Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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Hell has literally broken loose. Demonic beings are everywhere and the only way to put a stop to these things forming into an unstoppable army is for Aelin to pull together her strength and finish the mission she started long ago. There will be unexpecting and old allies alike that will be called upon to fight but the question is who will answer, who will fight, who will survive and who will be sacrificed in order to keep Erilea from breaking apart?  This is the 5th book in the Throne of Glass series.

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— MY REVIEW —

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Guys, I’m putting a cautionary warning now incase I do somehow add spoilers in without thinking. So if you haven’t read this book, don’t read on. I don’t want to be the person who spoils a book that may possibly be just as amazing for you as it was for me!

THIS BOOK TOPS ALL THE BOOKS IN THE SERIES! I don’t know why I love this one the most, I just do! Maybe because all the characters I’ve been loving from Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows have bigger roles in this one. Or maybe all that I was hoping for from the last book came true in this one. It’s just beyond amazing. Well worth the anxiety!

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Bare with me I have tons to say. I don’t even know if you would consider this as a review anymore but more of a rant/ questioning/ fangirling blog post. But I just need to let it out!

But before I try and put my thoughts into words for you guys in this review, let’s take a minute to appreciate another beautiful cover. I can’t say it’s my favourite cover but I can’t deny it’s still eye candy and if I knew nothing about this book, I would still buy it just for the cover! 😉

Okay, let’s start with any negatives..? Hmm.. maybe the fact that the pages are super thin. I get that the book is over 600+ pages and having thinner pages means the book won’t be as thick but c’mon I was practically able to see the ink from the other side. I have the paperback edition as well and I can say it’s the same thing. Just a tip, flip the pages slowly and carefully!

I also wasn’t a huge fan of Aelin in this book *ducks and hides* 🙈 I mean I’m used to her bitchy, I’m-so-good-I-can-kick-ass attitude from the previous books but there were times where I was like dude, c’mon on you don’t have to be that high and mighty and oh look at that.. it backfires anyways. I’m just relieved it was only in some scenes and it didn’t go on til the end of the book or else I wouldn’t have been able to give this one full ratings.

What else?

Um.. okay. As much as I didn’t like seeing where some characters were heading or what could very well happen to them, I can’t really say it was a complete negative either. It’s part of the story and as much as I don’t want to see any of my beautiful characters possibly dying, I still loved the storyline. I love the character developments. I love the relationships. I love everything!!

I might be in the minority here but whatevs. We can’t help who we like right? And I am liking…no wait… LOVING Lorcan! I knew he couldn’t possibly be that much of a bad guy from Heir of Fire/ Queen of Shadows. 😉 I love that there is so much possibilities with his character. He’s the character I’m most excited to read about in the next (and final) book. I need to know what happens with him and Elide too! Eeeeeek! I stopped breathing at how it ended with those two in this book. But I have a strong and nagging feeling he won’t live to the end of this series.

I also loved that Lorcan pushes Rowan and Aelin’s buttons so much and vice versa. I love that he has a history with Rowan that I think it helps readers see why he is the way he is. I love the Cadre – Gavriel and Fenrys. I would love to know more about them (hoping and wishing a possible Novella on Rowan and his cadre!?? Ugh!)

Okay… I think that’s enough Lorcan talk. It’s slowly becoming a Lorcan love-fest here. Hehehe #sorrynotsorry ❤❤

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The development between Manon and Dorian I can’t say is exactly how I would’ve wanted it but hey.. baby steps! 😉 I’m also loving Manon a little more than Aelin in this one. She’s truly a Queen to me!

Aedion and Lysandra’s relationship in this book however was a rollercoaster ride. One minute it’s all fun and games, next you’re fearing for your life.. or should I say theirs? I can’t say I’m happy with what Lysandra has cooked up with Aelin that not only made Aedion sick to his stomach but shocked me as well! Like, are you kidding me girl?! I don’t even know how to process that fact the Aelin even thought of this scheme and that Lysandra agreed to it. Who cares if you’re her friend or you serve her. That is just messed up! Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks this?! My heart goes out to both Aedion and Rowan. And I suppose even to Lysandra. There’s a particular harsh line the Aedion says to her that even I was stunned by (no matter how hurt he was by the plan).

