Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)In Rae Carson's The Girl of Fire and Thorns Elisa is a young, unremarkable princess who on her sixteenth birthday, becomes the secret wife of a handsome king—a king whose country is in turmoil.  As a chosen one (she has a stone in her belly button, CLEARLY a sign of greatness.....UM WHAT!? moving on....) her Godstone marks her as possessing special powers/the potential to do great things, but Elisa has no idea what her talents may be or what her role is in the escalating tensions among the neighboring nations.  Now, this might sound weird: There is lots of praying and lots of court intrigue. And discussion of Elisa's food-scarfing and sweating (at least in the beginning). Buuuttt this is not a boring book! No matter how those last couple of facts come across!

Bear with it, and get to the good part where people start running around the desert being kidnapped/becoming revolutionaries/making friends. This book grew on me. I would be in with these desert revolutionaries any day, even if the main character spends too long being a wet noodle at the start. Get spicy, already! AND, without giving too much away I would like to say that I was SHOCKED when Humberto was interrupted mid-sentence near the end of the book. Anyone know what I mean!?!? GASP! I literally had to take some time to recover.

Originality: 6, only because while the whole Godstone thing is new, I'm not so into it. It kept reminding me of having someone pull on your belly button, which is the worst.
Absurdity: 6: Because I have no idea what the title of this book refers to. I mean, I read it, but I still don't know. And Godstone=troll doll???
Level of Paranormal Romance: 5: of COURSE there is a love interest. I mean, be real, this is YA fiction here.  
Level of Harry-Potter-ness: today this 6 goes out to Carson's fully developed, detailed world. There is no slap-dashery here!

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1 comment:

  1. That's so true about the title! After reading it I was like thorns? Fire? No. I guess the author meant emotionally and metaphorically...


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