Author: JC Carleson
Publisher: Random House Children's
Published Date: expected Feb 11, 2014
Buy It Link: Amazon
Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis: 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?
Review: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. I am not required to post a positive review.
Right before I read this book, I read Scattered Links by M. Wiedenbenner. I was really taken with how similar the storylines were, and yet how different the endings were. Both of them were absolutely fascinating books to read.
Laila is a 15 year old princess from a Middle Eastern country whose father ruled as king, at least that is what she was told her entire life. When her father is killed in a coup, and her family exiled to the United States, she's thrown into a complete culture shock. High school introduces her to Internet, quite different from the Internet she is used to, much less restrictive than she is used to. In exploring the Web, she realises that her family is not royal at all but her father was a tyrant who ruled his country with an iron fist, after his own father died.
The entire book she struggles with the difference in culture and her discomfort with the American way. She struggles to help her mother who fights to bring her family back to its rightful spot as leader of the country they were exiled from. The book was so captivating with the difference in mindset between Laila and her American counterparts. I truly enjoyed reading it.