I can’t say I was surprised by the little announcement made by Rowan in regards to Aelin *cough* his wife *cough* and I’m also not surprised by the discovery of them being “mates” either. But I’m glad Sarah J Maas added it in there anyways to really cement the bond that they already have and in a way show readers who Aelin is really meant to be with. 😊

Sigh. There’s a lot of relationships happening in this book and it just strengthens my fear that nothing good ever lasts. And I just know one or more of these couples will tear my heart out!

The storyline itself is clever and it flows. Some parts I saw coming and some took me by surprise. So this is definitely another book you won’t want to put down once you start reading it.

I was a little taken aback that Chaol wasn’t in it all! I was seriously thinking that he was going to pop up just when Aelin and her court needed saving or when I least expected it but nope, nada. A bit bummed by that. I felt this was such a perfect book but then Chaol was missing..

Another reason why I think this is my favourite book is because all the characters considering where they’re from, who they’re fighting for – all came together and formed this “Court”. This seriously ass-kicking Court (even if it was only temporary).

I just can’t say enough good things about Empire of Storms. I don’t know how I’m going to survive the wait for the next book. I laughed. I cried. I kid you not, I yelled at the book at times. I had to take breathers, walk it off, get a snack before I could even delve back into it again. Oh and did I mention I cried? It’s that freakin GOOD!!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

AHHHHHHHHH!! This is one book you cannot miss out on reading. I can’t imagine how Sarah J Maas will top this one with the final book in the series but I know somehow she will. READ EMPIRE OF STORMS! You won’t regret it!! 😁😁😁

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book One: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Book Two: Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Book Three: Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Novellas: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Book Four: Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas


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Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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— MY REVIEW —

I got to tell you guys Heir of Fire was my most favourite book so far in the series but after reading Queen of Shadows, I’d have to say they both equally top it now.

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When all the characters finally come and meet each other for the first time in this book, you don’t know how it’s going to go down and you’re completely on the edge of your seat. It’s amazing! I have fallen in love with certain characters in this book whom I didn’t really connect with in Heir of Fire. One example is Manon Blackbeak. I wasn’t big on the story of the witch clans when they were introduced in that book. I thought they just got in the way of the storyline I really wanted to read about at the time (which was the Celaena/ Rowan/ Chaol situation lol) but my opinion did a complete turnaround on the witches in THIS book.

So if you were like me who wasn’t such a big fan, I advise to keep reading. It totally gets a lot better. Manon, her adorable wyvern Abraxos and her thirteen are some of my faves to read about now…and… if all goes the way I hope it will in the next book (Empire of Storms) for Manon and a certain someone *wink wink* then I will be one happy chappy!!

I was a little bit frustrated – annoyed – irritated with the first part of the book though. Where Celaena finally comes back to Adarlan and catches up with Chaol. Ughhh..it totally gave me a headache. It was like they were two completely different people who hated each other (more so than when they first met). I was not a fan! That part of the book crushed so many Celaena/Chaol fans’ hearts! Mine included. 😞😞

Hmm.. come to think of it. I think the whole book was just one big heartbreak concerning those two and knowing it will never be the way it was between them. As much as I love Rowan and them being together now. I did also love Chaol with her. It’s just sad.

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I do however love that Dorian had more of a role in this one. He’s one of my favourite characters and although I couldn’t believe half of the things he had to go through in this book I’m glad it turned out the way it did and now I can’t wait to see him kick some ass in Empire of Storms!

