The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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Teen Review: Elisa, our main character, is an extremely overweight princess and the bearer of some sort of magical gemstone. She learns how to become a more confident, better leader when she is kidnapped from her court and forced to go on dangerous missions. Elisa was married to the king (Alejandro) in this book, but they had no chemistry at all. While the young king was physically appealing, Elisa later found out she was in love with a shepherd boy named Humberto who was later killed. What I personally did not like about this book was the fact that Elisa was portrayed as an imperfect, clumsy, and unimportant person when she was overweight, but was suddenly perfect and a lot more liked when she lost all the weight. I understand that the author showed the readers that Elisa was accepted by a few people whether she was overweight or not, but I still think Rae Carson could have made the story a lot better if she properly executed the use of an overweight protagonist in this story (I hope that makes sense?). I found the first half of this book to be dull and slow. I felt as if I was being dragged through a swimming pool filled with caramel syrup. The most action you will see in this book is bottled up in the last few chapters. M. Khan (teen reviewer) Check Our Catalog

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