Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas Book Review!

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass Book #5)

Publication Date: September 6th, 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Page Number: 704

Format Read: Hardcover (Birthday Gift!)

Goodreads Synopsis:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

My Thoughts:

At first I wasn’t really sure of the cover, it was least favorite cover, and still is, but it’s grown on me and I kind of like it now.

The pages are thin in this book because it’s 700 pages so they must have made the pages thinner so it’s not as thick, but it’s still realllly heavy. I brought it to school with me and on top of my other school books my arms felt like lead carrying my books around.

I absolutely love Sarah J. Maas and her books so when I started reading this one and I felt no emotional connection for a quarter through I was really sad. But then after we met Elide and Lorcan and the plot started to unfold I finally could breathe okay because I found myself finally enjoying it.

I think part of the reason that there was no connection for me at first was because I couldn’t feel the Rowan/Aelin romantic spark that I felt in Heir of Fire. And honestly? The ships in this book! Lysandra/Aedion, Dorian/Manon, and Elide/Lorcan are some of my favorite ones.

The ending of this book rivals the ending of A Court of Mist and Fury almost! I was in tears at the end. I was sitting in my yearbook class and tears were just coming and the girl sitting next to me was just like, “it’s just a book, the characters aren’t even real, it’s all just in the authors head.” And I really wanted to punch her for that.

The whole Elena and Brannon and Maeve and Valg story is so confusing and I feel like the way to banish the Valg keeps getting changed up.

So far what I’m getting is that either Dorian or Aelin has to die and I’m really not okay with either of those options.

I’m also scared that since there weren’t really any deaths in this book, the finale might have some, which I’m not really ready for.

I can’t wait to see the Manon and her grandmother showdown in the next one too!


Highly entertaining and heart wrenching as usual, I loved it! Is this even still considered YA with those steamy scenes??

My Rating:

4.9 stars

What are your thoughts on Empire of Storms!? 

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

The Characters Book Tag

The Character Book Tag

I was tagged by T.K. Lawrence @ Read it or Not Reviews to do the Characters Book Tag!


  1. Pick 10 books off of your bookshelf.
  2. You must own the books.
  3. You must have read the books.
  4. No e-book versions.
  5. You can only use each book once to answer one question.

My Ten Books:



The Questions:

1. Who is the best kick-ass character?

Celaena Sardothien…or Rowan. Rowan and Celaena

2. Which character do you most dislike?

Sebastian or whatever you call him, but then I did have a weak spot for him in Heavenly Fire

3. If you could date any fictional character who would it be and why?

Rhysand!! Or Tamlin is fine too.

4. If you could change a character in any way what would it be?

Perhaps Lara Jean at the end of the first book, like don’t assume stuff, and maybe the ending could have been different

5. What character to you made all of the wrong choices that didn’t add anything to the book?

Ha! America Singer. Like I love her, but I’m face palming with each new bad decision that she makes

6. Out of the five books (you have left) which character was the best villain whom you love to hate?

Queen Levana. Or Valentine could have applied here, but I feel like Levana suits this title better haha

7. Favorite sidekick character with the most heart?


8. What is your favorite fictional romantic relationship?

I guess Fallon and Ben. They’re not my favorite, but out of the books I have left they are. The relationship that the two of them have was just written beautifully.

9. What character did you think was the strongest?

Kaz! or Inez, it doesn’t matter, all six of them!

10. Best protagonist?

I guess by default it’s Percy Jackson. But honestly, Percy is pretty awesome so I’m okay with that 😉

Thank you for reading!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser


The Celebrity Book Tag!

Celebrity Book Tag!

Thank you Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm for tagging me to do the Celebrity Book Tag!

1. Emma Watson ~ A book with a hot, kick-butt female character

Is there really any other than Celaena Sardothien? This question was made for her really. Throne of Glass is just such an amazing series. I could also say Hermione Granger, you know, cause she’s awesome AND Emma Watson plays her.


2. Ryan Gosling ~ A book with the hottest male character

Um, Ryan Gosling is NOT that hot. Can I say Rowan from Heir of Fire? No, I must choose a different book. Oh duh, Jamie Fraser from Outlander! That smile! Seriously Sam Heughan’s smile is melting and I haven’t even watched the show yet, but I will be in a few weeks!


3. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt ~ A book with your favorite fictional book couple


Are you kidding!? Claire and Jamie! Rowan and Aelin! America and Maxon are pretty nice as a couple too. Ooh, and Will and Nico! Solangelo are the best!

4. Shailene Woodley ~ Author you’ve recently discovered and loved


Ok, I’m done, every question has the answer Outlander and Diana Gabaldon. Let’s go with Becky Albertalli! She wrote Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.


