Book Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Hardcover, 432 pgs
Published September 20th, 2011 by Greenwillow Books
Young Adult
Received from Amazon Vine for review

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.

Honestly, I’m not sure there are words to portray my love for this book.  The awesomeness that is between the pages.  It was truly a thing of beauty.  Rae Carson is a genius.  I felt like everything was exactly, exactly how it should have been.   It’s not often that through a story I’m thinking the whole time that the author is genius but I was in this one.

Elisa was a character I truly, completely connected with.  She had a personality that I loved and she was flawed.  She was real.  First of all, she struggles with her weight.  She really really loves food and it’s a comfort to her when she’s stressed.  How often do you see that in a young adult fantasy?  Like NEVER!  It made her more real.  To see her go from having such low self esteem to finding her strength and her purpose  was a fantastic journey.  She was afraid, she was deathly afraid.  But she pushed past her fear and her feeling of being inadequate and she did what she had to do when she had to do it.  She was an amazing character.  I really couldn’t rave enough about her.
Okay, so I’m struggling with words here.  But let me see here what I can come up with.  Okay, I mentioned I love Elisa.  Well, all the characters in this book were perfect.  Each role they played was perfect.  Whether it was a good guy, a bad guy or just someone who needed to be there.  It was perfect. 
The action, the plot, the story line.  Perfection.  I was on my toes the whole time.  At one point in time I looked up and realized that an hour had passed since I’d last looked at the clock.  I have small children!  That’s not good!  Luckily they were just playing and being good, but it could have been bad!  So be careful the book doesn’t suck you in too much.  The thing is, it will!  I read the whole thing in a day.  And it’s fairly large at 400+ pages.  
This book is going on my favorite list.  If I could get it higher than 5 stars I would.  I absolutely loved it!
Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.
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  1. I can’t wait to read this novel. I’ve read so many raving reviews about it. I love that Elisa is flawed and struggles with her weight. You’re absolutely right that it is really unique. Thanks for the great review!

  2. Wow, you loved this one! I’ve wanted to read it, but I didn’t think it would be something that would be as incredible as you make it sound. Now I’m wicked excited to read it! I hope I love it and love Elisa as much as you. Awesome review, Candace :)

  3. Oooh! I SO want to read this one! It looks awesome! Great review! SO glad to hear you liked it! Also- While I totally get that it’s not a good idea, I love that you loved the book enough to get so lost in it! (And, I’m glad your kids didn’t burn your house down :P)

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