[Review] The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of  Fire and Thorns
by Rae Carson

Publication Date: September 20th 2011
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Format: Hardcover, 423 pages
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who needs her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

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Beneath all those blabbering of her highness being the “chosen one” and myexpectations of her being all hunter-like, boy was I surprised to find out something that made this heroine different among the rest!All rise as I introduce you to Princess Lucero-Elisa de Riquezawho is loved for her unwavering faith and large consumption of food!

For those novels that tend to create model-like characters for the sake of supplementing our imaginative minds with perfection, this one is quite a contradiction. At the first few pages, the author had meant for it to scream into her readers’ faces a hidden message: “Meet our girl protagonist; sixteen, beautiful eyes, bearer of the mighty Godstone, and the bride of the handsome king of Joyad’ arena! Yes, the one who looks like a sausage in her pretty bridal gown?”Suddenly, all your visions of her as Wonder woman blurs.And from that moment, I decided to read the rest.

What I like about this book is that the author knows how to form the situations and the settings to crazy fast-paced events that could somehow challenge your curiosity upon what would happen next.The location of her story could drag you away from reality and place you in the dessert that you could actually feel the heat and danger lingering along its pages. Also,Carson could trigger the readers’ queries of whether her characters were really playing as the people whom you thought they were or if they would betray your assumptions in the next chapters.

And hernot-so-skinny main chick?Oh you would find her easy to love! You’d laugh on her hilarious thoughts and get hookedon the story as you read her struggle of fighting for goodness,handling her relationship with her new husband, dealing with the bad guys, and managing issues of her liking towards her kind captor (in a non-stockholm syndrome-ish way).

“You didn’t tell me you were married.”
“I’m not in the habit of revealing state secrets to kidnappers,” I snap. “Of course I said nothing. And see? You’re angry.”
“No. I just feel . . . foolish.”
I stare at his profile. “Why? I don’t think you’re foolish.”

He finally returns my gaze. “I thought that maybe, when this was all over, maybe you and I could . . . which is stupid, because you’re a princess and I’m a traveling escort. See? I’m foolish.” He jumps up from our boulder, shoving the rest of his jerky into the sash at his waist.

That was just a bit. Lots and lots of unexpected twists and turns would still happen. (Yep, definitely more twists and turns!) You better read the rest now!



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I write books about teens who must do brave things. I’m originally from California, but I moved to Ohio to marry my husband, who is the smartest and therefore sexiest man I know. We live in Columbus with my teenaged stepsons, who are awesome. My books tend to contain lots of adventure, a little magic and romance, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. I especially love to write about questions I don’t know the answers to.

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