Series I Still Haven’t Finished!

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! I will firstly apologise profusely for my absence, I haven’t been on here a lot, and the truth of it is that whilst the cold/flu finally decided to leave I still have the small thing of being at the end of my pregnancy lol! I am getting pretty close to my due date and my energy levels have plummeted, so please stick with me booklovers – I’m trying!

Secondly, I’ve been meaning to do this post for a couple of weeks now. It was supposed to go alongside the post I did on Series I Don’t Plan on Finishing. Anyway, better late than never! This is a lit of series that I have started, like, and fully intend to continue on with soon!

1 – The Grisha Triology By Leigh Bardugo

So, I’ve finished the first book Shadow and Bone, and I honestly really enjoyed it! To be completely honest with you I have no idea why it is taking me so long – perhaps because I got spoiled for the ending of book 3…Yes I am crying!!! I guess because of that I am really scared to continue, but considering I enjoyed book one, and love the world I really do want to come back to it!

2 – Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Again I have read the first book, and really enjoyed it, but still…still haven’t continued on with it! Ahhh! I need to continue, I will continue, but as of yet still haven’t. I am shame faced right now!

3 – Hush Hush by Rebecca Fitzpatrick

Okay, this series is fairly recent to me, and if I’m honest…I am trash for it! I’ve only got one more book to read, and I think I’m putting it off because, well, it’s the end!! It’s always bittersweet for me to finish a series, the excitement is always accompanied by sorrow!

4 – Strange the Dreamer Duology by Laini Taylor

As you may know I recently read this (last month) and I fully intend to continue on with the story, because honestly how could I not! That ending was insane! Honestly, to those who haven’t read it, jump on the damn train!

5 – The Farseer Triology by Robin Hobb

Another one I recently read, and of course am excited to see how it continues. I really like Robin Hobb’s writing, and really believe the next book in this trilogy will step things up!

6 – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I read Cinder a while back and adored it! It was awesome; the setting, the premise, the writing! The only reason I didn’t continue straight away was because I borrowed this from the library, and they didn’t have the second book [cries dramatically]! After that I just picked up something else, and unfortunately forgot to pick this series back up again! But I will continue because I NEED to know what happens!

7 – The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I read the first book (yes, this one too!) but need to pick up the others. I have the next one sitting waiting for my attention, but as of yet haven’t reached for it. I am late to this series, but do want to continue with it at some point in the near future.

8 – Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

When this first came out I grabbed it. I read it, and thought hmm it was okay…not as amazing as I wanted but okay. Then the second book came out and I heard people claim that it was everything they wanted/ needed from the first. So, of course I was intrigued, and picked it up from the shop, but still haven’t actually read it! WTF! I have a problem!

9 – The Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard

This is a book I literally just finished last week, but I’m adding it to this list because this series has been on my TBR for so damn long! I enjoyed this book and I can honestly say I wasn’t overwhelmed by it, but I am interested in where it is going to go, and for that reason I will continue.

10 – The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

I love dragons! Have I ever mentioned that? I loved this book, and it was such an interesting dragon story. I still haven’t finished the series though, but I fully intend to because…DRAGONS!

That was hard work! Trying to think of 10 was more difficult than I originally anticipated, but we got there in the end!

Have you read any of these series? Or like me have you started them, but not quite gotten around to finishing them yet? Are you outraged by any of the above, I love knowing what reads you all love and adore, or on the flip side dislike. Let me know in the comments below!

Reading Update #7

Hey Beautiful Booklovers!! Another week another, another reading update!

Sorry this one is coming at you so late in the day, but I’ve been suffering a bit with my chronic pain etc, so things haven’t gone swimmingly the last few days!

Anyway enough of that, lets get to it!

Books I have read since last update

You may remember I was having a tough reading week last week, and the week before but this past week has gone better thankfully. I’ve managed to read Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller and An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson.

Both were fairly short reads (300-350 pages) which I think really helped with my mini slump!

Books I am currently reading

I’m about 100 pages from finishing the red queen, maybe a little less than that which is good, and I’ll let you know my thoughts on it when it’s completed!

I honestly haven’t tried again with crown of feathers again, its not the book, I think it’s me on kindle at the moment. I’m not having any luck with any of my kindle reads, and that’s why I’ve only managed to finish physical copies this week. Not sure why I’m having this issue, quite frankly it’s a pain in the ass 😭😂! I Normally love reading on my kindle 😭!

Books I plan to read next

I want to finish crown of feathers and once and future but as both are on my kindle I’m not so sure it will be a success, I may pick up Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones next just because I’m in the mood for some faerie stories!

Random Tidbits

I have a review coming tomorrow for Warrior of the Wild so keep an eye out for that, I’m excited to talk about this book!

What are you currently reading? How has your past week been? Let me know in the comments as usual, you know I love hearing what you are all up to 😘!

Which Reading Format is Best?

