Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson || I have high hopes for future books

Girl of Fire and Thorns

Fire and Thorns #1

Rae Carson

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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. 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.

Publisher: Greenwillow

Published: September 20th 2011



Trigger Warning




Eating disorder (here’s an article about it)

God’s will. How many times have I heard someone declare their understanding of this thing I find so indefinable?” 

Despite this book being kind of Christian heavy, it didn’t bother me. I’m pretty lenient towards this type of thing, so it depends on how much you want to hear about God and prophecies and such. Yet, there was also a mixture of sorcery that kind of cancelled out the Christianity… so maybe that’s why it didn’t bother me… trust me, I’m just as confused as you.

16-year-old princess Elisa was born the bearer of a Godstone in her navel ( it’s a literal gift from God). Because of this, Elisa must perform a special service to God, which no one knows said deed. Yet she is being hunted for her gift and needs to survive, since most bearers die young.

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“I loved and lost and survived.”

There is war and death and royalty in this book. There’s a kidnapping and an emerging into oneself. One thing I loved was how this series has strong Hispanic influences weaved in the story. Lucero-Elisa de Riqueza describes herself as “dark” and “brown” and I saw the influences in the worldbuilding.

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And our main character, Elisa, was cool. I liked her, but I didn’t have any strong feelings towards her (or any of the characters for that matter). I saw a lot of people mention how the main character complained about her weight, how she was dark, unattractive, fat, and walked a lot, making her lose a lot of weight… and I didn’t have a problem with it.

I don’t know, in a way, with me being a… bigger person, I empathized with her mindset and feel that situation will be a great character arc. Not to say that she didn’t go through a great character arc! I did enjoy how she turned out in the end of this book and I do hope that aspect of development goes in a different direction other than having  positive character development correlate with her weight loss.

I did add a trigger warning, because Elisa’s downward spiral and her eating until she’s sick can be disturbing. That is one thing I felt uncomfortable about.

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“I want to feel the victory of being desired by someone I once found desirable.” 

Though one of my main issues was the romance that came out of nowhere…  and went nowhere. I kind of have an idea who’s the love interest to be, but… I don’t understand the kind of current love interest his purpose. Character development? Nah. Plot device? Probably.

Despite my lack of strong feelings on this book, I have high hopes the sequels will become loved by me. Hopefully my library has book two.


3 thoughts on “Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson || I have high hopes for future books”

  1. I loved this series. I remember reading The Girl of Fire and Thorns SO long ago that I needed to reread it before continuing – I think I saw it over on Reagan’s channel on BookTube where she was raving about reading the series and I realized I had to continue reading it! I’m so glad I picked up the audiobooks because it was so good. Very different from a lot of the YA fantasy I had been reading and definitely very engrossing. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series – it’s definitely a favourite of mine.

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