Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

empire-of-stormsBook: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

Author: Sarah J Maas

I was a little nervous about Empire of Storms after Queen of Shadows because I didn’t love Queen of Shadows and was worried that I wouldn’t like Empire of Storms much either. Luckily I was wrong, Empire of Storms was amazing (I mean soul-destroying, heart ripping out sad but still amazing) and I loved it almost as much as I loved Heir of Fire. It still took me a while to get through but this time it was simply because the book was so long rather than there being long dragging parts that I got bored by! Queen of Shadows felt a little off to me in terms of the characters, I think because it was the transition book, the first book where Aelin is Aelin and not Celaena, and there were lots of new characters introduced and everything was changing. In Empire of Storms the characters felt a lot more natural and so did the plot, it seemed to flow better, rather than being centred round two major events with a lot of planning and build-up in between, there was lots of stuff happening in Empire of Storms and it felt so much better paced. Here is a synopsis of the book:
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? 

The first thing I have to say about this book was that the opening was really pretty. I didn’t quite get why SJM chose that opening as it didn’t seem to have anything to do with what had been happening in QOS or any of the main characters for that matter, but later in the book it becomes clearer as to why SJM chose this particular opening and I think it works really well for setting up later events of the book.

SJM’s writing was beautiful as always, although I couldn’t help but notice there were more spelling and grammar errors than usual (because I usually don’t notice any). I guess it’s more of an editing thing, but it just jarred me a little when I spotted them.

There were lots of ships in this book, quite a bit of romance and whilst I don’t usually love romance, I’ve come to expect it in SJM books and I did love some of the ships, so it didn’t bug me as much as it sometimes does. I wasn’t expecting to like Dorian/Manon because I found the hints to it a little weird in QOS but I actually really shipped them in this book. I’m not even sure why, I just liked their dynamic (plus there was a very steamy scene with them that I actually liked, which is unusual for me!). I also really loved Lysandra and Aedion, there was a nice romantic vibe between the two of them without the need for anything sexual and I’m looking forward to seeing how their relationship develops in the next book particularly with what happened at the end of Empire of Storms. I still don’t love Rowaelin but I’ve come to accept that they are here to stay.Elide/Lorcan was a very unexpected ship and I’m not sure where I stand on it. On the one hand, Lorcan is kind of an ass and does some despicable things, but yet he and Elide do have some cute scenes (and they have an OUAT reference!). The jury’s still out on this one, because I keep swinging back and forth as to whether I like Lorcan or not. We’ll see where it goes in book six.  I have to admit, I will never understand SJM’s obsession to pair up all of her characters, but hey, to each their own.

I still love Dorian and it was great to see his magic developing in this book and seeing him start to gain some control over it. I also liked that SJM didn’t just brush over what happened to him in the last book because it was a traumatic experience (and it was really interesting to hear Sarah talk about this at her event) and obviously it was going to leave a mark on him. It was nice to see Dorian playing more of a role in this book though after he kind of took a backseat in QOS. It’s amazing to me how much he and all of the other characters have grown over the course of the books, comparing Dorian in EOS to Throne of Glass, they’re like two different people! It was interesting to see him interact with Rowan as well since we haven’t really seen that all that much up until now.

I have to talk about Manon simply because she’s so freaking awesome in this book. She has some incredible scenes and more is revealed about her backstory that makes her even more awesome than she was before. It was also really cool to see how she interacted with Aelin, Rowan, Aedion, Dorian and Lysandra, since aside from Aelin, and Dorian to some extent, those dynamics have never really been explored and it feels like everyone’s storylines are finally coming together now. I feel like Manon really came into her own and shone in this book which was great to see. Manon also did something that I’d wanted her to do for a long time and all the way through this particular scene, I was screaming in my head something along the lines of “you go girl!” which Manon would totally have disapproved of but I don’t care but it was awesome. (You can totally tell I’m a Manon fangirl can’t you? I don’t even care though, SJM is a Manon fangirl too, so I’m clearly in a great club!).  I also still really love Abraxos and think his relationship with Manon is adorable. If I was being really picky, I might have liked a little more of the Thirteen because I really love them, the girl power dynamic is incredible but what we did have of the Thirteen was awesome, so I can’t complain too much, plus the balance between the different stories in this book was pretty good anyway, so maybe more of the Thirteen might have messed it up.

