Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1) by A.C. Gaughen

Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1)

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 control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s fe...

Details Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1)

TitleReign the Earth (The Elementae, #1)
Release DateJan 30th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1)

  • may ➹
    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 I thought I wouldn’t end up enjoying this as much as I did. For anyone who wants to read this book but isn’t sure about the triggers, I’m putting a trigger warni...
  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    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 loved how the book ended up capturing that!+ I have to admit: it feels adult.I personally feel like YA's heart is like teens discovering who they are and learning t...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    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 "weak" or "sheltered" for not wanting to endure endless pain and suffering in stories. But that's my honest opinion aaaaand I read for fun/to escape. I'm not here to t...
  • Jessica
    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. And yes, I admit I was a little like, yes, yes, elemental magic, sure, sure. But as I noticed in another review: when was the last time EARTH magic took center stage? Wa...
  • Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
    Actual rating: 3.75
  • Andie
    4.5 starsHaving never heard or read anything by this author before, I had no idea what to expect going in. I feel really foolish for setting my bar low because this story was seriously awesome! I was intrigued when I first read the blurb but the cover left the impression that this would be some light hearted fantasy, and that certainly was not the case at all.Despite the misleading cover, this book is not for the faint of heart. It's raw, dark, g...
  • Justine
    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 problems can be solved without resort to violence and that people can change for the better), but not at the cost of her own safety or sense of self-worth. She is a won...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    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 feel somewhat..... disappointed. Don't get me wrong, this was a good story but it some how fell lacking from the greatness that was Scarlet. It was a bit slow and even ...
  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    Trigger warnings: emotional and physical abuse, marital rape, torture, relationship violence, childbirth/pregnancy concernsThis 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 glad I persisted, because this is such an important story of overcoming relationship abuse. I spent a good 10 minutes crying towards the end of the story. It's definitely a ...
  • Erica
    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 great if this were written by a woman of color but it wasn't. Ellen Oh recently took time out of her busy life to explain this problem on Twitter. Please read what she...
  • Eileen (BookCatPin)
    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 packed an emotional punch.At over 400 pages Reign the Earth took its time introducing the characters and the world. Though the pacing was slow a lot happens. It's important to ...
  • Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
    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 other one...) and there was some great world building and an interesting elemental-type magic scheme that seemed fresh and new.Actually for some reason certain aspect...
  • Lisa
    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 just plain didn't like it. That was 100 percent my personal preference though. Definitely a solid read overall.
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    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.If Reign the Earth is any indication of what's to come this year in YA fantasy, then everyone needs to start saving up because we're going to all be broke real soon. I started this book, made it 100 pages in and was forced to stop because I had to get some work done. . . well, I should have ...
  • Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
    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.
  • Ashlee » Library In The Country
    4.25 stars - View review at my blog, Library in the CountryI received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Reign the Earth is a dark, gritty, story of perseverance and taking control of your own destiny. "I was not poor. I was not alone, or broken, or hungry.Their blessings had carried me through every challenge and horror I had faced; in truth, I had never left the desert at all ..." I'd like to start this ...
  • Sarah Marie
    GO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!Reign the Earth by A.C. GaughenFirst in The Elementae seriesALL THE STARS“Show them what the heart of the desert truly is.”Shalia is a daughter of the desert. She has always felt at home under the vast skies and living a nomadic life with her brood of brothers, sister, and parents. She is also used to her best friend, Kata, an Elementae who can wield water coming in out of her life as she embarks on a mission to res...
  • Carina Olsen
    This book was all kinds of fantastic. I had hopes that I would love it, but I never imagined that I would love it as much as I ended up doing. Oh, this book was so good. Also all kinds of heartbreaking and evil. Yet so perfect. I loved every moment of it. And I am now dying for the second one. Wait will be long. But worth it, I'm sure.Giving this book five stars. Because I could not stop reading this amazing book. Everything about it was thrillin...
  • Kayla
    This book was so dark and depressing but in the best possible way! The story was very rich and I felt very confused throughout the start but then I started to understand the world and the characters.
  • Nina (JustAddAWord)
    This was nothing like I first made it out to be.Starting with the subject material. See that cover? How bright and cheerfully illustrated? I actually thought that REIGN THE EARTH would straddle the line between high MG and low YA with a cover like that. And the synopsis, too. Instead, I was surprised with how utterly dark and borderline depressing the storyline was. Themes of domestic/sexual abuse, arranged marriages, and even threats of miscarri...
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Shalia is tired of losing her friends and family to the war with the neighboring kingdom. Determined to ensure peace and the safety of her family this proud daughter of the desert trades her hand in marriage to their king. She soon learns Calix is deeply motivated by his hatred of Elementae—people who control earth, wind, air, or fire. As rebellion breaks through out their kingdom Shalia must d...
  • Chelsea
    Oof. That was rough. Ok first off, in my opinion this is NOT YA in anyway. This story deals with so many mature topics that even I struggled with it at times. Trigger warnings: nonconsensual sex/touching, mental/physical/emotional abuse. Along with other things like pregnancy, arranged political marriage, torture, warfare, etc, this book isn’t for the light hearted. It’s hard to read at times, not for the sake of the writing but just the subj...
  • Ryley
    My honor has nothing to do with what man is married to me, or touching me, or lovs me. I will not be broken or diminished or belittled by the choices of men around me. I am quite happy with this book, I loved the main character Shalia and the plot of the novel. I do find myself comparing this book to Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard in the world. Don't get me wrong though, I love the Red Queen and if you loved that book I think you will love this o...