Empire of Storms/ Doraelin Theories

I just want to put this out here that I am so friggin excited that the next book in my favorite series, Throne of Glass, is about to be released in 10 days. Imagine how hard it must have been for me and other hardcore ToG fans out there to wait for a year just to have this precious baby in our hands.

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So, in advance celebration of the upcoming EoS release, here are some of my speculations for the next installment in the ToG series:

  • Yrene Towers comeback

In QoS, it is no secret that Nesryn will accompany Chaol to Torre Cesme to get him healed and by some twist of fate, they’re going to meet Yrene Towers. Speculation #1: She’s going to come with them back to Adarlan (and maybe but I’m praying to all the gods that this will not happen) will meet Dorian. Dorian might see Sorscha in Yrene..So it may be possible that she can be a candidate for a future queen, However, I still strongly doubt that this will happen because yes..Doraelin is still in the game.

  • Blood ties can’t be broken.

I saw somewhere online that this may pertain to Aelin and Rowan “being Caranam” and their ties being impossible to be broken. Here’s the thing…I don’t think that this refers to Rowaelin. When Queen Elena said this in ToG (I’m not sure), I guess when she said this, she was warning Celaena/Aelin about blood ties. That being particularly about Rowan’s blood sworn oath to Maeve. Maeve is a very powerful fae and letting Aelin win at that time was too easy. I think Maeve has an ulterior motive behind that. She is not going to let Rowan slip away from her hands easily. In EoS, I am guessing that the Fae Queen will claim Rowan back through that blood tie and Rowan will be used against Aelin or something like that.

  • Queen Elena and other characters might be back through a wyrdgate.

Total crazy theory here. I am guessing that Aelin and company will find a way to use a wyrdgate on-hand to call for a help from someone. That will be no other than Queen Elena herself. In ToG and CoM, she has been making appearances and we’ve pretty much missed her since then. My Doraelin shipper heart tells me that she’ll play a big part in bringing back my babies together.

Nehemia may come back as well to help Dorian maybe? Dorian has no one in the castle remember? Who else is going to help him but Nehemia and hopefully King Gavin and Queen Elena?

  • Dorian and Mort encounter

With no one else around Dorian, what else is he going to do? He’s probably going to research more on his powers. He’s going to have to go to the same place where Celaena found the ancient tomb of King Gavin and Queen Elena. While he’s there, he’s got to have a conversation with Mort. I bet he and Mort will have a good long talk about what Dorian needs to know about his powers and ancestry.

  • Aelin and Dorian are mates.

There was this released quote from EoS which talks about finding each other throughout the centuries. Guess what? Aelin and Dorian are really Gavin and Elena reincarnated. What else was the purpose of Cain giving emphasis to “You were all brought here for an unfinished game” thingy? Plus, I’m sure Queen Elena has also given hints to that.

Another was Dorian and Aelin finding each other throughout the books.

1st Encounter: King of Adarlan bringing little Dorian to visit Terrasen, where he meets little Aelin.

2nd Encounter:The Assassin’s Blade (not sure which one), the party that Dorian and Chaol crashed? Those two met again unexpectedly and briefly.

3rd Encounter: Dorian, unknowingly, choosing Aelin (aka Celaena Sardothien back then) as his champion for the King’s contest.

Need I remind you of that epic Doraelin moment in QoS with “They were infinite. They were the beginning and ending” scene. Plus, there are so many Doraelin and FeyRhys/FeySand parallels.

  • My baby Aedion will have a beautiful long life with Lyssandra. 

He is so not going to die. I know in my heart that he is going to survive whatever war they will face in the upcoming books. Also, I think that he’s gonna get together with Lyssandra. Lyssandrion FTW!!!!

  • Malide will happen.

Many are speculating about Manorian happening but I can think of hundreds of reasons why they are not compatible. I’d rather have Malide happen. I mean those two are so adorable together. It’s going to make Abraxos so happy!!!

