Title: The Girl Of Fire And Thorns
Author: Rae Carson
Page Number: 423
Release Date: September 20, 2011
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Goodreads Rating: 3.8 (out of 71,445 people)
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa has always felt powerless, useless. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king-a king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess. And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Fierce enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring determined revolutionary thinks she could she could save his people. 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.
I really enjoyed this book. It is very empowering and I like how it has lots of women with different body types. That is not something that I normally see in books, fantasy especially. The plot was also not something that I normally see.
I loved Elisa a lot. She is one of my favorite protagonists of the year. I loved her determination and incentive to get things done. I also liked how she asked for help when she knew that she was out of her depth. She also took control when needed and spearheaded quite a few things (that I don’t want to spoil). Elisa has changed a lot over the book and it made me really happy. I was invested in her character and I loved watching her change and become who I knew she was meant to be.
The plot was interesting. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. I just haven’t read a plot like that. It was very fast-paced and action-packed. Relationships were pretty important to the plot, because I was constantly wondering who to trust. There was a lot of political scheming, which I enjoyed because I always like there to be planning of some kind before everyone dives into action and we saw that a lot.
The writing was really good. Especially for a debut novel. Her style isn’t distinctive, but I think that it will develop when I read her next books. Rae did a good job describing the setting, but sometimes it felt a little bit lacking. I think that this will improve in the next book, but I can cope if it doesn’t.
The romance was confusing. It was a sort-of love triangle. Like, Elisa was sort of attracted to someone, and then another guy came along and she forgot about Guy 1 for a while. It was weird. I was happy (-ish) with the ending and the way that it dealt with all the romance. I still wish that there wasn’t a love triangle and all but at least it was dealt with (MAJOR SPOILER: by killing off the 2 guys END OF SPOILER).
I really enjoyed this book, despite some issues, and I highly recommend it. I got the summary off of the back cover. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!!