The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

4 years ago

Goodreads: 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 kinga 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 seeks 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 doesnt die young.

Most of the chosen do.

My Thoughts: I recent finished this and there is only one complaint I have about this book. The constant reminding of Elisa`s "weight" problem. She`s an emotional eater, it happens but after a while I get annoyed by how self-conscious Elisa was about it, granted that did get better as the book went on. Unfortunately that wasn`t the only talk about her weight, there were also quite a few times were she would sneak down to the kitchens, other people would comment on her extra LBs, or they would be worried that she would eat/steal their share of the food. At first I thought that maybe this would play into an important part of the story but it didn`t seem to at all. I just found this so annoying and almost frustrating. I am one of those people who doesn`t care what the main character looks like at all because I just picture me in their place and I think that being reminded just made me mad. So whether or not they`re black, white, big, little, or a plant, in my mind, it`ll be me swaying in the wind.

Outside of that, I really enjoyed the story. I ended up finishing the book after only a day or two and have already recommended it to multiple people. Elisa was hard for me to like at the beginning of the book, but I started to really warm up to her character by end, she really grew up and developed a lot strengths that helped make the story a good read.

Up above it says that Elisa is the chosen one, which means that God`s light was shining one her after her birth and he embedded a jewel in her belly (known as the God`s Stone). Being marked as such, means her life`s mission is to perform a service but they are also coveted by nearly every group of people. There is sorcery and magic (and even religion) all through out this book that follow along with the different cultures and beliefs of today`s society.

I know that this is the first book in a series but Ms Carson finished this with a good solid ending so I`m wondering what the next could possibly be about. I definitely recommend to those who like a more sci-fi-ish type book that has a touch of romance.

PS: I want to send a huge thanks to Ms Carson for having the guts to kill some people off! That for sure made this like 100x more interesting!

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