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Book Review - THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson

My friend and CP Karen Hooper recommended Rae Carson's debut novel THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS to me a couple of weeks ago. I was lucky enough to snag an ARC at ALA, and because Karen swore to me it was a really, truly fantastic book, it was the first of my ARCs that I read.

Karen was not wrong. In fact, she was very, very right.
THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS is fantasy at its best. The world is rich, wide, and well-imagined, described beautifully and intricately, and woven into the story with such skill you barely realize Carson is building a world around you until it's already been built. Landscapes, clothing, people, and food seem real.
The characters are wonderful balances of strength and weakness, crafted with subtle details that make humans unique. Elisa, the main character and narrator, begins as a fat, frightened girl who would rather hide from her fate than embrace it. As the story moves, Elisa undergoes a fantastic transformation that is so well-written, it wasn't u…