Empire of Storms Book Review (Throne of Glass #5)

Return of the King and these people are f-ed horny ASF, those two thoughts were in my head a lot!

Spoilers if you haven’t read any of the previous books, so do yourself a favor and STOP before you end up hating yourself for it. You be warned!

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Characters, characters, characters or look more characters. You have your main ones and your traveling with then than you turn and you’re introduced to more characters. From the last book it did seem a bit overwhelming and though it still is a little bit, you’re intrigued. You are locked it and ready to see where this particular character fits in the current situation.

A LOT WENT DOWN! No spoilers for the books but again spoilers if you haven’t read the previous ones. Now, the last one I mentioned that it reminded me a bit of Lord of the Rings. At the time I was marathoning the shit of out of the movies, because you have a least a few times a year. So I don’t know if that was already in my head and it somehow morphed into my brain and it linked into the story. Since it happened again, three different occasions to be exact, I have to admit that that’s what goes through my head while reading Empire of Storms. And it’s pretty epic!

First LOTR feel is every other character is separated or have yet to meet. Goal is to have these characters in one place.

Aelin, Rowan, Aedion and Lysandra are trying to gather as many allies to help fight Erawan in one corner. Elide is now free and searching for Aelin and Celaena, still not knowing their the same person, but encounters Lorcan who also has a grudge against the very same woman. In the other corner, Manon has made it her mission to fool Vernon and Duke that she and her coven are obedient servants until finds out the truth of their plans but things change when she meets Dorian.

With so many characters, you get so many backgrounds, interactions, etc. but the main objective is to find the three wyrdkeys to end all evil. LOTR feel #2! Although, each of them have a history with each of them, their main focus is destroying Erawan. Just like Frodo and Sam, different I know but bare with me, Aelin and Rowan coincide. The weaker Frodo gets the stronger Sam has to be, and same goes for Aelin and Rowan and vise versa.

Aelin, from a very young age, has learned to push people away for fear of not just betrayal but losing them. Through five books she has struggled with allowing her friends to help her carry the burden that has bestowed on her and to this point you start to see her as selfish, until you learn why. With so much death, loss, she chooses to carry it all, alone, so that they very people she loves wouldn’t have to, and see definitely respect for much more for it.

It’s not about titles, and what belongs to who anymore, because if Erawan succeeds darkness will rain and nothing will matter anyway. So War is set and their ready to kill anyone who is on their other side, which brings us to LOTR #3. There were so many moments that I swear I thought they were going to die. The despair while reading was so intense and then BAM someone, or something comes from out of no where and saves their asses! MULTIPLE TIMES! My poor heart! But the scene the had Lord of the Rings screaming at me was almost to the end, at sea, where I could hear Howard Shore score playing. Outnumbered, weakened, they see their end when something you were hoping would happen comes to the rescue. But again Sarah J. Maas plays you because that’s not the objective.

The feeling I felt when I finished was when Frodo has the ring and doesn’t destroy it in the fire and puts it down. The NO moment, but picture that if it ended there, and that’s what ran through me. Someone give me a glass of wine, leave the bottle!

Whatever their breathing in the air, eating, or drinking must have some serious aphrodisiac side effects! War, death, but we got 5 minutes so clothes off! I’m all more some smutty scenes, and they sure were a few, and if they didn’t bang they sure as hell made it known that that was playing in their heads. Multiple pairings and at this point, I’m invested, locked it and want them to bang each other, fight and get along and repeat.

Empire of Storms is by far the best in the series, still need two more, but it’s holding the title. I was entertained from beginning to end. I’ve grown to not just like the characters but care about them. Seeing them, at least most of them, in one setting was something I didn’t know I needed and loved every second of it. The character development is done so well, considering you’re jumping from one place to the next. I loved it, couldn’t get enough, and so so glad that this series was worth sticking too!


Fifty Shades Freed Movie Review

Can women get blue balls? Asking for a friend…

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I’m a fan of the books, and I have enjoyed the first two movies, that has been known. I was a bit nervous for the last one. Why? The first was pretty much what I read…sex galore! For that they stayed true to the book. The second was less sex but more chemistry between Jamie and Dakota, so it worked well. Freed being the last movie, you would think that all gloves would be off.

