Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Fitzosbornes in Exile by Michelle Cooper

Young Adult: 464 Pages
Published: April 5th, 2011
Publisher: Knopf for Young Readers
Series: The Montmaray Journals
Source: Finished coy from publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the author: Website

Michelle Cooper combines the drama of pre-War Europe with the romance of debutante balls and gives us another compelling historical page turner.Sophia FitzOsborne and the royal family of Montmaray escaped their remote island home when the Germans attacked, and now find themselves in the lap of luxury. Sophie's journal fills us in on the social whirl of London's 1937 season, but even a princess in lovely new gowns finds it hard to fit in. Is there no other debutante who reads?!And while the balls and house parties go on, newspaper headlines scream of war in Spain and threats from Germany. No one wants a second world war. Especially not the Montmaravians—with all Europe under attack, who will care about the fate of their tiny island kingdom? Will the FitzOsbornes ever be able to go home again? Could Montmaray be lost forever?

The FitzOsbornes in Exile is book #2 in this series. Although I haven't read the first book, I was still able to enjoy everything that the book had to offer! I look forward to devouring the first book, and then eagerly await book #3.

I love historical novels, especially war time and this book gave me exactly what I was looking for. The author created a vivid setting, placing me right in the centre of Sophie's world. I love the 1930's era, and Michelle Cooper captured that perfectly.

I found the character cast very emotionally charged. Sophie was an exceptional character, one that will stick with me for a long time. The author penned a great balance between storyline and characters. It made the book flow beautifully. I heard so much hype about this book before reading, so I went into the book with high expectations(which I usually try not to do) but this book did not disappoint. It definitely delivered!

 A stunning character cast, a colourful setting and a great writing style all wrapped up in a pretty cover!
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  1. The cover is great...and I love books set in this time period. I'll be adding this series to my wishlist.

  2. I loved this one, too, though I felt it covered too long a period of time in too few pages. Still, I think that's because Michelle Cooper has a specific timelime she's aiming for, one that follows the real timeline of WWII. Great review!

  3. This sounds like a really interesting series! Thanks for the review!

  4. Absolutely fabulous review, this looks like my kind of book! I will be checking out the first book as well. If the second book is this good I don't want to miss any of the series!

  5. I just finished the first book. Did you think the book flowed at a good speed? I thought the first one was a bit slow.

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