Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review: Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 7/8/2014
  • Series: Remnant Chronicles Series , #1 
  • Source: ARC Provided by publisher for review
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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.

My Thoughts

I don't read a lot of books like this, but I am so glad that I read this one!! While not perfect, I still really loved it. I really enjoyed that Princess Lia was not willing to just give in and be a prize for a random prince. She wanted to make her own choices in her life not end up in a loveless marriage to a man she has never met. There is a bit of a love triangle, but it wasn't nauseating to me like most are. I also loved the friendship aspect of it. This is told from three POV's. The Princess, The Prince (Rafe), and The Assassin (Kaden). Sometimes, the same thing ends up repeated, just from a different POV, but it didn't bother me too much. One thing that I noticed (which I don't know if it was on purpose or will be corrected in the finished copy if it's not) was that at the beginning of the chapters, sometimes it would say The Prince and others it would say Rafe. Since they are the same person, I was a bit thrown off by that. It did that with The Assassin/Kaden as well. Not a huge thing I know, but something I noticed.

Lia is a very strong headed woman. She wants to be in control of her own life and will do what she has to in order to have that happen. Only after she flees, she realizes that it may have been a mistake and she has put her loved ones in danger. She loves her freedom in the village she is residing in. She doesn't act like a princess and in fact embraces being a barmaid and cooking and cleaning. She is there with her closest friend, and makes a lot of other friends. Two most notable are the hunter and the farmer, who are really the assassin who has been sent to kill her, and the prince who she was arranged to marry. She does act very childish at times, but she has her toughness to her too. And she is stubborn. For the most part, I really liked her.

Since I mentioned a love triangle, I should give a little input on it. Keep in mind that Lia doesn't know who either of the men really are, and they are both very admiring of her. The men don't know who the other really is either. The Prince went in search for her with every intention of not speaking to her, but upon first meeting, he starts to fall for her. She is nothing like he expected. The Assassin also begins to fall for her, which doesn't bode well for the fact he is supposed to kill her. Lia is smitten with Rafe, aka Prince. She is most definitely falling for him, but that doesn't stop her from being very friendly with Kaden. She has her moments when she wants to give in to the urges, but really, I didn't ever think she would choose Kaden over Rafe at any point.

There was a lot going on in this book from her escape, to all the entertainment in the village, to fleeing back home to fix things, to trying to escape capture. There was no shortage on adventure. I think that there was too much focus on the romance, and a lot of it was silly, but overall this story was really great. It is a rather large book, but I finished it in two days of reading because I needed to know what would happen. There is a cliffhanger for an ending, so if that's not something you enjoy, I would wait until the next one comes out before reading this. Despite the issues that I had, I was fully invested in this book and it still rocked! The little oddities and things that did bother me a little didn't take away from the story as a whole for me. If this is a genre that you enjoy, I highly recommend it.

*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. I was among the few people who this book really didn't work for. Like you said, the book focused too much on the romance, and I honestly wanted to learn more about the kingdoms because the author had some cool ideas. I do think the next book might be better for me because the book got better in the second half, but I'm worried we'll have to see the love triangle again. I've grown to hate anything that has love triangles these days. They've become so infuriating!
    I'm glad you had fun with this, Amy! :)
    Lovely review! :)

    1. Love triangles are getting old, but this one didn't bother me too much. Even though she was a bit conflicted, I felt that she was always going to choose Rafe. Like you though, I would have loved to get more of the kingdoms, and less of the romance aspect. I did really love it though and can't wait for the next book with the way this one ended.

  2. I enjoyed this one. I totally got the guys mixed up though, so I think maybe having the names vague at first was intentional. I also wish there had been a bit less romance and more adventure, but I feel that way most of the time.

  3. It's good to know that this specific love triangle didn't bother you much. I'm really interested to see how the story unfolds itself, so I'll definitely be reading this one. Great review, Amy!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  4. I have this book on my tbr pile and it look like something I need to be reading. Most readers have been loving it. Awesome review.

  5. BLARG! I just fangirled over this on another review before I hit here. I am really excited about a useful princess, like new age Disney girl-style!

  6. I hate love triangles and I don't particularly like cliffhangers but I'm so looking forward to reading this book nonetheless. There's just something about the premise that draws me in and it helped that the cover is gorgeous. Thanks for the honest review!

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