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. 

Reading Update #4

Hey Booklovers! Firstly thank you all for your support yesterday with my post about how books helped me open up. I really appreciated how well it was received by you all, so thank you a hundred times! You are all awesome!

Secondly, my reading update is coming to you on a Tuesday instead of a Wednesday this week, and the reason for that is that I’m uploading my February book haul tomorrow instead – which I am so excited for!

Books I Have Read This Week

Since I last updated you I have managed to finish Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, and The Grey Bastards by Jonathon French. Both of which I really enjoyed! Strange the Dreamer – what was that! I am shooketh! As for The Grey Bastards, I loved it, and can’t wait until the second book comes out!

Books I am Currently Reading

I am currently about 280 pages into The Binding by Bridget Collins – which I am not sure how to feel about yet. I don’t really know what’s happening yet as far as plot goes anyway. Although, I am totally shipping the romance! Also I just started reading Crown of Feathers, though I am not far into it at the moment so I’ll need to let you all know how I get on with it as I progress.

Random Tidbits

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon releases today, and oh my gosh I am excited about it! I love dragons so much and am so hyped for this beast of a book!!

Also, there may or may not be a giveaway happening on my instagram tonight for this book (wink, wink)! So be sure to check that out people! You can find my bookstagram at @booksteff

Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned above? What are you reading at the moment? And are you as hyped about The Priory of the Orange Tree as I am? Let me know in the comments below.

Reading Update #3

Hey Booklovers! Another week, and another reading update. Sadly it isn’t as impressive as my last couple of weeks I really haven’t achieved much, but you know…it’s half term and kids are crazy!

Since the last time I updated you, I have read one book! ONE! That’s all, which sucks, but as I said above it’s half term, and I have young kids. I am currently reading a couple as well so I guess it’s not all bad.

Books I’ve finished

So, like I said, I’ve only managed to finish one book since I last updated you all and that was Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor . I know I said last week I was going to read strange the dreamer, but I wanted to see what Daughter of Smoke and Bone was like before heading into Strange. I didn’t love Daughter of Smoke and Bone unfortunately; it was by no means bad, it just wasn’t something I particularly loved. In conclusion to that I have decided not to continue on with that series. Feel free to shout at me if you think I’m making a mistake!

Books I am currently reading

So, I mentioned last week I was going to read Strange the Dreamer, and I am currently about 130 pages into it, and I have to say I am enjoying it so far! I really love the writing it is just so beautiful, and I’m keen to see where Lazlo’s journey is going to take him.

I am also doing a buddy read with my friend over at – https://www.instagram.com/katsreadingcorner/?hl=en and we are currently reading The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French which, by the way, is great so far! And funny! Funnier than I thought it would be. I have been eyeballing this book for a while, so thought I’d give it a go.

Random Tidbits

On another note, I have been approved for two arcs on Netgalley; Crown of Feathers by Nick Pau Preto and Holly and Hazel by Sara C. Snider. Both sound great, and I can’t wait to read them, and share my thoughts with you all!


So, as you can see this week hasn’t been as productive on the reading front, but nevertheless at least I’m making some progress! How is your reading coming along this week? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Let me know in the comments below!

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Reading Update #2

Another week, another reading update! It’s time for me to update all you book-lovers on how I am getting on with my TBR goals!

Keeping in mind my monthly TBR, I think I am doing fairly well for a change. Normally I completely go off on my own tangent, and barely read any of my planned monthly reads. This month…I’ve smash it!

Books I’ve managed to finish from my TBR

As you know from last weeks reading update I have already finished Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb, but since I last updated you all I have managed to read Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, Master of Sorrows by Justin Call, China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan, Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski, and Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – which I will be posting a review for tomorrow (So stay tuned for that!).

Not on the TBR books I’ve finished

Today, as I am posting this I realise that I have completed my monthly TBR [gasps in shock!]. I have also managed to read In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire which is the fourth installment of novellas in the Wayward Children series. I love this series and since it’s so small couldn’t resist reading it!

What I’m planning to read next?

Since I don’t have anymore ‘structured reads’ this month I wanted to go onto some books that are sitting on my shelf and need some attention. I plan on reading Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – which is a long overdue read! Also, I want to get around to The Binding by Bridget Collins, because I am super keen to devour this book.

Random Tidbits

I was planning on posting my review for Master of Sorrows tomorrow, but instead decided that I would post my review of Warbreaker. This is due to Master of Sorrows release date being next week, and I thought as tribute to its launch I would upload my review on the 21st Feb when the rest of the bookish community can finally get their hands on this fabulous book!

How are you getting on with your reading goals this week? Have you gone off script? Or are you being more diligent? Let me know in the comments below.

February TBR

Below is my predicted, and hopeful TBR for the month of February. I have to admit that whilst I do try to stick to my monthly TBR, when left without deadlines etc, I do tend to wander! Be advised this is what I want to read in this month, but perhaps I won’t achieve reading them all, and may detour for a bit. Hey, that’s what wrap ups are for!

  1. Master of Sorrows: The Silent Gods Book 1 by Justin Call
Releases 21 Feb 2019

I requested this as an ARC through NetGalley, and was approved by Orion Publishing Group, so I have to give a huge thank you to the lovely people at Orion. I have the privilege to be currently reading this before it releases towards the end of the month, and so far so good. Look out for this book in my Wrap Up

2. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

I was supposed to finish this book in the month of January, but well…I didn’t. So, this is a rollover, but one that I will definitely finish. It is also part of a readalong with Elliot Brooks over at https://www.instagram.com/ebnovels/?hl=en You may be more familair with her over on her Youtube Channel – I’ll link her 2019 Readalong video if you want to check out, and join in on the Sanderson/ Sapkowski fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmjIQEChIvI

3. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

This is part of my year long reading ambition to read all the Robin Hobb books. I know a lot of people start with this series and enjoy it, so I am excited!

4. Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski

This is part of the Witcher, and Sanderson Readalong I mentioned above.

5. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

This is just for fun, I recently read Crazy Rich Asians and really enjoyed it, so wanted to continue on with the series to see where it goes.

6. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Again part of the Readalong, but this is the Sanderson book of February…the one I was supposed to be on!

There you have it my official TBR for the month of February, hopefully I can manage it! What are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments.

Reading Update #1

I thought I would take the time to do an update on what I am currently reading, so you all know where I’m at.

I am currently about a quarter of the way through Master of Sorrows by Justin Call, and really enjoying it. It has such a beautiful fantasy feel, and I just love being told background information about history, and tradition of dissent etc within my fantasy books – which this has given me so far. That being said it has not once felt like an info dump, so don’t worry if your not someone who likes that kind of thing. I won’t reveal too much about this just yet as I plan to do a full review and will, of course, include it in my wrap up.

I have just finished Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb and adored it! 4.5* from me. I will be adding my review to Goodreads, but keep an eye out for my wrap up where I plan to talk more about it, and tell you all my thoughts.

And…last but by no means least, I am about a quarter of the way through Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. This one is a slow burner so far, and I keep meaning to pick it back up. It definitely has the power to peak my interests, and I am intrigued, but since my Robin Hobb read is smaller I wanted to get that finished first, and because Master of Sorrows is releasing in only 15 days! I have made that a priority.