Reign the Earth
But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can c ...more
Sexuality: There is heavy make out scenes and vague, airy descriptions that kind of lead into sex (a kind of verbal fade to black as clothes come off), but no actual sex scenes. And then mentions of the fact that there was sex, but no graphic descriptions.
Some of the sex is described as being not consensual, and there are sexual displays used only to negatively affect the recipient.
Also, there is mention of a girl being killed after kissing another girl, though this is very briefly touched upon, and can be skimmed over easily.
Violence: as I said, some of the sexual touches, especially in the first half, are used for violence. There are graphic descriptions of injury, torture, battle, and death, though they are not lengthy. More sensitive readers should be aware.
Loss: there is a loss of a pregnancy, loss of family members, loss of limb, and loss of freedom. May be upsetting, especially for those struggling with deep depression, but I found it best that I just read until something lifted the mood.
Other: a lot of vomit. Like a lot.
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First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It’s the reason I thought I wouldn’t end up enjoying this as much as I did. For anyone who wants to read this book but isn’t sure about the triggers, I’m putting a trigger warning for rape, physical & emotional abuse, torture, and (vie ...more
Because of this, it was a VERY difficult book for me to finish, let alone ...more
so i absolutely ADORED the Scarlet series by A. C. Gaughen so wHEN I HEARD SHE HAD A NEW SERIES COMING OUT I WAS SCREAMING IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS (okay i wasn't actually but you get me)
- love me some strong fem characters
- its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya with hard topics like rape, abuse, torture, etc.
- but its not like off putting, i thought they were handled and discussed well
- i thought the book was well balanced between magic and world building as well as politics
- slo ...more
+ I have to admit: it feels adult.
I personally feel like YA's heart is like teens discovering who they are and learning to be independent etc. etc. Coming of age. Acne. All ...more
I've been dismissed before as "weak" or "sheltered" for not wanting to endure endless pain and suffering in stories. But that's my honest opinion aaaaand I read for fun/to escape. I'm not here to test my endurance level for the miserable aspects o ...more
Having never heard or read anything by this author before, I had no idea what to expect going in. I feel really foolish for setting my bar low because this story was seriously awesome! I was intrigued when I first read the blurb but the cover left the impression that this would be some light hearted fantasy, and that certainly was not the case at all.
Despite the misleading cover, this book is not for the faint of heart. It's raw, dark, gritty, and unfiltered. I realize this book has gar ...more
I did not expect to love this as much as I did. Not that this book looked bad, but I absolutely loved Gaughen's book Scarlet, and have been hankering to read Lady Thief and Lionheart, so I wasn't sure I wanted to try something new by her just yet. And yes, I admit I was a little like, yes, yes, elemental magic, sure, sure. But as I noticed in another review: when was the last time EARTH magic took center stage? Water and fire get all the love! Not only that, but ...more
“I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.”
School is over now its time to PARTYYYY!!! (Or read until 2 in the morning)
Summary: Shalia becomes the Queen of the Bonelands because of an arranged marriage, to protect the desert where she once lived. Her new husband Calix turns out to hate Elementae (which is someone who has special abilities) and wants to kill them all. She also has a power over the Earth, and she falls for Calix's brothe ...more
And I did get those things but yet I can't help but feel somewhat..... disappointed.
Don't get me wrong, this was a good story but it some how fell lacking from the greatness that was Scarlet.
It was a bit slow and even dragged in places and the love interest and storyl ...more
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That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm glad I persisted, because this is such an important story of overcoming relationship abuse. I spent a good 10 minutes crying towards the end of the story. It's definitely a darker YA fantasy that is more focused on the abus ...more
Ellen Oh recently took time out of her busy life to explain this problem on Twitter. Please read what she said, it's important in light of this book.
To be fair, I wasn't sure what to expect. Something to touch and inspire, sure, and while it did do those things, it wasn't the romantic kind of 'touching' and 'inspiring' that I was hoping for.
Goughen spins a tale of magic and intrigue, politics and plots, secrets and deceit - but that's not all there is to Reign the Earth, and buried in its core are themes of rape, abuse, torture, and genocide.
Trapped in the midst of it all was Shalia.
So t ...more
My less official gushing: Guyssss this book is so good. Put it on your TBRs, stat, and then lets talk about the perfection of the slow-burn romance and also the horr ...more
If Reign the Earth is any indication of what's to come this year in YA fantasy, then everyone needs to start saving up because we're going to all be broke real soon. I started this book, made it 100 pages in and was forced to stop because I had to get some work done. . . well, I should have stopped but the book was so good that I stayed up far ...more
You know what? Sometimes, to be a great character you don't always need to be a badass hero. You still can be one just showing your inner strength.
Reign the Earth was an example.
I looved this book! It was great in so many ways! I loved the story with the elemental magic, the setting and worldbuilding, the writing style and the characters! Shalia ...more
Genre: Fantasy/ Magic
Type: Book 1 of The Elementae Series
POV: First Person - Female
This book was incredible, I was hooked from the very first page. The magic plot and the twist was amazing. I feel in love with all the characters.
Shalia at only seventeen years old made the decision to wedd the enemy in order to save her people. She didn't anticipate finding herself in the hands of the most dangerous man alive.
I was absolutely in love with the bravery of her brothers, they would die t ...more
Sadly, the set-up of the romance just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect and just plain didn't like it. That was 100 percent my personal preference though.
Definitely a solid read overall.
*Review contains mild spoilers (as it was difficult to talk about this book without touching on certain points).
Reign the Earth is a story that had me gasping and praying at every turn. Featuring a strong heroine, a diverse world and an intense storyline this book packed an emotional punch.
At over 400 pages Reign the Earth took its time introducing the characters and the world. Though the pacing was slow a lot happens. It's important to note that Reign the Earth is a bit darker than mos ...more
Actually for some reason certain aspects of this book reminded me of Roar by Cora Carma ...more
All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.
Content Warning: Arranged Marriage, Abuse (physical and emotional), Graphic Violence (including torture), Cheating, Pregnancy almost leading to a forced Miscarriage
”A wedding is not about lust. It’s about partnership. Alliance. Faith and faithfulness.”
It’s so ironic that this book started out with such a strong sense of ...more
Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen
First in The Elementae series
ALL THE STARS
“Show them what the heart of the desert truly is.”
Shalia is a daughter of the desert. She has always felt at home under the vast skies and living a nomadic life with her brood of brothers, sister, and parents. She is also used to her best friend, Kata, an Elementae who can wield water coming in out of her life as she embarks on a mission to restore the Elementae to their full power. As Kata return...more
Full thoughts on my blog: http://bubblybooksblog.blogspot.com/2...
So when I first started reading this book I guess you could say I had medium level expectations (if thats even a thing) the book started off intriguing and I liked the idea of having elemental magic and Shalia was a good strong lead character and all-- I guess I just felt the whole book was.... lacking. I was instantly intrigued by the idea of an arranged marriage (especially to a man who is so against magic) but c ...more
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