Release date: April 17th 2008
Summary (from Goodreads): Princess Aurelia is next in line to rule the kingdom of Tyralt, but she would rather be one of the common folk, free to learn and roam and . . . not marry the next tyrannical prince that comes courting. Naturally, the king wants Aurelia to marry for political power. Aurelia wants to marry for love. And someone in the kingdom wants her dead.
Assigned to investigate and protect Aurelia is Robert, the son of the king’s former royal spy and one of Aurelia’s oldest friends. As Aurelia and Robert slowly uncover clues as to who is threatening her, their friendship turns to romance. With everything possible on the line—her life, her kingdom, her heart—Aurelia is forced to take matters into her own hands, no matter the cost.
I thought that Aurelia was a really good book; the characters were well-developed and I never came close to guessing who was trying to kill Aurelia.
Aurelia was a very interesting character, because she even though she had all the money she could ever want, she would rather be a town commoner. She spent most of her time in the village, talking with the local folk. I found this very easy to relate to, because I would probably be just the same. While I didn't love Robert (he seemed really old compared to his actual age), I did enjoy reading about him because of his growing love for Aurelia.
As for who the killer was, I had no idea until it was actually revealed. None of the clues pointed to him/her (I'm trying not to give spoilers!) as the culprit, so I think that surprised everyone who read the book. I had many ideas on who it might have been, but none of my guesses were correct.
There was only one thing that I didn't really like about the book, and that was the setting. I was a little bit confused about what it would look like, what sort of people lived in the place, or even when this was happening. The descriptions of the area weren't very helpful to me.
Aurelia is a book that I would recommend to those who like fantasy mysteries!