The Girl of Fire and Thorns

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Book - 2011
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A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062026484
0062026488
9780062026491
0062026496
Branch Call Number: Carson, R
CARSON R
Characteristics: 423 p. ; 22 cm

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lgmosher Feb 18, 2021

I surprisingly enjoyed this...

At first I was quite annoyed, Elisa was insufferable... absolutely so. I understand that she was only sixteen but man was she stupid, I suppose naive might be a better word, but seriously. Like she just goes along with everything even though there is stank all over, yet she doesn't care to do anything about it she just allows things instead of ya know, sticking up for herself like any human being would.

That being said, she gets progressively more bearable as the book progresses. I am able to read without rolling my eyes and screaming internally at her. So Woohoo for character development.

Now, Carson is just mean.... She gets rid of good characters for absolutely no reason. I saw no GOOD reason to dispatch of a certain lovable man that captures all of our hearts. Honestly his death just made me angry because it was a pointless death that didn't aid in the progression of the story. He could have lived, or died and the book would have stayed the same. Carson screwed the pooch on that one. She could have done so much but killed off a great character, who she worked to make great, for no freaking reason.

The end of the book was alright. It was a bit sudden and anticlimactic. We were ready to rush off and make something out of this (into a second book, which ill get to in a minute) yet, it was going going and then stopped straight in the tracks.

Which leads me to... everything was wrapped us so nicely. I don't understand the premise on which a second book was written, grasping for straws? I think I would have let the book hold its impression instead of insisting on another (and yet theres 4!) that worries me, a lot, so it might take some convincing for me to read number 2, simply because the first one was wrapped up well.

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fishbottom
Jul 02, 2020

Fire & Thorns 1

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rgesch14
Jul 25, 2019

I think someone mentioned this book commenting on an N. K. Jemison book. So glad they did, as I loved it! It reminded me a lot of The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley. I devoured it and am now blitzing through the 2nd one.

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sallyunderwood
Jul 17, 2019

I definitely enjoyed this book... but mostly I'm wondering why the cover has a thin white girl on it when the main character is very clearly, repeatedly stated as dark-skinned and chubby/not thin? Doesn't detract from the content, but I'm really disappointed with the publisher.

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sue2138
Feb 22, 2019

Awesome story - hard to put down. No graphic love scenes, just one kiss, so appropriate for tweens.

I enjoyed this book. It is very unique and unlike any other book I have read. It had a sort of "girl power" theme going on and I loved it.

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LibraryLoyal
Oct 31, 2018

This was a fantastic start to the series! I found it very unique for 3 main reasons. One, it had a religious main character and religious themes that were not offensive and weren't the main plot. Two, it was a great fantasy book and the magical elements were subtle and believable. Three, it was not Euro centric and was set in a Spanish influenced location. I also really enjoyed the personal growth of the main character. The series only gets better from here!

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Kerijohn56
Jun 16, 2018

I loved this series and would highly recommend it. I read through all three books in a week!

MelifluousView Sep 08, 2017

I loved watching Elisa journey from a sad, pampered girl to a woman growing into her own skin. I enjoyed the world that Carson built as both familiar, but so different at the same time. I put the 2nd book on hold before I even finished the first.

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NYSandy23
Jun 03, 2017

I had heard some good things about this book and wanted to read it as newer books in the series are out. It was okay. The heroine turns out to be a 16 year old who carries a godstone that she know nothing about, gets married off to a neighboring King, gets kidnapped and spends months away learning about herself and her meaning as a "bearer". A lot happens but it is hard to relate to the Princess because there is very little back story about the land, the people or the society. It becomes a coming of age novel in a tired trope. I'm not sure I will read the other in the series as I have lots of other hopefully, better books to read.

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