Tea in the Treetops Podcast

Tea in the Treetops is the official podcast of this blog. It is hosted by Philippa and Anni, reviewers here at Tea in the Treetops.

Philippa and Anni

We mostly read and review Fantasy and Sci-fi books for all ages, but with a focus on young adult titles. Topics discussed each episode may vary but generally include books recently read, exciting new book news and what our children are up to with reading. Various other random topics also may be included! Books discussed in each episode are listed in each episode post.

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(Intro track recorded in March 2019)

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Episode archive

Episode 72: Quarantine Edition (March 20, 2020) – Catch up, The Witcher TV series, Crescent City by Sarah J Maas, other books and TV series.

Episode 71: Spring Releases (October 18, 2019) – Releases for Oct/Nov 2019.

Episode 70: Good Omens (July 19, 2019) – Book and TV show flailing over Good Omens

Episode 69: Looking Forward, Looking Back (June 7, 2019) – Books coming out in Q3 2019, plus what we’ve been reading and watching.

Episode 68: The Battle of Winterfell (April 26, 2019) – Spoilers for episodes 1 and 2 of Game of Thrones season 8, plus speculation for future battles, and more TV we’ve been watching.

Episode 67: Wizards of Once (March 15, 2019) – We review Cressida Cowell’s middle grade fantasy, The Wizards of Once.

Episode 66: Vardaesia and other magical schools (February 22, 2019) – We give a spoiler-free review of The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni, then recommend a bunch more books involving magical schools.

Episode 65: Kingdom of Ash (February 1, 2019) – We jointly review Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas (spoilers), and share books coming out in early 2019 that we’re looking forward to.

Episode 64: Paladeros and Brakebills (October 17, 2018) – Anni chats with Aussie author Steven Lochran about his Paladero series, and we discuss meeting Veronica Roth and other authors at the Brisbane Writer’s Festival.

Episode 63: TBR for late 2018 (July 26, 2018) – A big list of YA fantasy and sci-fi books coming out in the second half of 2018.

Episode 62: School’s Out (June 14, 2018) – A catch up on events and books, followed by Harry Potter trivia.

Episode 61: Unearthed (March 16, 2018) – A review of Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

Episode 60: Load Your TBR 2018 (February 2, 2018) – A big list of YA fantasy and sci-fi books coming out in the first half of 2018.

Episode 59: Nevermoor (December 6, 2017) – A list of our favourite books from 2017, plus a review of Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend.

Episode 58: Christmas List (October 24, 2017) – A big list of recommendations for book presents for all ages. Also Philippa is ridiculously excited about her upcoming trip to Rome.

Episode 57: Upcoming Adaptations (September 20, 2017) – Science fiction TV adaptations that have been recently announced. Also a spoilery discussion of Game of Thrones season 7.

Episode 56: The Handmaid’s Tale (July 26, 2017) – A review of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, plus its TV adaptation. A Monster Calls film.

Episode 55: TBR Load for Late 2017 (June 29, 2017) – Load your TBR for July-Dec 2017. Plus a Bogan book review, and A Monster Calls.

Episode 54: A Court of Wanting and Rhysand (May 25, 2017) – A review of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. I say review. It’s mostly flailing.

Episode 53: Strange the Dreamer (April 21, 2017) – Reviewing Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, plus the new Beauty and the Beast film.

Episode 52: Caraval (March 16, 2017) – We review Caraval by Stephanie Garber, plus talk about Illuminae and This Savage Song.

Episode 51: 2017 TBR – #LoveOZYA edition (February 14, 2017) – Listing spec-fic YA books by Aussie authors due in the first half of 2017.

Episode 50: Load Your 2017 TBR (January 23, 2017) – Our 50th episode celebration, plus some of the sci-fi and fantasy books coming out in the first half of 2017. Gushing about Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Episode 49: Pre-Christmas Therapy (December 17, 2016) – Just a quick catch up before Christmas. More Supernatural raving.

Episode 48: Wishlists, Gifts and Fandoms (November 9/18, 2016) – Our Christmas wishlists and favourites from the year. Also incoherent raving about Supernatural and exams.

Episode 47: Harry Potter and the Literary Locations (September 27, 2016) – Special guest Sarah from @commasandampersands chats with us about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, plus the 2016 Brisbane Writers Festival.

Episode 46: A Musical Interlude (September 2, 2016) – Angelya discusses music in the writing process, including examples from Sarah J Maas’ playlist for A Court of Mist and Fury. It’s Maas season, people!

Episode 45: A Court of Mist and Flailing (July 25, 2016) – A very spoilery episode, where we discuss Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Mist and Fury, plus The Selection by Keira Cass and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Plus lots more!

Episode 44: Two Little Birds #1: The Crown’s Game (June 29, 2016) – Spoiler alert! Discussion of The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye for TLB Book Club. Also Game of Thrones season 6, the Warcraft movie and more.

Episode 43: Book club launch and #Teencon2016 recap (May 29, 2016) – Launching the Two Little Birds book club! Also a recap of Ang’s visit to Teencon at this year’s Sydney Writers Festival. Discussion of changes to the Copyright act in Australia.

Episode 42: Passenger and Truthwitch (May 20, 2016) – A review of Passenger by Alexandra Bracken and of Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. Lots of catching up on what we’ve been reading and Ang admits to joining another fandom (spoiler: it’s Merlin)

Episode 41: Game of Thrones Pre-Season 6 (April 19, 2016) – We welcome back Isobelle Carmody to talk about all things Game of Thrones before the start of Season 6.
Ep 41.5: Part two of our discussion with Isobelle Carmody from April 19, where we discuss what we’ve been reading and listening to.