Okay, so here it is. Look forward to reading more about Manon, Dorian (of course more Aelin/ Rowan moments) and the war that’s brewing over the wyrdkeys and the power they possess. The introduction of Aedion and the return of an old “friend” aka Lysandra are 2 other reasons as to why this book is worth the read.

The storyline in Queen of Shadows is definitely getting down to the nitty-gritty end. It’s a lot more serious and more lives are in danger (which of course I am now panicking over).

I’ve come to the realisation that the more characters Sarah J Maas introduces into her books and the more you love them, the more you have to be prepared to lose them! And boy has she introduced so many amazingly lovable characters in this one. *hint, hint* (Lorcan). 🤫

It’s action packed and I guarantee you will fly through it. There’s always something happening – good or bad and you won’t be able to put the book down.

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 RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book One: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Book Two: Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Book Three: Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Novellas: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Book Five: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas


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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

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A prequel to the Throne of Glass series. Contains all five novellas.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

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— MY REVIEW —

Before I get on with my review. I have to admit that I read this book back in May but with life getting in the way of fangirling and book blogs, my blog took a backseat the whole of June (hence my lack of recent blogs) but I’m hoping to slowly but surely catch up on my book reviews. Phew! Please bare with me! 💜

I loved this book! I loved reading about where and how Celaena started as an assassin.

Sarah J Maas advised to read this one after Heir of Fire and before Queen of Shadows, so if you read the first three books like I did, you would know Sam (her first and in my opinion true love) had died. So you would think coming into this book you wouldn’t necessarily develop a deep connection with Sam because you would’ve already fallen for Chaol or even Dorian for Celaena. You’ve had three books worth to get a feel for a character and to fall for them but let me tell you, this book…omg this book..totally changed everything. It was such an insight to Celaena’s past and you finally get to see the man Celaena is still hurting over.

I thought when I first read Throne of Glass that I wouldn’t fall in love any other character for Celaena than Chaol himself (then of course that changed with Rowan coming into the picture later on). But after getting a glimpse of Sam here and there throughout the first 3 books, I was really curious to read more about him and why he impacted Celaena’s life so much.

If I didn’t say it before, I’ll say it again. I wish Sam didn’t have to die.

I WISH SAM DID NOT HAVE TO DIE! I would have loved to see more of what could have been between Celaena and him. And see him as character develop more into a man. I was seriously reading the book knowing ok..he’s going to die.. but question is when? You think I would’ve already prepared myself, right?

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Wrong!

It was a weird experience reading it. You could see it coming but then again you couldn’t. Does that make sense? I don’t know how else to say it. I was in panic mode the whole time I was reading it (hoping even),that he would survive! Or at least not die the way he did! 😢

Ohhhh how I loved these novellas. There’s 5 in total but I loved  The Assassin and the Pirate Lord and The Assassin and the Underworld the most.

Besides getting to know the beautiful Sam, you also get the pleasure of knowing how cruel and vindictive Arobynn really is. If you thought he was already a shitty piece of crap from the way Celaena talks about him in TOG, then you’re about to get to know him first hand! Enjoy!

All kidding aside, I really recommend that you guys don’t skip this book. It really does give you insight to why Celaena became the way she did and it really shows how far she’s come from since. And I’ll give you a little hint – Some of the things you read from this book may just come back around in the series (and you wouldn’t want to be lost when you do read on, would you?) 😉

It’s actually one of my favourite books from the series. I would’ve given it full ratings if it weren’t for some of stories being a little slow paced for my liking. I kid you not, if I wasn’t so picky about tiny things like that this would be 5/5 in my opinion. So don’t even take my rating seriously. Lol.

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book One: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Book Two: Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Book Three: Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Book Four: Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Book Five: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas


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A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas

First book done and dusted for the month. The best book to kick off May! 😊

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Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

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Brace yourself… this is going to be long, fangirling/ ranting gibberish review. I apologize now! 😜

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Fuuuuuuuuuck! THE. BEST. BOOK. EVER! This is my most favourite book read so far of 2016!!! I could not get enough of it. I just could not put it down! I was hooked from page one and now I’m obsessed! (‘obsession’ is not even a strong enough word to describe the feels!!)