 

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll update this when I come up with more theories. 🙂

I’m on Tumblr too where I fangirl more about Doraelin and the ToG world. It’s doraelinisinfinite.tumblr.com

Best Reads in 2015

Another year has passed! Sure it is that all those months flew away so fast. In terms of how my reading went this year, I kind of slacked off and read less than I did last year. Nevertheless, I am still proud of myself for still  reading books even though I’ve got a busy schedule. So, here are my Top 10 reads in 2015.

  1. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

Oh gods above, everytime I think about this book, I get all sorts of feelings. I want to cry and laugh at the same time. This practically drove me crazy since I finished reading it. I will not tell much about this book but I swear you should read it. There are at least 2 more books to go for this series.

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2. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Isn’t it too obvious yet that I love Sarah J. Maas? Lol. She’s really incredible in creating amazing stories and characters that you will surely fall in love with. I can’t wait to read more from this series. A Court of Mist and Fury I am waiting for ya!

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3. Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Another Fantasy novel in my list is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This is an action-packed story about outcasts but with special talents. Warning: Characters too much adorable to the nth level!

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4. Hero of Ages (Mistborn ##3) by Brandon Sanderson

Thank goodness for booktube! It’s because of it that I got to discover the fantastic Mistborn series. It’s unlike anything that I have ever read before. It may take some time and dedication to fully get on the excitement on the story but the effort will be so worth it.

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5. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

With any Rainbow Rowell book, you can never go wrong. In the beginning, I had my doubts about it but later on, I felt so much love for this story. It’s heartwarming and touching.

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6. November 9 by Colleen Hoover

This book made me drown in feels. With each turn of the page, I wanted to grab the characters from it and give them a hug. Whether it is a happy or sad scene, I just really want to protect them and keep them safe. Fallon and Ben ILY!

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7. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

I know. I know. I am late in the bandwagon. At least, it’s never too late right? After finishing the three books in TID, I am very curious to get started with The Mortal Instruments.

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8. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover never fails me as a reader. As soon as I get into her books, I am having a hard time making myself stop and rest. It’s just so addicting just like Will and Layken’s slam poetry.

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9. Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

A wizard story always fascinates me. Reading this is such a fun experience for me. Too bad, I haven’t read the other books in the series but I will surely get back to them.

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10. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I’m super glad that I got to read this series! Reading Obsidian gave me  a strong sense of Deja Vu. It’s like reading Twilight all over again! I enjoyed my time diving into Kat and Daemon’s epic love story.

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That’s it! I am looking forward to another year filled with fangirliness and books! Happy New Year everyone!

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*Images not mine.*

10 Ways to Survive Waiting for Throne of Glass Book 5

Any Throne of Glass fans here? Just in case you don’t know, I am such a fan of this series. I’ve raved so much about this series for like a bajillion times already. It brought my hardcore fangirl heart back alive. It’s been pretty dormant these past few years but when I read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas last year, I instantly fell in love with everything that is in the book. I am already afraid again for myself for being so much invested in this series. But you can never be afraid to love if it makes you happy right? 😛

Anyhoo, if you’re a ToG fan already, I know you know how painful it is for us to wait another year just get our hands on ToG book 5. Oh Gods, give us strength!

As a fellow ToG fan and Fireheart, here I am to guide you and teach you my ways on how to survive waiting for Throne of Glass Book 5:

 

  1. Read the previous books in the series as much as you can.

I know this is a no-brainer…but it’s really one of the best things you could do to survive. Reliving all the best  moments in the series will help you get through the one year we have to endure. Plus, you’ll be a pro in the ToG if you can remember every single detail about it, right? Ahhh…that giddy feeling I felt during the yulemas when Celaena and Dorian…..aghhhh…asdfghjkl

 

Oops. Sorry. 😉

 

    2. Decode chapters or sections of the book like crazy

I’m probably not the only one who does this. I tell you there are plenty of us who does this. Don’t worry. Your behavior is totally normal. I usually stay up late at night trying to decipher the lines in some of the sections in the book. I mean “They were all players in an unfinished game.”…Sounds familiar? I’m still pretty sure my ship is sailing *whispers: Doraelin is endgame*

      3. Make your own ToG playlist.

Such a good way to step up your reading experience! Drown in loads of feels while reading your favorite ToG book.

