"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."
- Stolen from goodreads because I suffer from laziness and so cannot be bothered to type out a synopsis.
My Rating: 4.8
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I just got the sequel on my kindle and as soon as I'm finish writing this I am going to delve into it. I am excited to say the least :D
This book is a young adult, historical fiction kind of book and oh, do I love me a good historical fiction.
I found myself being rather fond of the protagonist, Aurelia. Generally, while I do like some, maybe most, protagonists there is always something about them that pisses me off. Either they are constantly whining or they make the stupidest decisions and end up being a damsel in distress. Aurelia was headstrong, opinionated, caring but also, like all of us, had her insecurities. There is nothing about her that really got under my skin.
As for who the culprit was, I was surprised. Completely did not see that coming, I had my guesses and if I thought harder about it, I may have suspected the female involved However, the guy I completely did not see coming. It took awhile for it to sink in. (I'm saying "female" and "guy" because I am trying so very hard not to ruin it)
Even though the synopsis suggests a heavily romanced story, the romantic element is rather minuscule which was fine with me. However, if you're the type of reader who needs to have the heavily laden romance going on, then you might not enjoy it as much. Still give it a try though.
The only point of criticism I could find was the ending, which went by rather quickly. There was really no explanation for the "whys", it just kind of blew by. But, all in all, it was a good book and I definitely recommend it.
If you have read it, feel free to leave a comment or message telling me what you thought of it, however contrary it may be to my opinion. Variation is the spice of life?
Until next time, toodles :) xoxo