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4 Stars: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson is obviously a very popular book. I’ve seen countless positive reviews for it, and so I had to grab it from the book store during one of my random book buying sprees (and by spree, I mean one book that I’m really excited about, but that I really don’t need to buy, hehe). I had mostly heard about the cool magic system and the desert setting, since I am a big fan of those two elements. What I wasn’t expecting was a protagonist that is such a great role model by being a little overweight but gaining confidence throughout The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I’m hearing even more glowing reviews of the rest of the trilogy too, so it just gets better :D.

4 Stars: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (The Girl of Fire and Thorns #1)
Published by Greenwillow on September 20th, 2011
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 423 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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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.

4 Stars


  • As I said above, The Girl of Fire and Thorns has an overweight protagonist that isn’t made over or forced to change her appearance. She is a little uncomfortable about her figure (mostly because other people make fun), but she realizes during the book that she is smart and beautiful and the people that realize this are the ones she wants to be close to anyway.
  • The setting of The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a cool spin on the typical medieval because the kingdoms are in the desert or close to it! We even get to explore the deep desert, which is normally a bit too treacherous for many plot lines.
  • The romance story line does not follow the norm and it rocks! You think one thing is going to happen, then something different happens, then something else crazy happens. I’m so excited to see what the sequel brings, mwhahaha. This also allowed for Elisa to show that she can be strong and confident without a man at her side ;-).
  • Elisa’s interaction with her maids and the crown prince were just priceless. So much love!
  • All around, Elisa is an excellent role model and I want to put The Girl of Fire and Thorns into the hands of every teen girl I encounter.


  • There was so much hinting before hand that I wasn’t surprised by any of the plot twists which made me a little sad.
  • There is a bit of an odd element of religion versus magic in The Girl of Fire and Thorns, with earth magic being evil and religious magic conquering the savages. I generally am a fan of earthy magic being at least neutral, so I’m interested to see what happens in the rest of the trilogy. This part led to some discomfort throughout the book for me sadly.


The Girl of Fire and Thorns is every bit as awesome as you’ve heard. The writing pulls you in, the characters capture your heart, and Elisa shows that heavy girls can be heroes too (without going through a magical transformation to make them thin!). I am so excited to see where this trilogy goes, and I really hope all of you find time to read it as well! The final book is coming out in August right? Get excited :D.

4 Stars

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – A


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  1. Miss Mimz says:

    I have had this one on my wishlist for far too long, I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who hadn’t gotten there yet but I’m even more happy that you enjoyed this one so much :D We’ve had pretty similar tastes thus far so I feel confident that I’ll be enjoying this one too! I’m excited about the strong heroine & unconventional love-story!

    • Haha, definitely not alone! The second book is on the pile now and I’m embarrassed I haven’t gotten to it yet D:

  2. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    Sounds pretty interesting. I’ve seen this book around a lot and know a lot of people really like it, so it’s something I’m interested in trying. I’m not a huge fan of religion being put into books if it’s in a way that makes it sound like religion is “good” and anything else that isn’t religion is “bad/evil”. So I might not like that

    I’m glad you enjoyed the book!

    • Yeah, that was the big bothersome part for me, since most of the time fantasy doesn’t have that problem as much these days…. You might not enjoy it as much then :(

  3. I am glad you liked this one. I do wish the religion faction could have been cut out.

    • Agreed, though it would have been a much different book then. I’m interested to see how the tone continues in the rest of the trilogy though

  4. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this novel, but I haven’t sat down to actually read it yet. I have to admit, seeing an overweight character who doesn’t get the makeover treatment might actually be refreshing.

    • It was pretty awesome, given the culture we are living in these days! I also still need to try the recipe in the back >.>


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