About this book:
Étienne Lacroix and I had a fire I thought would never die.
Our love was timeless.
An irreversible decision sent me back to the present day with a family I barely recognize, but I am determined to find a way back to Étienne.
I can survive time. But I can’t survive life without him.
Time bends to no one’s demands, so I must fight with everything I have to return to the past. However, I am terrified that the past I once knew might not look the same, and the man who once called me his surviving trace will no longer be waiting for me.
Time bends to no one’s demands but sometimes love does…
Release Date: 18th November, 2018.
What I think?
First off: Allow me to start this post with an apology for not blogging as much as I used to. Sorry guys, I’ve been having a terrible time with the books I keep reading, and somehow I’m ending up hating all the books that everyone else loves, and I just don’t wanna be the party pooper all the time. Some times are fine. Just.. not all the time. Also, I haven’t really felt like blogging much, because I’m sure you understand how sometimes something becomes so monotonous it’s just better to take a step away. So this was me taking a step away. I can’t promise I’ll be very active the next month because end-semester exams are on me. But I won’t hopefully disappear like this either. Sorry. 😦
Now that that little life update is out of the way, lets get started with this review because you knew this was a long time coming and OMG I GOT THE BLOODY ARC OF THIS BOOK AND OMG I AM ABSOLUTELY DYING!!!
That is probably the exact expression I believe my ugly mug made after I finished reading the epilogue.
Because holy mother of all holy fairies was this book a mindfuck!
I mean, sure, I’m not really surprised that this was a mindfuck, because come on, this is Calia Read we’re talking about, but seriously it still does not mean that I cannot stress enough how big a mindfuck The Reigning and The Rule really was.
If you’ve read The Surviving Trace (which is a crime if you haven’t read it, and you can go through my review to cross check here), then you probably already know that the ending leaves you gasping for the next book. And the way I got addicted to it, and was re-reading it, it just meant that I spent the last six months starving and hungry for more.
And more was exactly what this book was.
In the present, the story picks up right where it had ended in The Surviving Trace, but in the past 2 years have already passed. So while Serene is still trying to process the changes that have been made in the present due to her actions in 1912 (aka: See her killing her great great grandfather), Etienne is trying to move on with his life after losing her (aka: See the 2 years gap in the past).
I was told to not give out any spoilers, but you know me, I give away spoilers even when I don’t mean to, so I’ll just say that this review/rant is moderately spoilers free.
Anyways, back to the story- after seeing how drastically the present has changed, Serene is more sure that this is not the time she wants to live in (as if that poor little doll ever had a choice lol >.<), and tries her best to get answers to go back to when she left Etienne.
And while it’s not very clear how she travels back in time (like yeah there are mild similarities in the things that trigger her journey to the past, its not always so easy to understand as when she travels back to present every time she changes the timeline), she does somehow manage to do it twice.
And yeah, each time was more epic than the last one.
The first time she travels back, she literally walks in on Etienne taking a walk with his fiancé. Yeah you heard that right bitches-
ETIENNE HAS A FIANCÉ.
I about died and killed him at the same time. I mean HOW DARE HE!? And if you think my reaction is an over reaction, then I’ll just have you know that our girl Serene took a sword to his chest.
Étienne glances at his stomach and back at me. “You cut my shirt!”
“Yes. I apologize. I was aiming for your heart. Next time, I won’t miss.”
That is hands down one of the best moments in the book.
And while she does get a bit whiney and bitchy in the first half, I think we can all excuse her French. At the same time there were all this moments and scenes where the book just feels like a rowdy puppy that doesn’t know which direction is right from wrong, but Calia does manage to reign it in again and again. Like there are all these scenes that do work out great for character development, but in the great scheme of things don’t really add much if anything to the story.
So yeah.. The book loses a bit of a focus sometimes, but it was fun nonetheless.
But even with all that drama it is not always clear why she has to travel to the past at all. I mean yeah the first time she time travelled in TST, we’re led to believe it is to save Etienne from Edward. But clearly that wasn’t the case as TRATR demonstrated.
Look away because we might drop some spoilers here..
Time here seems hell bent on saving Emmeline- Serene’s great great grandma and I wanna know why. It is never quite clearly understood why time wants her saved. And yeah, I realise that I’m calling time like it’s a sentient being, but if you read this series you’ll realise what I’m saying.
And that I believe is one of my biggest issues with this book. I was looking for answers and while I got some, I was left with so many questions that it wasn’t nearly satisfactory.
But all those aside, I bloody adored this. Like duh. And I thought we were almost done when Calia dropped that epilogue.
Yeah kill me too.
I don’t think I need to say anything about Calia’s writing that I already haven’t in my review of TST, but only that this lady is bloody brilliant.
Aka she knows how to fuck with yer heads.
About the author:
Calia Read lives in Texas with her husband and their five kids.
She’s currently hard at work on her next psychological thriller.