Review- The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

October 8, 2011 Reviews 9

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Hardcover432 pages

Published September 20th 2011 by Greenwillow Books
Age Group: YA
Challenge: NetGalley October
Source: NetGalley
Buy this Book: Amazon


Summary (from Goodreads)

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 needs 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.


The Girl of Fire and Thorns continually surprised me. When I first started reading the book, I did not know what to expect. Then Elisa had an arranged, and I thought the story would be about how her and her Husband got to know each other. The story turned out to be much less about them as a couple and much more about Elisa.

I liked this so much more! I wanted so badly to like Elisa’s husband (the King) but I just didn’t. He was weak and he really bugged me. I really disliked how his attitude towards Elisa abruptly changed at the end of the book. Without giving too much away, Elisa went through a number of “changes” throughout the book. All different kind of changes really, but I especially disliked the King’s reaction to the new Elisa.

I loved Elisa the whole time! I thought she was a great heroine. very strong, even when she didn’t think she was, and smart. I love smart girls.

There were so many things in this book that I did not see coming. The Girl of Fire and Thorns certainly knows how to keep you on your toes and hold your attention! I loved it!

There were so many men in Elisa’s life. I liked all of them except the king. Now, I have no idea if I am alone in this thought or not- but I would really like to see more of Hector in the next book!! 😉 A lot more actually. hehe

This book was so unique and action packed, and most importantly beautifully written. I enjoyed watching the story unfold in such a fluid way. The words just leap off the page and surround you.

There is a lot of religion in the book, so if that bugs you this book might not be for you. But I really urge readers to pick it up and give it a chance. I think you will love it just as much as I did. (I don’t normally read books where religion is a prominent theme, for reference.)

The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a great read! 


4/5 Gavels



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9 Responses to “Review- The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson”

  1. TG

    I’ve been hearing good things about this book! It’s the only September release I haven’t managed to get my hands on yet, but with all the positive reviews, I think it’s time to remedy that.

  2. kaye (paper reader)

    I just received a copy of this and I’m very much looking forward to reading it. I love stories that have strong female leads and focus on her and her actions rather than a relationship. This one is going to be good!

  3. Maji Bookshelf

    ive actually won at a giveaway a signed hardback of this book so im excited to get it and start reading it. Good to see a good review written about it. Makes me want to read it even more! power to the smart girls!

  4. Julie

    I just got this book in the mail today and I can’t wait to read it!! I’m really glad you liked it – that makes me even more eager to get to it!!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  5. Sophia Chang

    I just finished this last week – stayed up until 7 in the morning 2 nights. I LOVE this book almost as much as I loved Graceling and the Study series!!

  6. Meghan @ Books and a Cup of Tea

    I haven’t really heard much about this book, actually, but I keep seeing the name on everyone’s blog, I just haven’t had a chance to read any reviews.

    I personally do not like a lot of religion (especially pushy religion) in books, but if it’s done nicely, then I don’t mind. I might have to pick this one up then and see if I like it!

    Thank you for the review :).

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