Thursday, October 13, 2011

Paul's October Pick: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Author: Rae Carson
Year Published: 2011

Synopsis: Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. 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. Elisa is the chosen one. 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.

Why?: This was another random find in store. I should stop buying books spontaneously like this though. This book was almost half the price I paid on Amazon. I need to remember to check Amazon! So, I don't know much about this book. I hadn't heard any hype before discovering it in the store. I have since watched the author's video on Amazon and I am still intrigued. I enjoy YA royalty novels. 

Expectations: Religion has been mentioned in the descriptions of this novel and I am hoping it isn't something too preachy. I am interested how the main character is chosen as the chosen one. I am expecting character growth by the end, but this is, like all current novels, the first in a trilogy. I hope enough is brought to conclusion. 

Judging a book by its cover: I like the font of the title. I also like how there is a face within the gem. The colors and bushes/leaves around the cover make me think some of the novel will take place in some enchantedlike forest, but other covers look more like a dessert


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