I liked Aelin so much better in this book, in QOS she was basically just a complete bitch and was fawning over Rowan all the time whereas here, she’s back to being the cheeky, arrogant, badass girl that we knew from before without the vindictive streak that she shows in QOS. She did have some crazy moments when she did some stupid things but I’ve come to enjoy those because they nearly always lead to a great fight!

I am very torn about Rowan. On the one hand he does some very cute things for Aelin and you can see how much he cares for her, but on the other hand, he’s incredibly possessive and it scares me slightly. I think that’s why I prefer Aedion, whilst he wants to protect Lysandra, he doesn’t seem quite as forceful with it as Rowan and he also seems more cheeky and laid back than Rowan. But anyway, I think Rowan’s possessiveness is part of the reason why I don’t like Rowan and Aelin’s relationship (since my friend pointed out to me the whole age difference thing is kind of hypocritical since I do like Manon and Dorian and I think their age difference is worse!) because it just doesn’t seem healthy to me. I did appreciate that there was less of the horny teenager nonsense in this book than there was in the last book, although I will say that there is still too much focus on sex, even when it’s not happening, half the characters seem to be thinking about it. These characters have so much more important things to be thinking about than sex! (mini rant over I promise). I did love SJM’s acknowledgement of the insanely large number of attractive characters in her cast though through a line that Dorian said, that was good, but I would appreciate it if half the characters weren’t trying to undress the other half with their eyes most of the time. That would be nice.

Can I just talk about Elide for a moment? I freaking love Elide! Elide is awesome. I liked her in QOS but EOS took her character to just a whole new level. She was so smart and kind and I loved how she stood up for herself with Lorcan and showed everyone who might have forgotten about her that she was worth something. I feel like she’s grown in confidence so much from QOS to this book and I can’t wait to see her character growth in the last book.

I liked that there was more humour in this book, Aelin’s always had some great sarcastic lines, but QOS just felt so bleak and so serious and whilst EOS is also pretty bleak, there were some much needed injections of humour into it, some great one liners and funny moments. I particularly loved the scene where Aelin returns to Skull’s Bay to try and get Rolfe to ally with her, it’s just s so trademark Celaena Sardothien and I laughed so hard!

Speaking of Rolfe, I loved that we got to see more familiar faces return in this book, especially a certain character who I’m not going to name because I want you to be as surprised as I was, as I was hoping we’d get to see her in the main Throne of Glass novels. I will say though if you haven’t read The Assassin’s Blade before this book then you should because otherwise this book will be all kinds of confusing.

There were so many great action scenes in this book particularly towards the end and I loved that because well, I just love a good action scene. Plus Lysandra is awesome in all of them. Can we take a second to talk about how awesome Lysandra is? I love Lysandra! She can turn into a freakin’ dragon! If she does not make it out of this series alive I will be so angry (same for Manon, Dorian, Aelin, Aedion, Elide) because I love her so much, her character has gone from being one of my least favourite (Assassin’s Blade) to most.

There was no Chaol at all in this book, which I didn’t think I’d be sad about because I never really liked him, but I did notice his absence and kind of missed him, I guess? I don’t think having him in this book would have worked though, it wouldn’t have fitted with the story, so I think SJM made the right choice not to include him and I’m sure he’ll be back in the final book.

I loved that we got to find out more about Elena this book, that was something I wasn’t expecting and I thought it was really clever how Maas tied her back into the books. I don’t really like her, for reasons that will become clear when you read this book, but I appreciated that she was there and her role is going to make for a very interesting finale.

I loved that we finally after five books got to see Eyllwe but I wish we could have seen more of it, since because a lot of this book happens at sea, you don’t really see all that much of it. I hope that maybe we might get to see a little more of it in book six?

There were some things that slightly confused me in this book, with Erawan (there’s a bit where he appears to Aelin, or he possesses someone to appear to Aelin and it’s all just a little confusing) and with something from QOS that didn’t quite fit with new information we learn in this book, although I’m sure that will probably make more sense in book six. Still it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book, so I didn’t mind the minor moments of confusion I had.

Finally the ending, oh my god, the ending. The ending killed me. That ending was painful. Possibly even more painful than Heir of Fire. I was not prepared for it. I am both dreading and looking forward to Book Six at the same time after that ending. There are things that I am interested to see how they work out, and whilst I don’t want this series to end, I am also really excited for its conclusion now! (Sorry that this review is insanely long and possibly incoherent but I have a lot of feelings!).

