Ahoy me mateys! Grab your grog! Here is book 1 of the new 3 Bells trilogy showcase.
the girl of fire and thorns (Rae Carson)
Ah delightful. I started reading this book because I couldn’t sleep. Then suddenly it was 12:15 am and I knew I had to go to bed. But I wanted to finish this! I loved the story-line and the main character, Elisa. Elisa has a body type that is not typical of leading ladies and it was a nice and unusual twist. Additionally this was a young adult book where Elisa grows and changes in major ways . . . you know, kinda like real teenage people do. And the author chose to focus mostly on the inner workings of the character’s mind and on the plot rather than descriptive passages. Not that I don’t love long flowery imagery. But Elisa and the world felt fresh in many ways from other young adult series that I have read recently. The romance in the book alone was proof of that. Made me rather happy actually and not in the normal manner. Additionally the religious society and history of magic of this world was fun. It delved into it just enough for the story to move forward and for explanations and I have no complaints. But it does make me intrigued by what the next book in the series will bring. Enough typing. More reading. Stick around for part 2 tomorrow . . .
The author’s website had this to say about the novel:
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 needs 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.
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