by J.C. Carleson
Released |February 11th 2014 by Knopf Books for Young Readers|
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From a former CIA officer comes the riveting account of a royal Middle Eastern family exiled to the American suburbs.I became pretty intrigued by the Tyrant's Daughter when I was emailed about the book and received a copy for review through netgalley. I had never heard of it before, but the synopsis had me really interested in learning more about the story. I love books that deal with the CIA, FBI or the military in any way, so I was extremely excited to see what that aspect of the story would bring. I would definitely say that I enjoyed the story and found it very easy to read. I didn't have any problems getting diving in. It was a fast paced read that I finished quickly. I did have a couple of issues with the book, but overall I enjoyed it.
When her father is killed in a coup, 15-year-old Laila flees from the war-torn middle east to a life of exile and anonymity in the U.S. Gradually she adjusts to a new school, new friends, and a new culture, but while Laila sees opportunity in her new life, her mother is focused on the past. She’s conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to regain the throne their family lost. Laila can’t bear to stand still as an international crisis takes shape around her, but how can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations?
J.C. Carleson delivers a fascinating account of a girl—and a country—on the brink, and a rare glimpse at the personal side of international politics.
Laila and her family are forced out of their country after her father is killed in the war that her country is in. As soon as she get to the US and settles in with her mom and little brother, things begin to unravel. She starts finding out all sorts of things that her mom has been keeping a secret. I thought Laila was a pretty interesting character. I kind of felt bad for her throughout the story because she was lied to so much. I mean, her friends seemed to know more about her family than she did. She didn't even know that her father was the dictator or 'general' of their country. She was a pretty nice girl at heart and she tried to do the right things. But she did have her lost moments when she did things out of anger or when she was being emotional. Then we have her mom who was so conniving! She almost drove me insane, but I thought little brother was adorable.
The thing I didn't really like in the story was the romance. I did like Amir and I kind of liked Ian, but I feel like their wasn't enough development for it to be a romance. I think Amir's character was more developed than Ian's and I think that's why I liked Amir more. I liked how we got to see into his past and all the things he'd been through and what he was fighting for. I didn't really make a connection to Ian because I feel as though I don't know his character at all. I also think the CIA bit of the story wasn't really there. We had the agent that was full of crap, but I don't think that aspect of the story was touch on enough. Even with these dislikes, I still enjoyed the story. I don't know if there's sequel, but I'd be interested in reading it if there is. All thoughts are my honest opinion :)