My Rating: 4/5

My next review will be of Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman and I should have that one up for you guys very soon!









Sarah J Maas Event Recap!

Hi everyone! I’m back home for my Uni mid semester break which means I finally get to catch up on all the posts I meant to write up last week but didn’t get the chance to because I was so busy with essays. For those of you who don’t know (ie haven’t been stalking my twitter for the past few weeks or are new to this blog), I did something incredibly cool last Tuesday, I met one of my favourite authors, Sarah J Maas, the author of the Throne of Glass and ACOTAR series. This was incredibly exciting for me because this is the first time that Sarah J Maas has done a UK tour that I’ve been able to go to and also because I got to go to it with my friend and flatmate Nicola who is just as big of a SJM fangirl as I am!

The event we went to was in Glasgow, so once we were done with our classes, we got the bus to the train station in Stirling and then got the train into Glasgow. We arrived at the event about 45 minutes or so early (we were really excited and didn’t want to be late!) so once we arrived, we  waited with all of the other people coming to the event, and Nicola picked up her copy of Empire of Storms that she had got included in her ticket for the event.

We were then called into the theatre (the event was in the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and it has a room that’s basically like a lecture theatre where the event took place) and waited for a few minutes before Sarah came out onto the stage.

There was then a discussion with Sarah and a moderator where she talked about the Throne of Glass and ACOTAR series and her writing process and future writing plans. It was so great, SJM is the biggest fangirl ever and it was lovely to see how passionate she is about her characters and her stories and her worlds and whilst you know that authors are obviously passionate about what they write, it’s still great to see it. She told a lot of funny stories about her life as well and it was so interesting to hear about her writing process particularly how big of a role music played in her writing (and I especially liked when she talked about how a piece of music inspired a scene that I really loved in Empire of Storms). It’s incredible to me that she was writing the Throne of Glass series when she was the same age that I am now and now it’s a bestselling series, as an aspiring author, I love hearing stories like hers because it makes you feel like, “yeah if I work hard, I can actually do this!”. I also loved hearing her talk about Manon because she’s one of my favourite characters and it was great hearing Sarah fangirl about her too! She was just so much fun and so hilarious to listen to, I found the talk really, really enjoyable (and I’m really excited/scared for TOG 6 now as she talked about how she knows the last line and what inspired it. I have a feeling I am going to cry).

After the talk, we went out of the theatre and lined up to wait for Sarah to sign our books. The one disadvantage of our great seats for the talk (we sat near the front of the theatre) was that we ended up near the back of the signing line, but the likelihood that we were going to end up near the front was slim anyway. The signing line was probably the biggest one I’ve ever seen, even bigger than the number of people queuing for Maggie Stiefvater at YALC and that’s saying something! We were queuing for about an hour but it was okay because Nicola and I just spent the entire time fangirling and talking about Sarah J Maas books, so overall not a bad way to spend an hour. We finally got to the front of the line and although we didn’t get a lot of time with Sarah, she was so lovely, we got one book signed each and one book stamped because of her hand injury. Nicola talked to her about how much she loves Rhys and I talked about how much I love Dorian and how Heir of Fire broke me. It was quite funny because I said this just before we left and she actually gave a little air fist pump which me and Nicola both found hilarious!

So that was it, my wonderful first experience meeting Sarah J Maas! It was such a fun event and even though we only got a few minutes with Sarah, she was so lovely and it was really great to meet her. Hopefully she will come back to the UK either for ACOTAR 3 or TOG 6 so that we can meet her again!

Here are a few pictures from the event:



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Has anyone else ever been to a Sarah J Maas event? Did you have a good time? Let me know in the comments!

I will have my reviews of my most recent reads Empire of Storms and Challenger Deep up for you guys very soon, so stay tuned for those!


Jo Talks Books: Why Do We Like Sad Books?

Hi everyone! I know I haven’t posted one of these in a couple of weeks but I’ve been busy what with Uni and going to Amsterdam over the weekend. But I’m back now with another Jo Talks post for you and this week, I’m going to be talking about sad books. Specifically, why do we like books which are incredibly depressing? This post came out of a realisation about myself, a lot of my favourite books are really sad. I mean, The Book Thief, Noughts and Crosses, Black Beauty, Thirteen Reasons Why, My Sisters Keeper, Harry Potter (I could go on but I won’t), they’re all really sad books. Why is this? Do I just enjoy being depressed? Well I’m not going to lie, I have wondered that sometimes, but I don’t think that’s it. After all, it’s not like I just read simply sad books, I read funny books and happy books sometimes too, and not all books make you feel one specific emotion. So why is it then? Why do I enjoy sad books?

