Came out: April 17, 2008
Source: Paperback from B&N
Age Group: Young Adult
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An impressive debut, equal parts commercial appeal and literary prowess.
Princess Aurelia is next in line to rule the kingdom of Tyralt, but she would rather be one of the common folk, free to learn and roam and . . . not marry the next tyrannical prince that comes courting. Naturally, the king wants Aurelia to marry for political power. Aurelia wants to marry for love. And someone in the kingdom wants her dead.
Assigned to investigate and protect Aurelia is Robert, the son of the king’s former royal spy and one of Aurelia’s oldest friends. As Aurelia and Robert slowly uncover clues as to who is threatening her, their friendship turns to romance. With everything possible on the line—her life, her kingdom, her heart—Aurelia is forced to take matters into her own hands, no matter the cost.
This book was filled to the brim with mystery. I found myself eagerly racing to finish because I desperately needed to know who her assassin was. I needed to know, because once my curiousity is piqued, I read an entire book in one sitting. That’s what happened with Aurelia.
While the book promises romance, I was slightly disappointed. Robert and Aurelia – lifetime friends – sounded just like that, friends. At least the book promised danger, and we got it.
The cover is very indicative of the book. There is a masquerade scene and I love her expression on the cover. It reminds me of her personality in the book right away.
The masquerade scene in the book reminded me a little of the masquerade scene in Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly with Alexandrine. The slight danger, the curiousity, and of course, the masks. Both of them had bird masks, or saw a significant person with a bird mask. The two characters reminded me of each other.
This book also showed the darker side (the politics) of being a princess, and I really enjoyed that. Although the general point of view of many girls is that they want to be a princess, at least this book addresses the other side of that. This book was well written and the climax intense, but I just didn’t connect with the main character. Although, I still liked it, I just didn’t love it, but I recommend this if you are looking for a quick intense read with mystery and danger.
Recommended for anybody who loves: Revolution (Alexandrine); Anne Osterlund; Kissed by an Angel; quick intense reads, etc,.
Possible book club questions:
Who did you think was trying to kill her at the beginning of the book? Why did you think so?
Do you think that we saw Aurelia develop as a character throughout the book?
Aurelia was constantly surprising us. How do you think she established her methods of sneaking out and disguising herself and such? What was your favorite surprise of the book?