Book Review: Empire of Storms (ToG #6) – Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. 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.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.


I know I say this every time I write a review of a Sarah J. Maas book, but seriously, WHY DID SHE LEAVE IT LIKE THAT?!

I need more, and I need it NOW.

I know there are issues with this. I hate Rowan and his possessive control over Aelin, and don’t understand why every single character needs to have a romantic pairing, but Maas has a way of writing plot lines that suck you in and are just seriously addictive. I’m total trash for it, I don’t even care.

Once again the drama has been kicked up yet another notch and once again we’re left with a gaping hole where this book once was, a massive book hangover, and A YEAR LONG WAIT until we find out what the hell happens next.

I don’t know if I’ll survive.

Send help.

This next paragraph contains romantic interest spoilers, be warned…

I adore Lorcan and Elide and I will ship them to the end of the earth. The pairing between Manon and Dorian I feel is a bit unnecessary, I always felt like Manon was a fierce independent woman who doesn’t need a man, but there we go. And can we just please spare a thought to that tragic, uncomfortable beach scene which I feel like everyone could have done without having to endure… ahem.

Anyway.

Crown of Midnight and Queen of Shadows are still my favourites in the series so far, but I really did love this one too overall.

Next stop, Tower of Dawn!


 

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September Book Merch Haul!

In September, I seemed to actually spend less money on actual books, and more money on book things. We’re talking candles, bookmarks stationary etc. So when I did my book haul, I thought, ‘hey, maybe I should do a merch haul too…’, and so here we are! It actually took me a while longer than expected to put this post together, but I finally got there.


Bookish Candles

Yes, they need their own sub-sections…

Happy Piranha

The first candles I received in September were from happypiranha.com who I rep for over on bookstagram. I absolutely adore their candles; they smell amazing, and the packing is just gorgeous! I talked about them a whole load in a blog post not too long ago, which you can read here.

One of the candles I got this month, which was part of my rep package, was “The Greatest Show on Earth” candle. I also bought the “Polyjuice Potion”, “Courage” and “Wing Leader” candles.

 

Don’t forget that if you buy anything from HappyPiranha, you can get 10% off by using my code: INCASEOFPIRANHA


Bookish Burns

I recently discovered another UK candle company, called BookishBurns, and just had to buy the “Court of Dreams” candle. It smells really fresh with a hint of citrus, and is also sparkly!

I’ll defnintely be buying more from this company in the future (I have my eyes on the Hogsmeade Autumn Treat candle…)

 


Book & Nook

Yep, we’re still going on the candles… September was a long month, okay?!

I bought 3 candles from Book&Nook this month:

  1. Liesl’s Song (Wintersong inspired, 4.5oz)
  2. Rhysand (ACOTAR inspired, 4.5oz)
  3. Weep (Strange The Dreamer inspired, 7oz)

I absolutely adore all of them, but I think my favourite is Liesl’s Song – it smells Uh-MAY-Zing! I already had 2 candles from this company, so knew I’d love them, but they still surprise me every time!


Bookmarks

I may have gone a little overboard on the bookmarks this month… is that possible? Can you have too many?

I bought bookmarks from the following companies and love them all!

HappyHello

HeyAtlas

Ink&WonderDesigns

StrangeTheBookmark


Other Stuff

Funko Pop Vinyl Figures:

  1. Luna with Glasses
  2. Harry Potter (#1)
  3. Newt Scamander

Literary Emporium:

I bought the mystery lucky dip box from LitEmporium, which comes with a randomly selected stationary item, jewellery item, and pin badge. I was so surprised by this, and even though it states that the items will be “slightly imperfect”, I couldn’t actually detect a fault with any of them! I love each item, and they’re of such amazing quality. Whether I’ll buy another of these boxes for myself, I don’t know, just because I’m scared I’ll get the same item. However I will definitely be buying them for gifts for friends!

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Book Sleeve

I bought my first ever book sleeve this month! It’s from BookBuddleUK and the quality and print design are just so worth the money. I struggled for ages to find a UK book sleeve company who’s designs I liked, and BookBuddle just ticked all of the boxes. I bought the large hardback size, which fits all of my heftier hardbacks in nice and snugly. The print is super cute and woodsy, perfect for autumn. I definitely want to buy a paperback size in the future.


So that’s it!

One HUGE book merch haul… I’ve never bought any merch before, so I really went to town this month whilst I had the money to do so, and made sure that I got a little bit of everything to try. I’m so impressed by all of these companies, and can’t recommend them enough – there really are some very talented people out there!

I still have orders from Society6 and Meraki Candles on their way to me, but I’ll save those for my October haul, seeing as I am now on a BOOK BUYING BAN.

Oh god, save me.

I need it, and I will be thankful for it, but it’s going to be tough… wish me luck!


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