Speak (Imprint of Penguin Group), ISBN 978-0-14-241739-3
Rating: 4 ~ I Like It
Aurelia, crown princess of Tyralt, is on an expedition to meet her people. Her life is in danger and has always been in danger since her sister attempted to take her life a few months back. But she doesn’t want to remember that, she refuses to believe that Melony is determined to kill her. Aurelia thinks that Robert, her expedition guide, is overprotective. He always seeks to put her safety first, even if it means risking his life. The duo faces many challenges during the expedition. Their hearts are not only at stake from the danger that lurks behind every corner, but also from each other.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Exile. The plot and story line was straightforward. Although I did wished for more twists and turns in the story, I like the way Anne Osterlund keeps the reader guessing about the end of the story. The end of the book is not the way you wished it to be; it is not a happily ever after ending (a hint to a sequel?). I find that a good thing because it is refreshing to read a book which for once, does not have the happily ever after ending. I’ve read quite a few books in the Young Adult Fantasy genre and Exile is definitely one of the best. The fact that it has clean language is a plus!
Anne Osterlund was born in Eastern Oregon and grew up in a wheat ranch. She majored in Elementary Education in college and taught 3rd graders in a school. She returned to studying and obtained a Masters in Education at a university. Upon graduation, she taught 4th and 6th graders in a school before taking a year off to write. After signing a contract, she has written back-to-back novels. Her first novel, Aurelia, was published in April 2008. Exile is her third novel and its release date is April 28, 2011. She is currently working on her fourth novel, Salvation. Visit her website at www.anneosterlund.com.
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