Monday, August 29, 2011

A Girl of Fire and Thorns Book Review

Girl of Fire & Thorns Book Review
Title:The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Pub Date:09/20/2011
Pages:432 pages

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

My Thoughts:
I don’t think I have ever seen heroine quite like this before. Shes fat and lazy, antisocial , and rather than go to a party or function to curl with a good book princess.. She religiously devoutful and is neither ugly or pretty yet she is  marked for something great. Comparing her to perfect and beautifully pale made to be queen sister, she looks like an elephant. A BIG fat elephant.

I love this book! The story line is totally original. The basic premise is similar to the ugly duckling turns into a swan (except the swan knows how to kick some butt!). Elisa is the second princess of Oravelle and has godstone implanted where her belly button should be. She is destined to do something great but she does not know when or how she will fufill her “destiny” . Elise  is “supposed” to be a hero but right now shes not.  In fact not only is she not a hero, but is made to be a queen. A queen of a foreign country in an arranged marriage.   A queen when she is anything but regal. It was absolutely refreshing to read. A  dark skinned girl who lacks the confidence to do anything right turns out to be one of the greatest characters in the book.  I love how she never magically becomes stronger and more confident. It was a gradual progress that allowed the reader to become closer to Elisa. You could feel her grow as well. I seriously couldn’t put down this book.

Things I Liked:
Dark skinned protagonist
A girl who constantly reads ( who does this remind you of?)
Total crush alert on her husband
She can kick butt
Smart and resourceful
Willing to persevere despite the odds
I love the new cover! If you have seen the original it was pretty but didn't fit Elise but this one on the other hand , depicts the character as she is supposed to be.

Things I Hated:
She had to lose weight to become a beautiful swan? I personally think despite your weight  or how you look on the outside its  what on the inside that really counts.

 I rate A Girl of Fire and Thorns 4 out of 5 stars! 

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