Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The Tyrant's Daughter
Lexile = 720
What if everything you think you know about your life isn't true? What if your parents aren't who you think they are? Or, what if your life is built on violence, lies and deception? Yeah, probably not... but that is the premise of this debut novel by JC Carleson.
The author was CIA, so she knows what is is writing about. The main character, Laila, has lived her life as the princess that she is. Her little brother knows that he is the future king of their middle eastern country. But following the assassination of her King-Father, Laila and the family are whisked away by the US government to a "safe" suburban life just outside of Washington DC. Of course their life is very different in this strange new culture.
Laila tosses off her veil and experiments with the life of an American teenager. Although never quite comfortable in this role, she does find friends and even a boyfriend. But there are larger issues at play here. Strange men from her home country visit the apartment regularly and money to live seems to appear from nowhere. Laila is convinced that her mother is a hapless drunk and that her little brother is a pretend king of a pretend country.
Laila begins her own research and plots a way to "help". But who will she really help?