     4. Create a ToG-dedicated blog.

I haven’t done this one yet but I’m pretty close to doing it. I have this blog though to rave about it! I’m pretty much writing all of my feels out of my fangirling heart!

5. Write your own fanfiction!

I’ve tried to search a ToG fanfic but there’s nothing yet that caught my eye. If this is going to continue, I might as well create my own fanfiction…. inside my head. For the gifted writers out there, why not write  a ToG fanfic? I mean there are some stuff in the series that we are frustrated about but in fanfic we can make what we want to happen, happen.

   6. Do booktube-marathon.

Feeling alone? Like there’s no one to fangirl with you because well nobody can understand you but your fellow fandom members, right? Booktube is the first answer to your problem. Before, I have no place to go whenever I finish a book. Now, I can see other people who love the books that I love as much as I do. It’s too much fun watching their reviews and reactions about the series.

     7. Watch Sarah’s interviews.

I dedicate a healthy portion of my time watching interviews of Sarah aka Our Queen. You know how much we hunger for some precious ToG deets!

     8. Join Facebook Groups or online discussions.

I’m lucky enough to discover some facebook groups which are solely dedicated to discussing Queen of Shadows. I think, it’s my place to be until the next book gets released next year. There are also ToG online discussions in Goodreads. I think I also saw pretty interesting posts in Tumblr regarding the happenings in the ToG series.

     9. Stalk Sarah’s Pinterest.

If you still don’t know about this, Sarah’s Pinterest is full of hints about her novels. I confess that this is so addictive. I check it like everyday to see if I can maybe get a glimpse to what will happen in ToG book 5. Tip: Look at the comments section of the pictures, you can learn a lot from those.

 10. Search and Formulate Theories.

Finally! The last and most essential way to survive the long wait is to search and formulate theories. I tell you, I have found some really good theories in Tumblr and Instagram. When I tell really good theories, I mean theories which are so good they might as well be reading Sarah’s mind. I hope they can, especially those who theorize about Dorian and Aelin ending up together. Those Doraelin endgame theories are all I have until ToG 5 release next year!

 

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Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s (September 1, 2015)

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 648

Synopsis from Goodreds:

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

 

To start off, I really don’t know how I can express my adoration for this wonderful creation by Sarah J. Maas. She’s really a kick-ass author and reading QoS is like the rain to a long-time drought or the oasis in the middle of the desert. I just cannot contain my love and other feels for this series in my heart.

My general thoughts about Queen of Shadows?

It’s heart-pounding and fantastic!!! I loved almost every part of it. My expectations as a fan of the ToG series was met. I mean not all of it but it definitely gave me satisfaction as to all of the things that I have been anticipating to happen in this installment. Sarah’s writing style is purely gold. All those plot twists made me curse her and love her. Lol, just kidding but I really love Sarah J. Maas with all my heart. Will the ToG fans love it? Yes, absolutely! It’s worth the wait. The 648-page journey with Aelin is one hell of a ride. If you haven’t read the ToG series, seriously, what are you doing with your life?

Character-wise, I guess most of them changed A LOT. I know it was expected given what they went through from the previous books. Aelin came back to Adarlan as a more matured person. I mean she picks her fights. You will know what I mean when you get to read the parts concerning her and Arobynn..and her and Dorian. She still is the sassy Celaena but she’s less arrogant and more patient? Maybe it’s just me who thought of her that way. I’ll comment about the “SHIPS” later on.

Chaol, oh dear Chaol. I didn’t know that you had a place in my heart. Let’s be honest, he’s been a prick to Celaena in the end of Heir of Fire. He wasn’t able to accept Celaena’s true identity. I think what redeemed Chaol was his undying loyalty to Dorian. That’s what made me pray that no harm is going to happen to him.

Rowan, well, what can I say..he’s been softer? That’s only when it comes to Aelin. Ughh..but overall he’s still the hot Fae warrior that we met in HoF.  I appreciated the fact that he’s civilized with Aedion when they met and at the later parts of the book.

