31 March, 2018


Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Author:  Rae Carson
Series: Fire and Thorns #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Greenwillow
Release: 2011
Source: Paperback
Pages: 423

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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. 

EXPECTATIONS: I got this book back in the days when I bought everything booktube told me to and so now that I am cleaning my shelves I finally got to reading it. 

THE WORLD: I would love to say that this book contains a magical and unique world but it does not. It is another story about a girl who is so ordinary and mousy and yet she is the chosen, the princess everybody falls for. Basically this is a world where rebels are trying to fight a king and both king and rebels want our main character. 

CHARACTERS: Our main character is called Elisa and is the chosen one. Generally she is very mouse, very clumsy and oh how could anybody have chosen her when she is such an average in everything? Yeah this is an inside into a character's mind. Frankly I have read about such characters so many times it is extremely boring by now. Why cannot we have a chosen one that actually is really special? But no, we still get a massive push of characters that are oh so ordinary. I had zero feelings for Elisa or any other characters of this book. They were shallow, of very average intelligence and just plain boring. 

ROMANCE: What YA books without romance right? And of course a love triangle. Ah boooooring 

GOOD: I liked the political conflict in this book and that was about the only thing I liked in it. If we forget the main character this might have been a decent story.

BAD: I know this book was released 7 years ago and I get it, back then it was different but I have seen so many times people reading it today and hyping it as one of the best YA fantasy books. A unique great story? Sorry, I guess we have a very different opinion and taste. 

OVERALL: I guess you can already guess that I do not recommend this book. When I just read it I was feeling okay about it but now looking back it is just such a meh story. I really don't get how this book has so much hype today when we have books like Nevernight or Quinn of the Tearling? 

What do you think about THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS?



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