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{Read Pdf} ⚽ The Tyrant's Daughter ⚤ From a former CIA officer comes the riveting account of a royal Middle Eastern family exiled to the American suburbs When her father is killed in a coup,year old Laila flees from the war torn middle east to a life of exile and anonymity in the US Gradually she adjusts to a new school, new friends, and a new culture, but while Laila sees opportunity in her new life, her mother is focused on the past She s conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to regain the throne their family lost Laila can t bear to stand still as an international crisis takes shape around her, but how can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations JC Carleson delivers a fascinating account of a girl and a country on the brink, and a rare glimpse at the personal side of international politics Bonus Backmatter includes a note about the author s CIA past, and a commentary by RAND researcher and president of ARCH International, Dr Cheryl Benard Recommendations for further reading are also included From the Hardcover edition An Aristocratic Mid Eastern Teenager Caught Between the Past and Her Present in AmericaFifteen year old Leila, her mother, and seven year old brother, Bastian, escape from their oil rich Mideastern country when her father, the ruler, is assassinated by his brother, the General In America, Leila is faced with a foreign world The palace is replaced with a one bedroom apartment No body guards surround the family Her brother adapts quickly to his new surroundings, but her mother plots to return An Aristocratic Mid Eastern Teenager Caught Between the Past and Her Present in AmericaFifteen year old Leila, her mother, and seven year old brother, Bastian, escape from their oil rich Mideastern country when her father, the ruler, is assassinated by his brother, the General In America, Leila is faced with a foreign world The palace is replaced with a one bedroom apartment No body guards surround the family Her brother adapts quickly to his new surroundings, but her mother plots to return to power in their homeland.In the high school, Leila finds herself surrounded by bouncy, bright Americans who find loud music and sexually suggestive dancing amusing Leila, on the contrary, hears gun fire and can t forget her conservative, veiled upbringing She makes friends, but these friends bring up uncomfortable ideas Was her father responsible for the bloodshed in her country She becomes friends with a boy from the opposition, giving her a glimpse of what her father s policies did to people.Although this novel is targeted at a young adult audience, it can be equally interesting for adults The author did an exceptionally fine job showing how Leila reacted to the cultural differences between her country and the United States It also shows how ordinary people get caught up in international intrigue and the cost this entails for their families.I highly recommend this book The characters, particularly Leila, are well drawn, as is Amir, her friend from the opposition Some of the American teenagers seem one dimensional, but that is appropriate since they are seen through Leila s eyes It is only as the book progresses that she is able to see that Emmy, her best friend and supporter, has her own serious problems to deal with The bonus material at the end is well worth reading The author explains how she got the idea for the book, and Dr Cheryl Benard , RAND Researcher, presents a personal view of women caught up in international politics on the Mideast.I reviewed this book for Net Galley 02.11.14 THIS IS OUT TODAY I don t usually do this but it was such a lovely story not to be read Goooooo4.5 STARSYears are lifetimes in my world I read this book in a day, with one pit stop to the bathroom I think I set this aside for 5 minutes when I reached the halfway mark when I noticed I was reading it WAY too fast To say I was surprised given the weight and my unfamiliarity with the subject matter, is pretty much low balling it I m also sure getting selected to receive an AR 02.11.14 THIS IS OUT TODAY I don t usually do this but it was such a lovely story not to be read Goooooo4.5 STARSYears are lifetimes in my world I read this book in a day, with one pit stop to the bathroom I think I set this aside for 5 minutes when I reached the halfway mark when I noticed I was reading it WAY too fast To say I was surprised given the weight and my unfamiliarity with the subject matter, is pretty much low balling it I m also sure getting selected to receive an ARC of this from NetGalley is a glitch in the matrix seeing as I m probably the least world politics conscious person I know I tuned in to CNN for an entire day one time it was the only English speaking channel on the crappy hotel s TV and I remember wanting to stay in bed, feeling small and futile in the enormity of an uncaring, random world Living the day to day is hard enough, poking your head around the bigger picture is just overwhelming That s pretty much the best argument in choosing fantasy, fluff and fiction Reality, the bigger reality, is a pervasive threat waiting to overwhelm and debunk everything that you do soon as you acknowledge its presence A struggle for your struggle to struggle against It doesn t mean one should ignore it, but in a certain mindset it can consume and depress The Tyrant s Daughter can make you feel all and none of that THE INVISIBLE QUEEN Laila has just come to America with her brother Bastien, and her mother, from an unnamed Middle Eastern country