It is nearly impossible for me to say anything about this book without drawing comparisons to Robin McKinley's The Blue Sword. Both feature reluctant heroines who are blessed with some sort of special-ness that they don't know how to handle, they both grow significantly throughout the book, and both stories have significant portions that take place in a desert! (Okay, maybe it was the desert that did it for me.)I really did enjoy The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I liked the characters, and I felt the pacing was well done- just when I may have begun to get bored, something exciting happened that drew me in farther. Enjoyable read, altogether. Not amazing, but likable and exciting nonetheless.