October 3, 2014

Review: The Kiss of Deception by: Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by: Mary E. Pearson (July 2014)
492 pages
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Publisher: Henry Holt
Source: The library
Goodreads Summary: A princess must find her place in a reborn world.
She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her.

Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

My Review

My First Thoughts: the main character, Lia, is either crazy or brave. Either way, I like her.
Although The Kiss of Deception is more of a romance than a fantasy it captivated my attention. I enjoyed the story of the runaway princess a great deal.

I’m going to tell you right off the bat, I’m not a big fan of love triangles, BUT this book really doesn’t have one, at least not what you would originally think of as a love triangle. It has a semi new twist on the idea of a love triangle. Throughout the novel it is obvious that Lia has a preference for one of the two guys, but there is a catch. Lia and the reader don’t know which guy is the assassin sent to kill her and which one is the prince she originally ran away from. Sometimes I thought I figured it out, but then I didn’t. I flip flopped so much on who was who. I did however have a favorite. I always cheered him and Lia on, I loved them. Honestly, I was surprised who turned out to be the prince. This aspect of the novel alone makes this book worth reading and too unique to pass up. It was my favorite part of the whole book, I loved it.

Here are a few other things I loved about The Kiss of Deception. I loved how everything isn’t always black and white. The complex characters were great. A smile always kept creeping on my face while reading. Last but obviously not least, even though I’ve already mentioned this it deserves another, the mystery of who is who.

Now here are the three things I wasn't a fan of in The Kiss of Deception. First, not enough action. Second, its slow pacing at times. Third, the ending. It isn’t that it is a bad ending, it is just a frustrating one.

Bottom Line: The Kiss of Deception shouldn't be overlooked. It may not be as full of action as many fantasy novels, but it is still a very good read with its own unique qualities. I also love the cover.


  1. As you know, I loved this book. I was so mesmerized by the way it was told that I didn't feel the lack of action or slower pace. I was hooked (and it's a sizable book too!) but for a typical fantasy, this one was way more character driven (It would have been a perfect example for this week's TTT dammit!) The ending was a little anticlimatic but I cannot wait for book 2!

    1. I can't wait for book two either! The ending just left me wanting to read the second one for whatever reason. lol I don't question the reasoning. I just loved the point of views and not knowing who was who. Thanks again for convincing me to read it!! :) What would I do without you?

  2. I agree! I really was just... expecting some more action in the beginning of the book! I enjoyed it but the beginning felt VERY slow to me. I really enjoyed the ending and I'm hoping for more in book two! :)

    1. Spot on Brittany! I can't wait to see what comes next.


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