About Me

Welcome to CBY Book Club

My name is Al Stone, and I'm a writer from the UK. There are only a few things I can say I'm absolutely passionate about, and reading is high on the list. I read all genres except erotica. I'm also not too big on romance novels.

As much as I love reading books, however, my first love is movies. Seriously, I'm obsessed with films. I'm also addicted to TV shows. Just sit me down in front of a TV with a book and a large bowl of tangerines and you won't hear from me for some time.

I never thought I would have the time to manage a blog, but it turns out I'm good at multi-tasking - and I have a little help from a few otherwordly friends, whom I can't name for legal reasons. I was inspired to create a blog after stumbling upon a site called Wattpad. I saw many good books on the site that were going unnoticed and had the urge to shed some light on those books. Very quickly, my blog started to gain attention, so I started showcasing books by published authors, and the site has continued to flourish since then.

CBY (Chosen By You) officially launched on May 12, 2013. While the blog features mostly YA fiction, I welcome all genres. I love to chat with authors, bloggers and book lovers, so please feel free to contact CBY with any questions or concerns at cbybookclub at gmail dot com.

Thanks for listening.

To round things off, here are some of my top 5 favourites list (it changes often):

1. Peter Pan
2. Pride and Prejudice
3. The Green Mile
4. 1984
5. The Picture of Dorian Gray

TV Shows:
1. Lucifer
2. New Amsterdam
3. The Boys
4. Prodigal Son
5. MacGyver

1. Dirty Dancing
2. Forrest Gump
3. Stand By Me
4. The Dark Knight
5. Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves)

1. 5 Seconds of Summer
2. Backstreet Boys
3. Charlie Puth
4. Frances
5. Ed Sheeran


Talisman Of El
(Arcadia, Book 1)

Book Description:

One Planet.

Two Worlds.

Population: Human ... 7 billion.
Others ... unknown.

When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He's afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him ... because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago - the day before his dad died.

Char­lie doesn't know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn't belong in the world he knows as home.

He belongs with the others.

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(Arcadia, Book 2)

Book Description:

Despite having the protection of the talisman and the Legion, a reforming force of warrior angels and elementals, guarding his every move, things are not looking good for Charlie Blake. Tasked with the responsibility of saving mankind, finding the four diamonds to restore the talisman is all he can think of, but when his prophetic visions start to invade his reality and he suddenly can’t distinguish the dream world from the real world, the pending extinction of mankind becomes the least of his problems. Everyone assumes Charlie’s dormant powers are activating, until he starts showing symptoms of a deadly disease. 

With his nemesis, Gaddis, threatening the lives of his loved ones, he faces a race against time to locate the Stone of Raphael, the air diamond, before an imminent pandemic destroys civilization. As he ventures into dangerous lands once again, he unearths shocking revelations about his past life that forces him to question his allegiance. With no one to turn to for answers, he can’t help but wonder if his purpose is truly to save mankind.

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Ground Zero
(Arcadia, Book 3)

Book Description:

Only a few ever survive.

This time ...

No one will.

That is unless Charlie Blake can locate all four diamonds to restore the Talisman of El and receive his calling from the remaining three elements before the Annus Magnus strikes. With both Arcadia and the mortal world in a state of unrest, his life quickly spirals out of control as it seems everyone has put a bounty on his head. Maybe even his closest allies.

Not knowing who to trust, Charlie starts to dig up the past. When new revelations arise, he begins to question whether the Legion of Light really is what it claims to be and whether he's been fighting for the wrong side all along. The line between good and evil is no longer as clear-cut as it used to be, especially when it appears Charlie's destiny could very well be to destroy everything he loves.

Hero or villain? Charlie isn't so sure anymore.

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