Eeeeeeeeeeeep!!! I can’t stop smiling! 😁😁

A definite must read!! I originally got a hardcover edition of this book but I just ordered a paperback version earlier today so I can take that one with me whenever I’m out and add post-its to that one to remind me of all my fave quotes, lines and parts of the book 🙂

This is one of my favourite fantasy fiction series. Sarah J Maas is a beautiful literary genius! Thank you Sarah for this wonderful world you have created!

I can’t get enough of Rhys! The quote “I have non-fictional feelings for very fictional characters” was clearly created for characters like Rhys because it definitely implies for me!

I knew I chose right with Rhys when I first read ACOTAR. I knew there was something about him that Tamlin didn’t have..and I was soooooo right! My gosh! #TeamRhysand now and forever!

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This was such an easy book to read. So much detail that you will never be bored of reading it. I only wish it was longer (hehe coz clearly 624 pages ain’t enough) 😛

Now that I’ve finished reading it, I’m in a major ACOMAF hangover! I can’t even think of reading anything else new anytime soon because it’ll probably pale in comparison! If anyone has a cure for this type of hangover, please let me know! Or else I might just keep rereading and rereading all my favourite parts from the book!

If you love reading YA fantasy fiction and love the Throne of Glass series, I guarantee you’ll love this series too!

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Before I get into the nitty-gritty review — I should say that although this book is under the YA fantasy fiction “umbrella”, I have to say that this book is definitely targeted more towards the older “YA” readers. It’s very detailed. It’s definitely not PG rated (if you catch my drift). 

Okay. Now that I’ve said that little disclaimer. I’m going to start off with the good things about this book! 🙂

This book is so detailed! and I mean SO. MUCH. DETAIL! Trust me, with some of the things described in this book, you will not be able to avoid picturing it in your head. 😉😉

It’s an easy pace with short chapters (which I prefer). I find if the chapters are longer than 10 pages, there’s a higher chance I’ll get disinterested in finishing it.

The storyline is action-packed. There’s so much going on, that there is no way you’ll get bored or find the story dragging. It’s got action, romance, humor, suspense, drama… what more can you ask for?

If you’ve read ACOTAR and rooted for Rhys, then yeah… I would say you would definitely, absolutely LOVE ACOMAF! 💙

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Rhys is such a honey-bunny! He is the most perfect being ever! The stuff he says and does for Feyre just melts my heart. Not to mention he’s got that bad boy exterior with a sweet, loving interior that all us fangirls love to read about. 😜 And did I mention he’s such a smartass? Yep, a funny one to boot! I say, if he has a great personality, smexy (aka smart and sexy) and can make you laugh, then he’s a winner, folks! 😉

Who wouldn’t love Rhys? Like c’mon! When I got to the part where he explains everything to Feyre, I stopped breathing! I was speechless. It all clicked in. Everything made sense! (Sarah J. Maas is a genius with her writing abilities).

The humorous sexual banter going on throughout the book between Feyre and Rhysand lifts the mood of an otherwise dramatic storyline. Chaos and possible war brewing between courts and lands are happening but yet you get moments of them flirting and thinking about each other and sharing things that they would never with anyone else. It’s the personal, private moments they have that made me fall in love with this book. The quick glances of concern, smirks and lines they say to each other (that have deeper meanings) give me the feels! Like I said earlier… there’s so much detail in this book that a scene can instantly form in your head with each word you read.

