Author: Anne Osterlund
Series: Aurelia #1
Publication Date: April 17, 2008
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.
Have I mentioned how much I LOVE historical fiction?! I can’t get enough of it – the language, the scandal, the drama – it seriously sucks me in each and every time, and Aurelia was no exception.
I loved Aurelia right from the start. You could tell that she was a headstrong and stubborn girl but still displayed compassion for her country, even if some members of her family did not. She continued to surprise me throughout the book and I liked her more and more as the story progressed.
Another fantastic character I adored was Robert. The way he argued with Aurelia, even though she was the crown princess, and questioned her opinions drew me to him even more – maybe because I like a man who argues? Probably! Watching their friendship slowly turn into something more was so much fun to read about and felt very real and natural.
If you are looking for a great YA historical fiction book that uses less formal language and emphasizes young romance, Aurelia is the perfect book for you.