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"There are books you like, and books you love, and then there are the ones that make you go past 'love' and straight into, 'I think I may need to marry this book.' The Crown of Embers was that type of book for me. I adored it."--Rachel Hawkins, author of the New York Times bestselling Hex Hall series "Rae Carson has proved she's a master and has shaken up the YA genre. . . . Nothing is held back."--USA Today Praise for The Girl of Fire and Thorns: William C. Morris Award Finalist Andre Norton Award Finalist "Romantic, lush, and thought provoking."--Booklist Praise for The Girl of Fire and Thorns: "Carson's mature writing style, thoughtful storytelling, appealing characters, and surprising twists add up to a page-turner with broad appeal."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) Praise for The Girl of Fire and Thorns: "Fans of Tamora Pierce's "Beka Cooper" series will find a kindred spirit in Elisa as she experiences great adversity and heart-wrenching loss."--School Library Journal (starred review)
Gr 8 Up-The skirmish with Inviernos is over, but Chosen One Queen Lucero-Elisa's struggles continue. King Alejandro is dead, leaving Elisa sole ruler until Prince Rosario comes of age. Additionally, she has yet to fulfill-or even understand-the destiny that awaits her at the enemy's gates. Surviving Inviernos Animagi covet her godstone's powers, and her own people doubt her ability to fulfill her royal duties. Worse, there's a traitor in her midst. Fleeing both suitors and assassins, and inspired by a forgotten religious text, Elisa embarks on a quest to find the mythical Zafira, the source of her godstone's powers and the gate of life. But this journey won't be easy. In the second book (2012) in her trilogy, Carson proves adept at building beautifully imaginative worlds and populating them with rich and complex characters. Narrator Jennifer Ikeda is equally proficient at bringing these worlds and their inhabitants to life. Unfortunately, this sequel doesn't conjure the same magic as Girl of Fire and Thorns (2011, both Greenwillow). Although war is a main plot point, Elisa's attitude towards it feels too detached for one who lost so much. Also, Elisa's overall behavior-indecisive, vulnerable, insecure-seems a step backward from the immense strength she gained in the previous book. The leisurely meandering plot and unresolved sexual tension between Elisa and Hector will likely frustrate action-hungry listeners. A cliffhanger will have listeners awaiting the finale.-Alissa Bach, Oxford Public Library, MI (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.