where her father was assassinated in a coup organized by his brother Her father was a king Or so she was told Which makes her brother a six year old King of Nowhere and her a fifteen year old Invisible Queen, exiled and penniless in the Land of the Free.As she strives to fit in her school with new found friends operating in a set of rules different from the ones she grew up in, she starts to learn about her past through the eyes of the rest of the world She discovers the truth about her family while she grows conflicted about her new home , it s strange culture and belief system that sends her to question her ownCollege loans and Happy Meals Disneyland Free refills Boys like Ian, with dazzling eyes and kind, good hearts Librarians with arms full of books for the taking, and shiny plastic jewels Picnics in the park Lucky Charms.So much happy artifice Such fanciful illusions She struggles to reconcile this neon bright promise of a future with coming to terms with the past she can t seem to let go Or won t let HER go as she watches a variety of strange, sinister men come and go in their quaint and cramped Washington apartment A man in a suit and tie who escorted them out of their palace and into America, surly men from their country and a surlier scarred boy, Amir, who watches her in school In the middle of it all is her mother, with her secrets, her clandestine phone calls back home, her empty whiskey bottles and her intentions Of which Laila has just recently learned, along with the truth about their family, she isn t privy to This is the story of how she became an Invisible Queen from being an Invisible Queen PAWNS, PLAYERS, PUPPETEERS It s always the complex, multi layered and textured stories that are the hardest to review Like those matryoshka dolls where it s never really just one doll, this really wasn t just one story and Carleson did an excellent job tying them into a neat and layered little package I want to label it a deeply feminist story and to an extent it really is but I think it s a humanist examination of the complexity of world politics first and foremost It places the pawns, the players and the puppeteers of these global games in situations outside war rooms and international conferences Carleson mashes that petri dish with the petri dish of the mundane and the day to day, portraying a dictator as a father and a husband without whitewashing his faults was pretty impressive but the depiction of his wife as a mother, his teenage daughter as a teenager reconciling freedom, hormones and her own personal values and so on was a perspective that resonates without being propaganda preachyTalking about my world, seeing it distorted, fun house mirror reflection in the eyes of these American acquaintances, is okay Their perspective is not mine, and my reality is not theirs But somewhere our differences is a shared space where we are friends The beautiful and heartfelt honesty reflected in Laila s character couldn t have been delivered anypoignantly She was such a harrowing and thought provoking narrator, avoiding the usual pitfalls of flashy manipulative tearjerker lines and scenes, expressing herself instead in ways that came across balanced and fair that you can t help but respect and root for her She was very charismatic as a heroine, in her relationship with her mother and Bastien and in her understanding and respect of human nature while keeping at her own beliefs and principlesAmericans never seem to be at peace with their surroundings they re always heating or cooling or just constantly changing everything to meet their whims Watching their industriousness exhausts me, and sometimes I want to shout out, to tell them to just be But I know I have no right to criticize Everyone needs to feel some degree of control over their universe Yeah, I may have highlighted half the book in all of Carleson s redolent observations put into matter of fact yet haunting prose She writes with confidence without that aggressive push, presenting details with documentary like impartiality The events, the personalities, the places all seem familiar but never distracts from the plot at hand.I was wary for a while that with the introduction of two male protagonists in the story, it was trying to conform to please certain YA readers palates But it doesn t There will be no picking of Team Amir or Team Ian in this one, this is not that kind of book Both are key instruments to her process of self discovery and character growth in the midst of isolation in the midst of freedom And it s an amazing relief to see how it is done properly.I love how this was a fully formed story, with no lapses in the rhythm and tension that it set Some parts may have employed some 007 bells and whistles which was a bit of a contrast to the realistic path this has set itself on but I found myselfentertained than bothered, how the suspense was built and satisfied in its resolution The way this ended was a brilliant end note on what I felt this book was trying to achieve, the message it was trying to cut across I may have raised a wary eyebrow at the commentary after the author s note because I m not too keen on reading something that tells guides me HOW to read a book but I can t deny how well thought out it was and how the real life stories within it enriched the context of Laila s own How a story is not just a story and how good is not simply good just as bad is never simply bad It makes you think how the world as it is now is a product of good intentions, noble aspirations and dreams of men and women, great and small, good and