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I’m not sure exactly how I felt as I embarked upon the journey that this book would take me on.  Aurelia is crown princess of the kingdom of Tyralt, but someone wants her dead.  So her old classmate, Robert, comes to be her bodyguard, and ends up falling for her, and she falls for him.  Still, she decides that she doesn’t need Robert to protect her.  Aurelia is an almost overly strong character; stubborn, independent, impulsive and an amazing leader.  She didn’t have many bad qualities that I could detect, which made her seem less believable.  I found this story to be overly dramatic and intense and very much in need of a bit of comic relief.  I had to practically force myself to read this book!  The whole idea of this story seems intriguing in theory, but it was executed in a not so great way.  This book was so rife with intensity that it was almost tangible!  The revelation to the assassin mystery has a dramatic and somewhat climactic end.  The culprit was someone that I would never have guessed, and yet the ending was lacking something.  In the end, everyone’s true colors are revealed and yet Aurelia does not get the ending that she deserves.  The end left me feeling unsatisfied somehow.  There was definitely something lacking from the plot.  If you decide to give this book a try and find yourself just scanning the pages like I did, give it up, it’s not worth sticking with it to the end.

I give this book 3 1/2 out of 5 bookmarks!

Reviewed by: Austen A.

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I enjoyed this book, though it turned out to be the exact opposite of what I was expecting!  This turned out to be a good thing, though!  I expected a whiny teenage girl who was forced to play music and hated it, then fell in love with a musician and discovered a hidden talent. Instead, I got a story with subtle hints at romance, a mysterious murder, and palace cover-ups, including blackmail, extortion, and shadowy visits to Gypsy camps!  Theresa’s father was killed on Christmas Eve, and robbed of his violin, convinced that there was more going on than she was being told, Theresa goes on a quest to discover the truth.  While dodging her creepy uncle who keeps setting her up with old men, the watchful eye of her godfather Joseph Haydn, she runs out Gypsy camps, learns to fire a pistol, and goes gallivanting around the sewers!  She sounds like my kind of heroine!  Although Theresa had her weak moments, she had a lot more heft and inner strength than some of the other characters that I have encountered.   I liked how the author created Theresa as a normal girl for her time as well as trying to uncover the biggest secret in the kingdom.  She has to deal with conflicting feelings of love for her father’s associate, deal with her over protective mother and her weird, old uncle, and keep the household going while her mother battles with depression after her father’s death.  It made the entire story seem all the more real.  Although I truly enjoyed this book, I have to say, the ending was not up to my standards it definitely left me unsatisfied.  Overall, though, this book was very nice and I recommend it to all who have a hunger for mystery, intrigue, music, coming of age, adventure, or just a great plot, then you should definitely pick this book up the next chance that you get!

I give this book 4 out of 5 bookmarks!

Reviewed by: Austen A.

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