Friday, March 21, 2014

[Book Review] The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Fiction/Fantasy/Young Adult

Nakia reviews THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson (Greenwillow Books, 2011)
I enjoyed reading The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.  At the beginning of the book the heroine, Princess Elisa, is not your average heroine, and this is why I like her. Princess Elisa is endearing, intriguing, thoughtful and compassionate. But, she is also overweight and lacks confidence and self-esteem. She is a good balance of lovable and flawed. Although this main character is flawed, she is chosen for a great task.  

Princess Elisa is picked over her pretty sister to become the Chosen One.  In this role she must marry a handsome king and she is selected to be the one in her family who possesses special powers and gifts.  She doesn’t know why or how she will make a difference in this role, but a move to a foreign land forces her to be bold and courageous. Through a journey of intense adventures and self-discovery, Princess Elisa transforms right before our very eyes. 

The other characters in the book also have a good balance of strengths and weaknesses.  If you love Fantasy, you will absolutely love the world building and the mystery of the Godstone. 

I loved the ending!  I loved the fact that the ending wasn't all about the King and her affection for him, rather this ending was all about Princess Elisa – her strength and confidence!

This book was amazing!  

Nakia Armstrong, Central Library

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