Review: Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Title: Girl of Fire and Thorns
Author: Rae Carson
ISBN: 0062026488
Publication: September 20th 2011 by Greenwillow
Received: Received from Netgalley
Links: Goodreads
Rating: 3 out of 5


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.

My thoughts:

If you know anything about me you know I write epic fantasy (or I did that one time anyway) but I have trouble reading it. BIG TROUBLE.

I wanted to like Rae Carson’s book. I got it on Netgalley during my epic Kindle fail and tried as I might I couldn’t get it to work on my Adobe Reader properly. It took me FOREVER to get through it because of this. The pages on the reader didn’t flow and so I have to blame technology because I kept feeling like I was missing paragraphs as I went through.

As for the book itself. I was lost. I really dislike the addition of Christian religion in epic fantasy books. There are plenty of other religions out there that one can follow and on another planet entirely, it shouldn’t be God this, and God that all the time. That’s my biggest pet peev with this one and one of the reasons it made it hard for me to read.

Secondly, Elisa drove me up a wall. Her character went through a big transition but she was sometimes a prissy princess and then other times the whiny younger sister and at other times completely terrified of what she was chosen for. The latter was the side of her I liked, the rest of it I didn’t care for.

I’m not a big fan of princess stories but thought this one might be different.

I had trouble connecting to this one so while I was looking forward to it, even with all the hype out there for it, it ended up falling flat for me. Elisa doesn’t stay with people long enough to make strong connections with them, and while it was endearing to be in the shoes of a girl who’s marrying a man she doesn’t even know, Alejandro turns out to be not so bad.

I wish I would have had more time with this one to slow down and smell the roses, and also wish it hadn’t been so heavy handed.

Again, I tried to like it, and I can see why other people fawned over it as the next big YA Fantasy, but it’s not the best out there.