The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1)
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 fa ...more
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I don't always gravitate toward high fantasy (although perhaps I just haven't read enough of it), but I really enjoyed this book. First of all, the main character, Elisa, was well-rounded and interesting. She transforms from an uncertain girl with low self-esteem to a strong woman who knows who she is, and I loved watching her change. Sometimes I got annoyed with her, but I think that's the mark of a good character--you don't always like them, just like you don ...more
On the one hand, there's not much room to accuse this book of being slow - the action is constant, zipping along from a bloody battle, to a lusty encounter (PG-13, of course), to another dramatic reveal, to a kidnapping. Elisa's life spins off in a crazy new direction that starts with her marriage to a King of a nearby country in chapter one, and the pacing never slows down after that.
Elisa is a 16-year-old princess and was born the bearer of a Godst ...more
My ARC has the old version of the cover and it is super pretty, the blue tones of it are gorgeous:
I am glad the publishers changed it though. At the very least this book will be spared accusations of whitewashing and weightwashing. The heroine of this novel - Princess Elisa of Orovalle - describes herself as "dark," "brown" and also as "a big, bloated sausage" and "pig." Clearly, the cover doesn't quite match these adjectives.
Now onto the novel itself. 16-year old princess Elisa has a g ...more
“And God raised up for Himself a champion.Yea,once in every four generations He raised him up to bear His mark.”
What better way to take a break from stupid reality things like essays and demanding classes than a YA fantasy book about war,prophecy,an unlikely heroine and mouth-watering food?Ladies and gentlemen,I am pleasantly surprised!
“Lucero-Elisa.Heavenly light,chosen of God.His words suffocate me as surely as his embrace.All my life,I've been reminded that I am destined for service.”...more
1.5 stars. All in all incredibly underwhelming and somewhat both idiotic and infuriating. Trust me, I would love to tell you that my distaste only revolves around personal matters - as a strong case of "it's not the book but me", let's say - but in all honesty, I really don't think that and the problems I had with The Girl of Fire and Thorns were way too numerous to be left ignored.
"You must not lose faith, child. No matter what. Do not doubt God or his choosing of you. He knows infinitely more...more
I liked some parts of it, but it was weird/draggy/& preachy in parts, too. Guess I'll settle on 3 stars?
First off, the whole stone in the belly button thing was sort of strange...& eventually (when she tried to dig it out) off-putting for me.
Now, supposedly, she was given the stone by God to help her do something special, but the records of the previous Stone Bearers seemed sketchy at best. Some of them accomplished something, some of them died young, and most ...more
A heroine who actually thinks for herself?
A heroine who doesn't get swayed by hot men?
A heroine who overcomes her fears realistically and courageously?
A heroine who is perfect in her imperfections?
A heroine who is flawed yet so real?
A FANTASY STORY WHERE THE ROMANCE IS ACTUALLY NOT CENTRAL???
Ooh. La. Freaking. La.
To say that I enjoyed this book is an understatement.
It's been a while since I finished a book in one sitting. Seriously, recently, it takes me 3-5 days max to finish a ...more
The Girl of Fire and Thorns is the story of Elisa, princess to the country of Oravalle and bearer of the Godstone, a jewel implanted in her navel that signifies she is marked by god as one who will do a Service. Elisa has no idea what her Service will be, and can't imagine herself ever being useful to her country. She is merely the overweight, shy younger daughter ...more
It's an incredible rich fantasy world, which was gorgeous to eat. My only single complaint was that it was a bit hard to pin-point all the countries and ...more
I reeeeeeeeally liked this. This was such a refreshing YA fantasy I didn't realize how much I needed something like this. The premise was interesting and unique and I felt many different feels while reading this story.
I would also like to note that (for me anyway) the synopsis does not do this book justice at all. I really expected this to be more of a fluff fantasy and I ended up putting it off for so long because of it.
Very much looking forward to continuing!
I will preface that I was a little worried about this book when I started. It seemed like there would be some religious intonations and sometimes that can get a bit preachy and be a total turn off for me. I will say that wasn’t the case at all. The Godstone is a part of the story but Elisa is the story. I can truthfully say I never felt preached to or at.