bad that went well or had gone awry along the way How the reality we exist in can never be captured by video, encapsulated in political science books or memoirs in all its complex textures, twists and turns We all serve within the rules of that reality, which in turn serves it s contradictory masters of circumstance, purpose and chance and each person s story is either each person s struggle to break free and from that or waltz with it It may not hold the answers on the how but there s something to be said about knowing and journeys half madeI am my mother s daughter I am my father s daughter And I have learned from their mistakes I am the Invisible Queen Now excuse me as I search and add the recommended books listed as companion reading for this one to my TBR shelf ARC provided by Random House Children Knopf BFYR THANK YOU thru Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review Quotes may not appear in the final edition.Also on BookLikes 4.75 Cultural stars To me, it was simply a story with a message family honor, redemption, and true love Laila is the Invisible Queen of the Middle East easily ignored, easily dismissed After her father is murdered she becomes a refugee in America along with her mother and younger brother Adjusting to her new life in America is a night and day experience Things aren t as they seem and she discovers that within her own family The betrayal runs deep within her network The last par 4.75 Cultural stars To me, it was simply a story with a message family honor, redemption, and true love Laila is the Invisible Queen of the Middle East easily ignored, easily dismissed After her father is murdered she becomes a refugee in America along with her mother and younger brother Adjusting to her new life in America is a night and day experience Things aren t as they seem and she discovers that within her own family The betrayal runs deep within her network The last part of the book holds secrets and an endless loop of double crossing A great young adult book with an interesting story line The short chapters made the book move along quickly For my romance loving friends this book does not have romance Standalone20th book of 2014 ARC pre approved by Random House Children s Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I wasthan a bit apprehensive about The Tyrant s Daughter at first While the synopsis sounded great, numerous warning flags popped up in my head Not only was the subject matter was hard to pull off, but at the end of the day, J C Carleson was still a white, American author no matter how extensively they d traveled and the book was about Muslim royalty Not to mention my last encounter with YA books concerning Muslim teenagersLaila s story is an extraordinary one After her father I wasthan a bit apprehensive about The Tyrant s Daughter at first While the synopsis sounded great, numerous warning flags popped up in my head Not only was the subject matter was hard to pull off, but at the end of the day, J C Carleson was still a white, American author no matter how extensively they d traveled and the book was about Muslim royalty Not to mention my last encounter with YA books concerning Muslim teenagersLaila s story is an extraordinary one After her father was killed in a coup, Laila is relocated to the US along with her brother and mother The Tyrant s Daughter chronicles Laila s adjustment to American high school life while having to deal with her family including her brother s irritatingly carefree J.C Carleson s biggest strength is in her writing While it was clean and minimalistic, it conveyed the intensity of the events extraordinarily well I didn t expect much from The Tyrant s Daughter but Carlesonthan delivered.Laila was an incredibly realistic protagonist She was far from perfect yet still relatable Laila was far from likable as a person but I don t think I d say I disliked her Despite her haughty self centred streak, Laila was a genuinely interesting and intriguing character Her flaws and her strengths were well developed I could easily see a real teenager view spoiler cough me cough hide spoiler acting in a similar way as she does.While I enjoyed the characterizations of Laila s people her family and the other families from her home, I felt that the American characters were severely lacking and one dimensional Even Laila s American friends such as Emmy and Ian were missing the spark that the other characters had I couldn t like either of them because they were just too cardboard for my liking.The story of The Tyrant s Daughter was engaging and eye opening Laila s whole life was turned upside down when she and her family are rushed out of their country They are forced to exchange a life of decadence and opulence for a dingy little apartment and financial insecurity At the end of the day, the book was mainly about Laila trying to come to terms with who and what her father was and how her perfect family wasn t as pretty as she wanted it to be It s also about Laila s journey of self discovery The love triangle a term I use loosely was less between two boys andof an internal strife between two parts of herself I appreciated how the Islamic faith was treated It wasn t villianized or treated as non feminist as I ve seen all over media While Laila did struggle with trying to find the real her, I appreciated that Carleson didn t totally mess it up.Laila s story was amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed it While it wasn t perfect, it was really good and I totally recommend it to people looking for a deeper book than the average YA novel