The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Once in every century, God chooses a child to bear the Godstone. The bearer is marked by God, destined for greatness and do an act of service for him.

On her sixteenth birthday, Godstone bearer Princess Lucero-Elisa of Orovalle is wed to a man she has never met before - King Alejandro of Joya d'Arena. As she tries to fit in her new home, she's kidnapped by an unlikely captor. In her journey across the desert, Elisa finally sees the chance to fulfill the destiny that God has set for her.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns is high fantasy novel filled with adventure and magic. The world that it is set is familiar to me - it reminds me of the world of Fire Emblem which I loved.

The author was able to describe the world she built very well. As I read the book, I can picture out Orovalle and Joya d'Arena clearly in my head.

Elisa isn't your typical heroine - she's fat, naive and lacks motivation. She tends to obsess with her looks and her food which became a bit annoying. However, her growth in the novel was wonderful. The other characters were also great. My favorite in particular, is Hector. It wasn't hard to like him.

The story was very unpredictable. You would think that you already know what's coming yet suddenly you'd be surprised what happens next.  This part of the series has some parts of romance, but does not focus on it. The novel also tackled religion and is essential to the story.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns is the first book of a series. The story did end without any cliffhanger, but Elisa's journey doesn't end at the first book. If you are a fan of books with tons of adventure and magic, then you should read this one. And if you like it, I'd also recommend you to read the sequels.

Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1)
Author: Rae Carson
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Adventure
Published: 2011
Publisher: Green Willow
Rating: ♨♨♨ (3.5 cups)