Well for one thing, sad books make you FEEL. Like hard. And as a bookworm, that’s one of my favourite things. It’s so amazing that this pieces of dead trees with words printed on them (which is essentially what a book is) can make you feel so much and whilst all books make you feel something, sad books make you feel especially hard, so hard that they hurt your heart and the fact that sad books make your heart hurt shows that you truly care about the characters and what happens to them. That’s not to say that a happy book can’t make me engaged in and care about the characters (after all I love funny books and they don’t tend to make me sad) but I do tend to be more emotionally invested in a sad book. It’s a more intense reading experience which is one reason why it’s very enjoyable to read a sad book (it’s also very stressful, so the sad books definitely need to be broken up with happier ones, lest you want to be a bookworm curled under a desk crying.*totally hasn’t happened*).

Sad books are also enjoyable because they’re relatable. We have all been through pain in our lives, and granted, it might not be something huge like going through The Hunger Games like Katniss but we have all experienced some kind of pain in our lives. We’ve lost people close to us, we’ve had things not work out the way we’ve wanted, we’ve experienced physical pain,  and heartache, so when we see characters who are experiencing the same pain that we have, we can relate to what they’re going through and we feel connected to them. It also reminds us that however bad our lives are, fictional characters have it worse! (this is known as the Tradgedy Paradox, it was originally applied to movies but I think it could work for books too, whereby sad movies make you feel better about yourself because you realize that other people have it worse than you do, I think the same thing applies to books). Plus as many (not all but many) of us bookworms are also writers, we understand that it’s fun to twist our readers hearts and then stomp on them when we’re done. Sad books also feel more realistic, because life is not sunshine and rainbows. We have pain in our lives and we want the books we read to reflect this.

Sad books stay with us for longer, I think because they make you feel so deeply (they also tend to make you think really deeply as well) and also because I’ve found that the writing in sad books tends to be really beautiful (not that a book has to be sad to have lovely writing, it’s just something I have found) and there always tends to be really profound quotes that stick with you for a long time.

Reading sad books can also be a form of catharsis, a way of releasing our emotions. We all have things that get us down sometimes and I’ve found that reading sad books actually really helps me with those things because it’s a way for you to release all of your pent up sad energy.

We also need sad books. The whole point of books is to learn. To learn about people, about cultures, about experiences, about ourselves, but most importantly to learn about life. If all the books we ever read were happy, then we’d be missing out on an integral part of the human experience which is one of the reasons people read sad books in the first place.

Overall, yes us bookworms could just be weird (okay well all of us bookworms are wonderfully weird, that’s a given, but that’s a different issue!) and enjoy being caused pain, but I think it’s more likely that we like sad stories because we can empathize, relate and feel and emotional connection to the characters so well in those kinds of stories (not that we can’t in other stories but there’s just something about sad stories that I feel gives you a deeper connection with the characters) and as readers we want that. We want the feels. Sure we may flail at authors causing us pain and crushing our feels but we want the crushed feels. We want the pain. Because caring so much about fictional characters and stories that it causes you pain is incredible. It’s incredible that words and ideas and thoughts on a page can make you feel so deeply. It’s part of the magic of reading. And that’s why I think we as readers enjoy feel-crushing books.

Over to you. Do you like sad books? Why? What’s the best feel-crushing book that you’ve ever read? Let me know in the comments.

I’m hoping to get another October discussion post up next week (I’ll be back at home for my uni’s half term break), but in the meantime, I have two book reviews (Empire of Storms and Challenger Deep) and my recap of the Sarah J Maas event that I went to last week to write, so you’ll be getting a lot more new content soon!



