The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson has been on my radar for a few years now, ever since I read about it on HuffPost Books, and it didn’t disappoint.
The book focuses on Laila, a teenager who is taken out of her war-torn country after the death of her father and transplanted into the suburbs of Washington DC along with her mother and brother, Bastien. Here begins her own journey, mainly reconciling what she knew in her insulated life back home with what she finds out in her own research and what her new friends, Emmy and Ian, tell her. It also brings her into another plot or two headlined by her mother to get Bastien in control of their homeland- as sons inherit from their father. Add into it the mysterious guests over for dinner and you have a very good YA fiction on your hands.
The great thing about this book I think is, the fact that no nation is named, with the downside being it could’ve been beefed up a little more. The bonus of it not being beefed up is you as the reader fill in the gaps. It all comes together in the end with more questions bring raised of what is it exactly Laila will do next? Overall, it is a fast-read and I enjoyed the pace of it, if you love a good political whirl then this is for you!
Until next time,