Aurelia (Aurelia #1)
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. A...more
But the Goodreads star system defines two stars as “It was okay”, and to be honest, that’s the most fitting of the ratings for my personal reading experience of this book.
To be clear, this is not a badly written or subpar book. In some respects it’s quite the opposite.
But for me, this boo ...more
It's got an interesting ending--with a main character that acts how you expect her to act--in that she actually follows through with her actions, despite it not necessarily being the ending you expected.
The one thing that drove me nuts was the setting or I should say the confusion of the setting. There was so much mixed together that it wasn ...more
The mystery in this novel was enthralling! I had multiple guesses as to who the killer may be and in the end I was terribly wrong! If you enjoy reading a good mystery, I definitely suggest Aurelia to ...more
The only thing I have to quibb ...more
The writing is subpar - ok, its passable, but for middle schoolers. The story is historical fantasy, in a YA theme, but I feel like it fails to hit the mark. There's too many random time periods stuck together.
But the biggest problem was the heroine. Aurelia, isn't that likeable (to me, at least), since she comes off as spoiled and immature (I don't know how she develops, since I didn't finish thi ...more
I'm going to start this book review off with a confession: I am a very, very hard person to keep entertained/engaged. Kindergarteners can focus better than me - well okay, some can...
Usually it takes me a few days at least to get through a 200+ page book, either because I stumble over some pacing potholes or because I just flat can't concentrate...
- THIS BOOK is...NOT one of those books! It only took me a few hours to re ...more
Aurelia is a princess, next in line to claim the throne of Tyralt. When several assassination attempts are made on the princess of Tyralt, Aurelia’s childhood friend and son of King’s former spy, Robert returns to investigate. An assassin trailing the princess, a spy obstinate enough to find the assassin and a headstrong female character? I was definitely excited to read Aurelia.
Let’s talk about the plot first. The whole idea was great and it had the potential to be an exceptional read but ...more
I like how Robert was protective of Aurelia even though she refused his help. But he makes a good leading male of a heroine story.
The mystery of it impressed me. When I see a murder story I always do the gathering of the suspects and figuring out a reason why they want to do that and not be surprised at the end. I suspected the perso ...more
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. ...more
That might seem a little harsh, but unfortunately, I did find this book a bore which is a shame since the cover is beautiful. I really expected something from this one seeing as I love stories set in a historical setting, especially those which involve mystery and possibly a bit of court intrigue. Sadly, I was very disappointed.
The mystery wasn't all that mysterious. It became quite predictable and there was supposed to be a sense ...more
So, first, let's get the cons out of the way. First, the writing. There wasn't necessarily anything wrong with it and I didn't particular dislike it or anything - as I almost always greatly respect authors for their hard work! - but it wasn't anything too spectacular either. The ONLY other con I would have is that there wasn't quite enough action. This i ...more
Aurelia's childhood friend and fellow classmate Robert Vantauge comes from the frontier to protect his friend. His father was the former spymaster of the kingdom but is now retired and raising horses far from the political intrigue ...more
Book 1 of the Aurelia Series
Aurelia is the Crown Princess of the land of Tyralt. She lives in the palace with her father, step-mother and step-sister, Melony. But there have been assassination attempts on her life and her old friend Robert, who was schooled alongside her and who is the son of the retired palace spy master, returns to the palace in order to discover who is behind the assassination attempts. At first Aurelia is c ...more
Aurelia is strictly mediocre YA. It's like knock-off oreos. Somehow just not satisfying, and you find yourself wondering why you're even bothering to eat it. It's not bad, not revolting, just not GOOD.
The strong points are an in ...more
“Aurelia” is a fast and easy read with not too much meat to the story. You baffle through the pages rather quick when you sit down to read, and there’s not too much information to absorb at once. I would really recommend it if you a looking for something fun and easy where you don’t need to use your brain too much. The plot, however, is a little predictable even though the ending can be a little surprising as the villain isn’t exactly the pers ...more
It is almost historical fiction, in a locale similar to a French/Venetian Cavalier period (think Three Musketeers) but she tries to bring in too many political issues without the background behind them to make them seem plausible. The author writes it ...more
I don’t really know what to say about this book. Not because it was so amazingly awesome, or because it was terrible. It was because it was so….uneventful.
All the characters were entirely one-dimensional, it was so slow, and there was supposed to be a mystery, this big assassination thing, and it just fell flat.
I didn’t find anything glaringly wrong though. It was just that I didn’t feel anything. At all. At least in a book I hate, I actua ...more
Princess Aurelia's life is in danger.
There have been at least three attempts on her life, but her father doesn't want her to know the truth.
Instead, he brought in a royal spy to find the culprit and the mastermind behind these attempts. Robert, the son of the spy, went to school with Aurelia and never stopped thinking about her. There's no way he can keep this secret from her.
The two question people and devise plans to flush out the responsible par ...more
Aurelia is the princess of Tyralt, and heir to the throne. Unbeknownst to her, someone is out to kill her. Her childhood friend Robert returns to investigate. From there, the adventure begins.
I don't want to go into a lot of detail because it will give away the plot. There are very obvious red herrings, and I did figure out who the bad guy was pretty early on, but it was still a fun adventure. The book has the perfect amount of everything, romance, adventure, mystery. It is a grea ...more
Also, the writer does nothing to develop the romance between the two protagonists, yet they somehow fall in love.
Lastly, the main character-- Aurelia-- is a pain. She is one of those that is always right, has A LOT of attitu ...more