Jul 8, 2014

Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Publication Date: 7.8.2014
Pages: 489
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Romance
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Source: ARC from publisher

Rating: 5 Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

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. 

Oh to be a princess! Just for a little while though. I don't think I could handle all the political duties or an arranged marriage. She did exactly what I would have done, run.

I loved this book. The story was one adventure after another with imagery that no where else but right next to Lia. You learn a lot about her in just the first few pages. She wants so hard to do her duty but her heart wins over. She thrives to be just herself and not just a horse contracted over to a prince she knows nothing about. She wants a simple life and does just exactly that. She is so determined to leave her old palace life behind and create a new one in hopes of finding love. Lia has a passion for life like I have never seen. Even when hinges get tough, she puts her chin up and ferociously meets the situation with everything she has. Lia quickly learns her destiny and tries her damnedest to steel her heart and set her mind to what she must do. Even if it means her life.

Rafe and Kaden. Where to start. Well first of all, once they get acquainted it's hard to distinguish who is who, as the point of view changes often. But once the story gets along a bit you quickly figure out who is who and what each of them want. They are both so mysterious and it's hard to understand their motives. They war with themselves over their heart and duty.

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  1. I'm SO glad to hear you enjoyed this one, Gabrielle! I loved it, and the negative reviews hurt almost as if I'd written the book. Kaden and Rafe were the best, and I can't wait to read the next one. Fabulous review!

  2. Yeah, I think I'd run, too. Pretty dresses and material goods are totally not worth the arranged marriage or any of the rest of that stuff. SUCH a good book!

  3. I'm a sucker for princesses. Bekka sent me her ARC, and I am really excited about this one. Everyone seems to love it!

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