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Aurelia by Anne Osterlund

Aurelia (2008)

by Anne Osterlund

Series: Aurelia (1)

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    Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both stories involve young women in powerful positions who must constantly beware of the intrigues (and threats of danger) that surround them. Betrayal is close at hand and an outside spy is brought in to protect them. In Aurelia, it's the princess and her former classmate Robert. In Trickster's Choice - a contender for the position of heir against the established class and a foreigner brought to the country as a slave.… (more)

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Totally loved it! Easy to read and once you begin it is hard to put down. Definitely a series I am interested enough in to continue reading and soooo looking forward to the next book. ( )
  LiteraryChanteuse | Mar 24, 2016 |
I wasn't surprised to discover that this was Osterlund's first novel. At times the plot was a little thin, the characters weren't fully developed and the sword fight near the end lacked the intensity and suspense it should have had. However, on a positive note, the novel was full of adventure, romance, intrigue and assassination attempts, making it quite an enjoyable read. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 22, 2016 |
one and a half stars. This was overwrought and overwritten on top of being the most stereotypical, cliched palace intrigue plot there is. I'm rounding up to two stars because I didn't actually hate it (the male protagonist had a few engaging moments and some of the world building was very good).
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  sageness | Feb 7, 2014 |
This was on my TBR list forever & finally I got to it (trying to clear out some older YA books). It was a very quick read & just fine storywise but I'm not going to continue with the series. ( )
  anissaannalise | Jan 1, 2014 |
Pretty much every little girl has imagined being a princess and how great that would be. Well, Aurelia is a princess, a crown princess, and her story shows that it's not everything our little kid selves hoped it was. Aurelia's mother left after her brother died in a horseback riding accident years ago. These losses caused her father the king to shut down; he hardly ever talks to her anymore. Her stepmother Elise and she do not have a great relationship, although she loves her stepsister Melody. Her last remaining real friend has just wedded and is moving away. Even worse than all of this, someone is trying to kill her. On the plus side, a cute guy from her youth is back to help protect her.

Aurelia is a book I selected primarily for the pretty cover and because it came up just below some awesome fairy tale revision I had read on Shelfari (although I don't remember what book). The main genres to be found in Aurelia are mystery, romance and intrigue. They are all done quite well and convincingly. Another awesome element of the book: the horses. You can tell that Osterlund, like many other girls (like me), adored horses as a child. Many are lovingly described, such that you can get a really clear picture of them in your mind.

The story is satisfying, but is not what makes this a really great read; the characters were what really sold me on this book. Aurelia is not your typical princess. For one thing, she frequently dresses up as a boy and escapes the castle, so that she can familiarize herself with her city. On these journeys, her favorite place to go is the docks, where an old sailor will tell her stories. Aurelia is clever, sarcastic and stifled by court life. She is vibrant and full of life. Robert, too, is well-characterized. The other characters are a bit one-dimensional, but not enough so to detract from the story significantly.

If you're looking for a good princess story, you've found one. ( )
  A_Reader_of_Fictions | Apr 1, 2013 |
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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.

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The king sends for Robert, whose father was a trusted spy, when someone tries to assassinate Aurelia, the stubborn and feisty crown princess of Tyralt.

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