The Girl Of Fire And Thorns (rpkg) by Rae CarsonThe Girl Of Fire And Thorns (rpkg) by Rae Carson

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byRae Carson

Paperback | August 21, 2012

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The first book in the acclaimed and award-winning New York Times bestselling trilogy. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a remarkable novel full of adventure, sorcery, heartbreak, and power.

"I stayed up until two a.m. reading this last night. Intense, unique. . . . Definitely recommended."—Veronica Roth, author of the best-selling Divergent series

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 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 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. 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.

"A page-turner with broad appeal."—Publishers Weekly

Rae Carson is the author of theNew York Times–bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns series. Her books tend to contain lots of adventure, magic, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. Originally from California, Rae Carson now lives in Arizona with her husband.
Title:The Girl Of Fire And Thorns (rpkg)Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:August 21, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780062026507


Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good, #plumreview I loved this book. I wished I read this book sooner, it took me by surprise which I just absolutely and did not expect. I cannot wait to continue with this series. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Interesting read, great plot and I love the heroine.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book was actually really good. I knew nothing about it before beginning to read but got hooked into the story line right away. Elisa, a princess, is married away secretly at the age of sixteen to a King is another region. Her marriage is hidden from her people as well as her new husbands people. A war is in the making and he feels that keeping their marriage a secret is the best strategy. Elisa is not just any princess. She is 'God's Chosen' because she bears the Godstone - which means she had a jewel embedded in her belly by God. Not everyone has this. Every 100 years someone is chosen for greatness and that is the mark they must wear. They must fulfill their destiny but the majority of them die or are killed before they can fulfill it. Elisa gets kidnapped from her new kingdom she is taken across the desert, far away from her new husband and all her guards. What she sees in the desert takes her by surprise. She thought her people were on the verge of war, but as it turns out, the war has already begun and she had no idea about it. Innocent people were dying and the news did not reach her kingdom yet. These rebels kidnapped her hoping that she could save their people since the King was doing nothing to help them. She had the Godstone, so they thought she could do something to save them. Elisa was now up to the task of saving these people but she had no idea how. She has to figure out how to save all these people without getting killed herself. It was an upbeat story and I read it fairly quickly. I really liked it. We will see how the next book does!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start to a new series I am a huge fan of any kind of fantasy read. I loved this book, and can't wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Rating of the entire Trilogy Overall I would give the series a rating of 2.5/5 as a whole. The first novel in the series is actually really good and I throughly enjoyed it. But as the series progressed my appreciation and enjoyment of it dwindled. There were too many points in the plot where the resolutions to various conflicts just didn't add up, and I found myself much too distracted by the inconsistencies to be able to truly enjoy the story. I know so many people that absolutely love the entire series, so I would say to still check it out because you may end up loving it too. The series is not terrible and it's entertaining it was not a regrettable read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book was actually really good. I knew nothing about it before beginning to read but got hooked into the story line right away. Elisa, a princess, is married away secretly at the age of sixteen to a King is another region. Her marriage is hidden from her people as well as her new husbands people. A war is in the making and he feels that keeping their marriage a secret is the best strategy. Elisa is not just any princess. She is 'God's Chosen' because she bears the Godstone - which means she had a jewel embedded in her belly by God. Not everyone has this. Every 100 years someone is chosen for greatness and that is the mark they must wear. They must fulfill their destiny but the majority of them die or are killed before they can fulfill it. Elisa gets kidnapped from her new kingdom she is taken across the desert, far away from her new husband and all her guards. What she sees in the desert takes her by surprise. She thought her people were on the verge of war, but as it turns out, the war has already begun and she had no idea about it. Innocent people were dying and the news did not reach her kingdom yet. These rebels kidnapped her hoping that she could save their people since the King was doing nothing to help them. She had the Godstone, so they thought she could do something to save them. Elisa was now up to the task of saving these people but she had no idea how. She has to figure out how to save all these people without getting killed herself. It was an upbeat story and I read it fairly quickly. I really liked it. We will see how the next book does!
