Friday, August 12, 2011
ARC Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns Review
Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Publisher: Greenwillow Books-Imprint of Harper Collins
Pub Date: 09-20-2011
Pages: 432 pages
My Copy: Got through Net Galley
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 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 doesn’t die young.
Most of the chosen do.
I was so happy when I saw that Net Galley had this book on their catalogue.
Wow. That's the only way to describe this book. This book was just a wonderful surprise. This book was written in a way that I haven't seen or read in quite a while. Just beautiful.
Rae Carson has a way of using her pen to paint a world that we haven't seen before. She is like an artist who creates a masterpiece of art. I like that this book had a very passionate heroine in Elisa. Elisa is one of those heroines who isn't sure of herself in the beginning of the book, yet through out the book she comes into her own
I love that Elisa doesn't know what her purpose is, but those around her do or think that they do. Even Elisa isn't sure. Yet she does research and finds out a great many things about herself. Plus not to mention she tries very hard to survive. She is learning things. Not to mention she really doesn't like her husband.
This book also had some very unusual twists and turns that I didn't expect. Plus not to mention an unexpected love interest. (This could have been an adult book in my opinion or a romance). The romance was unexpected, but necessary to Elisa's growth as a character. She learns that she doesn't have to depend on a man. Rather she evolves into a strong woman.
The scenes were written with such beautiful intensity. I really enjoyed this book. Love the fight scenes, the love scenes, the dialogue, the surprises delivered in such a powerful way. I was just blown away.
I give this book a rating of