I have a couple minor negatives though (I’m talking teeny tiny):

  • The story ended! (lol) no seriously, it ended with such a good cliffhanger that I desperately need the next book now!
  • I did find a few things in the storyline predictable but I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s things that would ruin the experience of reading it because I still loved it!
  • I was a little meh… undecided? on the ending. Some parts I saw coming but some completely surprised me and I honestly don’t know if I like where it’s heading. I’m seriously concerned that the next book may destroy me. I sense a whole lot of crying will go on.
  • I was so disappointed with both Tamlin and Lucien in this book (Lucien especially, because I loved him in ACOTAR). My opinion of Lucien changed after reading this one. To think I originally said that Lucien would be someone I would’ve been great friends with…well not anymore! All I can say is Lucien better get his act together in the next book!

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Tamlin. Tamlin. Tamlin. Tsk tsk tsk. I’m not even surprised. I saw it coming from the beginning that he was just wrong. WRONG. WRONG. WRONG! Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it usually is! 😞

Oh I almost forgot. I LOVE Rhys’ inner circle. Mor, Cassian, Azriel and Amren are just the best bunch of people. I love their group dynamic and their relationship with one another. One of my fave parts is definitely the dinner scene where they all share their stories with Feyre. They’re not just friends, they’re family and it really shows in this book how close they all are with each other and how far they’ll go to keep each other safe!

#TeamRhysand #TeamNightCourt All. The. Way!! 🙌🙌

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RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

I really, really recommend this book (this entire series, really) to everyone! It’s my favourite book read so far of 2016 and my most favourite series since Harry Potter! Yeah, that’s right! I put it out there… this is my one of my top most favourite book series ever!! I’m urging anyone who hasn’t picked this one up to do so! You won’t be disappointed! 😊

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A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I’m a little late with posting this review. But with the horribleness that is April. I’m glad I’m finally able to start getting my mind off things and it’s all thanks to this gorgeous book!

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Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

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OH. MY. GOLLYYYYYYYY! This is my favourite new fantasy fiction novel! I was hooked from beginning to end. I couldn’t put the book down. Sarah J. Maas has outdone herself. I seriously think this is better than Throne of Glass (not necessarily the whole series because it’s too early to tell but I definitely preferred the storyline over Throne of Glass). It’s bomb-diggity! I love love love it! I can only say good things about it.

If you haven’t read it, do it! Do it now! Don’t wait any longer because A Court Of Mist and Fury will be out in days! DAYS!! I know I can’t wait to get my hands on my copy.

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READ AT OWN RISK!

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Let’s start off with Feyre. She may just knock off Celaena from Throne of Glass as my new favourite female kickass protagonist. 😉 I love how she’s mortal but yet she can stand on her own two feet against the Fae. She’s a survivor, she’s tough but you also see the girl in her. The thoughts she shares about Tamlin or her family and her fears. She’s just a very relatable character.

Now let’s just discuss Tamlin (aka “Hottie McHigh Fae”). I love how much he tries with Feyre. Right from the beginning when she gets to Spring Court..and I love how she just brushes him off. Such sass! LOL. 😜 But seriously now… the sexual tension between those two was practically leaping off the pages the more in delve deeper into the book.

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I don’t usually picture the whole character when reading, just certain features the author has shared like the colour of their hair, their built, etc… so when Feyre mentions Tamlin’s gorgeous green eyes, for some reason that’s all I picture now when he’s talking. Is that weird?

Anyways, back to my review. I’m also loving Lucien. I think he is just the perfect friend. He’s a smartass but in a funny, joking way. Every time he’s in a scene, I always look forward to what he’s about to say or what his reaction is. And although it’s obvious there’s nothing between Feyre and him besides friendship, I like that fact that they have become close (considering how Feyre wasn’t a fan of their kind to begin with).

The overall storyline grabs you and sucks you into their world. You really get to see the difference between the Mortal land to the Faes; the way each side lives because of Feyre. The characters (different types of fae) that Sarah J Maas includes in this book are so intriguing, that I would be exactly like Feyre in wanting to know more about them. I found this book to be an easy read. The pace wasn’t slow at all. I never found any bits to be too boring or dragging on.