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all time favourites! I love this book to bits! I love the story, I love the adventure, and I love the romance. I find it to be a very empowering book and recommend to everyone.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Surprisingly decent I expected to hate this book based on some reviews. And even the first couple of chapters started to make me think I was in for slow and painful read. Elisa starts out as this witty but self loathing character that continually bashes herself on her weight and eating habits. But deeper than that I do see a sweet and loyal character that throughout the book becomes more confident and fierce in her role as a leader and inspiration towards others. The book had some pretty good suspense, but that big on plot twists in my opinion. The story sort of glances over Elisa being a bearer and what that means as far as how this world works which was pretty annoying but once things got rolling this book was actually pretty good. And again Elisa has a great character development and growth turning herself into a heroine you can really get behind. The book also hosts a plethora of interesting and memorable characters. Overall the story was decent and I think I'll set myself up for the rest of the series.
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good! Can't wait to read the other ones!
Date published: 2014-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Rae Carson has an excellent gift for description. Many contemporary books are sadly lacking in this skill. Not so 'The Girl of Fire and Thorns'. I was transported by Rae's descriptive powers. Great book!
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful It was an amazing book it made me literally scream laugh and cry CNT wait to ravish the squeal :-)
Date published: 2013-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read it A lovely book to read.
Date published: 2013-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure entertaining. Meet Lucero-Elisa de Riqueza, a young 16 year old princess from the kingdom of Orovalle, who is forced to marry king Alejandro de Vega from an allied kingdom, Joya d'arena. Both kingdoms are currently in the verge of war with another darker opposing realm, the Invernos. She has been chosen by her 'God' (of whichever religion that ritualises rose thorns and blood...yeah, very weird but cool). Her being'chosen by God' is represented by a jewel that is alive on her navel, called the Godstone. It was placed by said 'God'during her naming ceremony. Elisa has an eating disorder and anxiously eats as many pastries as she can, which obviously reflect on her self esteem, size and shape of her body. She is clever but shy, a very intuitive, young scholar-in-the-making, who devotes to her studies, specially Lengua Classica, a war manifesto: Belleza Guerra, pastries and embroidery. However, her whole world is shifted, once she is bound to king Alejandro, as she is expected to move and live in a different place, Joya d'arena's capital, Brisadulce. It was light, adventurous and creative. What entertained me the most was the pace, you'll never have time to linger in the last chapter you've read, as it's a 'go,go,go' type of story until its over. As expected, many things are left unresolved, as this is part of a bigger series. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a book that delivered good entertainment. There is self discovery, adventure, learning, treachery, mystery, love, friendship and loss
Date published: 2013-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read, recommended for YA Readers Wow. I absolutely loved. No. LOVED. This book. So, what did I like about it? first of all, the setting. It’s got some influences of the Spanish court, but with a lot of fantasy elements as well. The fantasy elements are pretty good and unique there is magic involved but not your standard magic you would be used to reading in the usual fantasy novels. I thought the setting and fantasy elements were pretty different and unique. It’s a great blend of historical fiction with fantastical elements in between. There is magic to not too much to put off the anti-fantasy readers out there. The action and intrigue elements are also well written in this book. It certainly does add more substance and also adds a bit more variety to the reading. Elisa is a wonderful character. She might not be the most sexiest one I’ve ever read, but what I loved about her is her inner strength and her intelligence is featured throughout the book. Those qualities she had within her made her character development very enjoyable to read. She certain did develop especially during the latter part of the novel. The other characters in the books are also well done. I didn’t care much for Alejandro though I thought he was pretty weak (plus, the way he treated Elisa, especially after her change in appearance really didn’t sit well with me). Also, it seems some characters in the book just disappear from the novel. Yes, there is a second one after this, but it might help to find out what might have happened to them just so the reader won’t forget about these secondary characters. Still, it’s worth the read. I loved the setting, and the nice blend of fantasy and historical fiction. I definitely recommend this to other YA readers who are into the fantasy genre.
