Saturday, May 7, 2011

Review: Rosie

Reading Level and Genre(s): YA Fiction
Features: Royalty runaways
Publication Date: April 22, 2011
Source: Author for review

In life, nothing is the same as it seems. People create masks –identities – to hide who they really are –some for noble reasons, or nefarious ones, but only a tiny fraction because they must.
Alessandra and Damien, or Rosalie and Daniel, were once the Princess and Prince of La Pacifica until they were forced out of the beautiful island. Eight months flew by, and they finally began to settle in Alexandria, Egypt, when they found out that they didn’t leave their past behind them, and that they were both wanted urgently.

I love princesses. When I was younger, I didn't go parading around wearing a crown and ridiculous high heels. I read about real life princesses, ranging from Victoria to some lesser-known ones. Anything about royalty, just say the word, and I'll (probably) read it. So, when Mariam asked for a review, I gladly accepted.

I loved how the beginning of each chapter gave you a little insight into the antagonist's mind. Ingenious, really. Most books, if they even have parts from the POV of the bad guy, only have one or two (at least, from what I've read). But in this book, his story ran parallel with Sandra and Dam's. Only, his identity was never revealed until the very end, which made it even more mysterious. I kept trying to guess who the bad guy was throughout the novel, but I couldn't figure it out! Maybe I'm just stupid, but Mariam really kept the story interesting and suspenseful.

I really liked the relationship between the two siblings. It's always great to see a protective older brother. I sometimes felt like Sandra was a little... distant, and not as likable as Damien, but I suppose if you understood what she was going through, then it's okay. In the end, everything is tied up nicely, and it leaves you feeling complete, if not a little teary.

Mariam Maarouf is a wonderful debut author, and I see extreme potential in her. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

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Dying -once Alessandra's dream- was now her most dreaded fear; knowing that who you want to be with weren't unreachable as you thought they were would do that to you.
He stood there, his hair drenched in the pouring rain, his usually kind-looking eyes vicious, and his black, shiny gun in his confident hands, waiting for the perfect chance to send her soul to the most unknown place- the afterlife.
She took a shaky breath as she scanned her surroundings for an escape, but found none. Old thoughts of surrender tempted her like candy did to children; it had been her wish for a while, why not take the chance while she had it?
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