Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson [Review]

5 out of 5 Robots!   
The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Author: Rae Carson
Series: Fire and Thorns #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release: September 20, 2011
Hardcover: 432 Pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
My Copy: Amazon Vine
Reviewer: Rex
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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. (Courtesy of

Rex's Reaction: 
The Girl of Fire and Thorns is magical, inspirational and just simply amazing. I read this book last year and fell in love with the writing. This is Rae's debut novel and I am completely captivated from page one. The story is extremely engrossing, I stayed up all night to finish this book. Honestly, just not one thing I would change about it. Le sigh.

Princess Elisa is a wonderful character. She doesn't think much of herself at first, but slowly her character evolves. She is strong and beautiful and her character's development is the best part of the story. Elisa overcomes many obstacles that she never thought possible. And I must say, I love that she is pleasantly plump. So many main characters in young adult books aren't described with any meat on their bones. Or maybe they are and I can't think of any. Regardless... Loved.

Really, this is a fabulous adventure story. It just felt so... magical.  The Girl of Fire and Thorns is full of complex characters that keep your head in the story. And the plot is so driven- always with captivating action or dialogue. The world building is also so intricately woven that it vividly popped off the pages.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns isn't a quick read at 432 pages, but you'll zip through it because it is brilliant and quickly paced. I adore this novel, loved it. If you're a fan of young adult fantasy adventures, I highly recommend this one. It is a beautiful story!


  1. Awesome review, I wasn't sure what I was going to think of this when I went into it, but I absolutely loved it as well. I loved Elisa, like you said she overcomes so much, and she's not described as the most gorgeous person which is what I really enjoyed. I also like the religious aspect of the book was done very well and doesn't take away from the story. Glad you liked it, can't wait to hear what you think of the new one when it comes out :)

    1. I had no clue what I was going to think of this either, I didn't even read the blurb. I read it because a friend of mine was like, "You will like this one. Do it." So I did... and I DID! haha.

      And you're right! I wish I would have mentioned the religious aspect in the review. Totally forgot about it. I'm pretty religious myself, but can't stand having much religion based in the books I read... This isn't overwhelming at all and I thought it was just perfect for the novel!

      Can't wait for the new one:)



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