My goal is to actually keep with my blog despite the whirlwind of returning to work, but… I don’t think that’s going to happen, unfortunately. However, I’ll try my hardest!
I had a few friends via Instagram tell me to read this book. While I initially liked Carson’s latest series, the books did slowly decrease in star rating with each book I read. My best friend is nearly done with this series and says she enjoys them, so I thought I’d give it a go, too. 🙂
Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1)
Author: Rae Carson
Release date: September 20, 2011
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Length: 423 pages (hardcover)
Synopsis: (via Goodreads) “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.”
I listened to the audiobook version, which I enjoyed very much. It was interesting to read a book where religion played such a big role. Truthfully, I tend to stay away from books that echo Christianity because I often find them poorly done. However, that was not the case with this first book. I don’t read a lot of Chosen One tropes either, just because they can be cliche and again poorly done, but again… Not the case either. So I’m glad to report this book was thoroughly a fun read.
I definitely liked the diverse aspect of the book. Someone correct me if I’m wrong but the names of the people and the cities seemed to have a Hispanic influence, which I don’t see often in fantasy books (at least not YA ones). The main character, Elisa, is also a fat character, and this is a rep that I personally cannot say is accurate. She often makes references to feeling like a “sausage” when she’s squeezed into a dress, or people not liking her because she’s not thin. Throughout the book, though, I think she comes to terms with her body in a positive way, and I enjoyed reading that.
I loved the journey Elisa takes as the story progresses, not just moving from city to city but her growth as a character. She doesn’t have a lot of confidence in herself, but she’s placed in situations where she has to think beyond her perception of herself, especially as a bearer of a Godstone. She also has a group of people around her that don’t coddle her. Not that she was coddled a lot to begin with but due to her various situations throughout the book, it allowed her to grow.
I do think some parts of the books dragged a bit, and sometimes it was hard to work my way through them. But the writing style was good, which also made the audiobook good, too.
One thing I thought was interesting is the lack of connection between Elisa and her father and older sister. We don’t get much about them in the beginning, and what we know about her family is brief. Because of that I wonder if her family will play a bigger role, especially after the events of this book. I look forward to reading the next book and the relationships Elisa will forge with others.