5. Josh Hutcherson ~ Favorite short story or novella


Aw, poor Josh Hutcherson getting the height question. But I do have to say that there is a tie between Fairest by Marissa Meyer and Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover.


6. Dwayne Johnson AKA The Rock ~ Favorite Big Book (over 500 pages)

Well I would have said Queen of Shadows but I already did Throne of Glass, and I also already did Outlander, so Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix it is.



7. Leonardio DiCaprio ~ A series with the most upsetting death (NO SPOILERS)


Hmph, I said Harry Potter, Throne of Glass, and Outlander already, so I suppose it’s time for The Fault in Our Stars and All The Bright Places.



8. Kristen Stewart ~ A book you found boring


Kristen Stewart is NOT boring. Egg and Spoon is honestly the worst and most boring book I’ve ever read. I thought I would like it since it had Russian fairy tales but it was so bad I nearly didn’t make it to the end, I do not recommend this to anyone.



9. Ian Somerhalder and his cat ~ Cutest book on your shelf


Him and his cat are not that cute…but you know what is!? To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. The cover is cute, the story is cute, the boys are cute, everything is cute! …oh wait I googled Ian and his cat and I have to admit that they’re pretty cute together…

10. Jennifer Lawrence ~ Perfect book or series

Perfect eh? That’s very rare to come by, but I will say that Harry Potter was very near to perfection, and so was Percy Jackson and the Olympians, not the Heroes of Olympus though. Mysterious Benedict Society was great too. Outlander as well as the Winner’s Trilogy. And of course so were most of CoHo’s books. So yes, that is my answer, all of the above!

Ew Midterms next week with a capital M. I’m praying for a snowstorm like last year to cancel them. 😦

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser


Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas- Book Talk/Review

Hello everyone, slightly late, but here is my Queen of Shadows book review!


I’ve been waiting for this book since i read Heir of Fire when it came out a year ago, so you can say that i was pretty anxious to get my hands on this baby.


Um, hello, it’s the fourth book, you shouldn’t need a summary, if you came here because you wanted to get into Throne of Glass, then i would suggest reading a Throne of Glass review first. BUT, this is where Aelin comes back from Wendlyn ready to fight for her kingdom, and embrace her identity as Aelin, shedding Celaena behind her. Things happen, go read the book if you haven’t.

My Thoughts:

The cover is GORGEOUS! I think though that Heir of Fire is prettier…? Hmm, maybe. I loved this book a lot, everything happened that should have happened, with the exception of a few things.

Spoilers: (Random and out of order)

Chaol seemed like a real dick in this book, and i feel like the character Nesryn was only created to be his ‘match’.

The Manon/Dorian thing sounds weird and interesting, but i feel like many people are like NO because they’re still holding out hope for Dorian/Aelin in the next two books.

YES! When Rowan showed up, i almost cried the way Aelin flung herself at him. Literally throughout the whole book is Rowan and Aelin saying sexual things to each other. And yes for Lysandra killing Arobynn.

Oh, poor Aedion. He was going to do the whole Blood Oath thing, but Rowan already did that.

Kaltain got her revenge! Ha ha, and Elide is going to find Celaena, but she’s going to get Aelin instead, that’s going to be funny. Ok, Lorcan is a brat, and Gavriel is Aedion’s father! Woah!

Why are people hating on this book?

I’ve shipped Rowan and Aelin since meeting Rowan in Heir of Fire. I never felt anything with Dorian and Aelin, and well, she made her feelings clear for Chaol. So many people simply disliked this book because their ship didn’t come true or whatever.

GUYS! Are you kidding me?

First of all, there are two more books, and anything can happen then. Second of all, trust Sarah J. Maas, and third of all, if Aelin is happy, then so should the readers! And even if Rowan and Aelin didn’t end up together, i would still be happy with Chaol or Dorian, because i just love Aelin and trust her choices.


Amazing book, what’s going to happen in the next two though? I think though, that despite loving this book so much, it’s my least favorite, with Heir of Fire being my favorite, then Throne of Glass, then Crown of Midnight.

I feel like Aelin pretty much falls in love with a lot of people in this series. Dorian, Chaol, Rowan. I mean, it’s not bad completely, but many readers do not support Rowan, and i think it’s because each book Aelin has a different love interest. It’s also confusing with the whole, now she’s Aelin thing.

I’ve typed Celaena instead of Aelin waaaay too many times in this review. It’s slightly confusing on who she is; and when she ‘turns’ into Celaena. Like really? Were the first two book a lie then? Beautiful cover, amazing writing, i loved it. 5 out of 5 stars. I can’t wait till the 5th book, and i can’t wait to see what happens next!

That’s it for my review! Share you comments and thoughts below! Do you agree with me? Disagree?

Thanks for reading lovelies!

-Calliope (5)