Tracy Banghart

Tracy Banghart's books on Goodreads

Rebel Wing Rebel Wing (Rebel Wing #1)
reviews: 118
ratings: 199 (avg rating 4.18)

By Blood By Blood (By Blood, #1)
reviews: 50
ratings: 88 (avg rating 3.97)

Moon Child Moon Child (Prequel to By Blood)
reviews: 27
ratings: 49 (avg rating 3.86)

Storm Fall Storm Fall (Rebel Wing, #2)
reviews: 27
ratings: 41 (avg rating 4.22)

What the Sea Wants What the Sea Wants
reviews: 5
ratings: 20 (avg rating 3.10)

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    Bookanista Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

    It's hard to believe we're already halfway through April. The weather here in North Carolina is already hinting at a hot summer, but even so I've been enjoying the sunny days and low humidity of spring. And what better way to do that than sitting outside with a good book? :-)

    This week's selection is THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson. First, a little info from Goodreads:

    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

    Go buy this book. Now.

    Honestly, that really sums up my love for THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, but I guess, since this is supposed to be a review, I should give you a few more details. 

    Elisa's story begins where most fantasies end...with a princess marrying a handsome king. For me, this meant that as I was reading, I had NO idea where the story would go or what to expect. And that was a wonderful, delicious feeling. The world Rae created for Elisa is so detailed, with politics, religion, even topography all combining to create a living, breathing backdrop for the events of the story. I loved how the culture of the world so informed both the characters and the movement of the plot - everything fit together so seamlessly I never felt information was being dumped on me or saw the big flashing sign saying THIS IS IMPORTANT, REMEMBER THIS LATER. Each element of this story - character development, world building, plot - all flowed so well together I was truly carried away into Elisa's world.

    The main character, Elisa, is another huge reason to love this book. Her emotional journey is a thing of beauty - from a fat girl who doesn't believe she has anything to offer the world to a strong, vibrant leader and friend. She pulls you into her world from the very first page, and I found myself so emotionally invested in her story that I cried, groaned, even laughed out loud right along with her. I felt Elisa's emotions and struggled myself with the challenges she faced. To me, this story was so visceral and engaging, I literally couldn't put it down.

    I cannot WAIT for CROWN OF EMBERS, the next in the series, and I really can't say enough good things about this book. Read it! :-)


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    This was one of my favorite books last year. So sad but SO well-written.

    April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey Sutton

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