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The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
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Sep 23, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: books-i-cried-in, books-worth-rereading, thought-provoking, strong-main-characters, swoon-worthy-boys, all-time-favorites
Read on September 20, 2012

I adored The Girl of Fire and Thorns, so I was really hoping that Crown of Embers would live up to the first. It's every bit as good as I'd hoped! Also, just so ya'll know, there are some mild spoilers in my review, but nothing big.

Elisa is an amazing heroine. She's faced with incredibly hard decisions as queen and constantly struggles to do what's right for her country. She is definitely a wonderful role model - her character is unforgettable. You can't help rooting for her. And OH, I love Hector. I thought I loved Humberto in the first book, but Hector is ten times better. He respects Elisa and her position as queen, he goes out of his way to help her, he'd die for her...basically, he's completely perfect.

I loved the romance so much. It was beautifully done. It takes a while for Elisa and Hector to finally admit their love for each other, but I liked that it wasn't love at first sight. And it's heartbreaking at the same time because Elisa is queen and everyone expects her to marry a prince or king. I felt so bad for her and Hector, and I was involved in the love story in a way that I rarely feel. Amazing!

The plot was great! This book isn't as action-packed as the first one (at least, as far as I can remember; I read GOFAT last April. Gotta love that acronym. ;) Just saying), but there's lots of political conflict and it's all really intense. There's so much at stake and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time!

And, oh yeah, it ends with a cliffhanger and I was practically sobbing because of what happens to a certain character who, as I mentioned above, is really sweet and totally swoon-worthy... *sigh* Why, Rae Carson? Why couldn't we have a happy ending? There had better be a happy ending in the final book, The Bitter Kingdom. Which sadly doesn't come out until fall 2013. -_-

So, if you enjoyed The Girl of Fire and Thorns, then this sequel is so worth reading! I promise that once you start, you will not be able to put it down!

This review can also be found on my blog: http://dragongirl28.blogspot.com/2012...

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Quotes Kaitlyn Liked

Rae Carson
“I love you the way a drowning man loves air. And it would destroy me to have you just a little.”
Rae Carson, The Crown of Embers

Reading Progress

09/20/2012 page 156
38.0% "Soooo good. <3 Poor Elisa goes through so much..."

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