Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Series: Fire and Thorns, Book 1
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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, and 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 her to be 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.
What I thoughtWhat a beautiful and awesome story! I was pulled in right away when I picked up this book. For the life of me, I couldn't put it down. It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a fantasy novel as much as I enjoyed this. I have a feeling this story is going to be epic.
Rae Carson did not pull any punches in this book. At all. I can't believe how much I held my breath and forced myself not to speed read just to find out what happens next! Besides being utterly amazing, it was also heartbreaking. I felt every emotion along side Elisa in this book. From fear, sadness, anger, jealousy, and happiness.
Elisa wasn't like every other heroine that I've read about in YA. She isn't some stick thing girl with self esteem issues. She's overweight with self esteem issues. There are a number of reasons why I liked this beginning for Elisa. We see her grow and change and it definitely plays a part. Elisa is not ordinary and her strength showed as she faced her fears and stood up for what she believed in.
When I finished this book, I had mixed reactions. I loved it! I need to get my hands on the second. The other reaction, was contemplation. I sat and thought about what I had just read. More than "OMG Best Book Ever!", but about the trials and suffering Elisa goes through in the book. While being in a fantasy world, it makes the novel feel true. This is definitely on my must watch series. I highly recommend that everyone adds this to their must need books. Brilliant.
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