Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Released on September 20, 2011
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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, and 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 her to be 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.(from HarperCollins)
I’m definitely going to be in the minority with this one and will most likely get virtually stoned for this review. I just don’t understand what happened with me and this book, it was like one of those fast moving relationships where everything happens too fast at the beginning and you’re really enjoying it and having fun, but then all of a sudden everything slows down and you just know that it’s just not going anywhere for you.
At first I was mesmerized by it, I loved that the main character was chunky and not some gorgeous blonde that everyone fell in love with. The world building and the detailed descriptions were wonderful and kept me really interested in this fantasy world. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen with Elisa and to get the explanation for the Godstone. I was really loving it and couldn’t put it down, but shortly after things begin to change for Elisa and she embarks on a new journey with new characters I started to wonder where this was all going? To me there was just way too much planning going on and not a lot of doing, there was constant traveling and I started to get a little bit bored with it. I loved the world, how detailed Rae Carson was with everything and how passionate she was about it but the pacing was really slow for me.
I started to lose interest and kept putting it down and started reading other books at the same time which I never do when I’m really into a novel. Also the romance between Elisa and her new “love interest” happened way too fast for me, it was just too sudden that I didn’t even see it coming until they were already “in love”. I tried really hard with this one because I really like fantasy and it had been highly recommended. I really loved about half of the novel, to me it was something fresh and different but for some reason the second half of the novel just didn’t really grab my attention until closer to the end, which I was glad to see that it didn’t have a horrific cliffhanger. I’m willing to try the sequel since I liked the originality of the story and the world has already been established, maybe the second one will be a bit more fast paced for me.