Publisher: Greenwillow Books.
Source: Won from publisher via inkpop.
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.
As a huge fantasy fangirl, my expectations when reading them are pretty high. I want it to have adventure; exhilarating, fast-paced fights or terrors. I want it to be magical, to have that particular oddness about it that really tugs at my imagination. I want it to have strong, likable characters that I can root for. The Girl of Fire and Thorns exceeded my every expectation. And then some.
Elisa is not your average heroine. She's a bit overweight and she loves pastries. She's somewhat timid and meek in the beginning, but reading as she sheds that skin throughout the novel with all of the perilous endeavors she faces was pretty amazing. I also came to thoroughly love the rest of the cast as well. Rae Carson really shined at developing her characters without making them too stoic and predictable; I never knew what to expect from any of them.
The pace of the story was perfect. Not rushed and never a dull moment. The plot was so engrossing and intriguing. I wanted to know everything about the Godstones, and every time Elisa felt her own Godstone react, I would get ridiculously excited because I knew something big was going to happen.
And the setting. Oh, the setting. The scenery is gorgeously written, but what I loved most is that it's not just a place. The author took that beautiful Spain setting and gave it a comprehensible culture and vocabulary to match. It made the book so much more authentic and fascinating.
Overall, The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a dazzling debut, YA fantasy at its absolute best. The courageous characters, stunning setting, terrifying adventures and peculiar magic are something to be experienced, so if you're a fantasy buff, I definitely urge you to pick this one up!
Other reviews for The Girl of Fire and Thorns:
The Reading Date.
The Compulsive Reader.