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The Girl of Fire and Thorns | [Rae Carson]

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

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, and can't see how she ever will. Now, on her 16th birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king - a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be the chosen one. And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic,are hunting her.
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Publisher's Summary

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, and can't see how she ever will.

Now, on her 16th birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king - a king whose country is in turmoil. 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 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.

©2011 Rae Carson (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Heather North Carolina 12-13-14
    Heather North Carolina 12-13-14 Member Since 2013

    Buried in Books

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    "Amazing story, very determined heroine"
    Would you listen to The Girl of Fire and Thorns again? Why?

    Absolutely! I'd listen to the whole series again! Elisa is one of those characters that you like right away. She's overweight and very aware of it, but isn't one to blame others or even be embarrassed by it. She knows she has other characteristics that are valuable besides her looks. She is fabulous!


    What other book might you compare The Girl of Fire and Thorns to and why?

    The feeling, or the setting, feels like it's in the desert so I want to say there isn't any book that is similar, but I am sure there is. Maybe the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. Elisa isn't a real killer so some of the books I would suggest just don't match up. She's a politician, a little bit magic, she'd prefer peace over war. Compare her to that book.


    What does Jennifer Ikeda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh, the softness of her tone, the way she says, "my sky", the wonder in her voice. She is one of the better narrators I've heard. I really have enjoyed her narration in this series.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Uhh


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Isaza 10-03-14 Member Since 2014

    Artist-Textile Designer-Jewelry Designer-Overall inventor of stuff with stuff. :)

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    "Lovely writing! Interesting Story"

    I loved the fact that the whole book had a Latin/Latino heritage to it. I feel like you rarely get to see that in books unless your picking out the book for that specifically so it was very nice to just find out per chance.

    I ended up loving the narrator but during the first few chapters I was annoyed after figuring out that some of the words she was saying were actually words written in Spanish. So for example there is a tribe called the Perdidos ; she would sound it out phonetically missing the fact that it was in another language. So much you would miss it even if you spoke Spanish speaking, as myself. Also you miss out the word can actually tell you about the tribe; Perdidos means "The Lost".

    Other than that the story was great; had a lot of ups and downs and an ending that didn't make me feel one way or another. I feel like I would like some more emotional romance attachments but understand this is more about a coming of age story on to herself.

    I look forward to reading book 2 in this series!

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    Amanda Thurston 05-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Intriguing..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl of Fire and Thorns to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Girl of Fire and Thorns to and why?

    I do not think I can really compare it to another book, but the story line was a little of something I have read before.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It took me about two days to get through, so yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    02-13-14
    02-13-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring"

    Waiting for it to get better .... waiting ....nope .... boring dont bother

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    Lucy Smyrna, TN, United States 02-12-14
    Lucy Smyrna, TN, United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Light High Fantasy"
    Would you listen to The Girl of Fire and Thorns again? Why?

    Girl of Fire and Thorns is a pretty light, easy read/listen. The narrator does a good job of communicating. I'd listen again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorite character -- Cosme. In a book of some rather cringeworthy female stereotypes, she stands out as a strong, centered character of integrity. She's not necessarily dynamic, but she is noteworthy.


    What does Jennifer Ikeda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration is excellent. Inflection and tone are engaging.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I admit I did want to stay in the car longer than necessary to finish the book, which is a rarity for me!


    Any additional comments?

    There are some things about this book that are a little eyebrow-raising. The main character's self-worth seems almost entirely wrapped up in her weight, and yet when she finally slims down we're supposed to believe she didn't notice it happening -- ? Someone that attuned to their body and its perceived deficiencies would have noticed such a thing immediately. In addition, I'm a bit appalled that until she loses the weight, she is perceived as "plain and fat." Yet apparently becoming thinner also causes you to magically become beautiful as well.

