Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by: Rae Carson

Synopsis: 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. 

Thoughts: The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a unique book of secrets, courage, and betrayals. Elisa is a sixteen year old girl who needs to embrace her destiny if she wishes to help the people around her and even more survive.

On her sixteenth birthday Princess Elisa is set to be married to the gorgeous King Alejandro. What she doesn't know is that it is for her own safety as well as an aid to Alejandro's kingdom.  See, Elisa is the "chosen one". She bears the Godstone, and only one is chosen every century.  She doesn't know love or strength yet, but she must rise above herself in order to protect those close to her and reach her destiny.

I have to admit, unfortunately, I could not get into this one.  At first, I honestly was going to stop and add it to the list of "could not finish", but for some reason I kept reading. And, I'm actually glad I did. From part 2 on... the story did pick up for me. Elisa learns who she needs to be and you can see her mature throughout the story. Also from part 2 on, I started to enjoyed the characters we met much more. And I honestly felt extremely bad for Elisa towards the end... it seemed that every time she was ready to love, it was ripped away from her.

Just because I could not get into it, doesn't mean anything though. I am just one opinion in hundreds maybe thousands! There are still good things I saw about the book. I saw a main character grow into herself. I saw a strong girl deal with love and loss. The book is also extremely unique and writing is very well done. I am only one person expressing my opinion, so if you are interested in the book, pick it up and try it out for yourself! Unfortunately, it was just not for me. =/

- 3 out of 5 stars -


  1. It sucks when a lot of other people love a book but you just can't love it as much :/ I've had that happen and I can't help but wonder "What did I miss?". Curious to see what I'll think of this!

    Great review, Jena! I always admire it when people can respectfully say what they don't like about a book and not bash it. And also acknowledge that other people will like what they didn't. I've read some pretty brutal reviews on goodreads. So kudos :)

  2. I love your review. You list all the great features of the book even though it wasn't a book for you. That's no easy feat.

    I'm glad that part two picked up for you. I think while this won't be a story for everyone, the author's writing style has such an easy flow and a nice pace it does make it easy to read even if you don't connect to the character or the story.

    I'm glad you read it to the end so you could see what others may or may not like. Poor Elisa, that was one heck of a journey she had to go on.

    But I do think your opinion does mean something! ;)


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