Thursday, October 16, 2008
Aurelia by Anne Osterlund
Reasons for reading: the cover; Young Adult Challenge
Book description: "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."
First line of chapter one: "On the night of her younger sister's coming-out party, Aurelia almost died."
My thoughts: This book isn't very long, but it seemed to take me a long time to read. It's not a bad book, but it didn't set me on fire. I think part of the problem was there seemed to be a lot of description where I didn't need it - one particular passage stands out in my mind, a description of a table that a character tosses something onto - just too many little bits like that, for my taste.
Still, I liked Aurelia - a smart, independent-minded young woman who truly cares about the people of her kingdom. She even manages to save herself without Robert's help and ends up helping to save him . And Robert was smart, kind, and brave. The storyline of the assassination plot wasn't bad, either.
I have a feeling I've just read too many fairy-tale-esque YA books already this year and I've had enough for a while. And I think teens would probably enjoy it more than I did.