Date published: 2012-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An enjoyable adventure novel for YA readers (In the event the Chapters-Indigo website elects to delete my rating, I mention here that I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars/leaves.) NB: This review contains spoilers. All in all I enjoyed this one. The main character progressed and grew during the story, to become a true queen and a true *leader* by the end. In general I found the development of her character to be both believable and satisfying: she was quite a likeable character, who did not hesitate to put others first and who was quite unselfish. The side characters were also quite enjoyable, IMHO. The world building was quite interesting and different -I quite enjoyed the idea of different Godstone bearers being conscripted into works both great and small (some works so small that no one ever learned their true significance). The plot was quite gripping and flowed quite well. It was quite satisfying to see people embroiled in such a desperate struggle be successful. Constructive criticism/not so good points: The enemy's motivations were rather summarily described. It seemed that the mages among them wanted power through the acquisition of Godstones, but this was touched upon rather briefly and could have been further explained (I did have the feeling this would perhaps be dealt with in a sequel). It was however just a tad unsatisfying to me to not have this explained in any meaningful fashion, as it made the enemy seem rather unreal to the reader, IMHO. Some aspects of the struggle with this enemy were just a little bit unrealistic as well (again, this is JMHO). In particular, I thought it somewhat surprising that no one seemed to have considered the possibility that the Perditos would have allied themselves with the Inviernos, given their evident hatred of Joya d'Arena. There were some other small aspects, such as the fact that if I had been betrayed by one of my inner circle (as the main character is by one of the Malficio) I would have been a little more fearful of the enemy suddenly showing up at my gates and would perhaps have made plans for moving my people's headquarters. (It was however mentioned that they scouted carefully for any signs of the enemy approaching.) Some readers will also feel doubtful about the ability of an untested and untrained young girl to be a credible leader during wartime. I did feel this aspect was not unbelievable however, given the main character's interest in academics (including tactics) during her life, as well as the fact that, given the overwhelming enemy's overwhelming numbers, she was leading an 'army' mostly constituted of those who had been noncombatants earlier on in the war. All in all therefore, I found this to be an above average entry in the YA genre. I am looking forward to seeing where this author takes us next. Other books I recommend: -Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer -The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins -The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E Lockhart -Anna Dressed in Blood, by Kendarre Blake -Warrior Princess, by Frewin Jones
Date published: 2012-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very well done When I picked up this book I had only heard a few things about it, and they were all really good things. And with me getting into the dystopian novels lately I thought this one sounded like a good one to add to the list. I'm glad I did! The one thing that I really loved about this book was the main character of Elisa. This is a main character that I find a lot of people can relate to more so compared to other girls. Elisa is described as a larger girl and not very pretty. What really got me with this book was that Elisa is not perfect, though she is the chosen one, she has to grow into her destiny. She has a lot of issues believing in herself, and she slowly comes to terms with things and comes to understand herself more. There was one thing that made me nervous when I started reading this book and that was the religious aspect of the story. There was a very large religious aspect (with Elisa being the chosen one to have the "Godstone"). I have to say when I was done with this book I was really impressed with how Rae wrote this aspect in. It was not overdone or pushy, which is sometimes difficult. It was interesting to have a main character that is not confident in herself. I liked being able to travel with Elisa and watch her come to terms with being the "Chosen One" and slowly gain confidence in what she must do (which no one actually knows until she finds out herself). This book definitely had a good amount of action through it, but also had a bit of a political aspect to it as well, with the king making decisions for his country. What I really enjoyed is that this book did not end with a huge cliffhanger. How this book ends is that this part of Elisa's journey ends and a new one will begin in the next book. I was very surprised with this book, and I'm really glad I picked it up, it is an interesting book with some very interesting twists throughout. It is also a great book to show that anyone can overcome issues and gain self-confidence. I definitely recommend this book to readers!
Date published: 2012-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect The only reason this book gets five stars is because that's as high as this ranking system goes, otherwise it deserves higher. The plot was complex but not too complicated to follow along, the pacing was dead on to keep me turning the pages without feeling like I'd missed something, and the characters were perfect to make me feel so many different emotions while I was reading. I felt nervous for Elisa while reading about her arranged marriage, scared for her during the attack on the way to the castle, cried with her at the death of her friend, felt insecure every time someone mentioned her weight. Elisa is a great character, both as a strong central female character and a character who makes you feel exactly what she's feeling throughout the book. This book delivers on everything I look for in a story. I felt connected to Elisa through her entire journey, cared about the same people she did, felt so much outrage while crying during the deaths of her friends. I couldn't put it down until I finished it and the sequel is going on my must-read list.
