Imprison the Sky (The Elementae, #2)
Stolen from her family as a child, Aspasia has clawed her way up the ranks of Cyrus's black market empire to captain her own trading vessel--and she risks it all every time she uses her powerful magic to free as many women, children, and Elementae from slavery as she can.But Cyrus is close to uncovering her secrets--not only that Aspasia is an air Elementa with the ability to sail her ship through the sky, but that she is also searching for her lost family. And if Aspasia can’t find her younger siblings before Cyrus does, she will never be able to break free. Armed with her loyal crew full of Elementae and a new recruit who controls an intriguing power, Aspasia finds herself in the center of a brewing war that spans every inch of the ocean, and her power alone may not be enough to save her friends, family, and freedom.

Imprison the Sky (The Elementae, #2) Details

TitleImprison the Sky (The Elementae, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherBloomsbury YA
ISBN-139781681191140
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Imprison the Sky (The Elementae, #2) Review

  • Tova
    January 1, 1970
    DO I SEE MY HUSBAND KAIROS'S NAME IS THYNE SYNOPSIS???? *SCREAMS* I NEED THIS BOOK SO BADLYYYYYY.
  • B.
    January 1, 1970
    Full spoiler free review:Second books in a series can be pretty hit or miss. I’m happy to say that this was a gem among seconds! I enjoyed Reign the Earth, but a few elements (hehe pun intended) fell a little flat for me. The characters definitely had my heart, and at first, I was a little confused when I realized the second book is written from the POV of a different female lead. My confusion quickly turned to love, as Aspasia is one of my new favorite characters of all time. Often times, autho Full spoiler free review:Second books in a series can be pretty hit or miss. I’m happy to say that this was a gem among seconds! I enjoyed Reign the Earth, but a few elements (hehe pun intended) fell a little flat for me. The characters definitely had my heart, and at first, I was a little confused when I realized the second book is written from the POV of a different female lead. My confusion quickly turned to love, as Aspasia is one of my new favorite characters of all time. Often times, authors portray “strong female characters” as bland, sassy, and able to kill you with their pinky. While occasionally these characters can be enjoyable, Gaugen uses the “strong female character” title perfectly. Aspasia was powerful, but she was also emotional, deep, and conflicted. This was not annoying, but endearing. She made the hard calls and suffered for it. She is such a motivational, strong female lead. Even though the POV shifts from books one to two, the characters aren’t gone. I loved how the characters from books one and two interacted and came together to build a complete story. I think my favorite thing about this book is the setting. Aspasia is the captain of a ship and a lover of the sea, and the setting is so heavily built on family and love. I adored the atmosphere of this story, and it was just so captivating.Another beautiful thing about this book is the easy diversity it offers. Sometimes, diversity feels forced by an author. The diversity in this book is not like that, it is so easy and natural. It doesn’t feel added in just to appeal to minorities, it just is. I LOVE that.I am exceptionally grateful to have received a copy of this ARC at bookcon. A special shoutout to the sweet Bloomsbury worker who handed me this book. Thank you very much for putting up with my excited dance and uncontrollable excitement. I started the book five minutes later, and have been obsessed ever since.This book comes out in January! So if you haven’t already, read Reign the Earth, and get ready to unleash a storm.Original short review after finishing Imprison the Sky:Full review to come I promise. But right now it is 1 am and I need sleep. I really like reign the earth, but dang it this book blew the first out of the water. (pun intended)So lucky to have gotten a copy of this at BookCon, and I highly recommend you read reign the earth to get prepared for this beauty.
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  • rachel
    January 1, 1970
    #1) Reign the Earth ★★★★☆
  • Zoeanne Jarrells
    January 1, 1970
    Received at BookCon and binge read the day after. 4.5 starsGUYS THIS BOOK DOES NOT DISAPPOINT! Awesome magic system? Check. Amazing characters + growth? Check ANGSTY!? Check. :) I ADORED it and I'm actually disappointing that I've read it because now I have to wait until 2020 for the sequel.
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  • Sheila {ShesGoingBookCrazy.com}
    January 1, 1970
    1) Reign the Earth: ★★★★★
  • E L E A N O R (bookishcourtier)
    January 1, 1970
    this is one of my most anticipated releases of 2019! i can't wait.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars rounded upThese books are just so well written. Filled with wonderfully complex characters, emotions and a building brutal war that will span nations. I was a little sad at first to miss Shalia, as this is a companion/sequel. But I quickly grew to love this new narrator and how she fits into the overall series. IMPRISON THE SKY introduces new narrator Aspasia (she and her floating ship were briefly introduced in the last book), a powerful wind elementae who is the captain of a ship of 4.5 Stars rounded upThese books are just so well written. Filled with wonderfully complex characters, emotions and a building brutal war that will span nations. I was a little sad at first to miss Shalia, as this is a companion/sequel. But I quickly grew to love this new narrator and how she fits into the overall series. IMPRISON THE SKY introduces new narrator Aspasia (she and her floating ship were briefly introduced in the last book), a powerful wind elementae who is the captain of a ship of children. They travel the seas and skies collecting goods for trade for a powerful dealer named Cyrus. On their missions, Asp and her crew do some things that are very good but also complex morally, and I enjoyed the questions this book asks about right and wrong and what it means for someone when lines get blurred and one cannot come without the other. I loved the found family Asp has created out of her crew and the ways she’s fought to ensure they and their loved ones are cared for and safe. While Shalia’s worldview was incredibly narrow at first, Asp has been sailing all over the world for years and in this book we are shown a much broader perspective on what is going