Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Friday, 12 April 2013

Book: The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1)
Author: Rae Carson
Publisher: GreenWillow Books
Pages: 448 Pages
Format: Paperback

I watch Tea Time with Team EpicReads on Wednesdays (Orange Pekoe or Earl Grey, with two sugars, one milk!), and I saw Margo flipping out over this book, and I was in the mood for high fantasy, so I decide to pick it up. I got a deal for it on Amazon ($4.40?!?!) and started it as soon as I got it. :)


Good Reads Summary

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa has always felt powerless, useless. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king--a king who needs her to be 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 save his people. And he looks at her in a way no man has ever looked at her before. 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 really surprised with how much I liked this book. I wasn't really expecting much, but I was blown out of the water. My favourite thing, by far, about this book was it's sense of realism. The author didn't spare us any of the gory details. She told it as it is and it really helped me connect with the characters. Elisa and I both have a bad relationship with food, where it's all so good and we sacrifice our figure for it. That made her so much more human in my eyes.

Another point that I loved was the development, and how great the rest of the series is set up. The thing I hate about most series is that it seems like everything has been completed and then in the second book, there is a whole new adventure. I love how the story line has been set up and how well every aspect of it fits.

The one thing I didn't like was, in the very beginning the pacing is sooooo slooow. I found myself getting bored in the beginning, but as soon as the plot starts to pick up, I was hooked. Its hard to continue on with a book when you know that it will pick up soon. That's my only complaint.

So, overall, 10 points to Rae Carson for character development! I'm giving this book 4/5 stars :) Can't wait to read the next one!

-Indigo
@indigowayworth

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