Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Girl of Fire and Thorns Review

299 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 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. 

Review (ARC):
Well the first thing I have to say is that this book was definitely not what I expected. At first Elisa came off as a weak willed character especially since she used food to mask her feelings. However, every now and again I would see a burst of heroism that gave me hope for her character. She did not disappoint. I loved how the story turned out. I expected more magic in the book but it didn't subtract from the adventure aspect. There was plenty of romance but that didn't overshadow everything else in the book. Elisa became strong on her own without help from a supporting male figure. I definitely enjoyed that there were many strong female characters in the book. There was also a strong religious aspect to the book which didn't make the storyline any less exciting. I enjoyed this book and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good adventure novel.


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