Monday, April 21, 2014


My Review:
Random House Children/Teen Books|February 11, 2014|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-449-80997-6

From a former CIA officer comes the riveting account of a royal Middle Eastern family exiled to the American suburbs.

When her father is killed in a coup, fifteen-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, 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.

Something about the cover of this book drew me to it. I had no intention of purchasing it but something told me to buy it anyway. I'm glad I did as I ended up reading it in one sitting and just couldn't put it down. It was an attention grabber from the first word to the last and I was lost in Laila's story totally immersing myself in her feelings and emotions. A young girl of only fifteen-years trapped and feeling useless she finds ways to help her country become what it should have been. Through snooping while her amother was out she was able to locate some odd looking numbers and didn't know what they meant until she typed them into her computer. Laila had some very hard truths to face in this story about her father, a man she idolized and grieved for since his death. Now, learning he wasn't what she thought he was, she doesn't quite know how to handle her emotions and doesn't want to believe that what she finds is really truth.

THE TYRANT'S DAUGHTER was an extraordinary story!

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