The first book in the Aurelia series.
Book Description: 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. (taken from Goodreads)
Romance: Slight bit. Language:0? I didn't have anything written down... I don't remember any though. Violence:A bit, including murder and a couple fights. Other:Spying, possible affair and slight drinking. Time period:Another world, medieval.
My thoughts:A good fairy tale/medieval feel, the whole master spy part and all the court games was beautiful in a sly way. The plot was good and kept me interested, sadly, too short of a book :( I liked just about all of it and it being mostly clean was great! I'm looking forward to the next one! I would recommend to girls YA+
Cover thoughts:Beautiful. I love the mask being JUST removed. It's very elegant and mysterious the way she is glancing over her shoulder.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~Exile by Anne Osterlund.
Second book in the Aurelia series.
Book description: Exiled. From the weight of others' expectations, the responsibilities of being crown princess, and the pressure to marry, Aurelia is finally free to travel the kingdom and meet the people of Tyralt. If only Robert, her expedition guide, would stop pestering her about her safety and just kiss her.
But then their journey erupts in a fiery conflagration, and with both of their lives and the fate of the kingdom at stake, she and Robert must determine whether they have the strength, and the will, to complete their mission. And face the darker side of exile. (taken from Goodreads)
Romance:A bit. They make out and sleep together as Aurelia doesn't want to go farther (pages 227-230) apart from that only thinking about someone and two or so other kisses. Language:1 (literally, one word) Violence:Again a bit. Some attempted murder, accidents, & injuries. Other:Slavery, wife leaving because of an illegitimate child, brief drinking. Time period: Another world, medieval.
My thoughts:The plots tie in and you get to see the story come to a close. The answers and the end to the adventure was great. However this book was darker and more depressing than the first, which I would have described as lighthearted but serious. So in that case I liked Aurelia better. It was still an exciting book with a good plot. I just didn't enjoy it as much. Often times when the main character whose POV you are reading is unhappy you tend to get that feel for most of the book :P Although in some cases this can be pulled off, I don't think it worked in this case, for me. i would recommend to YA+ (it does have that making out etc. scene so like 15-16+) girls and those who enjoy medieval touched tales.
Cover thoughts:It's nice, but I like the first cover better. The things I like most about this cover is the sunset or sunrise in the background and her hair blowing.