Book #1 of 2014

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
(Fire and Thorns #1)

It’s the eleventh day of January and I finished my first book of 2014! Which is terrible, actually, if I plan to read 50 over the course of this year. Apparently, I need to read like 4 and a little bit of a another each month to make that goal. So…let’s reader MORE and FASTER!

Anyway, the first book I finished with The Girl of FIre and Thorns by Rae Carson and it is the first in the Fire and Thorns trilogy.

I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. First, the main protagonist had a weight/eating issue that seemed to center around anxiety and that is very common among women in general. When the princess is kidnapped and forced to another city by traveling in the desert, the weight begins to shed from her. Surprisingly, a lot of people were furious with this; I saw things like “fat-shaming” and “oh, so you made the fat girl thin, so you’re saying that being fat/overweight is bad.”  Well, I mean, it’s not good, is it?  I’m allowed to say this because I am no skinny-minny. I have struggled with weight issues for the last couple of years (a terrible side-effect of quitting smoking).  But, I know that when I look at myself that I’m not healthy. I’m not in shape, my body is not up to par and there is nothing wrong with that being a bad thing.  Because it is a bad thing. It could kill you. So, yeah, be careful of how you word things in YA when it comes to sensitive subjects like weight but don’t tiptoe over it and pretend it’s not a growing issue.

Anyway, let me just step down from my soapbox here.

Another thing I loved about this book was Rae Carson’s bravery. She is not afraid to kill off her characters for the sake of the plot. I’m not going to pretend I enjoy losing character’s I’ve grown fond of, but I understand the purpose (I’m looking at you, Veronica Roth).  

And, as always, I enjoy a good fantasy, especially intermingled with royal families. It’s always a good mix. I am curious to see how the second book goes (the beautiful part of starting a series once it’s already out).  

So, this is my first book of 2014, onto the next.

Peace, Love, & Empathy.

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3 thoughts on “Book #1 of 2014

  1. I’m always interested to find how authors deal with issues like body image and weight like this, when it’s part of the bigger story and not the exact focus of it (which I’m assuming it’s not?) It’s there that you get to see best it was handled.

    I’m no skinny-minny either, but I’m not unhealthy, and I do think it’s unhealthy for YA books to advocate teeny-weeny waist sizes (how many books is the MC ‘slim’ or has ‘thin wrists’ or a ‘petite frame’), seriously? Where’s the normality?

    Phew! Now I’M on my soapbox! HA! Great post here though. I really enjoyed the read!

    😀

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