Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles, book 1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Henry Holt
Source: Review copy from publisher
“In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.
On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.”
The Kiss of Deception is not a perfect book, there are some things you need to overlook or see with kind eyes to really enjoy it.
Princess Lia is character you need to know to like. On the beginning she comes as a selfish-immature-chit. She does some things that will not only make you roll your eyes, but will lower your appreciation of her. She grows with time and soon after she realizes of her mistakes. It may be a bit too late… but better late than never.
If there is one thing I hate about YA is love Triangles. kill me slowly, but don’t give me a love triangle… In the blurb there is a hint of a love triangle in the story, but don’t worry… it’s just that, a hint. Yes, there is a girl and two boys. Both boys may be interested in the girl, but the girl has eyes only for one of them.
Talking about the boys, Pearson did something great here. I like when authors surprise me and she did just that. How? She confused the hell out of me about who was who… and when the light came to life I was like… WHAT? How? I had to go back and check where I miss “the clue”, just to realize Pearson is a tricky, tricky author. Well-done Mrs. Pearson, Well done!
Both boys, the prince and the assassin have good attributes, but if I have to pick one, I’ll pick the prince, that doesn’t mean I didn’t like the assassin, because even though I don’t agree with some of his actions, I did like him. I understand where he is coming from and why he did what he did.
The story is good, original and not too original ideas mixed together, but the writing is what makes it all work seamlessly. Pearson writing is lyrical and fluid and will keep you reading until the very end. The pace starts slow, but soon after it picks up and you will find yourself glued to the pages, wanting to know more.
The world building is interesting, with a complicated and delicate political situation between the neighboring kingdoms. There are hints about the existence of magic, but when don’t see much about it. There are also references about the Ancients and the Ancients’ cities that may suggest this is our world, but many years in the future.
As I said before, The Kiss of Deception is not a perfect book, but is one I really enjoyed. The end is not a super cliffhanger, but is one that will leave you dying to get your hands on next book, The Heart of Betrayal, but for that one, you have to wait to next year.
I recommend this book to YA Fantasy fans, especially if they like their fantasy with a high dose of romance.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
Other books in the series
The Kiss of Deception
The Heart of Betrayal (2015)
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