Top Ten Tuesday #79


Hey everyone! Sorry that I still haven’t got up my post about the Sarah J Maas event, or my review of Empire of Storms yet or my newest discussion post either, but I’m currently in essay hell, I have two essays due on Wednesday, so haven’t had as much time to blog as I would have liked! After Wednesday, I will definitely get to all the posts I’ve been neglecting over the past week or so! Sarah J Maas was awesome, one of my favourite book events that I’ve ever been to, I can’t wait to write my post telling you guys all about it. Anyway, back onto topic, I’m here with another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. The topic this week was meant to be Top Ten Characters You’d Name Your Kids/Pets/Car after but since I did that one last year, I decided to switch it up a little and do Top Ten Characters I’d Love To Have As Family Members. So here we go, my top ten characters who I’d like to have as family members:
1. The Weasleys-Harry Potter-JK Rowling

I could not do this list without including one of my favourite fictional families (and yes, I am including all of them even Percy). I would love to be a Weasley! I can just imagine the fun I’d have pulling pranks with Fred and George! And you’d get one of Molly’s Christmas jumpers, how awesome would that be?

2. The Women of 300 Fox Way-It would be so much fun to live at 300 Fox Way with Maura, Calla, Orla, Persephone, Jimi and Blue. I reckon I’d get on pretty well with Blue (plus I could be part of the Gangsey) and their house just seems like so much fun to live in!

3. Sirius Black-Harry Potter-JK Rowling

Sirius would be awesome to have as an uncle, he’d tell you all sorts of great stories about his days at Hogwarts with James, Lupin and Pettigrew.

4. Aelin Galathynius-Sarah J Maas-Throne of Glass

Aelin would make the most awesome sister! She could teach me how to fight and if I lived in Erilea then maybe I’d have magic which would be awesome! Plus I’d get to hang out with all of her friends which would be so much fun (especially since I love Dorian!).

5. Katniss Everdeen-The Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins

Katniss is an awesome big sister, after all, she sacrifices herself to save her sister from The Hunger Games, who wouldn’t want a sister like that?

6. Magnus Chase-Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer-Rick Riordan

Magnus would be so much fun to have as a brother, he has an awesome sense of humour, he loves books, and you could go on cool adventures with him. Granted, he’s dead but that’s a minor detail!

7. Lila Bard-Shades of Magic-VE Schwab

Lila would make an awesome sister! I’d love to go on adventures with her and have her teach me how to be as badass as she is.

8. Samirah Al-Abbas-Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer-Rick Riordan

Sam is just awesome! She flies planes, she’s smart, she can kick guys’ butts. I’m not sure where in her family I’d fit since I’m not Muslim but it would be pretty awesome to be related to her in some way. Maybe a distant English cousin?

9. Hans Hubermann-The Book Thief-Markus Zusak

Hans is such a sweetheart, I’d love to have him be my father or grandfather. I still can’t talk about what happened to him.

10. Belle-Beauty and The Beast

Okay, technically this is a fairytale not a book but the prompt doesn’t specify that all of your characters have to be from books! I would love Belle to be my sister, we could sit around and talk about books for days on end and go on adventures together. Plus she could take me to the Beast’s Library! It would be awesome.

That’s all for this week! What characters did you choose for this week’s prompt? Would you like to be family members with any of these characters? Let me know in the comments! Next week’s topic is a Halloween related freebie, so I’m going to do Books To Get You In The Halloween Mood (they will probably be more creepy than scary!). That’s next week but in the meantime, I will have a discussion post, my Sarah J Maas event recap and Empire of Storms review up hopefully after Wednesday so stay tuned for those!


Top Ten Tuesday #78


Hey everyone! I’m writing this a day early because I’m going to see Sarah J Maas in Glasgow tomorrow evening (TOMORROW! I’m so excited!!!!!!!) so I won’t have time to write it tomorrow! I had a really great weekend in Amsterdam with my parents and sister and my mum had a lovely birthday. But anyway, back to the topic at hand, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday for you all this week, which is a freebie based on book recommendations, so I’ve chosen Top Ten Books on My TBR That I Added Because Of Blogger Recommendation. It might be kind of hard for me to remember everything I’ve added to my TBR because of blogger recommendation as I add a lot of stuff after each TTT, but I will try! Here are some books that are on my TBR that I added because of blogger recommendation:

  1. Six of Crows-Leigh Bardugo

I can’t remember exactly who recommended this to me, I think it was more just bloggers in general, because everyone was talking about how great this book was last year and it sounded like something I’d like so I added it to my TBR. I still haven’t read it yet, but I will

2. Scarlet-AC Gaughen

I added this after the TTT where we did fairytale retellings as I was looking for a Robin Hood retelling and this one with a female Will Scarlet was recommended to me. It sounds really great, I just haven’t got around to reading it yet.

