GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS is a stunning debut. The world is lush, vivid, and fully realized, from the various locations to the politics and religion driving the war. The characters are subtley portrayed, layered with complexities, and I absolutely love that the heroine is not your typical YA heroine. She's fat, she's afraid, and she doesn't know how to take action. And by the end of the book, she's come into her own, on her terms, and values herself. It's a lovely transformation. I was kept on the edge of my seating, reading as fast as possible even while I savored the amazing world, because SO MUCH happens and I had to see what was coming next. Amazing book.
Character development, world building, exciting pace, interesting and unique heroine ... something fresh and new.