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The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
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Dec 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ncbla, strong-women
Read in December, 2011

When she turns 16, the insecure Elisa is secretly married to a king with a wandering eye. Although he is kind to her, she knows that he married her because she is the chosen one who bears a Godhead stone in her naval, an indication of the service she is expected to do. Once every 100 years, someone is chosen, and most of those who are chosen die young, having failed at their tasks. Elisa has no idea what her service will turn out to be, and she is filled with anxieties about her clumsiness and her bulkiness. She can't help but compare herself with her graceful older sister, and she fills the emptiness inside her through emotional eating. But when she is kidnapped and forced to journey through the desert, Elisa begins to realize that she is stronger and smarter than she had thought, and she comes into her own, eventually leading the rebels, and finding self-acceptance and romance. The author has created a cast of interesting characters amid a fantasy story of self-empowerment.

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