Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I’ve been procrastinating writing my thoughts for The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. I’m just not sure how to adequately put all my thoughts and feelings into coherent words. But, I’m going to try, because that’s why I started blogging – to talk to other book lovers about the stories I’ve read.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns is one emotional read, and the real gem is the main character, Elisa. Princess Elisa is the bearer of the Godstone – the only bearer in a hundred years. Bearing the Godstone means that the bearer is destined for some great service, and it has put a lot of pressure on Elisa’s shoulders. Despite being a princess, and being the bearer, Elisa is incredibly self-conscious. You see, Elisa finds a lot of comfort in food, which has resulted in Elisa becoming overweight. And on top of that, Elisa feels estranged from her older sister, and her father; she doesn’t really have anyone she’s particularly close to.
I loved The Girl of Fire and Thorns so much solely because I loved Elisa. She’s self-conscious, but she’s also so incredibly smart. She shows her courage over and over throughout the whole novel, in so many way. The way Elisa accepts all the changes in her life is amazing, and definitely not something I could have done at sixteen (or ever, really). Elisa’s character growth throughout the story is amazing.
It did take me a little bit to get into the book. At first I thought the book was going to focus on religious beliefs too much for my taste, but I was pleasantly surprised. Religion and faith do play a large part of the plot, but it never becomes preachy, and really added a lot to this world that Carson created. I also struggled a bit at first because I thought the book was going to be about the court happenings, and I really didn’t care for those types of games. But then the plot changes directions, and whoa, baby I fell hard for this book.
I’m really glad that I chose to listen to The Girl of Fire and Thorns via audiobook. I’m not sure if I would have stuck with the book because I wasn’t feeling the beginning if I was reading the print version. But the audiobook made it a little bit easier for me to enjoy at the beginning, and then when the change happens, I couldn’t put it down.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns will pull your emotions from one direction to the next, but in a very good way. I had ALL THE FEELS, and I definitely want to read the other two books in the series. I highly recommend this one.