    It's a small thing, and something that doesn't necessarily detract from the larger story; but it rankled a bit, and is the only reason I wouldn't recommend the book to younger girl readers. They're bombarded with that nonsense enough already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angelika 01-12-14
    Angelika 01-12-14
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    "To much religion and not enough fulfilling romance"
    Would you try another book from Rae Carson and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

    Although I love books with strong female characters, I would not try another book by this author.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Somewhat disappointing. Its hard to describe my disappointment, without giving away the story.


    Did The Girl of Fire and Thorns inspire you to do anything?

    To believe in life's purpose.


    Any additional comments?

    Somehow to story does not make sense. On one side the story has a hostile if not even racist undertone against tribal people and shamans. On the other side the story lets an "evil" magician / shaman speak a sacred language and declare the "good" people to be barbarians. Additionally, the protagonist wonders about the fact that opposing parties declare to do god's will, but this does not make her question her own kind of god-believe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Oceanside, CA, United States 12-26-13
    Rachel Oceanside, CA, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A very enjoyable tale"
    Any additional comments?

    Right when I started listening I could tell that this was going to be a good book. From the very beginning it held my attention and as the journey progressed, I was hooked. Very entertaining story that had a lot of fun and unexpected twists and turns along the way. Great narration too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi 10-21-13
    Kristi 10-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Girl of Fire and Thorns the most enjoyable?

    The story draws you in.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Heckter


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

    alisa


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Cant wait to see how the series ends. will she find the love she seeks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 09-12-13
    Sarah 09-12-13

    et cetera, et cetera, etc.

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    "Moral of the story: Heroines can't be overweight."

    This is, by far, the worst book I've encountered on Audible.

    The storytelling was weak, the dialogue was uninteresting, and the characters weren't relatable.

    I found myself unable to root for the protagonist because I couldn't like her. That's not to say she was unsympathetic. That would be giving Rae Carson too much credit. Instead, we are faced with a protagonist who never seems to display realistic human emotions (other than brief moments of teenage angst).
    My biggest complaint, however, is the way Carson addresses body image. At the beginning of the story, Elisa is overweight, lazy, apathetic, and generally useless. Apart from being the "chosen one," she has no qualities that would make a reader invest in her. She spends a great deal of her time thinking about how fat and ugly she is. A protagonist with body image issues could make for a very compelling story, but that's where Carson goes totally wrong.

    Rather than learning to accept herself for who she is, Elisa mopes around being completely useless, until she is literally forced to lose weight. And how is this accomplished? Through starvation and rigorous exercise. Yes, diet and exercise are important for one's health, but this change in her lifestyle comes from outside forces, rather than any inner strength.
    Finally, after enough starvation, and a whole bunch of walking, Elisa loses weight. Once she is no longer fat, she suddenly gains confidence, tenacity, and leadership skills.

    Remember, the target audience for this story is primarily teenage girls (many of whom have body image issues of their own). The message they are receiving seems to be "If you lose a lot of weight, your life will automatically improve. If you starve yourself, people will admire you."

    Even if this story hadn't been sub-par, the underlying message would have been enough to drive me away.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley United States 02-03-13
    Ashley United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "LOVE. love."
    Would you listen to The Girl of Fire and Thorns again? Why?

    I have already listened to The Girl of Fire and Thorns numerous times! I just can't get enough. And each time I listen to it I find something new I missed before and I'm equally enthralled listening into hours of the night. Sound crazy? No, just a crazy good book. There is so much movement within the story that it feels like you're listening to a whole series at once, but yet it still goes by so fast!


    What other book might you compare The Girl of Fire and Thorns to and why?

    There is no other book of the kind. It's part book of Revelations- yet with Spanish culture and religious influence- with a dash of futuristic "after this world" magic- and a little Lord of the Rings.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

    My favorite character in this book in the series is the main character- Elisa. I really couldn't stand her much at first but the writing was so good that I was captured into her world. Slowly Elisa changed, and so did my view and opinion of her. She became someone that would likely be my friend if she were real and someone that I would admire and respect. A great example of a humble servant ruler, not afraid to get her hands dirty, and certainly not a girly girl.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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