Saturday, 24 September 2011

Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rea Carson

Title:The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Author:Rae Carson
Genre:Young Adult/Fantasy
Purchase:USA:20th Sept 2011|UK:29th Sept 2011

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.

I really enjoyed reading The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I got my copy from netgalley and have had it waiting to be read for a while.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns follows Elisa, a princess who has been sent to marry a king.
We watch as Elisa struggles with who she is as a person and how others see her. In the path to becoming queen, Elisa learns a lot about what it is to be a bearer of the Godstone, but also what it means to be a princess or a queen, and most importantly what it means to find herself.

I really like how Rae Carson has written The Girl of Fire and Thorns, not only is it a really great Young Adult read, but it also has a main character who ends up being a great role model.

When I made a start on it I thought that Elisa was shallow, and although she has some issues with who she was, I didn't feel like she cared about others or what was going on. However as we learn more about Elisa and follow her on her journey my opinions changed.
I really felt for Elisa, what she was feeling and also struggling with her body image, and although she went through something bad to get to the point where she is, she overcame the obstacles placed in front of her and continued to not only believe in herself, but also her faith.
Elisa suffers heartbreak after heartbreak but came out in the end a better person.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a must read and I can't wait for the next book to be released.

[Thank you netgalley for my copy]

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