on beyond the Trifectate, and how this brewing war with Calix and what is happening to Elementae is much bigger than what we saw in the last installment. I enjoyed getting to know the other nations in this world and beginning to see how they will play a role in future books. I loved the way this story expands the world, though it does take quite a while to bring this particular tale back around to the one that Shalia began telling. As as I’d just read her story before this one, I was antsy at times to get back to what she and others were doing. That said, we do get to enjoy the presence of a favorite character from the last book, and I was thrilled when (view spoiler)[ Kairos (hide spoiler)] appears here. I think those who read the first book can guess who the love interest here. It’s a bit of a surprise when he showed up, and I loved watching him and Asp get to know each other and fall for each other. They are well matched, and I love that he knows exactly when to push her and when to back off. Although I never care so much about dwelling on past relationships, and this book was a little too angsty for my taste in a few parts (nothing current is happening with anyone else during the book, tho), it was clear to see the differences between Asp’s relationship with this new person and anything she tried in the past. This book is brutal and very emotional in places. What these characters are trying to accomplish is not easy or simple and there have been and will be many casualties along the way. They have a long way to go before their ultimate mission is complete and I’m eager for what’s next (I believe 2 more books are planned). I’m also so curious about who will be the next heroine - and love interest - that we will follow. I have an idea of one of them at least. Love Triangle Factor: NoneCliffhanger Scale: Low/Medium - another heroine’s Story is complete but this story has a long way to go and a lot more danger to come.
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  • Lissa Hawley
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't have time to re-read Reign the Earth before I read this one, and having just finished, I am a bit indecisive as to whether that is a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe both. It seemed problematic when I started Imprison the Sky because I felt like I remembered nothing and had no idea who anyone was. Then as I got into the story (it sucked me in completely regardless!) I remembered bits from RtE and realized I would have mostly been clueless anyway. Which is when I switched my opinion on t I didn't have time to re-read Reign the Earth before I read this one, and having just finished, I am a bit indecisive as to whether that is a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe both. It seemed problematic when I started Imprison the Sky because I felt like I remembered nothing and had no idea who anyone was. Then as I got into the story (it sucked me in completely regardless!) I remembered bits from RtE and realized I would have mostly been clueless anyway. Which is when I switched my opinion on the re-read issue.If I had re-read I would have been clamoring for a direct continuation of Shalia's story. And this was not that. Reading almost as a companion novel rather than a sequel (I still haven't read the blurb, I didn't need to, I knew I wanted to read it - so maybe that is what it is supposed to be.) It did however forward the overall story arc in the end. Anyway, wanting/missing Shalia and Galen would have been a disservice to this wonderful, enthralling, couldn't put down adventure. I have a thing for spunky seafaring heroines (like Sherwood Smith and Alex Lidell write) and this was just perfect. Complimented by A.C. Gaughen's characteristic grit. (Oh how her heroes/heroines suffer!)So here I am urging you to read this book (even if you haven't read Reign the Earth) and already dying for the next one. (Though I imagine that will be companion like as well. So now I know better.)
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  • Phoebe Dyer
    January 1, 1970
    This book is SO GOOD! I loved it even more than I loved Reign the Earth. The characters in this one are so layered and well-developed and the pacing is excellent! More people need to read this series because it's AMAZING and ORIGINAL and I LOVE IT!
  • Alona
    January 1, 1970
    I missed my train stop reading this book. If you liked Children of Blood and Bone, you should read this series.
  • David
    January 1, 1970
    This book came to me through Book Expo. Solid writing, like the first story. This story introduces new character with a new narrator with different goals and challenges elsewhere in Orbis Elementa. A terrific sequel to Reign The Earth. Would recommend.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    @kidlitexchange #partner⚓Thanks to the @kidlitexchangeprogram- for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. At first I was a bit confused because the POV is from a different character than the first book. My fault because I didn't read the synopsis I just knew it was the second book to The Elementae series and I wanted to read it. But let me tell you I was not disappointed! The characters are amazing they are written with so much emotion it jumps out of the page as your reading, same @kidlitexchange #partner⚓Thanks to the @kidlitexchangeprogram- for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. At first I was a bit confused because the POV is from a different character than the first book. My fault because I didn't read the synopsis I just knew it was the second book to The Elementae series and I wanted to read it. But let me tell you I was not disappointed! The characters are amazing they are written with so much emotion it jumps out of the page as your reading, same goes for the action in this book. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. Aspasia is captain of a ship with a crew of children. While carrying so much weight on her shoulders. She does all she can to free women and children from slavery especially if they are Elementae. Aspasia must do all she can to set her self free from Cyrus while saving herself, her family and her friends. Even though some subjects where hard to read it flows with the story nicely and has you rooting for the heroes all the way through.
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  • Vee ♔Under Mountain Books♔
    January 1, 1970
    I can wait a year this is fine I can handle thisWHQKbfkjwfjwsbFLhfwkafliWAHJOHKJdhfihJLHHFLbflnflk
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