But this review is not all sunshine and rainbows. Let’s talk about that b*tch of a Fae Queen herself: Amarantha! I’d like to smack her face! I probably won’t get a chance being mortal and all but still… all the more reason why I like Feyre. She’s mortal but she’s tough and determined and doesn’t need magic or power to stand up against her. I’m so glad Amarantha was splattered in the end! But I can’t help feeling it may not be the end. I mean if she’s really gone, then I don’t doubt the next threat to Feyre, Tamlin and the world of Fae would be worst. As you many know, this is only book one of the trilogy. 😉

Before I end this little rant of a review. I have to mention another character who crept up into my heart and made himself comfy. I’m talking about Rhysand. 😲

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I knew there was something about him since that first encounter. My oh my, the way Feyre described him, sounded mm mm mm *drools* Who doesn’t love a bad boy?  Who may or may not have some good in him!?? I love Tamlin with Feyre… but I don’t know… I kind of want to see if there are any developments in the coming books between Rhysand and Feyre. Am I the only one? Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s curious! 😜

Before I wrap this super long review up. I just want to say, although I’m giving this book full ratings, I have to mention I was a little unsure of Feyre turning into a High Fae. I get that they did it to save her life but I kind of wanted her to stay mortal for a little longer. I kind of expected her to turn into one of them eventually but I didn’t think it would come to that so quickly into the story. But my opinion on this doesn’t change how I feel about this book. I still LOVE IT!! and highly, highly recommend it! 😁😁

RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

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Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”


From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

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— MY REVIEW —

I am seriously loving this series. Although this is only book 2, it packs a punch! Whenever there was any interaction between Celaena and Chaol I was on the edge of my seat. When Celaena was in “assassin” mode, I was on the edge of my seat. When something got discovered and I didn’t see it coming – you got it.. I was on the edge of my seat. You can pretty much just say there was no point in me “sitting” for any part of it. 😀

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Oh, and I’ll give you a little tip now.. make sure you read this when noone is around. I found myself mumbling (out loud) when I read certain parts and cursing at particular characters whenever they said or did something I disagreed with. I’m sure I’m not the only one with this problem, right? 😜

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Before I go any further, incase I didn’t mention it clearly in my Throne of Glass review, usually when people read the book, they usually find themselves deciding who they preferred – Chaol or Dorian..? Well, I chose Chaol (keep this little tidbit in mind when you read on).

So, back to my review…

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I so badly wanted to see what new developments were going to show up between Celaena and Chaol in this book. And when it finally happened..during Chaol’s birthday I was giddy and happy that they finally expressed how they felt to one another…

And boy oh boy did they ever haha! It turned from admitting they care for each other, to kissing to full on..uhhh not kissing *wink wink, get my drift?* and lots of it! All in a short amount of time too and call me immature but I could not stop laughing at how quickly they turned into horny teenagers (oh wait they are lol)

So yeah..by this stage I was feeling super happy and light-hearted, then.. BAMMMM!!

Uh oh, game over! Cut to the chase: horrible things happen; Chaol feels guilty and Celaena turns into Death herself. Here anger was practically coming off of the page as I was reading it. I could feel the rage! (Here’s where my little tip from earlier comes in handy again). All I know is even I was shaking my head at Chaol, poor guy. But I was glad that she was able to turn to Dorian during the uneventful time (and not in a hooking up kind of way), they sort of became friends again. When she ended her relationship with Dorian in the first book, I was relieved coz I wanted her with Chaol but I never wanted her to distance herself from Dorian or be cold towards him (which I think she was for most of this book). I always thought he was a nice guy, but I had always just preferred Chaol. So when they kind of stuck together to get through the troubles they were dealing with, I just sat there and thought: Yes! Finally..they’re friends again – I missed the times when they just hanged out and talked. It always had a different..umm feel? or atmosphere? to it then whenever she was with Chaol. Does that make sense? (Sorry if it’s just a whole heap of babble).

I’m really looking forward to reading more about Dorian too. This book gives you a little more insight to Dorian and his life, so I can’t wait to see how it all goes down in the next books for him.