3. With Malice-Eileen Cook

I added this to my TBR after it was recommended to me by Brittany from Book Addict’s Guide and I won it in a giveaway back in June. I still haven’t read it yet, but I need to because it sounds really good!

4. Caraval-Stephanie Gerber

I added this to my TBR after it seemed like every single book blogger was talking about it on Twitter (and I saw how pretty the proof was) plus it sounded so amazing. I got approved for it on Netgalley and will hopefully start reading it soon!

5. Splintered-AG Howard

I added this one after the retelling week as well because it just sounded so wonderfully weird! I love the idea of an Alice in Wonderland retelling and after I saw a lot of bloggers recommending it, I figured why not add it to my TBR? I’ve actually bought it as well, just haven’t read it yet.

6. Scarlet-Marissa Meyer

I added this after I read Cinder because everyone and I mean everyone has been recommending The Lunar Chronicles to me. I didn’t love Cinder, but a blogger told me that Scarlet was better, so I’ve got it and hopefully when I read it, I’ll enjoy it more.

7. Made You Up-Francesca Zappia

This was all over the blogosphere last year when it was released and it sounded really good so I added it to my TBR to then promptly forget about it! I definitely want to read it at some point soon because a lot of bloggers seemed to think it was good and the cover is so pretty!

8. Every Last Word-Tamara Ireland Stone

This was very talked about when it came out and there were a lot of bloggers recommending it so I added it to my TBR and I do plan to read it even if I haven’t yet!

9. Poison Study-Maria V Snyder

I remember seeing this on a lot of TTT lists, it sounded really awesome, just the kind of fantasy I would enjoy reading! I still haven’t got to it yet but hopefully I will at some point.

10. Grave Mercy-Robin LaFevers

This sounds a lot like Throne of Glass and I saw it on a lot of “Read this if you like Throne of Glass lists” so I immediately added it to my TBR. Of course it’s been months and I still haven’t read it yet but I will!

That’s all for this week! What recommendation based topic did you choose? Have you read any of the books on my list? Did you like them? Let me know in the comments! Next week’s topic is Ten Characters I’d Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car after but since I did that topic a while ago, I’m going to do Characters I’d Like As Family Members, as it’s kind of along the same lines as the original topic and seems like a lot of fun. That’s next week but in the meantime, I will have my review of Empire of Storms and a recap of tomorrow’s Sarah J Maas event up later this week, so stay tuned for those!


Top Ten Tuesday #77


Hey everyone! By the time this is published it will probably be Wednesday, but hey, what can you do? I have an exciting few days coming up, what with going to Amsterdam this weekend for my mum’s birthday and seeing Sarah J Maas in Glasgow on Tuesday, I can’t wait for both those things. As always, I’m here with another Top Ten Tuesday (courtesy of the lovely ladies at The Broke and The Bookish) and this week’s topic is All About Villains. We could chose our own villain related topic, so I’ve chosen my Top Ten TV Villains and here they are:

  1. A-Pretty Little Liars

I know we all just want to know who the hell this current incantation of A is and we’re pretty sick and tired of having the same old story “Who is A?” recycled over and over again, but A is a pretty great villain and has done some very despicable things to the poor Liars!

2. Kilgrave-Jessica Jones

Okay, so part of my love of Kilgrave comes from the fact that he’s played by David Tennant, but he is an incredible villain, the fact that his violence is all subliminal, he doesn’t physically abuse any of his victims, it’s all mental abuse, makes him all the more scary.

3. Regina Mills/The Evil Queen-Once Upon A Time

Okay so Regina may play for the hero team now, but she was a pretty awesome villain back when she was one.

4. Moriarty-Sherlock

I love Moriarty because it’s great to see Sherlock bounce of someone who is of equal intelligence to him, but uses his intelligence for nefarious means. What can I say, I love a super intelligent bad boy!

5. Morgana-Merlin

I love Morgana because although by the end of the series, she is a villain, I really did feel for her because I never felt she was truly evil, she was just fighting against a world that she felt had wronged her (which I don’t blame her for, considering Uther’s position on magic).

6. Mr Gold/Rumplestiltskin-Once Upon A Time

Rumple switches a lot, sometimes he’s good, sometimes he’s bad, but I would still definitely consider him a villain, he’s usually only good when it’s in his best interest to do so, he was The Dark One for a long time and I think in his heart he’s definitely a villain. However he does have a sweet side (especially when with Belle) and I don’t think he’s wholly bad. Plus I love a good, complex character and Rumple is nothing if not complicated.

