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.
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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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!
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!
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.
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.
I am a 14 year old girl. I love reading but i have a reading disorder so reading is very hard for me. I love listening to books so much!
I hated this book. It was very boring.
The main girl never did anything, she would just go around being mad and fat.
I don't have one.
I loved the writing and the story line of this book. Jennifer Ikeda did an awesome job with the narration as always. Definitely getting the next two books.
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