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. As beautiful as she is cunning, Turandokht requires all potential suitors to solve three impossible riddles to win her hand—and if they fail, they die.

Jinghua has kept her own counsel well, but with Khalaf’s kingdom—and his very life—on the line, she must reconcile the hard truth of her past with her love for a boy who has no idea what she’s capable of ... even if it means losing him to the girl who’d sooner take his life than his heart.

THE BIRD AND THE BLADE is a lush, powerful story of life and death, battles and riddles, lies, and secrets from debut author Megan Bannen.
This book looks and sounds absolutely fantastic and so right up my alley and the cover is absolutely gorgeous, I absolutely love fantasy books but the names in fantasy books are always so hard and difficult for me to say. I always shorten them when I am reading a fantasy book and I know if I get this book I am so going to shorten these names as well. 

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