{Review} The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Seriously Amazing

Seriously Amazing

The Girl of Fire and Thorns
by Rae Carson
Series: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Published: September 20th 2011
Publisher: Greenwillow
ISBN: 0062026488 (ISBN13: 9780062026484)
Pages: 424
Source: Bought Myself
Reading Level: 16 and up
Shelf Award: Original, 2012 Favorites
Rating:  5 Stars (and then some)

Goodreads Summary:

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:

Cover Love: It isn’t an exceptional cover but who needs a pretty cover when the words inside are so exceptional? I do love the Godstone on the cover however!

Review:

LOVE AT FIRST PAGE!!BAM! Floored. Totally blindsided! I have to say I did NOT expect to fall so deeply in love (and awe) with this book. I felt like I went back in the less complicated time of my youth where fantasy books were almost exclusively what I read. And I have fallen back in love with the genre. It was as multifaceted a piece of art as a Godstone, which in the book means whoever the bearer is, will have an exceptional although tragic destiny.

Well the first surprise came on the very first page of the book where Elisa is trying out her wedding dress. YES! A wedding dress! I don’t know why exactly but that is when I decided it was going to be a good book. Then the reading goes on and you are taken on a journey of, not only an exceptionally visual story, but of self discovery, coming of age and empowerment from Elisa. I don’t remember a heroine that impressed me as much as Elisa did, I was so proud of her and how she became a woman who loved herself. Her development is subtle yet incredibly substantial. And it doesn’t happen overnight. Her transformation is still in progress as the book ends.

There are some major events that happen, 2 in particular I did not see coming so I had to re-read the scene. At first I was angry with the author but I am sure she had reasons.

Bottom Line:

Simply put: a work of art. Will I read The Crown of Embers? OH HELLS YEAH!

Recommended for:

Readers who love a perfectly rounded story with characters to fall in love with and set in a fantastic world!
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Bout Of Books 6.0 Goals

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books 6.0 team

Well, here I am again! Participating in my favorite Read-a-thon ever! No way in hell was I going to miss it!
So here goes my list of goals and updates!

TIME DEVOTED TO READING

I will be reading  as much as I can all week. With a minimum of 2 hours/day

MY GOALS

  • Let fellow Bout Of Book-ers know that I moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress
  • Read 4-5 Books
  • Have FUN!
  • Make New Friends
  • Review ALL the books I read during the Read-a-Thon

BOOKS TO READ

  • Frostbite by Richelle Mead
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
  • Shaedesof Gray byAmanda Bonilla

UPDATES

Monday
Number of books I’ve read today: NONE!
Total number of books I’ve read: NONE!
Books: Currently Reading Frostbite by Richelle Mead

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My 2013 Resolutions!

Ok, so here’s the deal, I have never really made an official New Year’s Resolutions List, but since 2012 was a great, although incredibly challenging, I decided I’ll make one. Since I have developed tons of confidence in myself, I trust I’ll be able to keep most, if not all, of my resolutions. So I’ll enumerate ALL of my resolutions in this post, starting with book  and blog related resolutions!!

Books and Reading

  1. Read 50+ books! I set the Goodreads Widget 
  2. Read at least 2 Contemporaries. It’s a genre I want to love!
  3. Catch up on these series: Vampire Academy, The Iron Fey, Chicagoland Vampires, Fallen (Lauren Kate), Mortal Instrument. I don’t mean I will FINISH these series, but at least read a book or two to catch up.
  4. Take notes while reading. 

Blogging

  1. Be more active on the blog. Write more reviews and post at least once a week.
  2. Comment more on blogs.
  3. Make book-blogging friends. And hopefully find my book-blogging twin/BFF
  4. Reach 300 Blog followers, 1000 Twitter Followers and 150 Facebook Page followers.
  5. Spruce up the blog. Maybe buy a design, maybe move to WordPress…

Fitness/Beauty

  1. Keep losing weight. I lost 21 lbs. this year and want to lose 30 more to get to my ideal 125 lbs. weight.
  2. Start cardio and weight training
  3. Keep a strict beauty regimen. Looking and feeling beautiful is good for my soul.

Personal

  1. Journal. Whether it is daily or weekly. Just DO IT!
  2. Start and finish writing my novel. And write it mainly for myself. 
  3. Get my driving license.
  4. Keep loving myself. 
  5. Keep being the best mother I can be.
Well, Those are my resolutions and aspirations for 2013, which, I hope, will carry throughout the rest of my life.
What are YOUR resolutions for this year? Link up your posts in the comments and keep on reading my friends!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

Top Ten Tuesday! Some Booksolutions!

Image courtesy of The Broke and The Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by  The Broke and The Bookish . At this link you can find all past and future TTT.

This week’s topic is: 

Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read in 2013

  1. The entire Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. I only read book one so far but it was AWESOME and I can’t wait to have a VA Marathon! 
  2. City of Ashes and City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. I have been behind on this series!!!! Gotta get to it!!
  3. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. Why haven’t I read this yet!?!?!?! WHAT IS WRONG WITH MOI!?
  4. The next few books in the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill. I read the first one a few weeks ago and loved it SO SO SO SO MUCH I read it in, like, a day or 2. I think It’ll have to be another Marathon!!!
  5. Lover Eternal by J.R Ward. I have no excuse as to why I have not yet read this, I will this year though!
  6. The Iron Queen and The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa. I can’t wait to see wwhere the series goes from now!
  7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. *bows head in shame* Gotta read this asap!
  8. Fever by Laure DeStefano. Duh!
  9. At least 2 Contemporary Novels. I bought a few, They’re still laying over there, unread. And sad.
  10. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Obviously! 

That is all for me! Link me up in the comment section! I want to know which books are on your list!