Title: The Tyrant’s Daugter
Author: J.C. Carleson
Publication Date: February 11, 2014 (advance review)

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
After the sudden and unexpected death of her father, the military leader of a war-torn country in the middle east, Laia finds herself whisked away to the United States with her mother and younger brother. Deposed and exiled, her family must learn to cope with their new environment. Laila and her brother slowly begin to settle in, while their mother can’t seem to let go to the past. But what will the developing situation their home country mean for them? Will they ever be able to go back?

The Tyrant’s Daughter is surprisingly engaging and is a very well-written young adult novel. It is easy to read and I found myself pulled in by the suspense – for everything to how Laila’s relationships developed to how the family will sort out their future. The characters and their interactions are all very real and create an easy depth to this fictional world that could very easily be true.

(eGalley provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)