The book starts out with the wedding of a princess to a prince. But she isn’t your normal princess or heroine in boo ...more
7 out of 10
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Genre: high-fantasy, YA
Stuff: ugly duckling, Spanish tune, court intrigues, dessert
Fail: too much religion and fat-talks
WOW: MC's transformation
POV: 1st-person, female
Love-Geometry: seeming, almost zero
I do see a lot of commentary about this having a 'Christian' vibe to it, and I wanted to say that I totally didn't feel this was Christian-Lit in the slightest. Rather, I thought it was a fun riff on the whole 'Chosen One' sort of scenario that we are all so familiar with in fantasy. Rae Carson's story is basically, "What if the Chosen On ...more
"I loved and lost and survived. Me, not the stone in my navel."
I didn't think I'd enjoy reading this book so much.The first half of the book is kind of confusing and maybe even too complex to comprehend,but the second half of the book is so good-I finally connected with the main character,Elisa,and her story.I also really liked Ximena,Cosme and Lord Hector(crushing hard on him ‿).However,I didn't expect this book to be so...religious.I'm not so sure how I feel about that but if the story is go ...more
The reason I read this? I wanted to read a high fantasy book that would be reminiscent of Stolen Songbird, a recent favorite of mine, and wanted to relive the experience but in a different book. Actually--screw it--imma go right out and say that the sole reason I read The Girl of Fire and Thorns was b ...more
There is a special place in my heart for fantasy novels. I love getting lost in a world that exists only because one person dreamed it. There’s nothing more exciting than starting a new book that feels different from anything you’ve read before.
Immediately, I knew that The Girl of Fire and Thorns was one such book. As it opens, the protagonist, Elisa, is worried about fitting into her wedding dress, and praying that her husband will be ugly because she’s so worried she’ll d ...more
What made me angry with this book? Let me count the ways:
1. Fat hate: I'm sure that overweight readers (especially those who have issues with binging) will identify with Elisa, but I'm really fucking exhausted of every overweight central character i ...more
However, I didn't like it. Carson suffers from showing and not telling. She tells the reader everything, and this is really frustrating. She doesn't immerse you in the world, and I so badly wanted to ...more
The ending, where Elisa, the Chosen One, the one with a glowing jewel in her weird Troll-doll stomach, takes a cross-shaped amulet filled with more glowing jewels from deceased Chosen Ones and attaches it to her own jewel, where it begins to spin like a windmill.
So she’s advancing on her enemies with her shirt pulled up and a freaking jeweled pinwheel wildly circling her belly button and this is ...more
I was disappointed in this YA Divergent wanna be novel. The author tried to make the heroine Elisa different from the other YA novels. She is fat, not physically fit and very pious. She was chosen by God to be a leader and do great things. Her Godstone in her navel is proof of this. The author did a poor job describing the characters in this book. Rather Elisa had to do that for us. This made the characters lack depth and thus seem dull and uninteresting.
We never learn what Elisa's food obsessi ...more
Actual rating: 3.4
I am among the last few people who haven't read this book yet and after I read Walk on Earth a Stranger and liked it a lot, I couldn't wait any longer and decided to finally read The girl of fire and thorns and see what all the hype is about.
After finishing the book I have this image imprinted in my head
Only the heroine should have dark hair and brown skin and, alas, no dragons in the background. My point is Elisa - MC of this book - reminds me in the end a lot of Daenerys...more
Book 1: The Girl of Fire and Thorns - 4 STARS
Book 2: The Crown of Embers - 5 STARS
Book 3: The Bitter Kingdom - 5 STARS
How to sum up this trilogy? The Girl of Fire and Thorn has rich world-building, adventurous atmosphere and remarkable character development. Author also has great storytelling skills. It is so nice to have in detail planned out plot without any plot holes or disruptions of the flow of the story. To be honest, writing and story wise I have ...more
I was swept away by Rae's amazing story telling from the first page to the last. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is masterful.
The main character, Elisa, is beyond likable. She’s the perfect balance of lovable and flawed. In fact, she starts out fat and sweats a lot, but that doesn’t stop her from savoring a couple honey-glazed pistachio buns. :) Elisa has realistic worries and f ...more
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