Saturday, November 16, 2013

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

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa has always felt powerless, useless. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king who needs her to be 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 save his people. And he looks at her in a way no man has ever looked at her before. 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.
So, I got the opportunity to meet Rae Carson back in July 2013, however, I didn't get her book because, for some weiiiird reason, books cost money. I know, I know. Don't look at me like that, okay? Anywho, I finally got around to reading this book!

It's not much of a spoiler to know that the main character is fat. Trust me, Carson reminds the readers practically every other page. If it really isn't a problem that she's larger than a twig, than why tell us every page? I suppose it factors in as a self-conscious thing towards Elisa's character, but still, how could a person who kicked butt every minute go stand in front of a mirror another second and be vain? She should've been more accepting of herself. It's not like in any "skinny" book we hear about their diet every second. I liked how she changed it up by adding that, but it shouldn't have been that prevalent. That's just my opinion.

I hate it when bloggers write a review just to be nice. My mindset when blogging is that I can't really offend anyone-it's my opinion. I always try to look at other reviews before I begin mine to see where I want to go with it, but all of them aren't exactly "real" reviews. No book is perfect, so no review should be sparkling. I get irked when people write a nice review and then give it 2 stars. I'm nice on the grading scale, though. I realize that the author put a lot of work into it, so I start from the top and take points off from there.

Anyway, to continue with that paragraph, even though I liked this book, I still found things within it that personally made me scratch my head. However, I did like many aspects. The world was nicely crafted.

One thing that I was confused of was the need for three (fifteen million, pretty much) love interests. I would've been fine with just one. Also, she really wanted her king-friend, which was really awkward to read about...

So, here's the part where I give a nice rating. I feel like it's much easier to talk about the bad points than the good (I suppose because that's the part where my review differs from others, as it's my opinion), but I still think it was a good book. Not my favorite, but it was good.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars

Over and out,

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