Empire of Storms

Sarah J. Maas

Published September 6, 2016 by Bloomsbury

Throne of Glass #5

28260587I guess I should start of this review by saying that Empire of Storms is/was probably my most anticipated release for 2016.  So, with that being said, I think I should review this book from the inside out:

When the cover was revealed back in May, I was in awe.  I love the attention to detail: Aelin’s hair is growing back and the cover reflects that. She is also wielding Damaris, her fire is controlled and gorgeous, and the Eye of Elena is around her neck.  Then, as if her sassy travelling/fighting outfit isn’t enough, flip the book over and she is wearing a gorgeous open-backed purple dress that shows off her tattoos.  It is amazing how psyched the outside of this book makes me.

Bloomsbury also published this book on thinner pages, since the story is so long: 693 pages long to be exact.  The thinner pages actually make the book deceivingly heavy, like it’s a dense little brick, but I like that it’s not larger than Queen of Shadows physically.  I loved the feel of these thinner pages, and I found myself almost petting them at times.  I have heard some people said they experienced easily ripped pages because of thinness, but I didn’t personally have that problem.  Aesthetically, I think it looks lovely the size of the physical books vary throughout the series, rather than just moving from smaller to larger.  Also, it should be briefly noted that the Throne of Glass chapter headers, give me life. Ok, moving on.  Continue reading “Empire of Storms”

Love Fortunes & Other Disasters

Kimberly Karalius

Published May 2015

Grimbaud #1

This book solidly falls into the category “picked up based on the cover”, and I am really glad I did. Love Fortunes and other Disasters is a pretty adorable story, (both inside and out) with interesting characters and a unique plot line.

There comes a time during the year that I don’t want to be tricked by plot twists, I don’t want to end on a cliffhanger, and it seems that the only thing that will satisfy me, is a good old fashioned happy ending. Love Fortunes and other Disasters, is EXACTLY what I needed. Continue reading “Love Fortunes & Other Disasters”