Mini-sode 40.5 (April 10, 2016) – Meeting Maria V Snyder and other authors at Supanova Gold Coast. Ang talks to herself about Shadowhunters and books because Philippa is away!

Episode 40: #YASquad2016 (March 18, 2016) – We went to the PTA YASquad2016 event in Brisbane to meet four Aussie YA authors. Also a quick catch up on what we’ve been reading, watching and listening to.

Episode 39: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (February 27, 2016) – Jo joins us for a review of the film, and we chat other YA movies and books. Also various random topics which may not be family friendly!

Episode 38: Meeting Alison Goodman (February 5, 2016) – We chat briefly about meeting Alison Goodman, author of Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club. Also enthuse about the Selection series, and reserve our judgements on the Shadowhunters TV series.

Episode 37: Load Your 2016 TBR (January 17, 2016) – Happy New Year! A big list of some of the books coming out in 2016 for YA Fantasy and Sci-fi readers.

Episode 36: Isobelle Carmody and the Busy November (December 17, 2015) – Following her tour for the launch of The Red Queen, we chat with Isobelle Carmody about finishing her enormous series and about her writing process. We also chat about our weekend at Supanova and meeting Sarah J Maas and the other authors there.

Episode 35: #BTCYA Brisbane (November 5, 2015) – Fresh from the Between the Covers Harper Collins YA event. Lots of re-reading because there are some great releases coming!

Episode 34: Busy Times (October 18, 2015) – Catching up on what we’ve been reading and the multitude of books that are coming soon.

Episode 33: Legacy of Kings (September 25, 2015) – A review of Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman, plus a discussion of upcoming YA adaptations for TV and/or film.

Episode 32: The Beast’s Garden with Kate Forsyth (September 14, 2015) – An interview with Aussie fantasy author Kath Forsyth following the publication of The Beast’s Garden

Episode 31: LoveYA at the Brisbane Writers Festival (September 5, 2015) – A recap of the sessions we saw at the Brisbane Writers Festival, clips from our friends there and a giveaway of a signed copy of The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black!

Episode 30: Ink and Bone (August 20, 2015) – A review of Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine, plus a list of all the books we are looking forward to for the rest of 2015.

Episode 29: Travels in Time (July 17, 2015) – A big list of our favourite Time Travel stories for all ages, and some we have read recently.

Episode 28: Angels in YA, with Paula Weston (June 27, 2015) – A discussion with Brisbane author, Paula Weston about The Rephaim series, as well as some other YA Angel series.

Episode 27: Dystopia in YA (June 20, 2015) – Themes, violence and some of our favourites in YA Dystopian series

Episode 26: Sydney Writers Festival (May 27, 2015) – TeenCon 2015 and a review of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Episode 25: Strong Characters (May 9, 2015) – Strong female characters and why we don’t have to like them, a review of Rogue by Julie Kagawa

Episode 24: Magonia (April 26, 2015)

Episode 23: A Dance With Dragons (March 29, 2015) – Results from our Game of Thrones survey, and a celebration of all things GoT before the start of season 5.

Episode 22: Why Read YA? (March 4, 2015) – Why do adults read YA?

Episode 21: A Fairy Tale (February 18, 2015) – A discussion of fairytale retellings in books and film, plus a review of Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

Episode 20: Harry Potter Book Night Special (February 5, 2015) – Results of our Harry Potter survey and general Potter-ness

Episode 19: Coming in 2015 (January 17, 2015)

Episode 18: Happy New Year (January 5, 2015)

Episode 17: Christmas Cheer (December 10, 2014)

Episode 16: Talon (November 13, 2014)

Episode 15: Blogaversary Edition (October 30, 2014)

Episode 14: Snow Like Ashes (September 26, 2014)

Episode 13: Brisbane Writer’s Festival (September 11, 2014)

Episode 12: Points of View (August 21, 2014)

Episode 11: Book Clubs and Carnevale (August 7, 2014)

Episode 10: Catching Up with the Kids (July 17, 2014)

Episode 9: Hacked (June 26, 2014)

Episode 8: At the Movies (June 11, 2014)

Episode 7: Armchair BEA Special (May 28, 2014)

Episode 6: The Darkness of YA (May 14, 2014)

Episode 5: Dreams of Gods & Monsters (April 30, 2014)

Episode 4: We’re Back! (April 10, 2014)

* Hiatus *

Episode 3: In Before the Stork (May 19, 2013)

Episode 2: Vampires, Zombies and Penguins, Oh My! (April 5, 2013)

Episode 1: Introductions (March 17, 2013)

Joint Audio Reviews

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor (extract from episode 5)

Masquerade by Kylie Fornasier (extract from episode 11, recorded August 5, 2014)

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J Maas (extract from episode 12, recorded August 19, 2014)

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (extract from episode 14, recorded September 26 2014)

The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare (extract from episode 15, recorded October 29 2014)

Mug Cakes by Mima Sinclair (extract from episode 15, recorded October 29 2014)

Talon by Julie Kagawa (from episode 16, recorded November 12 2014)

I Was Here by Gayle Forman (from episode 19, recorded January 17 2015)

Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly (from episode 21, recorded February 18 2015)

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley (from episode 24, recorded April 26 2015)

Rogue (Talon #2) by Julie Kagawa (from episode 25, recorded May 9 2015)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas (from ep 26, May 25 2015)

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (from ep 30, Aug 20 2015)

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (from ep 42, May 17 2016)