Remember Lyssandra, that courtesan from The Assasin’s Blade? We get to meet her again. It will be spoilery though if I say how she’s changed.

Oh and Dorian..I don’t even want to go to what happened to him. That was what tortured me the most while I was reading this book.

 

We also get to encounter new characters. The fact that I loved every single new character in this book is a good thing. Whether they were the good or the bad guys, I enjoyed how well-crafted they were.

 

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Now, let me go to the main plots of QoS and my feels about them: [SPOILERS AHEAD]

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*Rescuing Aedion

I was freaking out during this whole scene. Oh gods, I was so worried with everyone in the gang. I mean who the heck would stand a chance in tricking everyone in the castle and rescuing Aedion on Dorian’s birthday!!! It nearly killed me!! And that encounter between Aelin and the evil Dorian, I was crying the whole time because I was thinking that he’s going to be dead. Aelin was like: “Come on Dorian, tell me that you’re still there!!! One more minute!!” I’M LIKE ARGHHHHHH!!! MY HEART!!! THANK ALL THE GODS FOR NESRYN!!!!

*Revenge on Arobynn

Who’s been waiting for Aelin’s revenge on Arobynn? Me! Me! Me! Honestly, I was a bit disappointed here. I had high hopes that Celaena would be the one to do it to Arobynn. Remember how vicious she can be during a revenge? Arobynn would have deserved that. (I know I’m so bad.) Though I guess, it’s better that Lyssandra was the one who did it. I mean one can only take so much guilt in her conscience.

*Wth is happening in Morath?

All the Morath scenes are totally crazy and creepy. Everything’s been so horrible in that place. Thank goodness that it’s not that boring. I was actually excited to know all the evil things that Perrington and the king have been up to. Imagine that Valg demons are inside human bodies . Then, Valg princes are mating with witches. It’s terrifying. I have a good feeling about Manon and her group. I hope she’s going to form an alliance with Aelin soon.

*Baby Dorian’s freedom

MY baby Dorian has been through so much and I just want to take him out from the book and take care of him. Unfortunately, he’s got to fight the demon inside of him. When all sh*t goes down in the Rifthold, I was having a hard time proceeding. All the friggin time that he was chasing Aelin, I was praying that neither of them would hurt each other. ALL THE FEELS WHEN AELIN WAS TELLING DORIAN TO FIGHT the valg. Oh Gods!! Then, THAT MOMENT WHEN THEY HELD HANDS AND FOUGHT THE KING WAS PURE BLISS!!!

 

SHIPS:

*Chaolena: (*Plays: We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together*) I’m sorry to say this Chaolena fans but it seems that all hopes for Chaol has been extinguished in QoS. I mean first of all, Chaol still can’t accept who Aelin is. Then, Nesyrn comes along in Chaol’s life. They start having this friends w/ benefits kind of relationship that grows into something more. Oh and Chaol and Nesryn’s scene at the temple before their attack in the palace? Yeah..so it looks like it’s Nesryn and Chaol will be together.

*Rowaelin: This ship looks like it’s on its steady sailing right now. In HoF, Aelin and Rowan agress of only having platonic relationship. Few moments apart… BAM! It seems that they miss and LOVE each other. WTH? Rowan’s edge over the other guys, he and Aelin are caranam. I’m not happy about them being together in QoS but I gotta say that Rowaelin scenes are STEAMY!!!

*Doraelin/Celorian: In this ship, I sail and forever will stay. You guys might not see them ending up together right now but I know that they will. Mark my words. It’s going to happen. Lol. 😉 ❤

*Lyssandra & Aedion (Damn it! It’s hard to come up w/ a ship name for them!): The moment that these two met in QoS, I know that they are made for each other.

 

 

I feel like I could say more but I’m afraid this review has been too long. I’ll have to have another post about my theories for the next book. Maybe I’ll get to it soon. All I can say is that until now, I have a hangover from this book. I cannot stop thinking about it. It will be such a long long year to wait for the release of the next installment in the series.

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