Date published: 2012-03-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An alright kind of book. This book wasn't bad, it just wasn't amazing, or even that great to be honest. The story surrounds a girl named Elisa who is the bearer of the Godstone, and suppose to be destined for greatness. She is married to a foreign king who will not even acknowledge their marriage to their people. The people of the land are desperate for a leader, a savior to help them through their troubles, and all questions point to Elisa. I flew through this book in 2 days, not because it was fast paced or anything, but because I had other books I wanted to read, and I didn’t want to abandon this one because like I said, it wasn’t horrible. The novel didn't stand out to me in anyway. I couldn’t even remember the main character’s names to write this review. The only thing that stood out to me was the unrealistic-ness (if that is a word) of Elisa’s character development from the beginning to the end. And also the fact that the ending was really rushed. If you want to read an amazing fantasy/adventure type of YA novel, I would definitely recommend Graceling by Kristen Cashore, or Finnickin of the Rock by Melina Merchetta. Overall, I think this book would be great for younger readers (age 10-14) who like adventure stories with a strong female protagonist.
Date published: 2011-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Fantasy Adventure! For some reason, I was rather hesitant to read The Girl of Fire and Thorns when I first heard about the novel... but after hearing tons of praise for it, I was eager to read it for myself too! I'm glad the publisher decided to change the cover because the original just doesn't capture the novel like the new one does. When I look at this cover, I can tell at glance that I'm in store for a fantasy adventure... and that's exactly what Rae Carson delivers in her debut novel! Rae Carson has truly created another world with The Girl of Fire and Thorns! The descriptions of the setting are rich and detailed... and to say a lot of thought has been placed in carefully outlining the political aspects and traditions of each country would probably be an understatement. It's been awhile since I last read a fantasy novel such as this one, so I'll admit, I did feel a little overwhelmed sometimes by all the information which was suddenly flooding in. While there is certainly some romance in the novel, it didn't play a central part. The Girl of Fire and Thorns focuses on Elisa as she grows into a powerful young woman who has more confidence in herself as an individual... and as someone who must lead a great nation of people. Although she is bound for a great destiny, she has doubts about her body-image and how she can possibly live up to everyone's expectations. It was refreshing to see Elisa begin to take charge as gained more self-esteem! (Also, on the topic on characters, I must mention that I have a soft spot for Lord Hector!) I was also surprised by how much religion is involved in The Girl of Fire and Thorns as it has an integral part of the story. Elisa has been marked with a Godstone, something that only occurs once a century, and it makes her feel more connected with God than anyone else. In addition to always being concerned about the well-being of those around her, Elisa's beliefs and faith are constantly in the foreground of her decisions. While there is definitely magic involved to give the novel a fantasy edge, The Girl of Fire and Thorns also explores how religion and power can influence a person's actions in the midst of so much turmoil. The first in a trilogy, The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a well-executed YA fantasy that you'll be sure to enjoy! I honestly had no idea what to expect as I read along because as soon as I thought the novel would lead one way, it would completely twist in another direction. It certainly kept me on my toes as I tried to figure out what would happen next to the characters! Danger is still lurking around the corner for Elisa and company... and I can't wait to see what will happen in Crown of Embers when it's released next year! You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2011-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very surprising! 4.5! Oh my God! I loved this book but...I'm in some kind of a shock. I just can define if I feel happy or sad...hell... The Girl of Fire and Thorn's cover drew me since I first saw it (love at first sight and very superficial) But now that I get to now it, I am really happy to say that it didn't deceive me at all. In fact, The Girl of Fire and Thorns reached all of my expectations! (Not a superficial love anymore ;). Since the first page, I was unable to think of anything else that wasn't this book. However, there were so many things that I never imagined an author would dare to write in the first book of a series. There scenarios in The Girl of Fire and Thorns that I found myself totally shocked to read. No, they are not explicit in any sense, but some of the things that happens in this book, are the things I expect to see in the final book of a series, not in the first! what the hell!. I think I am in denial because I just cannot accept what I read. The thing is, I got to love some characters in this book in a very strong way, specially King Alejandro and Humberto (AH! if you read this book then you know why I feel so shocked!) and I seriously have no idea how I am suppose to heal from this book. I know, I am being totally vague but I hate giving spoilers! You want to know what I'm talking about? then read this book!! Totally absorbing! and I seriously doubt you wont like (specially if you are a fantasy junkie like me). Carson's world is absolutely rich. I love all the different cultures we get to know about and not not as an outsider but actually as an insider. Elisa travels all around and we get to meet, from a close point, every single place or people mentioned in the book. From Elisa's birth place to the Animagus and from Alejandro's Kingdom to the Dessert people. 