Saturday, September 24, 2011

Alice's Review on The Girl of Fire and Thorns

The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Author: Rae Carson
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: September 20, 2011
Format: E-book
Pages: 299
Source: NetGalley
Rating: Escapable
Series: Fire and Thorns #1
The Other Books: Crown of Embers, The Bitter Kingdom
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
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.

When I received this through NetGalley, it had a different cover. This new cover though, I like a lot more. It shows the Godstone which was really, really important in the story. It barely shows Elisa, but I think this is because in the book, Elisa is discovering who she is little by little.
“Honor from death,” I snap, “is a myth. Invented by the war torn to make sense of the horrific. If we die, it will be so that others may live. Truly honorable death, the only honorable death, is one that enables life.”
I admit at first, I was weary about this book. The book starts off with a wedding, and I didn’t like the thought of wedding in the beginning. As the story continued, I became emotionally drawn into the story and Elisa. I felt so much pain and happiness throughout the story. This is how you know it’s a great book, because when the character becomes alive, and part of you, you become a part of the story.

Like I said, the beginning starts off with Lucero-Elisa getting ready for her wedding to the King Alejandro. She thinks she is not worthy to be married to the King, but it’s because of the Godstone that makes her special. The Godstone is a gem that is placed in her naval at her Naming ceremony, a gift from God to show that she is a bearer. She is meant for greatness. Elisa doesn’t think God choose right, and she also does have a lot of struggles with her image. I think this makes her more realistic.

As the story continues, Elisa becomes more knowledgeable about the war between her new kingdom and a country called Invierne. Elisa learns more and more about who she is, but she can’t but still feel helpless. People expect great things from her, but she just doesn’t see how she can be helpful. That is until she is kidnapped, she finds out that there is more to her. She slowly becomes more and more accepting of her Godstone and destiny.

There was so much pain and heartfelt moments in the book. There are some actions scenes that show Elisa is not helpless. She is a strong character that had to deal with a lot of pain but she pulled through to help save her people. This is also a religious book, with close similarities to known religion beliefs.Other than that, this is my new favorite book, and character, of the year.
Two more books in the series, check out more information for titles and release dates HERE.

1 comment:

  1. Great review! This book sounds very unique and fantastic, I can't wait to read it. =)