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! Today is a post about reading formats. I did a poll a while ago on Twitter asking you what your favourite format to read in was, and I was seriously shocked by the results.

I thought I’d start with an overview of the main reading formats (though if you are reading this, your will most likely know this anyway).

  1. Physical books – In both Hardcover and Paperback
  2. Ebooks – Your kindle/ other electronic variations
  3. Audiobooks – Listening to the story rather than physically reading it with your eyes.

All very basic knowledge, and my intention isn’t to teach you how to suck eggs, but I just wanted to let you know the options I put out there for the poll.

Admittedly I did expect a large portion of people to favour physical copies, however I really didn’t expect so much of a divide, and I also expected at least one vote for audio…but there were none!!

There seems to be this weird thing within the book community that stipulates ebooks or audiobooks “aren’t real books” and my response is simple…”Why?” If you are listening to or reading a book in electronic format you are still consuming the story and therefore why on earth doesn’t that count? It really baffles me. Would you tell someone who had lost their sight that audiobooks aren’t valid? No, not unless you are a word I won’t repeat. It really is silly that people feel the need to set up a barrier between themselves and those who read in different formats. If you consume a story, and love it, then what is the issue really? I myself often flit between my kindle, and physical copies. I also on occasion pick up an audiobook, and guess what?…there is nothing wrong with that!

I really don’t think there is one format that is better than another. I think that there is usually one or two that suit a person best, and if that works for them, and ensures they are reading…then great! Audiobooks or kindle aren’t for everyone, but as my mother likes to point out (She only reads on kindle) “I read far too many books to carry them around with me when I travel, and I happen to like forests. This way I can still read.” For my mother she was unhauling a couple dozen books a month – she reads rougly a book a day!! Kindle is what works for her, anything works for me, I will consume a story in any state I can get my hands on, and for others – some prefer to listen to audio whilst getting their errands and housework done, which I can totally relate to!

Although I’m waffling, my point is this – there is no best reading format out there, only what works for you! No matter how you consume it, you are still accessing the story, and still supporting the author in the process. I try not to get caught up in the elitism of only hardcovers etc, (although even I can admit they are so pretty to look at lol)! What is important is that you are reading, and enjoying that pastime.

What format do you personally like to read in? Do you think reading is reading no matter the format? Or do you feel audiobooks are ‘cheating’? I’m really curious of your responses to this, as I often find people either lean one way or the other on this topic. Let me know in the comments below!

Reading Update #6

Another week and another reading update! So, another week has gone by and guess what? I still have the damn cold! It is ridiculous! Damn my supressed immune system! However, despite me feeling like rubbish I do have some things to update you on…yay!

Also on a side note – my uni assignment is all sent off which means a small reprieve, and therefore…more time for reading!! Wohoo!

I have to confess I am suffering from the temptation to change up my tbr a little this month. I keep thinking I might swap out some reads and replace them with other, but I’m going to try to stick with it!…for now anyway!

Books I have Read

Since I last updated you all I have managed to pick up and finish The Extinction Trials by S M Wilson, and I have to say that I did enjoy this little story, it was very fun, and I was really in need of something short and fun.

Books I am Currently Reading

Yes, I am still trying to read Crown of Feathers this month, no I haven’t picked it back up [crying with face buried in hands]. I just can’t seem to want to get into this, which is annoying because I am only 10% into the story and know that if I keep going I will most likely end up enjoying it! To give myself a break from the stress of it, I have picked up Once and Future, and I’m really interested in the story so far – which is good news, and hopefully should finish it very soon, so that I can post a review for you all!

Books to Read Next

Obviously, I intend to get through Crown of Feathers, because…I NEED TO! lol, but after that I think I’ll go onto Red Queen (even though I am tempted to shake things up and read Scythe instead (send help I’m terrible)!

As you can see once again, not a lot going on this week, but hopefully once this bloody cold goes I will be able to get back up and running!

What are you reading this week? What have you really enjoyed reading recently? Any deviations from the tbr, or are you still sticking with it? Let me know in the comments below!

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Today is my review of the beautiful and highly anticipated The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, which is a chunky and fantastic fantasy novel with dragons!

Sorry I didn’t post this yesterday (I was meant to) but unfortunately being on a deadline for Uni took precedence! I’m here now! And as promised my review of The Priory of the Orange Tree is finally here for you to feast your eyes upon!

You can buy your copy here on Amazon!

Aside from the beautiful cover with foil detail, and a bloody dragon I really enjoyed this book. Anything with dragons is pretty much going to go straight to the top of my tbr so this was obviously one of those cases!

  • Title: The Priory of the Orange Tree
  • Author: Samantha Shannon
  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus (26 Feb. 2019)
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • ISBN-10: 1408883465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408883464
  • My Rating:🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

SynopsisFrom Amazon

A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep

My Review (non-spoiler)

There is a lot to say about this book, yet a lot to give away, and I really don’t want to spoil this for anyone, especially given that this is still a new release. The Priory of the Orange Tree is a chunky slab of a book, and damn I enjoyed every page of it.