423 pages felt so short compared to all the things that happened in this book. All the time we spent with Elisa and company feels precious and I think that Carson not only built a rich world, but also valuable characters. There are so many of them that I love! King Alejandro, you were physically flawless but a human nonetheless, thus you feel fear and insecurities but your kindness it's what I will never forget. Humberto, so sweet that even when I wished to hate you, I just couldn`t. Ximena, you are My Sky!. Rosario, you little brat! I wish I could see you grow up... maybe I will. In the other hand, there were some characters I just totally dislike. Sorry Cosmé, but I cannot like you, I hate what you did and thanks to that, the book took a course I really didn`t like for a few pages (Just because of Humberto that didn`t last too long) and Ariña, I have more than enough reasons to hate you. There is another thing that I really like from this book and it's the fact that war, in The Girl of Fire and Thorns, is mostly in the name of God. Sounds familiar?. Elisa first brings this up when she thinks that "...Now , even [her] enemy presumes to know the mind of God" p.252. And concerning to this, I like the way Elisa simply states "God's will. How many times have I heard someone declare their understanding of this thing I find so indefinable?" p.300. Yes, God's will and religion (none that we know in particular) are strong themes in The Girl of Fire and Thorns and I really like Elisa' position towards this and and how Rae Carson executed it in the book. The Girl of Fire and Thorn is an excellent debut. This is the kind of story that I have trouble letting go and I now, I have to wait in agony for The Crown of Embers (Book two in the trilogy). I loved this book but... If waiting was just a bit bearable!... Then, I think need to I wish myself good luck!
Date published: 2011-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting, unique, and exciting To be honest, at first I was truly disappointed when I found out about the cover change for The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I had originally been drawn to the novel by it's first cover, immediately falling in love with the midnight desert scene. However, my views on the issue have changed greatly upon completing the novel. I can now see why it was changed and why it was essential. The new cover art suites the story a lot better than it's predecessor and I'm glad that the decision was made. I had no idea what I was expecting in Rae Carson's The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I had no preconceptions and no assumptions. The Girl of Fire and Thorns dives into the Young Adult genre head first with a new world setting that both captivated my interest whole and had me pulling an all nighter to read it in just one sitting. I was immediately engrossed by the first scene, in which Elisa is faced with her wedding with a complete and total stranger. The man is said to be a king but Elisa has neither met him or looked upon his face. I was thoroughly surprised at her lack of reluctance concerning the wedding. Elisa had held her head high and pushed through the ordeal, so to speak, despite her very overpowering personality. For the most part, I found it rather unfortunate that I was unable to connect or relate with any of the characters, especially protagonist Elisa. Despite her young age, Elisa was quite mature and aware of her strengths and weaknesses whilst also managing to better herself throughout the novel. There was quite a bit of growth and I'd best describe her tale as a coming of age story. The story's pace, itself, was fairly swift, moving rapidly and then slowly at just the right moments. I also enjoyed Rae Carson's inclusion of lore, it was both enjoyable and interesting to read. I was also surprised to see the turn of events that took place, I hadn't expected the story to go down the road that it did but I found that it kept me on the edge of my seat right through the end. Rae Carson's writing was beautiful and fluid, very refreshing in a genre that so often comes across "dumbed down" text. I enjoyed it for it's beauty and can tell you that I am highly anticipating all of Rae's future projects just because of her wonderful writing style and imagination. With a story that was both interesting, unique, and exciting, Rae Carson's The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a must-read for readers with a weak spot for foreign settings, fantasy and romance.
