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The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey – Book Review

img_3682The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey has been one of my most highly anticipated sequels since I read the first book; The Gilded King last summer. You can check out my review for that one here: The Gilded King Review

This book is part of the sequel series to the Solis Invicti series which takes place in post apocalyptic London where the humans are being ruled by the Silver. I adored this series and read them after I loved The Gilded King. All of the books were rated a solid 5 stars, you should definitely check out that series too!

The Silver Queen follows the same beloved characters from the first book; Cameron and Julia. The book begins where the first book left off throwing us immediately back into the action and the politics of the dystopian world. Josie Jaffrey’s writing had me hooked instantly and I was easily and quickly welcomed back into a world that I love so much. Honestly, throughout the entire book Jaffrey’s writing is exceptional. She brings the world to life with excellent detail, emotion and history of the characters but you can’t help but get attached.

One of my favourite aspects of this book was the character growth that Julia goes through. It made me love her even more! I’m not going to say so much more because of spoilers and I really think you should go into these novels not knowing too much. It allows you to be completely surprised with the wonderfully written twists and turns that Josie Jaffrey throws at you throughout.

The Silver Queen continues to display the dual perspective between Cameron and Julia, allowing us readers to see every inch of drama and tension that is unfolding. Jaffrey delivers this excellently, neither perspective is neglected or delivered better. She writes each perspective with so much dedication and honesty to the characters that it only adds to the brilliance of the novel. Throughout, there is a wonderful pace maintained so it doesn’t become confusing to who the characters are and whether we are in the Blue or the Red.

Overall, this another fantastic book by Josie Jaffrey. She is an excellent story teller. This novel is filled with action, drama, suspense, romance and a cliffhanger that will leave you speechless. I really need book three… like yesterday!

Book Three is this spell binding series is The Blood Prince and will be released around February 2019.

Go and get this series!

Thank you so much for reading!

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My Week In Reading

Hi, everyone!

I’m here with another weekly update on where I am with my reading. I honestly thought that I would have two or three books to post today. However, since last Tuesday I have read and started more books than I thought I had.

The first book is The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas. I finished listening to the audiobook last Tuesday and immediately bought the physical copy. I loved the dark atmosphere and the entire plot of this book. It was so intriguing and filled with so many that secrets that I couldn’t stop listening. I’m extremely excited to read more of Kara Thomas’ work.

I also finished Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas. I rated this book 5/5 stars and it’s my favourite so far in the series. It’s so incredible with action, the twists, the characters. I’m obsessed with this world and where the series is going. It’s definitely becoming one of my favourite series.

Next, I read and finished The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey. This is book two in the Sovereign series. Once again, this was another five star book! I won’t say much more as I will be posting my full review of this book on Thursday.

I’m currently reading Fawkes by Nadine Brandes, Ms Marvel Volume Two and listening to Metamorphosis by Frank Kafka for class.

Goodreads Challenge: 98/75 131%

What are you reading this week?

Thanks for reading!

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November TBR! Another Ambitious Goal.

Originally, I wasn’t going to set myself a TBR for this month. I was just going to read my books for class and whatever other books on my TBR that I wanted to read. However, I have so much to read for class and I still want to finish the Throne of Glass series. So, I set myself a TBR structure.

First on my list is The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey. I’ve been so excited for this second book in this series. I started reading it last night and I can’t wait to be able to read more today!

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers, The Night Watch by Sarah Waters and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood are all books that I need to read for class. However, they all seem incredibly interesting and I feel like I will enjoy them. I’ve always wanted to read The Handmaid’s Tale so I can check this off my list!

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes is on my TBR for this month because on the 5th November it’s Bonfire Night and I feel like it’s the perfect time to read this.

Finally, the last books on my list are the last three books in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. I’m hoping to definitely get round to Empire of Storms and Tower of Dawn. However, I think I’m being incredibly optimistic by putting Kingdom of Ash in there as well. As I want to get around reading some of my NetGalley requests. So, I highly doubt that I will be getting to Kingdom of Ash and you’ll probably see it again in my December TBR.

Here’s to hoping November is another productive reading month! I need to get my TBR pile down.

What’s on your November TBR?

Thanks for reading!

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October Wrap Up

I’ve read a lot of books this month like a lot!

I started the month by finishing books that I started in September. I finished Throne of Glass and Batgirl Volume Two: Knightfall Descends. I enjoyed these books so much especially Batgirl, she’s one of my favourite superheroes.

For class I read War of the Worlds and The Dark is Rising Sequence. I read the physical books; Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas. I’m obsessed with the Throne of Glass series, each book gets better and better! Once I’ve read the whole series I’ll be posting my thoughts on the series as a whole. I also read The price of Silver, Bound in Silver and The Silver Bullet by Josie Jaffrey. By doing this I read all the books in the Solis Invicti series and can easily say it’s one of my favourite series.

In terms of e-books, I read The Wicked Ones and The Land I Lost which are books 6 and 7 in the Ghosts of the Shadowmarket series. I also read Nocturnal, a collection of poetry which I found myself enjoying more than I expected. I also read Giant Days Volume One And Volume Two. I love Giant Days, it’s such a fun and relatable comic. I also read Watersnakes; a brand new graphic novel. I also read An Unknown Welshman by Jean Stubbs and The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge, both of which I’ve posted reviews for.