Is it still cheesy? It’s a fucken chick flick OF COURSE IT’S CHEESY! We get a hot ass guy half naked, sexual innuendos (very little sex scenes), basically a very clean, soft porn that we don’t we shame to watch on the big mega screen. If you haven’t guessed it by now, it’s not Oscar worthy, definitely not realistic, and if you continuously ask “what’s the point of this?” You’re overthinking it and it’s not your movie.

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Christian (Jamie Dornan) marries Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) and travel to some beautiful and breath taking places. Their honeymoon is cut short when someone starts a fire in Christian’s business office. Christian goes to over protective mood and has bodyguards with Ana at all time.

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Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson) is behind everything and has a mission to destroy Christian Grey. With that it does cause a drift between Ana and Christian. His dominance is shown more than just the bedroom…or red room. The whole ordeal with Jack is fast paced and quick and for that it’s not effective as it should have been. But again, you’re not sitting there waiting to have your mind fucken blown by their performances.

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Sounds like I’m ripping this movie but I enjoyed it. Was it great? No, no it was not. As adaption they missed the mark. A standalone, it was okay. I will say I really liked Dakota Johnson going off on Jamie Dornan. It was a very genuine and realistic reaction that had my beaning with pride to this fictional character.

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Very little sex. How? Why? It seems like they did the first to test the waters and did the opposite from what the reaction was. It was a hit! So why remove the one thing we wanted to see. It was like they said “they liked the kinky sex scenes SO…let’s do less of that!” I’m here to tell you, that’s just one of the reasons why a lot of people, or women because let’s face it that’s the main demographic, disliked it.

Speaking for myself, it’s a movie I don’t regret watching and a movie that will probably go a while before I watch again. For the finale chapter, a big applause for Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. It was not easy to do this type of movie, let alone knowing how high the expectations were. Sex scenes in movies are awkward as it is, and this was a whole another level. So props to the two of them!

Fifty Shades Freed could have been different but it wasn’t horrible…for that I’m glad. For the next kinky, ranchy, controversial franchise, because we know their will be more, learn from Fifty Shades and do it differently!

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Queen of Shadows (Thrones of Glass #4) Book Review

I might be on a Lord of the Rings binge right now but there were a few scenes where I went, ” that’s a Lord of the Rings scene!” And that my friends is not a bad thing!

Spoilers if you haven’t read any of the first three books…you have been warned!

Image result for queen of shadows┬áCelaena or who really is Aelin, returns to Rifthood to find her old sadistic master Arobyn, only to discover that he is also meeting with her old lover Chaol. Arobyn tells her that Aedion, her cousin, is now imprisoned and ready to be executed on Dorian’s birthday celebration.

Now Aelin has a shit of a pile to deal with!

The goal is still her trying to retrieve her stole necklace from Arobyn, that is holding the last wrydkey. But saving Aedion becomes her number one objective, but knows she can’t do it alone.

The conflict between Chaol and Aelin was definitely in interesting one. First, I was pissed off with Chaol! And it happened through most of the book. But when something happened and they would save a moment or two, it felt more satisfying then if they would have just made up from the beginning.

There was definitely much more character development in this book than the last, and with new characters in the mixed that’s impressive. This had a bit more darker themes, some that I really did not see coming. But for every awful, horrific thing and the impact it had on the characters made them much more likable and intriguing.

Aelin is one bad ass master mind! She was playing every character from Ocean’s Eleven with her secrets and tricks. She would look at the faces of her companions like “it’s cool I took care of it.” It’s probably not likely for one person to do everything she did alone, but it was awesome nonetheless.

I did like her more not just because of it but her reasoning. She had everything taken away from her, train but a fucking sadistic prick to become the deadliest assassin then have the weight of the world on her shoulders but still wanting to save those she loves and cares for, even the douche Chaol. But even that, she still lacks trust. She can not let people in to help instead of her being alone and that it a big problem. I love that! It humanizes her. She can do all this heroic things but she is still human and have flaws, make mistakes. But how you use that to move forward and help you be a better you, that is awesome.

Up until this point I didn’t understand, and really didn’t like the witches, but I did like them in this one. One scene in particular broke my heart while reading. I do see some connection between two characters and I wonder if that will play out.

As vague as this review is I can say that I enjoyed so much and definitely bet out the last one, and continues to just get better as you continue reading. Each book has continued to be better than the last and has it should be. I had a great time reading it, I can’t wait to reading book 5, I liked the characters more, I finally feel an emotional attachment to them, you just can’t stop reading and I’m relieved to finally have that feeling.