Reign the Earth by A. C. Gaughen | Book Review

Reign the Earth by A. C. Gaughen | Book Review

Reign the Earth by A. C. Gaughen | Book ReviewReign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen
Series: The Elementae #1
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on January 30th 2018
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 438
Format: Hardcover
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five-stars

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 feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

Reign the Earth is such a richly spun tale full of amazingness that I am having trouble forming cohesive sentences about it, let alone write a full review. However, I decided that I am going to try because I want nothing more than to persuade you to read this book as well. I want to see this book on your shelves, your TBRs, and in your lives, period.

Why you need to read Reign the Earth

The main character, Shalia, is fiercely loyal and brave. She is such a selfless individual who, when faced with tough decisions, isn’t above doing everything in her powers to do the right thing. I loved getting to know her and seeing how she tackled the struggles that came her way (and believe me, there are plenty). Her story isn’t always easy to take. Especially her marriage with Callix and their relationship was very hard to read about. There is a very thin line that Shalia is walking and the smallest mishap could destroy all that she’d sacrificed.

The very best thing about Reign the Earth though is its setting and the variety of cultures. The worldbuilding was so well executed and an absolute joy to read about!

And if that isn’t enough, it all builds up to a finale that will give you feels aplenty! It’s devastating, it’s powerful, and it’s everything you want from such a powerhouse of a book.

Reign the Earth is a well-crafted and BEAUTIFUL book! If all things mentioned above won’t sway you to read it, then I have one last trick up my sleeve:  the cover alone is enough reason to pick Reign the Earth up. I am not above saying that if you occasionally fall prey to buying books for the cover, let Reign the Earth be one of them. I promise you that you will not regret it.

five-stars
Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen | Book Review

Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen | Book Review

Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen | Book ReviewLady Thief by A.C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlet #2
Published by Walker Books for Young Readers on February 11th 2014
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
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five-stars

Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again

What I thought NEWBaffled. My brain isn’t functioning as it should. That ending completely shattered me. I just want to yell and throw a fit, there’s so many feelings coursing through my body after finishing this book. It was just perfect, and frustrating, and incredibly beautifully written.

As much as I loved Scarlet, Lady Thief was even better (which I didn’t know was even possible!). It’s action packed, danger filled, and a romance that builds and builds. There were so many layers and twists happening that I haven’t even processed half of it yet (let me be clear that I finished Lady Thief over a week ago…). It’s definitely darker than the first book, at times so gut wrenching that I wanted to put the book away to take a breather, but I just couldn’t and HAD TO KEEP READING.

I loved how much Scarlet grew throughout Scarlet, and I was pleasantly surprised that she continued this growth at the same pace. If possible she became even more courageous and more stubborn and just so fierce and brave. She never forgets where her heart lies. You live the story through her, and feel with her all the way. One of my favourite main characters EVER.

While I still shudder thinking about Lord Gisbourne. His character was certainly given much more depth in Lady Thief. I still don’t like the guy (to put it mildly) but the depth to his character was refreshing and if not made the book even better (I think villains need depth in order for them to be truly frightening).

Lady Thief is a top notch sequel. The romance grows and is every so sweet and beautiful. While the stakes are higher than ever, as the villain becomes more evil and the danger more frightening. A beautiful book, that will leave you baffled and VERY anxious for the next book!

five-stars
THE LADY THIEF Blog Tour

THE LADY THIEF Blog Tour

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As a very big fan of the first book in this series, I am absolutely thrilled to participate in the Lady Thief Official Blog tour. unfortunately, because of the country I reside in, I wasn’t able to review Lady Thief. Also, my pre-ordered copy hasn’t arrived yet and probably won’t arrive for another week *sad-face* So in this post, you’ll find my review for Scarlet, the first book in this series, and a very very nice giveaway A.C. Gaughen arranged for you guys. (also the promise, that my review for Lady Thief will follow soon!)

lady thief Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlet #2
Published by Walker Books for Young Readers on February 11th 2014
Pages: 304
Goodreads

Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again

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THE LADY THIEF Blog TourScarlet by A.C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlet #1
Published by Walker Books for Young Readers on Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 292
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

What I thought NEW

“We do what we do because there’s something we can do about it. Things like ‘how long’ and ‘what if’ aren’t part of that. It’s about the hope, not the horror.”

― A.C. Gaughen, Scarlet

As a big fan of the legendary tale about Robin Hood, the infamous thief and his merry men, I was very excited to read Scarlet. With a big love for retellings of classic tales, this was a book that I just couldn’t pass on. And what an epic and original version of such a well-known story! The idea to make the heroine dress as a boy and join THE band of thieves is such a original and refreshing twist to the story of this historical hero..

I honestly didn’t think I could love the Legend of Robin Hood any more than I already did, but A.C. Gaughen’s version just blew me away. Her writing is so good, her vivid descriptions made me breathe the story. The hope that Robin Hood and his band of thieves bring to the people, I felt just as much as the townspeople did. I was sucked into the story and my attention did not waver throughout reading.

The characters are well-written and well-developed and overall just so lively! Like Will Scarlet. Her character was so believable, her life and her part in Robin’s bad were fantastic and interesting. Scarlet is everything I love in a heroine.  Bravery, fearlessness and loyalty are some of the best traits of her personality. She was feisty, had spunk and knew how to seriously kick some butt! Besides being nothing short of badass, her attitude was really admirable. A character who’s been through so much and carries the heaviness of her past with her wherever she goes.

 Both Robin -the quiet martyr- and John -the ladies man- are really believable as well. And the tension between Scarlet and Robin, and in some ways John as well, is so incredibly well-written. What I loved best was that these characters weren’t even near perfect. They have their flaws, and every now and then their jealously gets the best of them (which provides for quite some scenes that’ll have you laughing at loud). Fearless, courageous and flawed. Great, great, really great characters!

This is just such a good version of this story. I am in love with this book! A.C. Gaughen did a great job with this retelling and her vision of this story made for one of my favourite reads of this year. The essence of the classic tale is captured brilliantly, now complete with the appearance of a strong heroine. If you’re a fan of the classic historic story of Robin Hood, this is the read for you!

(and lets not forget the absolutely beautiful cover!)

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The Giveaway

 

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four-half-stars