Lastly, I finished listening to the audiobook Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven. I also listened to The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas.

Overall this month, I’ve read and finished 20 books! I’m practically yelling with excitement. I’m so proud of myself because when I gave myself a TBR this month, I thought with reading for class and some books being exceptionally big, I didn’t think I would accomplish anywhere near this! I can’t stop smiling. I’m so happy. It’s definitely giving me motivation to carry this on through November.

My favourite read of the month is so hard to pick because I rated so many five stars.

Did you have a favourite read this month? How many did you read?

Thanks for reading!

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My Week in Reading

Hi, I’m here with another update with what I’ve been reading this week. I’ve had such a busy week and I’ve been feeling ill the last few days so this won’t be that long of a post. I’ve really been struggling to find the time to read.

This week I’ve finished the fantastic spooky read The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge. I requested this book on NetGalley and was completely hooked the entire time reading it. I’ve posted the full review on my blog too!

Whilst reading this, I listened to the last two books in The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper. I really enjoyed this children’s fantasy and the use of Arthurian and Celtic myth.

At the minute, I’m currently reading Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas. I haven’t read as much of this book as I would have liked by now but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had the time. However, once again, I’m completely engaged and in love with this book. It’s so intense! I’m hoping to finish it at some point tomorrow as this was the last book on my October TBR.

Lastly, after finishing The Dark is Rising Sequence, I picked up The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas. I was listening to this book before but stopped due to my reading list for class. I have less than two hours remaining and I’m obsessed. I’m hoping to finish it today. I’ll definitely be buying the physical copy of this book. It’s so filled with twists and intrigue. I can’t wait to find out the ending.

What’s are you hoping to finish before November starts?

Thanks for reading!

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The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge


I requested this book from Netgalley and luckily, Bonnier Zaffre accepted the request. The cover sparked my interest immediately because it’s so beautiful and creepy that I had to find out what the book was about. After reading the synopsis, I had to read it!

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge is a YA horror, ghost story, thriller that it is impossible to put down. It follows a young girl Martha who has special abilities and goes to visit her grandmother – Mormor – in Norway. However, as soon as she arrives nothing goes as expected.

This is such a dark and creepy book and unlike one I’ve read before in YA. Immediately from the first page, I was brought into the story and didn’t want to leave. Martha as a protagonist is incredibly interesting and relatable. She doesn’t welcome being the ‘hero’ of her story which makes the novel that more endearing as you go through this struggle of identity and purpose with her. All of the characters are thoroughly interesting; Stig, Gandalf, and Mormor’s neighbours. Their portrayal written by Burge only adds to the adventure and the eeriness that this book provides.

The uneasy tone in this story comes across excellently and only adds to the plot. When reading, I could really feel the tension and the fear of these characters. The plot is incredibly thrilling and filled with so many unexpected twists that I didn’t want to put it down. I was so wrapped up in the story that I had to find out what was going on and what would happen in the end. Burge uses Nordic myths, family, and a budding romance to leave you hooked until the very last page.

The ending of The Twisted Tree is action packed and does not disappoint after the tension that was built throughout the novel. It’s truly a satisfying end. However, some aspects of the story are left somewhat open and I’m curious as to whether there may be a sequel to this fantastic novel. I hope so!

I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a fast paced and thrilling read. Also, it’s the perfect book to set you up for Halloween with the eerie and dark atmosphere.

The Twisted Tree is currently available on Kindle now and the paperback is due for release on the 10th January 2019. I may have to get the paperback because I enjoyed this book so much and the cover is just sensational.

Thank you all for reading!

Definitely go check out this book.


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My Week In Reading

Hey, everyone.

This is a new idea that I’m going to start posting every Monday / Tuesday. I’m going to let you all know the books that I’ve read during that week and a very brief review underneath. I’ve been reading so much lately that I’m struggling to keep up to date with all the reviews I need to read. Also, I feel like this way I can add more content to my blog.

So, one of the first books I read from Monday 15th October was The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper. This is set of five books that I had to read for studying children’s fantasy.

I was supposed to finish it for yesterday’s class, however, I’m still reading this series. I read the first three books in the series through the physical book. I struggled to really get into it that way but I’m listening to the audio book for the last two books. I’m enjoying it far better. I love the mystery and fantasy elements in this. I’m excited to see how it ends.

Once I switched to listening to the audiobook, I picked up another physical book. I always have to be reading a physical book.

The next book was the final instalment in Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti series; The Silver Bullet.

I loved this book and this series so much. Josie Jaffrey’s writing is excellent! It had everything I loved about this series; drama, action, twists. The end was also very satisfying. I’m super excited to read The Silver Queen, the second book in the sequel series.

The next book I read was An Unknown Welshman by Jean Stubbs.

I posted a full review of this on my blog. I loved the Tudors and I’m always obsessed with reading about them. I also love to see the perspectives a writer takes when writing historical fiction. This book was incredibly interesting, I couldn’t put it down.

