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The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Carson, Rae

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns
A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.

Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0062026496
Characteristics: 423 p. ;,22 cm


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List - Fantasy by: SCCLD LIBRARIANS FOR TEENS Aug 28, 2012

A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.

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Dec 02, 2014
  • LPL_RachaelH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Elisa lives in a world where once a century, someone is chosen by God to do something great. Each person is a part of the prophecy and is born with a Godstone imbedded in their stomach. Elisa is a younger princess who possesses a Godstone. In order to create a stable relationship with a neighboring kingdom she must marry it's King, who she has never met before and is much older than her. The situation is further complicated when Elisa realizes that it's not only the foreign king who needs her help but the whole continent. Only by overcoming her own self doubt and claiming her right as the chosen will Elisa begin to realize what she must do to save her world.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a great read, especially for but not limited to, young girls. Elisa is not a typical heroin of Young Adult Literature. She isn't described as beautiful or graceful. At the beginning of the book, and for much of it, she has very low self-esteem and is considers herself overweight. Her love for food is discussed multiple times throughout the book. Throughout the book her experiences shape her and lead her to realize what she has to do to save herself and her country. Elisa grows into the kind of heroin that young women should look up to. The descriptions of the world Rae Carson built are amazing. The lands and their politics are complex and interesting and the world itself is beautiful but harsh. Elisa's friendships and relationships are also complex and interesting. She chooses who she considers to be her family instead of what family she was born into. This book is the first of a trilogy, all of which are as wonderful as the first.

Nov 04, 2014
  • GhostWriterAt221B rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.


Feb 07, 2014
  • longlivesmilies rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

While I was reading this I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know what would happen next.
However, after I finished it I realized that the main character had magically transformed from a bookish, plus-sized, introvert (that I could relate to) to an athletic, slender, extrovert that was an entirely different person.
Hence, my feelings are mixed...

Dec 19, 2013
  • EyeForDesign rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Had potential, but too many references about food! It seemed like eating was the only way he author could figure out how to transition from scene to scene. The plot line was interesting, and I really started to like many of the characters, but the further I read the more she KEPT EATING. Yes, everyone has to eat, but every chapter had her eating something. I got it... the girl loves food and she's not exactly slim. So many important scenes were followed with a rumbling stomach. It was distracting. I made it through the first 1/3 of the book before I googled the ending. I would love to read the rest of the series, but only if the point of view changes to another character.

Aug 27, 2013
  • Jennirodriguez rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

i did enjoy this book, however it was too slow paced for my liking. i enjoyed Elisa's character development from feeling useless to feeling powerful and confident. I also like how many different characters are changed throughout but not suddenly or in a dragging out. I'm not too sure if i'll read the next one, but it's an enjoyable read.

Aug 24, 2013
  • Monikan21 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Exciting first book in the trilogy - I can't wait to read the next one. If you liked "Graceling" - this might be the trilogy for you. (P.S. 2nd book is even better - as one bonds with Elisa and her "true love".)

Jul 30, 2013
  • jorbenton rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Couldn't put this book down! I absolutely fell in love with all of the characters, but especially Elisa! I love the way she develops over the course of her journey. It is so refreshing to read a book about someone with real life problems that doesn't already have it all together at the start of the book. Such a fantastic read, can't wait to read the rest! Rae Carson will definitely be put onto the favorite author list now!

Jun 23, 2013
  • Ellawind rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The way Carson writes is relatable and easy, though with a distinct fantasy feel. My favorite thing about this author, though, is the way she created Elisa, who is possibly one of the best best main characters I've aver come across. She has real struggles, ISN'T PERFECT to start out with and actually changes her character throughout the novel. The plot itself is amusing and sweet and tragic, but Elisa is what keeps the whole thing strong. All in all, I loved it! I was addicted!

May 15, 2013

*SPOILERS AHEAD* This was an ultimately amusing read. Elisa is a very human, very believable heroine. At first, I was as dazzled with Alejandro as she. But as time wore on, I became more than a little frustrated with him; especially after her return, near the end. Earlier on, I felt like I should have cried when Elisa's love interest is killed, but I couldn't. There wasn't enough character development there, and plus my conscience wouldn't really allow me to fall in love with him, while Elisa was still married to Alejandro. In other matters, I am pleased that this book sheds such a positive light on having faith. Most YA fiction these days encourages Godlessness and atheism. I'm not trying to ruffle feathers by saying this, but I thought it was a lovely change of pace to have a main character that believed in God. As a Baptist, the obviously Catholic beliefs displayed herein clash with my own, but I was still able to read the book and enjoy it. 4 stars!

Apr 04, 2013
  • echo3abc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is FANTASTIC! It is so amazing how Rae Carson has created a world filled with people, mythology and a landscapes so unique and intriguing. At the center of the story is a heroine that grows in age and wisdom as the story progresses. We travel with her through her transformation from a naive princess to a powerful and influential queen. There is no lag in this tale. We are thrown into the action right from the start. And the love story is rich and wonderful in her discovery of herself thru the men she loves.

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May 15, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some may find the scene with the animagus to be frightening

May 15, 2013

Sexual Content: Elisa has thoughts of Alejandro's hands against her bare skin; passionate kisses here and there; her own nakedness is discussed, though not in great detail.


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