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
Yes, this was a very enjoyable read.
Hunger Games Trilogy, Discovery of Witches both series were well written. Authors who could paint pictures with words.
Elisa was my favorite because despite personal doubts she triumphed.
The moment that particularly moved me was when Elisa saw herself for the first time in a mirror after her time in the desert.
I chose this book because of the narrator and fell in love with the author.
A definite cut above most YA I've listened to recently. The main character grows and changes in a believable way, the romance is neither what you think it is nor is it the focus of her world, and the book avoids the usual pitfalls of a story dedicated to "chosen heroes"- the main character is not helpless & useless apart from her special gifts, nor is she a special flower who excels at everything she tries.
I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the fact that the main character starts out "overweight" and then becomes more athletic, but the author does a good job, in my opinion, of avoiding value judgement or even a clear description of what size she ends up.
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!
It's not very good at all. DNF. I wish she would learn to accept herself and realize this king does not have to complete her. Honestly...I just...
I saw another review that says she sheds her weight by pretty much starving herself and only then does she feel worthy. If this book is meant for teen girls, I can't believe that this would be a good book for them to read. ESPECIALLY if it leads to said young women feeling like it's okay to have self-deprecating thoughts.
Also, I'm not a Christian and this book has a lot of Christian overtones. Not that I don't respect the religion. I'm just not interested in listening to it in a fantasy novel.
However, I LOVE Jennifer Ikeda's narrations. She does such a good job. That's the only reason this book got 3 stars. If it was a narrator that wasn't as good, the book would be a 1 star.
Jennifer Ikeda has once again saved a book for me. I would have stopped reading if I didn't enjoy her narration so much.
This story had several moments of enjoyable writing as well as several frustrating moments too. The frustration came towards the beginning when the lead character was portrayed as a fat always eating weak individual. It was so one dimensional I almost stopped reading. I don't think the author's intention was to create a world where the "fat" girl was looked down upon until she walked through a desert and became slim. It sends the wrong message to the YA audience this book is geared towards. I also dislike the one dimensional portrayal of the king. He was also a very weak character. I think there is good and bad to the religious references. It can be a bit overwhelming at times.
Now onto the things I did enjoy. The development of Alisa into a much stronger woman was enjoyable to read. I also enjoyed the world building. Overall not the best fantasy book I've ever read, but it had moments of greatness sandwiched between religion and body issues.
Despite over 200 titles in my library, I have never written a book review for Audible. I had to write this one because this book was THAT BAD. I selected this book because it was rated so highly by so many people. I had to force myself through it and there were several scenes where I seriously pictured a Power Rangers scene... Yes, it was that bad. It's written in first person - which is a big distraction in this case. Really, it's just awful. It has a couple of good scenes, but not many and they aren't strong ones. Weak writing, cheesy story line that is waaaay too close to Judeo-Christian beliefs and bears no real originality.
Loved the narrator. Main character is an adolescent so she is more a victim of circumstance rather than the creater of it. I suspect she will grow stronger in the following books.
You know, it takes a little while to warm into it, but it's worth pushing through! Once she gets kidnapped, it's game on! Watch a child become a woman in the span of a few months :-)
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