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“Before I read this book I had heard great things about it, and I was really looking forward to reading it. When I started it, I wasn't really sure if I was going to like it. It started off kind of slow, but after you read it you realize that it was really necessary because you do need the...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Original twist to the plot that I enjoyed. Mostly adventure with some magic thrown in. Also a good exploration of emotional eating and body image.”Carrie Draper wrote this review 8 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Well written, enjoy immensely!”Gary Alan Henson wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting book about being yourself and believing in yourself. I highly recommend for young women. ”Madi J wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Involves lots of magic, both dark and good. I guess I was torn enough over this that I haven't read any other books in the series.”Kellie K wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Elisa, Princess of Orovalle, is the chosen one, marked as such by the blue Godstone in her navel. Every 100 years, as the prophecy foretells, a person is chosen by God to bear the Godstone and thus is fated to perform a great act of heroism to prevent dark magic from conquering the world. Elisa is hardly the typical and many may say, including her, fitting person for such a destiny. Fat and awkward Elisa believes that her politically adept and beautiful older sister, Juana-Alodia, would be the more appropriate choice for such a role. Yet, on her sixteenth birthday it is Elisa who is marrying the king of Joya d’Arena whose kingdom is on the brink of war with the Inviernos and later it is Elisa who is kidnapped by revolutionaries with the hope that the chosen one can save their people from the very same enemy. However, it is only after Elisa is forced to use her cunning and intelligence to help the people of those who kidnapped her that she learns the true nature of her calling and her value as a person and the chosen one.
Rae Carson writes Elisa's story of self-discovery with skill and grace. Characters are expertly developed and expressed allowing readers to easily relate and engage with each on, especially Elisa whose insecurities have been felt by teenage girls and adult women the world over. Furthermore, Carson's fast paced plot and riveting action scenes keep attentions gripped and in a constant state of suspense until the very last page. There is no doubt that this book is a literary success and an excellent addition to the young adult, Medieval, fantasy genre.”
“Great read. After meeting Rae Carson at a local library, it became better because it was evident that this story was a labor of love. I think many young women can connect with Elisa and can identify with her subtle power. Many student enjoyed the book, but had difficulty with the character names. After moving past that, the story becomes a delightful exploration of defining one's legacy. ”Msprincecapps wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A reluctant 16 year old princess matures and gains wisdom as she prepares to save a kingdom. Born with a rare implanted "godstone", but unaware of its value, she learns about its importance during her journey. Can't read to read the other two books in the trilogy. Loved it!”noreen s wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Humberto !!!!!!”Psychotic_Meltdown~What a strange illusion it is to suppose that Beauty is Goodness~ wrote this review Tuesday, April 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson, has elements that will appeal to those who enjoy reading adventure, fantasy, and/or romantic stories. The characters are
Elisa is the younger of two princesses. Born with a Godstone in her navel, she is treasured as the chosen of God. Despite this, she feels awkward and unworthy, and she deals with her anxiety by eating too much, so she is also heavy.
Elisa's life is changed completely upon her sudden marriage to a neighboring king that she has never met. Nobody is telling Elisa why she must suddenly leave her home during a devastating war, but she is resigned to do what her father wants her to do.
The more Elisa learns about her Godstone, the more danger she realizes she is in -- from the animagi that wage war against her people, as well as those she thinks she can trust. She faces the questions of whether she can rise to become the savior her people are looking for, and whether she is truly prepared for the Service that will be required of her.
The sequel to this book is already out: The Crown of Embers. I'm looking forward to reading it.”
“This is the story of Elisa a princess who is also God's chosen one. At birth a godstone is found in her navel the mark of her special status. In an effort to form an alliance and to protect Elisa who would like to take her godstone from her, she is married to the king of a neighboring country. Together, this king and Elisa's father hope to thwart an oncoming attack of their common enemy. Always in the shadow of her talented and beautiful older sister, Elisa struggles to earn her place as a new Queen and to realize her real potential as a smart, and valuable military strategist. Fast-paced, and exciting- this story starts off with an exciting sneak attack on her first caravan ride and keeps the action going for most of the rest of the story. ”Jennifer B wrote this review Tuesday, March 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No