Friday, January 24, 2014

Book Club Friday: The Tyrant's Daughter

This week for Book Club Friday I am reviewing The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson.


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, 15-year-old Laila flees from the war-torn middle east to a life of exile and anonymity in the U.S. 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? 
J.C. 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. 

Good Reads


This is not my normal type of book. I don't tend to gravitate towards book about international politics or spy stories. However I found this book a very enjoyable read. for me a good test of a book is how long it take me to finish it. I downloaded it on a Monday and had finished it by Wednesday afternoon. It transports you into the fluctuating world that Laila is dropped into when she is moved to the suburbs of DC after her father's death. One of my favorite parts of the story was Laila and her brother's adjustment to american life. From the difference in abundance to new friendships. It was interesting to see how they dealt with the culture shock. This was especially present in the relationship between Laila and her american boyfriend. I also enjoyed the honest way the she deals with finding out things about the past life that were not as she thought.

Overall, I loved the fast paced, honest story of the Tyrant's Daughter. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in looking at American life though a different lens or who enjoys book about middle eastern politics.

*I received this book from NetGalley but all opinions are my own.

What are you reading?


  1. Oh, I must have missed this one on Netgalley! It sounds great!

  2. I've been seeing this book around lately and think it looks awfully interesting. But I haven't heard much about it, and I'm happy to hear that it sounds worth reading!

  3. Well this sure sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing!! I'll definitely check it out. :)