Reign the Earth

Reign the Earth

Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands. But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae?mystical people who can c Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people...

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Title:Reign the Earth
Author:A.C. Gaughen
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:Terra
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:438 pages pages

Reign the Earth Reviews

  • Jessica
    Aug 24, 2017

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

  • Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
    Oct 22, 2017

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concerns This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm g...

    "A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction." ...

    OK I know how to process this now. I hate King Calix. I hated how he treated Shalia through this entire book. He smacked her and she leaves him for a little bit. I feel better that she did however she has to go back to save the peace. I loved that she does everything to stop him from e...

    My official blurb: With a clever, strong-willed heroine, a downright terrifying villain, and complex relationships that leap off the page, REIGN THE EARTH is the feminist fantasy I didn't know I needed. I will be thinking about Shalia's strength and fearlessness (and swooning over the ...

    "True power does not force others to make themselves smaller." ohmygod go buy this book ...

    I think fans of solid settings and court intrigue with a dash of fantasy will enjoy this one! Shalia is a wonderful heroine, who's personality and strength is slowly revealed in a natural and beautiful way. Sadly, the set-up of the romance just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect and ...

    4. 5????Stars 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 seven...

    ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me. [...] I am a daughter of the desert, and my feet will never fail me.? 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 showin...

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. IfReign the Earthis any indication of what's to come this year in YA fantasy, then everyone needs to start saving up becaus...

    Never been one to shy away from heavy themed books but.... how heavy we talking here? ...

    4.5 Stars *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 pack...

    I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this at ALA this year and it took me until now to finally start it. The fact that I finished it in a day is a pretty good indicator of how solid of a start to a series it was. I enjoyed almost all of the main characters (and enjoyed hating the ot...

    DNF @40% NOPE. I am bored out of my mind. Finally buddy reading this with this annoying lost child ...

    20 HUGE STARS! 100 thumbs up! This is book is amazing from beginning to the end! Huge twist that I did not see coming at all!!!! Love it!!! Full review to come. ...

  • Erica
    Feb 06, 2018

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Nov 10, 2017

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

  • Erin Bowman
    Jun 02, 2017

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concerns This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm g...

    "A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction." ...

    OK I know how to process this now. I hate King Calix. I hated how he treated Shalia through this entire book. He smacked her and she leaves him for a little bit. I feel better that she did however she has to go back to save the peace. I loved that she does everything to stop him from e...

    My official blurb: With a clever, strong-willed heroine, a downright terrifying villain, and complex relationships that leap off the page, REIGN THE EARTH is the feminist fantasy I didn't know I needed. I will be thinking about Shalia's strength and fearlessness (and swooning over the ...

  • Lisa
    Jul 31, 2017

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concerns This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm g...

    "A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction." ...

    OK I know how to process this now. I hate King Calix. I hated how he treated Shalia through this entire book. He smacked her and she leaves him for a little bit. I feel better that she did however she has to go back to save the peace. I loved that she does everything to stop him from e...

    My official blurb: With a clever, strong-willed heroine, a downright terrifying villain, and complex relationships that leap off the page, REIGN THE EARTH is the feminist fantasy I didn't know I needed. I will be thinking about Shalia's strength and fearlessness (and swooning over the ...

    "True power does not force others to make themselves smaller." ohmygod go buy this book ...

    I think fans of solid settings and court intrigue with a dash of fantasy will enjoy this one! Shalia is a wonderful heroine, who's personality and strength is slowly revealed in a natural and beautiful way. Sadly, the set-up of the romance just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect and ...

  • Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
    Feb 07, 2018

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    Feb 11, 2018

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concerns This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm g...

  • Sarah Marie
    Feb 05, 2018

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concerns This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm g...

    "A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction." ...

    OK I know how to process this now. I hate King Calix. I hated how he treated Shalia through this entire book. He smacked her and she leaves him for a little bit. I feel better that she did however she has to go back to save the peace. I loved that she does everything to stop him from e...

    My official blurb: With a clever, strong-willed heroine, a downright terrifying villain, and complex relationships that leap off the page, REIGN THE EARTH is the feminist fantasy I didn't know I needed. I will be thinking about Shalia's strength and fearlessness (and swooning over the ...

    "True power does not force others to make themselves smaller." ohmygod go buy this book ...

