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The Crown of Embers: The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Thrilling, more mature sequel with new love interest.

Book Rae Carson Fantasy 2012
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age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

This is not a appropriate book.

Kids have so many things that attack their innocent minds. The first book in this series was good. But this book is not good half way through it becomes vulgar. I dare not finish reading for I myself would never subject myself to such intimate things. Children books should spark imaginativity and growth. But this books exploits them to things they only should know on their wedding night. Sadly I am finding that as a series continues it can start well but then down spire rather quickly into negative themes. I recommend this and I will also do so myself that I will thoroughly investigate each book in a series before even beginning the first book. No it is not as bad as some. But we do not want to compare it to the worse books out there. We want our children's mind to stay pure. I would not recommend this book for children or adults. I would recommend "Anne of Green Gables" and the book "Briar and Rose and Jack." The books I listed are fun and appropriate for all ages.

Is It Any Good?

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There's nothing at all sluggish or sequel-y about this spiritually bent fantasy-adventure-romance. THE CROWN OF EMBERS throws readers right into burning chaos in the city streets, power grabs in the palace, assassination attempts, and whisperings of powerful prophecies. Best of all, an irresistible (and of course, forbidden) new love interest for Elisa fits neatly in all the intrigue. And that's all before her epic journey even gets started.

Author Rae Carson does a great job juggling her themes for the most part, and just when you think she's getting too soft with her character's romantic yearnings, she spins a crafty cliffhanger.

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