YA Book Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

YA Book Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

I read this book originally because a LOT of powerhouse authors that I adore loved it (Tamora Pierce, Cinda Williams Chima, etc).
The plot is relatively simple: Elisa is the second daughter of the king of a small desert-like kingdom, and she is a bearer (someone who has a blue gem in their belly button and lives to do something great for God). She’s shipped off to a much larger also desert-like kingdom to marry Alejandro (I sensed a great Spanish theme in this book) the king of said kingdom. Everything is fine and dandy, dreamy king, blah blah blah, except it turns out her new kingdom is at war with a very large nation with serious fire power (I mean literal fire here). Her husband doesn’t lover her and isn’t a particularly strong king. And then she’s kidnapped by desert dwellers. At some point in this book she even starts to fall for another man, but throughout this roller-coaster ride of a book Elisa really grows from a very shy, dependent second-rate princess to being a queen in her own right.
So, the main character:
Elisa is the kind of female protagonist I have been BEGGING for. She’s awkward and unsure of herself, but for the RIGHT REASONS. It’s not because she’s “too pretty” or simply because she’s a teenager, it’s because for one thing she’s very overweight (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing and don’t worry it’s not like she starves herself) and she’s extremely dependent on her father and sister, and eventually her husband. But she grows from it, and she doesn’t immediately become some perfect rule or anything like that, she still struggles and faces new challenges.
And you want to know the best thing about this book? It’s not predictable. In the beginning you’d expect it to be, but it’s so NOT. There are twists and turns so surprising that I had compel myself not to jump up and shout in surprise in the middle of STAAR testing. It’s an incredible book, and the sequel is even more shocking.
So my suggestion? Read it. It’s definitely worth it.

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