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Title: Aurelia
Series: Aurelia #1
Publisher: Puffin
Publication Date: April 17, 2008
Pages: 288
Source: Library
From Goodreads:
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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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.  
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  10 Responses to “Aurelia by Anne Osterlund”

  1. I need to get into this genre more. Great to see such enthusiasm for the book Tara!

  2. great review! this made me decide to get a copy of this book. i am also a fan of historical YA. thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. I love historical fiction too! Thanks for the review.

  4. Sounds like a great book! It’s been so long since I’ve read a historical fiction…I miss it!

  5. Oh, yay! I have been wanting to read this one for a while, so I’m glad to hear that you liked it!

    The next one, Exile comes out in just a few days!

    The covers are so pretty, too!

    Jennifer of Little Shelf

  6. This looks like a great book! I’m looking forward to reading it :)

  7. This book sounds like something I’d enjoy. Historical fiction, a good MC, romance, and a guy who argues…ah, I’m practically swooning already :) Thanks for the review!

  8. Yay Tara you’re back! I’ve been seeing this one a lot lately and it looks amazing. I tend to love a strong male lead who isn’t afraid to argue too, not sure what that says about me that I go for an argumentative type, but oh well:) Fabulous review!

  9. I’m not a big historical fiction fan but this one sounds good I’ll keep it on my list.

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