The next book I read was Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. This is one of my favourite books of all time. It had so much drama and amazing moments that I couldn’t stop reading.The more I read of this series the more I love it. Also, Kingdom of Ash was released today! I’m really excited but praying that I don’t get spoiled.

The last book that I read which I finished on Sunday and read in one sitting was the comic Water Snakes. This graphic novel had beautiful artwork and had such an interesting creepy tone.

Currently I’m still listening to the audiobook of The Dark is Rising Sequence but I’m listening to the very last book.

I’m also reading The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge.

Let me know if you prefer this way of posting! Thanks for reading!

What have you read over the last week?

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Why I Love Audiobooks!

Audiobooks are somewhat controversial as some people don’t agree that it counts as reading. However, I started listening to audiobooks a few months ago and, even though it’s still a fairly new concept to me, I love it.

I think audiobooks are great for one major reason; it expands your reading. I’ve been able to listen/read to more books than I thought was possible. I’ve have listened to books I’ve been wanting to read for years and found other books that I wouldn’t have necessarily have found without audiobooks.

I think audiobooks are amazing to have playing whilst you’re travelling. I travel just under an hour in my car to get to my university so to be able to listen to an audiobook along the way means I get to read more throughout the day. It makes the commute so much more bearable.

Another way in which I listen to audiobooks is just before I go to sleep. I’m always in bed and struggle to get to sleep. However, when I’m listening to an audiobook I get completely relaxed and soon find myself read to sleep. It’s almost like being a child again and having a story read to you before sleep.

I’ve also found that in some cases where I can’t really get into a book due to the writing or being unable to focus on it, I’ve listened to the audiobook. I’ve found that I’ve enjoyed reading the audiobook more and end up enjoying a book that I hadn’t previously.

In class, we have a reading list set much like most English Literature classes. So, by listening to the audiobook I can analyse and think about the text much more without having to take a break from reading the book. Also, another bonus to this is that I can physically read a book from my intimidating TBR pile!

Did you listen to audiobooks? What’s your take on them?

Thanks for reading!

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An Unknown Welshman by Jean Stubbs Book Review


An Unknown Welshman by Jean Stubbs is a historical fiction novel about Henry VII. It follows the future king from the time of his birth, through to the War of the Roses and up until his Coronation as King.

This period in history is one that I have been obsessed with since I was a child. I love learning about the Tudors, the War of the Roses and life at court. It’s been awhile since I have read any historical fiction novels but this book made me realise how much I love the genre, especially when it’s about a topic I am highly interested in.

I received this book curtesy of Netgalley and Sapere Books and I’m so thankful that they accepted my request to read the book in exchange for an honest review.

Jean Stubbs creates a semi-fictional account of Henry Tudor, blending the story telling with fact excellently. I was immensely caught up with the characters and the way the story was told. I was fascinated by the way in which she told of Henry Tudor’s early life because I have not read any books that has a had focus on him as a child. I found that this gave the book an original and biographic edge. One of the greatest things about this novel is that it doesn’t change too many aspects of the truth. In fact, it’s an engaging retelling and loyal to historical events.

An Unknown Welshman is filled with action and the dangerous politics of the period that made me unable to put the book down. I started the book yesterday afternoon and finished it this morning! It’s a thrilling and highly entertaining read.

This interesting colourful novel is fast-paced and offers a valuable insight into the life of Henry Tudor. I highly recommend An Unknown Welshman to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or is passionate about this historic period.

Do you enjoy reading historical fiction?

Thanks for reading!

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A Bargain In Silver ( Solis Invicti 1) by Josie Jaffrey Review

A Bargain in Silver is the first book in the first series that takes place in Josie Jaffrey’s exceptional post apocalyptic vampire world.

Josie Jaffrey kindly sent the first book The Gilded King to me in the Summer to read and review. As you all know, because I can’t stop mentioning it, I fell in love instantly with the world and characters. I was so I’m awe that I found myself desperately wanting to read the first series to find out what happened before the sequel series.

A Bargain in Silver takes place in a post apocalyptic London where the Silver have taken over. They offer protection to the humans from the Weepers. There’s only one condition; the humans must work for them and provide the Silver with their blood.

I was completely taken with this book from the first page. I was hooked! Immediately, I was pulled into the world and desperate to find out how the Silver take over London. Josie Jaffrey’s writing is sensational throughout the entire novel. She manages to create a tense action packed world. I’m so intrigued and in love with this twist on vampires.

The protagonist of the book, Emilia, is a fantastic heroine. She’s in her late twenties, smart and funny. Also, she has flaws that demonstrate her humanity wonderfully. Honestly, all of the characters in this book are executed perfectly. I’m enthralled with the politics and the dynamic that this world has, I can’t get enough.

Josie Jaffrey writes excellently and is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. Every book I have read of hers so far has been a five star read! I couldn’t put this particular book down and read it in one day. This such an exceptional start to the series.

The ending was incredible! It had all the drama and surprises that make a wonderful ending.

Also today marks the release of the sequel to The Gilded King and book two of the sequel series to this one! The Silver Queen is out today.

I highly recommend these books!

Thanks for reading!

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