    I think fans of solid settings and court intrigue with a dash of fantasy will enjoy this one! Shalia is a wonderful heroine, who's personality and strength is slowly revealed in a natural and beautiful way. Sadly, the set-up of the romance just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect and ...

    4. 5????Stars 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 seven...

    ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me. [...] I am a daughter of the desert, and my feet will never fail me.? 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 showin...

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. IfReign the Earthis any indication of what's to come this year in YA fantasy, then everyone needs to start saving up becaus...

    Never been one to shy away from heavy themed books but.... how heavy we talking here? ...

    4.5 Stars *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 pack...

    I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this at ALA this year and it took me until now to finally start it. The fact that I finished it in a day is a pretty good indicator of how solid of a start to a series it was. I enjoyed almost all of the main characters (and enjoyed hating the ot...

    DNF @40% NOPE. I am bored out of my mind. Finally buddy reading this with this annoying lost child ...

    20 HUGE STARS! 100 thumbs up! This is book is amazing from beginning to the end! Huge twist that I did not see coming at all!!!! Love it!!! Full review to come. ...

    DNF at 41%... 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 mag...

    See my FULL review of this book on my blog along with others at: shesgoingbookcrazy.com 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 (includ...

    GO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!! 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 w...

  • Sandra
    Jan 29, 2016

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concerns This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm g...

    "A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction." ...

  • C.G. Drews
    Mar 03, 2018

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

  • Jess
    Jun 30, 2015

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

  • Lo Bookfrantic
    Jun 26, 2018

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concerns This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm g...

    "A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction." ...

    OK I know how to process this now. I hate King Calix. I hated how he treated Shalia through this entire book. He smacked her and she leaves him for a little bit. I feel better that she did however she has to go back to save the peace. I loved that she does everything to stop him from e...

    My official blurb: With a clever, strong-willed heroine, a downright terrifying villain, and complex relationships that leap off the page, REIGN THE EARTH is the feminist fantasy I didn't know I needed. I will be thinking about Shalia's strength and fearlessness (and swooning over the ...

    "True power does not force others to make themselves smaller." ohmygod go buy this book ...

    I think fans of solid settings and court intrigue with a dash of fantasy will enjoy this one! Shalia is a wonderful heroine, who's personality and strength is slowly revealed in a natural and beautiful way. Sadly, the set-up of the romance just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect and ...

    4. 5????Stars 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 seven...

  • Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
    Sep 25, 2017

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concerns This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm g...

    "A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction." ...

    OK I know how to process this now. I hate King Calix. I hated how he treated Shalia through this entire book. He smacked her and she leaves him for a little bit. I feel better that she did however she has to go back to save the peace. I loved that she does everything to stop him from e...

    My official blurb: With a clever, strong-willed heroine, a downright terrifying villain, and complex relationships that leap off the page, REIGN THE EARTH is the feminist fantasy I didn't know I needed. I will be thinking about Shalia's strength and fearlessness (and swooning over the ...

    "True power does not force others to make themselves smaller." ohmygod go buy this book ...

    I think fans of solid settings and court intrigue with a dash of fantasy will enjoy this one! Shalia is a wonderful heroine, who's personality and strength is slowly revealed in a natural and beautiful way. Sadly, the set-up of the romance just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect and ...

    4. 5????Stars 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 seven...

    ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me. [...] I am a daughter of the desert, and my feet will never fail me.? 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 showin...

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. IfReign the Earthis any indication of what's to come this year in YA fantasy, then everyone needs to start saving up becaus...

    Never been one to shy away from heavy themed books but.... how heavy we talking here? ...

    4.5 Stars *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 pack...

    I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this at ALA this year and it took me until now to finally start it. The fact that I finished it in a day is a pretty good indicator of how solid of a start to a series it was. I enjoyed almost all of the main characters (and enjoyed hating the ot...

  • Justine
    Feb 05, 2018

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

  • Eileen (BookCatPin)
    Jan 29, 2018

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concerns This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm g...

    "A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction." ...

    OK I know how to process this now. I hate King Calix. I hated how he treated Shalia through this entire book. He smacked her and she leaves him for a little bit. I feel better that she did however she has to go back to save the peace. I loved that she does everything to stop him from e...

