The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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5 Stars|Amazon|Goodreads

Grabbed this book up after a recommendation rom a trusts author friend. I am SO glad that I did. It was definitely a breath of fresh air for my e-reader. I had no idea where it was going and the story was completely original. I love when a book can catch me off guard and really have me guessing the while way through. This novel most certainly did that. From the very first paragraph I was hooked. I loved how it started and I really wanted to know where it was going to go. One of my favorite things about this novel is who the main character perceives herself. Or not. I don't mean that in the way it seems. I love the fact that she is real. The way she feels and talks about herself is the way most girls to at her age. It is relatable and sadly far more common than not. This alone had me enthralled with her. I wanted to see how the author developed her as the story went on. Watching Elisa grow was a journey all its own. Throw in her quest and things really got interesting. Gosh, this story. I felt like some spots did drag a little, but once it took off, it was a wild ride. I really had no idea what was coming after each of the journeys. They would start giving me one idea and I was always wrong. I love when a book can do that to me and I love even more when it is 10 times better than I could have imagined. This is a world of magic that has been long forgotten. A world where things are far different then they appear. As the story let more come to light the further I got, the more it dove into the fantasy aspects. I am definitely hooked and will be reading the next book in the series for sure. 5 huge stars!

Synopsis:

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. She can't see how she ever will. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs 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.