Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Romance
Series: Fire and Thorns #1
Publication Date: September 20th 2011
Goodreads Summary: 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 seeks 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.
Today is the day of my wedding. It is also my sixteenth birthday.
–The Girl of Fire and Thorns
That quote right there captivated me right from the beginning. This book is the story of Elisa, the sixteen-year-old girl who is chosen by God to fulfill a great destiny. From the first pages, we realize that Elisa has this huge internal conflict with herself. She’s questioning herself as to why God would choose her the fat, dark, princess. I took a liking to Elisa right away, because of the fact that she was so… wounded. I wanted to pick her up and hug her right away. I also realize how amazing her character growth was. Elisa grows from fragile child to beautiful and mature woman right before our eyes.
Other than Elisa, there were wonderful characters that you couldn’t help but like. I especially loved Rosario, Hector and Cosmé.
I enjoyed the overall plot of this book. I liked how there wasn’t only one villain or only one good guy. It was nice seeing that not everything was black and white in this book. I also enjoyed the pacing. At first it seemed to drag on, but after a while I could see how it was building up to something more.
Also, I loved the romance!
It was so endearing, and never got in the way of the actual story. There were no stupid make-out scenes while the world was crumbling all around them, and there was no stupid fixation on the other person, to the point of forgetting what this book was all about.
I enjoyed the love interest most of all, because he was just so adorable towards Elisa. He always tried to protect her, and he stood up for her, but always letting her be herself. He loved her regardless of who she was and what she looked like.
“You [Elisa] are the bravest person I know. And smart. And…” He shifts his feet. “And beautiful.”
-The Girl of Fire and Thorns
An element of this book that may be controversial for many people could be the underlying religious theme. And I will be honest, I don’t usually like religion in the books I read, but this book was so different from the typical “preach instead of teach” book. It doesn’t conform to one religion; hell, it even doesn’t say that much about religion. What it does talk about it one’s general purpose in life, and the faith that you must have in yourself to achieve it. The book states that everyone is chosen for a reason, and our purpose is much more than it seems. This book teaches us to find the power deep within ourselves.
I didn’t need faith in God so much as I needed faith in myself.
-The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Overall, I recommend this book if you’re looking for a book with great character development, swoony romance, and a read along the likes of Graceling and Fire. You won’t be disappointed.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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