    My official blurb: With a clever, strong-willed heroine, a downright terrifying villain, and complex relationships that leap off the page, REIGN THE EARTH is the feminist fantasy I didn't know I needed. I will be thinking about Shalia's strength and fearlessness (and swooning over the ...

    "True power does not force others to make themselves smaller." ohmygod go buy this book ...

    I think fans of solid settings and court intrigue with a dash of fantasy will enjoy this one! Shalia is a wonderful heroine, who's personality and strength is slowly revealed in a natural and beautiful way. Sadly, the set-up of the romance just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect and ...

    4. 5????Stars 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 seven...

    ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me. [...] I am a daughter of the desert, and my feet will never fail me.? 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 showin...

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. IfReign the Earthis any indication of what's to come this year in YA fantasy, then everyone needs to start saving up becaus...

    Never been one to shy away from heavy themed books but.... how heavy we talking here? ...

    4.5 Stars *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 pack...

  • Andie
    Dec 01, 2017

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

  • Sheila {ShesGoingBookCrazy.com}
    May 09, 2017

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concerns This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm g...

    "A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction." ...

    OK I know how to process this now. I hate King Calix. I hated how he treated Shalia through this entire book. He smacked her and she leaves him for a little bit. I feel better that she did however she has to go back to save the peace. I loved that she does everything to stop him from e...

    My official blurb: With a clever, strong-willed heroine, a downright terrifying villain, and complex relationships that leap off the page, REIGN THE EARTH is the feminist fantasy I didn't know I needed. I will be thinking about Shalia's strength and fearlessness (and swooning over the ...

    "True power does not force others to make themselves smaller." ohmygod go buy this book ...

    I think fans of solid settings and court intrigue with a dash of fantasy will enjoy this one! Shalia is a wonderful heroine, who's personality and strength is slowly revealed in a natural and beautiful way. Sadly, the set-up of the romance just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect and ...

    4. 5????Stars 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 seven...

    ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me. [...] I am a daughter of the desert, and my feet will never fail me.? 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 showin...

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. IfReign the Earthis any indication of what's to come this year in YA fantasy, then everyone needs to start saving up becaus...

    Never been one to shy away from heavy themed books but.... how heavy we talking here? ...

    4.5 Stars *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 pack...

    I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this at ALA this year and it took me until now to finally start it. The fact that I finished it in a day is a pretty good indicator of how solid of a start to a series it was. I enjoyed almost all of the main characters (and enjoyed hating the ot...

    DNF @40% NOPE. I am bored out of my mind. Finally buddy reading this with this annoying lost child ...

    20 HUGE STARS! 100 thumbs up! This is book is amazing from beginning to the end! Huge twist that I did not see coming at all!!!! Love it!!! Full review to come. ...

    DNF at 41%... 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 mag...

    See my FULL review of this book on my blog along with others at: shesgoingbookcrazy.com 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 (includ...

  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    Jan 23, 2018

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concerns This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm g...

    "A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction." ...

    OK I know how to process this now. I hate King Calix. I hated how he treated Shalia through this entire book. He smacked her and she leaves him for a little bit. I feel better that she did however she has to go back to save the peace. I loved that she does everything to stop him from e...

    My official blurb: With a clever, strong-willed heroine, a downright terrifying villain, and complex relationships that leap off the page, REIGN THE EARTH is the feminist fantasy I didn't know I needed. I will be thinking about Shalia's strength and fearlessness (and swooning over the ...

    "True power does not force others to make themselves smaller." ohmygod go buy this book ...

    I think fans of solid settings and court intrigue with a dash of fantasy will enjoy this one! Shalia is a wonderful heroine, who's personality and strength is slowly revealed in a natural and beautiful way. Sadly, the set-up of the romance just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect and ...

    4. 5????Stars 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 seven...

    ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me. [...] I am a daughter of the desert, and my feet will never fail me.? 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 showin...

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. IfReign the Earthis any indication of what's to come this year in YA fantasy, then everyone needs to start saving up becaus...

  • Beatrice in Bookland
    Sep 13, 2018

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concerns This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm g...

    "A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction." ...

    OK I know how to process this now. I hate King Calix. I hated how he treated Shalia through this entire book. He smacked her and she leaves him for a little bit. I feel better that she did however she has to go back to save the peace. I loved that she does everything to stop him from e...

