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Thursday, September 29

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

September 20th 2011, Greenwillow Books
432 Pages, ARC
First in the Fire and Thorns series
Young Adult

Humans and Demons and Elves

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.

Newly turned 16 year old princess Elisa is a gift from God. She bears the Godstone, a special honor. She is expected to perform a great service to the people, one she doesn’t even know yet. Married off to the king of Joya d'Arena, Alejandro, Elisa is thrust in a world she hardly recognizes. In trying to find herself, she also delves into her faith and develops the makings of a great queen.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a high fantasy novel set in a beautiful world the reader can’t help but experience along with her. If only I could have a taste of all the delicious pastries! I was captivated by the adventure and the unpredictable plot.

Elisa represents all the imperfect girls out there. She starts off lazy and fat but as the novel develops, she gains confidence in herself and her new body image, which I can easily relate to. There was romance, but an unexpected and sweet one, which also kept me guessing and still does.

I enjoyed the debut and am eager to read Rae Carson’s next book in the series.



  1. I loved this book as well! I can't wait for the rest of the trilogy to be released. :)

  2. @Mel Rae Carson is a great author! I can't wait to find out what happens next for Elisa.

  3. I can not wait to get a copy of this one! I did not realize it was fantasy, I am not sure what I thought it was though.  It sounds really good!!  

  4. I have no idea what I thought of it either! Just thought the title was super cool. Title judging skills: very developed. Cover judging: not so much.

  5. The title of this book sounds so different than what it's actually about. I had no idea! It sounds really good.  I had no clue it was high fantasy.

  6. I think the title is pretty cool, although not as relevant to the book as I would have liked.  Carson really does make fantasy come to life! :)