Monday, June 27, 2011

Exile; Anne Osterlund








Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Speak (April 17, 2008)












Synopsis

Crown princess Aurelia is a survivor. She survived attempted assassination. She survived the king's rejection. She survived her mother's abandonment. And now, in exile, she must survive her kingdom-from hostile crowds to raw frontier to desert sands. But even as unknown assailants track Aurelia and expedition guide Robert, she knows what her greatest risk is: falling love...









My Review

    Impressive! I was almost 1/2 way through Exile when I realized that this is a second in a series. I have to give it to the author for making things smooth and easy for those who have not read Aurelia, the first in the series. I never once felt like I didn't know which direction the characters were headed or felt left behind, I hate that when jumping in to a later part of a series.  I kept thinking of The Princess Bride and Pheona from Shrek but with out all the comical joking or the ogre looks. Aurelia has the strength anyone should strive for. 

   The descriptions were superb, it gave just enough for me to hold on and pay attention too. I tend to wander when scenery comes into play.  All the characters had their own voices and had a sense of direction.  If you enjoy a bit of romance in your reads this is calling your name.  I now have to go purchase Aurelia,  Even though I don't feel I missed anything I bet I'd enjoy reading it from the start. 

Surprising events and a love to be jealous over, I can see anyone enjoying Exile.




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9 comments:

Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

Amazing that you didn't know it was the second book. I'm always up for a little romance - at least I get some in my books! I'm going to have to check this one out!

Blodeuedd said...

Yay for being able to just jump in without even knowing it is a series. I do love when that works

Jenny N. said...

I'm really picky when reading a series and always like to start at the beginning. I do have a copy of Aurelia that I still haven't read yet.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I love it when you read a novel like that and you realize you have more out there to read. I need to check out these books.

Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

Great review Liz!

Allison said...

This series really does look so good - glad you enjoyed it!

Nina said...

ooh, I like the sound of this book. I haven't read the first book, but good to know that you don't get confused because you don't know what happened in book one. ;)

Cozy in Texas said...

I'm glad the author made each book a stand alone. I hate it when I get into a book and don't know it's a series and don't have a clue who everyone is.
Ann

Book Angel Emma said...

Oh I read Aurelia and really must get myself a copy of Exile - thanks for that great review