    My official blurb: With a clever, strong-willed heroine, a downright terrifying villain, and complex relationships that leap off the page, REIGN THE EARTH is the feminist fantasy I didn't know I needed. I will be thinking about Shalia's strength and fearlessness (and swooning over the ...

    "True power does not force others to make themselves smaller." ohmygod go buy this book ...

  • Bright Star
    Aug 22, 2018

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concerns This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm g...

    "A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction." ...

    OK I know how to process this now. I hate King Calix. I hated how he treated Shalia through this entire book. He smacked her and she leaves him for a little bit. I feel better that she did however she has to go back to save the peace. I loved that she does everything to stop him from e...

    My official blurb: With a clever, strong-willed heroine, a downright terrifying villain, and complex relationships that leap off the page, REIGN THE EARTH is the feminist fantasy I didn't know I needed. I will be thinking about Shalia's strength and fearlessness (and swooning over the ...

    "True power does not force others to make themselves smaller." ohmygod go buy this book ...

    I think fans of solid settings and court intrigue with a dash of fantasy will enjoy this one! Shalia is a wonderful heroine, who's personality and strength is slowly revealed in a natural and beautiful way. Sadly, the set-up of the romance just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect and ...

    4. 5????Stars 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 seven...

    ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me. [...] I am a daughter of the desert, and my feet will never fail me.? 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 showin...

  • Nadhira Satria
    Apr 25, 2018

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concerns This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm g...

    "A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction." ...

    OK I know how to process this now. I hate King Calix. I hated how he treated Shalia through this entire book. He smacked her and she leaves him for a little bit. I feel better that she did however she has to go back to save the peace. I loved that she does everything to stop him from e...

    My official blurb: With a clever, strong-willed heroine, a downright terrifying villain, and complex relationships that leap off the page, REIGN THE EARTH is the feminist fantasy I didn't know I needed. I will be thinking about Shalia's strength and fearlessness (and swooning over the ...

    "True power does not force others to make themselves smaller." ohmygod go buy this book ...

    I think fans of solid settings and court intrigue with a dash of fantasy will enjoy this one! Shalia is a wonderful heroine, who's personality and strength is slowly revealed in a natural and beautiful way. Sadly, the set-up of the romance just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect and ...

    4. 5????Stars 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 seven...

    ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me. [...] I am a daughter of the desert, and my feet will never fail me.? 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 showin...

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. IfReign the Earthis any indication of what's to come this year in YA fantasy, then everyone needs to start saving up becaus...

    Never been one to shy away from heavy themed books but.... how heavy we talking here? ...

    4.5 Stars *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 pack...

    I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this at ALA this year and it took me until now to finally start it. The fact that I finished it in a day is a pretty good indicator of how solid of a start to a series it was. I enjoyed almost all of the main characters (and enjoyed hating the ot...

    DNF @40% NOPE. I am bored out of my mind. Finally buddy reading this with this annoying lost child ...

  • Jamie :)
    Mar 16, 2018

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concerns This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm g...

    "A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction." ...

    OK I know how to process this now. I hate King Calix. I hated how he treated Shalia through this entire book. He smacked her and she leaves him for a little bit. I feel better that she did however she has to go back to save the peace. I loved that she does everything to stop him from e...

    My official blurb: With a clever, strong-willed heroine, a downright terrifying villain, and complex relationships that leap off the page, REIGN THE EARTH is the feminist fantasy I didn't know I needed. I will be thinking about Shalia's strength and fearlessness (and swooning over the ...

    "True power does not force others to make themselves smaller." ohmygod go buy this book ...

    I think fans of solid settings and court intrigue with a dash of fantasy will enjoy this one! Shalia is a wonderful heroine, who's personality and strength is slowly revealed in a natural and beautiful way. Sadly, the set-up of the romance just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect and ...

    4. 5????Stars 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 seven...

    ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me. [...] I am a daughter of the desert, and my feet will never fail me.? 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 showin...

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. IfReign the Earthis any indication of what's to come this year in YA fantasy, then everyone needs to start saving up becaus...

    Never been one to shy away from heavy themed books but.... how heavy we talking here? ...

    4.5 Stars *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 pack...

    I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this at ALA this year and it took me until now to finally start it. The fact that I finished it in a day is a pretty good indicator of how solid of a start to a series it was. I enjoyed almost all of the main characters (and enjoyed hating the ot...