7. Wilhelmina Slater-Ugly Betty

Wilhelmina is just awesome, she’s smart, ambitious, funny, good at her job and I love her frenemy relationship with Daniel. She’s maybe not as big of a villain as some of the others on this list but she acts as the foil for Daniel and Betty in the show, and she does some truly despicable things (like stealing a dead man’s sperm) to earn her place on this list.

8. Petra Solano-Jane The Virgin

Whilst Petra is less villainous now than she was in the first season of Jane The Virgin, she definitely still has a scheming streak!

9. The Weeping Angels-Doctor Who

They are so creepy! I watched their episodes through my hands because I’m so scared of them. Forget The Master, the Daleks, the Cybermen, these are the most scary Dr Who villains to me.

10. Guy of Gisbourne-Robin Hood

Yes, I could have gone for the Sheriff but as his right hand man, Gisbourne is just as despicable.

That’s all for this week (I know, I’m not doing too bad at this whole keeping to ten thing!). What villain related topic did you choose? Do you like any of the villains on my list? Let me know in the comments! Next week’s topic is all about books you’ve read because of recommendation, so I’m going to do Top Ten Books That Are On My TBR Because of Blogger Recommendations (yes I know I’m going with going to read rather than have read,  but it’s hard for me to think of books I’ve read based off recommendations!). In the meantime however, I’m hoping to get a new discussion post up either tomorrow or Thursday, so stay tuned for that.



#RockMyTBR September Update

It’s October, how did this happen? My birthday seems like it was only yesterday! I’ll admit this now, I did not read anything from my #RockMyTBR list this month, but since I was a book ahead of where I was expecting to be by this point, it was okay for me to take a break this month since I have three books left to read and three months left of the year. It was nice to get to read what I wanted to and not have to read to a schedule, much as I have enjoyed doing this challenge. Still, everything I read was on my TBR, so technically I haven’t gone against the challenge (even if they were all new or soon to be released books!). I managed to read 3 books this month which I think is pretty good considering I just went back to Uni! Here is what I’ve read:

cursed-childI thought it was finally time to read this and since I had a long car journey back up to Uni, I took the opportunity! I read this from 5th-9th September. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but I still really enjoyed it! I don’t have a review for it because I decided not to, if you want to know why, then check out my discussion post on the topic:


small-great-thingsThis was my Netgalley read for September and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I read it from 26th August to 18th September. It’s definitely one of my favourite Jodi Picoult books that I’ve read and I’m so happy that I got to read it early. It’s such a thought provoking, incredibly written, timely story and I loved it! I’m so excited to hear her talk about it in November. I don’t have a review for it yet as release date for the UK is a while away, but stay tuned for that soon!

american-monstersThis was my final read of the month as I really wanted to finish this trilogy this year, which I literally just published a review for! I read this from 10th-27th September. It was not what I was expecting from the final book of this trilogy, whilst there where things that I liked, for the most part, it was very confused and anti-climactic.


I tried to read For The Love of Grace (the ARC I was sent) but I wasn’t really feeling it, so I’ve put it down for now in the hopes that I’ll come back to it in a better mood for it.

So that’s what I read in September, this is what I have planned for October:

Empire of Storms-Sarah J Maas-I could not put off reading this, I started it as soon as I got it! I’m about 60% or so through it so I will definitely finish it this month and I’m hoping to have finished it by the time I see her in nine days (yes that’s right, nine days until SJM!).

Challenger Deep-Neal Shusterman-The book I was meant to read last month, I am going to start this after I finish Empire of Storms.

The Accident Season-Moira Fowley-Doyle-I’ve been saving this book for the spooky Halloween season, so I’m excited to finally get into it.

Timekeeper-Tara Sim-This is my Netgalley read for the month, I’ve just started it, but I’m liking it so far.

I have one other Netgalley ARC on my shelf, so if I finish all of this then I will get onto that, but I have quite a lot to be going on with here, especially since I’m back at Uni, so I probably won’t. I was ahead of my Goodreads Challenge again, so I have updated it to 32 books and am on track to finish that much by the end of the year (though I will put it down if I fall behind). I’ve managed to keep up my two books a month trend though so I’m really happy!

How did everyone else’s September reading go? Let me know!