One of the reasons I love fantasy in general is the split POV’s. I love flitting from one character to the next, and having that suspenseful wait in between. Samantha Shannon definitely delivers that within this book. We are introduced to the different perspective of characters, and interestingly they are in different locations of the world too. You may be wondering why I would find that so interesting, but Samantha Shannon has the ability to tell the story of two sides of the coin this way. A land that cherishes and worships dragons, and a land that hates them all.

The beauty of this book isn’t just the action, fierce characters, diverse relationships, and fantasy ridden world. It is also that within it all Samantha Shannon shows the coming together of two opposing religions, which I really adored. This book was full of things I loved; Fierce females, dragons, shocking turns, and the ability to leave you wondering what the hell was going to happen next.

Although this book is a chunky 848 pages long it definitely doesn’t feel like that reading it. Things progress quickly, and in my opinion that type of pacing works really well for a novel like this. Creating a stand alone fantasy of this size is a tough order to meet, but I think Samantha Shannon does it admirably.

Were there things I disliked? Not particularly, to begin with I did question if I would like it or not, but that was very early doors, and it quickly became addictive. The only thing I would say is that the resolve seemed too sweet to me, but that would be my only irk. Generally speaking it did not hinder my enjoyment, and therefore I saw no reason to reduce my rating because of it.

Overall, this book was a really great read, and considering I had built it up in my mind so much, I found that I was not disappointed (which can often be the case with me). It was fun, action packed, suspense filled, and addictive! It is definitely a recommended read for those who like dragons, and fantasy or even if you just like the sound of it!

Let me know if you have read this, and want someone to gush about it with. I would be more than happy to talk spoilers etc, but would rather not ruin anyone else’s reading experience so if you want spoilery talk then be sure to DM me on twitter or instagram. For non-spoiler talk, the comments below are absolutely fine.

Reading Update #5

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! Another week and another reading update! Where does time go? I’m back to doing my reading update on a Wednesday, last week was a one off, because of how the cards fell etc.

Anyway, my reading this week is a little bit disappointing for a couple of reasons. 1 – that I am still ill and therefore feel like death warmed up. 2 – I have a tonne of Uni work to get through, which means my reading this week has involved history and art etc, rather than my beloved fiction books!

Books I have finished in the past week

So, I finished the gorgeous The Priory of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. I intend to upload my review for this either tomorrow (which is my normal review day) or at the weekend as I have a couple I want to review this weekend. Either way, the beautiful beast of a book is finished, and I really loved it. You will definitely see the review this week, because I am so excited to chat about this book!

Books I am currently reading

I am still currently reading Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto, but haven’t managed to pick it up because of the above reasons. So far it is promising, but then again it is still very early days so I’ll let you know how I get on.

I am debating picking up an audio whilst I am still unable to get any physical reading done, but am still undecided on what to pick up.

So, as you can see not a whole lot to up date you on today, but things to take away – Priory was great and the review will be up soon, being ill sucks, and Uni is busy. Other than that nothing new to report.

What have you been reading this past week? What are you currently reading? Hopefully you have had more time to read than me. Let me know in the comments below.

March TBR

Hello Booklovers! Today’s post is my March TBR! I am still just so shocked that we are in March already! Anyone else? Life is just moving far to fast for me to catch up right now lol!

Anyway, lets get to it, I have compiled a bunch of books I want to get to in March, hopefully I can get through them!

1 – The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Obviously I’m hyped for this book -there are dragons, and I am currently about 440 pages into it! So far I’m really loving it, and can’t wait until you all read it too! I won’t talk about it until I upload my review this month, but even then I will be leaving it spoiler-free. All I’m going to say is this book is meeting my expectations so far!

2 – Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto 

This is an arc I received through NetGalley and I am slowly chugging through it, so I’m planning on finishing it up quickly.

3 – Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy 

This is another arc I am planning on getting through quickly, and am super excited for! Who doesn’t love the idea of a King Arthur retelling!

4 – The Extinction Trails by S. M. Wilson 

This is a recommendation from a friend (who incidently is dinosaur mad!) and I thought since it’s sat on my shelf why not? The fact that it’s pitched as The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park seems epic to me, and I’m hoping I love it as much as others in the community.

5 – Red Rising by Pierce Brown 

I figured I am about the last person to read this, and that situation needs remedying urgently! I’ve heard such good things, and honestly don’t read enough Sci-Fi (although I do enjoy it).

6 – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Quite honestly I don’t know why I haven’t read this yet, it has sat on my shelves neglected for far too long, but this month I hope to see what the fuss is all about!

So that is my March TBR if I am able to work my way through this I do have another few to pop onto the list, but for now I aim not to be overly ambitious!

Have you read any of the books above? Probably, considering I am the last one to the party on a few! Let me know in the comments below what you thought of any of these books, or let me know what you are planning on reading this month.