    DNF @40% NOPE. I am bored out of my mind. Finally buddy reading this with this annoying lost child ...

    20 HUGE STARS! 100 thumbs up! This is book is amazing from beginning to the end! Huge twist that I did not see coming at all!!!! Love it!!! Full review to come. ...

    DNF at 41%... 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 mag...

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Nov 28, 2017

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

  • may ❀
    Jun 19, 2016

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    Oct 30, 2017

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

  • Erin ღYour YA Readerღ
    Mar 04, 2018

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

  • Kitkat
    May 23, 2018

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concerns This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm g...

    "A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction." ...

    OK I know how to process this now. I hate King Calix. I hated how he treated Shalia through this entire book. He smacked her and she leaves him for a little bit. I feel better that she did however she has to go back to save the peace. I loved that she does everything to stop him from e...

  • may ➹
    Jun 13, 2017

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

  • ❄️Nani❄️
    Mar 02, 2018

    As a means of protection for my heart, soul, and sanity, I?ve been prepared to be disappointed by every book I read. But?? This book did NOT disappoint??? I?m actually shook about how much I ended up liking this??? First of all: This book has very heavy themes. It?s the reason...

    Prepare yourself for extremely heavy topics such as physical and emotional abuse, including unconsented physical relations in an arranged marriage and pregnancy (view spoiler)[with the threat of a miscarriage. (hide spoiler)] I'm not saying the author didn't handle them well, but they...

    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) Pros - love me some strong fem characters - its a lot darker than you would anticipate for ya...

    This had a LOT of fantastic stuff going down in it, but it somehow didn't quite light up my earth. But it had magic! And a really Soft Sweetheart? of a narrator, who I thought was coming across kind of insipid at first but then?? There is such strength in being loving and kind and I ...

    Disclaimer: I did skim several parts of this book because it became way too heavy, dark, and depressing. Sometimes I leave ratings off if I feel like I might have missed something crucial during the skimming, but I'm pretty confident in my rating here. I've been dismissed before as...

    4.5 stars 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 ...

    Well, that was a hell of a ride! 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. A...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    I thought this was really good. The themes of spousal violence and abuse are front and centre in the story, not romanticized in the slightest, and dealt with extremely well. I loved Shalia's strength, her commitment to ideals of redemption (which is consistent with her belief that prob...

    ???? 4 Cookies ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me.? Da blog 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 ma...

    I absolutely adored Gaughen's Scarlet series which is why I picked this up without any hesitation at all. Add in the cover and that description and I knew I would get something different, something fun, and something well written. And I did get those things but yet I can't help but ...

    FInally! Let's appreciate the earth elements for once! The fire, wind and water ones have had their time in the spotlight (no hate but *coughcough*The Grisha*coughcough*) NOW ITS TIME FOR THEIR DOWN TO EARTH (don't kill me) SISTERS (and possibly brothers) TO SHINEEEEE ...

    Dear book people: Please do not use this as an example of a diverse book. Despite the protagonist having brown skin, this is not a story about a person of color's life. We know she's brown because she mentions it a few times, it has no bearing on this story otherwise. That would be gre...

    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concerns This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews! That was an emotional journey that caught me by surprise. I'm g...

    "A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction." ...

    OK I know how to process this now. I hate King Calix. I hated how he treated Shalia through this entire book. He smacked her and she leaves him for a little bit. I feel better that she did however she has to go back to save the peace. I loved that she does everything to stop him from e...

    My official blurb: With a clever, strong-willed heroine, a downright terrifying villain, and complex relationships that leap off the page, REIGN THE EARTH is the feminist fantasy I didn't know I needed. I will be thinking about Shalia's strength and fearlessness (and swooning over the ...

    "True power does not force others to make themselves smaller." ohmygod go buy this book ...

    I think fans of solid settings and court intrigue with a dash of fantasy will enjoy this one! Shalia is a wonderful heroine, who's personality and strength is slowly revealed in a natural and beautiful way. Sadly, the set-up of the romance just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect and ...

    4. 5????Stars 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 seven...

    ?I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me. [...] I am a daughter of the desert, and my feet will never fail me.? 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 showin...

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. IfReign the Earthis any indication of what's to come this year in YA fantasy, then everyone needs to start saving up becaus...

    Never been one to shy away from heavy themed books but.... how heavy we talking here? ...