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Book Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

by Rae Carson

Series: Fire and Thorns #1

Genre: YA, magic, high fantasy


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.


Well, that was…a little tiny bit disappointing.

I think that fact that I could’ve even got myself to FINISH the book should say a lot.

This is a perfect example of an overrated book. This book has the content of one of those self-published books (the bad ones) and is only popular not because it’s really good, but because it’s legitimately published by a publishing company.

Don’t get me wrong, this book…was enjoyable. And definitely not the worse out there. Elisa was definitely a pleasant character, and it is a complicated high-fantasy magical world. And this book had one thing that was pleasantly unique: the protagonist is an overweight girl.

One thing that really came as a downside from me is that I forgot where, but I remember I wanted to read this book because they said this book is a book where the heroine fell in love and ended up with the ‘unexpected later-on-appeared-guy’.

But even though that appeared to be true (I spoiled myself because I do not want to waste my time), I already encountered this character, and I already know that…I don’t really ship them…

It’s also because of that I didn’t finish this book. (Which I feel guilty for because the library bought the entire series for me, and now I’m not going to finish it). It’s also because of that I’m only giving this book three stars. It doesn’t make sense if I don’t finish it and still give it to anything above three stars

So overall this book is definitely congenial for my fantasy taste, but I do think it’s overrated, so ultimately I’ll only give it three stars.

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