Date published: 2011-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great!! I like this cover way better than the other cover, its way more prettier, shows more of the setting. Ok back to the main subject. The Girl of Fire and Thorns was one of my favorites. A MUST Read!!! From the beginning to the end it had tons of actions and romance that kept you reading. I can admit that it also want to make me go to tears at some parts due to some scenes which I will not tell you until you read this book. Carsons writing was unique in writing. She created different names for most of her characters that I didn't know existed. Elisa is the main character and the narrator throughout the story. The reader really got an understanding of what was going on.It contains 3 parts to the novel. Humberto and Alejandro were the male leads in my opinion because they help Elisa through some tough times. War between cities over Godstones. Elisa is one of the chosen ones who possess the power of God, and each person with a Godstone has to complete an important task. At only the age of sixteen Elisa she is a princess, a secret wife to a king who sounds really hot, with his country in turmoil. Her sister I thought was very distant at times, even if she moved away. At some point I was so intrigued with the novel that I couldn't wait to finish it. It had lots of what I like in every YA novel. Readers will enjoy the creativity created. Carson's creation of this world is beautifully shown through her words. The Girl of Fire and Thorns was one of the my new favorites! I loved it all, the good and the bad. The characters really grow on you, even some of the male characters. Scenes will make you emotional at times, but all of us readers are different. Overall the book was one great book, had me emotional at times, but I loved it!!!
Date published: 2011-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review of The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson This is a beautifully written first novel by Rae Carson. It is reminiscent of a younger, more toned down storytelling type such as Jacqueline Carey is known for in her Kushiel series. The language is so vivid and imaginative. I can picture every single thing that is happening in the book, like a little movie playing out in my head. "Beside me, Ximena's gray bun has come loose and her hair swings below her shoulders." I am immediately intrigued by this gem that is somehow located in Elisa's bellybutton area. But I am guessing that is the point! It's very interesting how it reacts to Elisa's emotions and actions with heat and cold, almost as if it is a living creature, yet hard as stone. I think Elisa, the main character and heroine of this novel, is one of my favourite female characters in a long time. She is not perfect. She is not the ultimate slender and stunningly beautiful lead that is most often seen. She is "lumpy" and "awkward" and "clumsy", and she is much more likely for readers to be able to understand. Her sister is the family favourite and as such Elisa is often ignored and pushed aside, invisible. One of my favourite things about this book is that not only is Elisa described as an overweight girl, but it's not just pointed out once in the beginning of the novel and then never mentioned again, hoping the reader will forget she isn't perfect. It's brought up over and over again throughout the whole story, without being too obvious. It is noted in her actions, and in the way the people around her perceive her and react to her. It is amazingly woven in. "I feel so slow as I run toward my husband, my belly and breasts bouncing painfully with each step." As the story progress and certain things occur it is interesting how the author even works in some fluctuations in her weight, eating style and overall appearance and character as her life forces her down different paths. She experiences amazing growth throughout the story and ultimately works toward and deserves the strong role her character is placed in. And it's not just Elisa, all characters get equal treatment from the author with vivid descriptions and depth of emotion and overall character development. Every character is their own person who exists and struggles with their own stories, emotions and experiences their own growth. There is enough action in this story to keep even the most overactive boys sitting eagerly on the edge of their seat. Add to that all the mystery, intrigue and politics and you have the making of a great novel! Some parts of the story are highly predictable and therefore take the shock and awe out of what takes place. Also, many of the areas I found lacking flow and very jolting to the reader, hopping from one part of the story to another without any kind of warning pause or break. There are also some minor editing issues with missing words, incorrect words and spelling errors which jolt the reader from their reading flow, but as this is an ARC it is to be expected.
Date published: 2011-08-18

Editorial Reviews

“Distinctive for its luminous prose, its hint of romance, and Elisa, a strong, smart heroine that readers will truly fall in love with.”