But besides the whole romance bit, I love the fact that this book; this series has a bit of everything. It’s action packed. I love it whenever Celaena kicks ass! The way Sarah J Maas describes how Celaena, gets into the zone, packs her weapons and goes in armed and ready to kill anything in here way always makes me feel like I’m watching some sports game and my team is kicking butt! It also has a bit of mystery so you’re always guessing and questioning what’s going to happen next. It’s a fantasy fiction that lives up to the hype. I’ll leave it at that!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

I’m really loving this series so yes I am recommending it to you, just like it was recommended to me! It’s definitely a hyped up book series for a reason. Trust me, don’t give this one a miss! 😉

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book One: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Book Three: Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Novellas: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Book Four: Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Book Five: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas


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Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

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— MY REVIEW —

Omigosh! I can’t believe it took me this long to finally get hold of this book and read it. I’ll admit it now after reading the first 7 chapters I became sceptical about whether I was going to end up liking this one..but boy oh boy did I ever!!? As much as I love books that hook you in from the get go, I love books that surprisingly reel you in inch by inch just as much. And for me this was that type of book.

I did find the first few chapters a little bit boring (just a bit..don’t stress!) probably because I was still a bit lost at who she was and what the big deal was with her. I kept reading and didn’t really get into it until I reached the part where Celaena got to Rifthold to start training and to get the show on the road of her being the King’s “Assassin” and all. From then on, I pretty much couldn’t put the book down (I actually think I read it pretty fast for a slowpoke).

[Let’s jump to the boys for second here] You have Dorian, the Crown Prince of Adarlan who sought after Celaena to be his Champion. And then you have Chaol, the Captain of the Guard. Grew up together as kids, trained together and are friends.

Then Celaena Sardothien comes into the picture, an Assassin but yet..still a GIRL… See where I’m going with this?? 😄 Hehehe. Ahh… can’t wait to see if there are any developments in the following books.

I also like that fact the Dorian is typically a ladies man and Chaol is so serious and the complete opposite but yet they’re both intrigued by Celaena.

I love the little banters and smartass remarks that Celaena and the boys throw at each other, especially when it comes to Celaena and Chaol. It’s like watching a hilarious tennis match, you wanna see who gets the last shot it. Oh man, it gives me the giggles when I think about it now. LOL!

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I love Celaena as a character. Although she’s still young, she’s already been through so much pain and loss which made her tough and gutsy and determined but yet at the same time she’s a typical person who still misses her family, her home and who just wants a nice life for herself. It’s hard to imagine when reading moments where she thinks about what she misses or what she hopes for in the future that she is an Assassin. And a damn good one! After reading this book, she immediately went to my list of “Kickass Heroines” – along with Katniss from Hunger Games, Clary from The Mortal Instruments, Éowyn from The Lord of the Rings to Snow White from the Once Upon A Time tv show.

This is my first Sarah J. Maas book and I am so glad I loved it. I love how it’s written, I love the detailed descriptions of the places, the people, the weather and even the smells. It’s like you’re in that world too. This book also had a beautiful map included. I love books with maps. It’s nice to see the different lands, how far they are from each other and so forth..so double points for that. 😊

I think I read this book at the right time, a lot people had already read through the series, loved it, had nothing but good things to say about it and I haven’t read a new series in a while that really grabbed me. I know this was only Book 1 of the series and I hate cliffhangers so I cannot wait to read onto Book 2.

I supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-ly recommend this book!!!! Loved it. Loved it. Loved it! I don’t know who else is out there who hasn’t jumped onto the ToG series bandwagon but my advice is to jump. Jump in now! 😋

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

Oh and the only reason I’m not giving this a full rating of 5/5 is because of how I feel about the first few chapters but that’s a silly reason really. It’s just my stupid mind not sinking into the story fast enough. My heart gives it a 5 but my mind won’t (sorry).


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