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Ashley’s CBR III Review #145: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

CBR III Review #145: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Elisa is overweight, a little mousey and completely unprepared to understand her birth rite.  Elisa was born with the godstone.  A stone bestowed on her, after her birth, from the heavens.  Only one person a century is blessed with such a gift.  Because of the godstone she is married off to the king of a neighboring land and in exchange he will help protect her from the many people out there that would gladly kill Elisa for what adjourns her body.

I’ll admit I picked up the book because the title The Girl of Fire and Thorns reminded me of Kantiss.  The same reason I picked up The Girl in the Arena but where that gamble really did not pay off I really think this one did. Elisa is one of the best female protagonist I have ever had the privilege of reading about.  She doesn’t start off being confident and take charge but the situation surrounding her gives her no choice.  She changes on the outside as well as the inside and you learn to respect her for being as strong as she can possibly be considering the circumstances.

There is a little romance thrown in but for the most part it takes a back seat to the all the action. Elisa finds herself thrown in the middle of a war that the government refuses to admit is even going on.  Elisa is extremely relatable and even though the novel starts off slow you are soon thrown into an action packed fantasy adventure.  This novel is packed with twist and turns that you weren’t expecting and although Elisa is very religious it doesn’t feel like it is forced on the reader.  A part of the novel had me in tears and I’ll admit I never saw that coming….I highly recommend to readers who love a good fantasy novel.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 13 and up
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062026488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062026484
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

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effcubed’s CBR3 #30-34

So exciting, I posted 2 posts today! I’m really really trying to finish in the 17 days left of this year. Here’s an update on what I’ve written:

Scary monsters! The awesome Patrick Ness writes a Siobhan Dowd idea she was unable to finish because of her untimely death. Super great illustrations.

Polar bears, a castle made of ice and a girl who can talk to animals–Jessica Day George retells East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

A boy coming to terms with his Moby-Dick-inspired name: Don’t Call Me Ishmael.

Biotechnology and 2 kids whose minds were stuck in boxes for 260 years: The Fox Inheritance.

Exciting debut fantasy set in a desert country. Elisa has been chosen by god, but can she live up to it? The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 78-93

I really suck at updating regularly, so here’s another massive list of my book reviews since last time. I keep promising myself to be better about updating on the group blog, and then it all goes to hell again. 11 books away from my double Cannonball now.

Book 78: Delightful young adult book. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/10/78-folk-keeper-by-franny-billingsley.html 

Book 79: Book 2 in Kate Elliott’s epic fantasy series. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/10/79-cold-fire-by-kate-elliott.html

Book 80: What if Cleopatra became a vampire? http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/10/80-queen-of-kings-by-maria-dahvana.html 

81: Another wonderful book by Franny Billingsley. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/10/81-chime-by-franny-billingsley-read.html 

82: The most recent Discworld novel, starring Sam Vimes. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/82-snuff-by-terry-pratchett-read-thon.html

83: Historical romance from Courtney Milan. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/83-unclaimed-by-courtney-milan-read.html

84: Amazing paranormal fantasy, set partially in Prague. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/84-daugther-of-smoke-and-bone-by-laini.html

85: Young adult fantasy with a slightly unusual heroine. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/10/85-girl-of-fire-and-thorn-by-rae-carson.html

86: A persuasive argument for romance reading, wittily and cleverly written.  http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/86-everything-i-know-about-love-i.html

87: I finally discover Tamora Pierce. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/87-alanna-first-adventure-by-tamora.html 

88: Awesome Steampunk adventure romance. Archeology! Kidnappings! Zombies! http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/88-heart-of-steel-by-meljean-brook.html

89: Alanna grows older and starts noticing boys.  http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/89-in-hand-of-goddess-by-tamora-pierce.html

90: Alanna joins a desert tribe and becomes a shaman. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/90-woman-who-rides-like-man-by-tamora.html

91. Amazing historical romance from Joanna Bourne. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/91-black-hawk-by-joanna-bourne.html

92. Terminator meets My Fair Lady in this sci-fi/fantasy/romance. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/92-no-proper-lady-by-isabel-cooper.html

93. What if Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett were rock stars on tour with each other? http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/93-fitzwilliam-darcy-rock-star-by.html

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