• Page Count: 423
  • Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • My Rating: 2 stars

Goodreads book description:

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1) 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.

My Thoughts:


WTF. Seriously. That is all I’ve got right now.

Ok updated review: I got about halfway through but just couldn’t finish. The plot was all over the place, but most of it felt like filler. The writing wasn’t particularly good. The religion was super weird (especially with the attempts to make it seem Christian), and that God gemstone thing in her belly button was just bizarre.

My biggest problem with this book, though, was THE MAIN CHARACTER. Most of the characters fell flat, but Elisa went one step further to annoying. She’s the cliche chosen one, but insists that she’s useless and fat. There is such a disturbing focus on her weight that I started getting kind of uncomfortable. I was excited to see a character who wasn’t the typical short/skinny girl at first, but this isn’t done well at all. Not only is Elisa’s positive character development tied into her weight loss, but she’s constantly going on and on about how her fat’s jiggling or she’s crammed like a sausage into her dress or she’s sweating between fat rolls. And SO MANY times she compares herself to food or a juicy pig that it just got weird… seriously, a good chunk of the first half of the book just focuses on how much she loves to eat but hates being fat. It’s just awkward to read.

Basically, the whole book was dull and full of characters who were more stereotypes or empty shells than people. DNF at 70%.


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