Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Aurelia by Anne Osterlund [Book Inspection]

Plot Sketch: The well-loved crown princess Aurelia's life is in danger, only she doesn't know it. A royal advisor has sent for the kingdom's best spy to help unravel the plot, but he's retired. So Robert, his son, comes from the frontier instead. In his quest to find out who is trying to kill the princess, he comes to several crossroads. Do I let the princess know? Who do I trust? Find out about more about Aurelia, the down-to-earth champion of the people and who is trying to kill her when you read the book.

Verdict: I Heart It! Aurelia is set in a fictional world. Osterlund doesn't develop the world beyond what is pertinent to the plot, and I was kind of disappointed because I wanted to know more about the world that Aurelia was from. Then I found out there'll be a sequel (called EXILE) and my disappointment vanished. I thought the writing was fluid, and appreciated that there were details, but just enough to let my imagination do it's own thing. I got lost in the story and bet you will too.

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?
The Kingdom of Tyralt

What is the main character's name?

Does I Heart Monster like the main character?
I think she's me, if I were a princess, so yeah, I heart her.

How long did it take I Heart Monster to finish the book?
about a day

Did I Heart Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?

Is this a good read for Monster?
Not really a boy book I think.

What, if anything, would I Heart Monster change to make the book more interesting?
I think that like I mentioned before, I would have loved more world-building, but am guessing I'll get more of that in the sequel.

What was I Heart Monster's favorite line?
"I am afraid my request was unclear," Robert continued, returning to the main point of the conversation. "I had meant to ask to spend the afternoon with my former classmate, Princess Aurelia. I understand her presence here is important, and I would not deprive you of her company if it causes difficulty." p. 151-2

How many chapters were in the book?
15, a prologue and an epilogue. I also want to note that the book ends on the last page of the binding. I liked that.


Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Speak
Publish Date: April 17, 2008
ISBN-10: 0142405795

Acquire It:

Book Depository
Changing Hands

  • You can read the Prologue and Chapter 1 at Penguin's site.
  • View a book trailer by fellow Word Ninja, The Compulsive Reader:

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