Audio Book Review: A Mad Wicked Folly

A Mad Wicked Folly CoverBook: A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller, narrated by Katharine McEwan

Published January 2014 by Listening Library|Run Time: 11 hours, 13 minutes

Where I Got It: from audible.com

Series: None

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

You can find A Mad Wicked Folly on goodreads & Sharon Biggs Waller on Twitter, Facebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes 17-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist – a nearly impossible dream for a girl. 

After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse – or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high-society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: Just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

What I Thought:

When I saw what A Mad Wicked Folly was about, I was intrigued enough to pick up and read it.  I went for the audio book, which I think was a semi-good decision, since I think I liked it better as an audio book than I would have liked it as an e-book.

Normally, characters like Vicky annoy me.  I’m just not a fan of female characters who seem a bit too modern and want to be independent and marry for love, especially when it doesn’t seem appropriate. However, I fully admit that I could be completely wrong, since I have no background in history, and often have to deal with what I vaguely remember from school, or the little I may have read on the subject.

But I found that Vicky wanting to marry for love and go to art school and make a living as an artist worked really for the book, especially given that she becomes involved in the suffragette movement in London.  I actually like that it was set in 1909 London and that the suffragette movement was the back-drop for the book, because I feel like it all went together really well.  I liked that there was the conflict with her family and with the world around her.  Granted, I didn’t particularly like her parents, but I also understood why they acted the way they did.  I did like her brother, though.

I get why Vicky acted the way she did, but I did feel like she was really selfish at times, and there were points, particularly at the end, where I really wanted to yell at her.  Mostly because her problems…she did kind of bring them upon herself, and if she had just listened and did what she was supposed to, she wouldn’t have been in so much trouble.  Still, I liked that over the course of the book, she finally came to the realization that she had to fight for herself, and make her own way.  I really am glad that she changed over the course of the book, and that she became less of a spoiled brat.

As for why listening to A Mad Wicked Folly was a semi-good decision…it has to do with the narration itself.  It seems like Vicky is pretty stubborn and spirited, and I really wish that came through in the narration. There were glimmers of it towards the end of the book, but I felt like McEwan didn’t really bring Vicky to life.  She’s not a horrible narrator at all.  I mean, I did finish it, so she was easy to listen to.  I just…don’t think she was the right choice to narrate the book.  I don’t listen to enough audio books to have a specific narrator in mind, but her narration just didn’t completely work for me.  She was pleasant enough to listen to, but it was just lacking that something special.

Let’s Rate It:

I really liked the overall story, especially with high society London and all of the scandal that Vicky is in the midst of and how the suffragette’s fit into a very structured group.  And the narration- while pleasant enough to listen to- didn’t completely work for me because I felt like the narrator didn’t completely bring Vicky’s stubbornness and spunk through. A Mad Wicked Folly gets 3 stars.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I’d Want With Me On A Deserted Island

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Top Ten Characters I’d Want With Me On A Deserted Island

When I started thinking about this list, I had the hardest time with it!  But 10 characters were really easy to come up with, because, well, it’s good to have all sorts of people with you.  My list is definitely random, except for a couple of super-obvious choices (in my opinion), and there are definitely no limits to what the characters can do, because it’s my deserted island, and the characters I picked would totally have all of the abilities they would in their respective books.

  1. Hermione is one of the obvious answers, but she’s smart and she’s a witch, so she’d be great to have around.
  2. Katniss is the other obvious choice, but she’s good with a bow and arrow, so we’d be good as far as food goes.
  3. Four from Divergent.  I need someone to swoon over,
  4. Etienne St. Clair from Anna And The French Kiss.  You can never have too many hot guys to swoon over.
  5. Mia from The Princess Diaries.  So I have someone to freak out with.
  6. Dr. Steiner from Ten Tiny Breaths.  He is a very strange and unconventional psychiatrist, but you never know when you’re going to need one.  Even if he can’t prescribe any medication, it can’t hurt.
  7. Perry from Under The Never Sky.  He’s able to provide for the Tides no matter what’s going on, so he’d definitely be good to have around.
  8. Valek from Poison Study.  You never know when an assassin/spy is going to come in handy.
  9. The Weasley Twins.  They are pretty entertaining, which will make being on a deserted island a little bit easier to handle.
  10. Charlie Weasley.  Apparently, Harry Potter characters are good to have around.  Considering Charlie works with dragons, he’d be good to have around for all of the wild animals roaming around.

 

Book Review: The One

The One CoverBook: The One by Kiera Cass

Published May 2014 by HarperCollins|225 pages

Where I Got It: the Nook store

Series: The Selection #3

Genre: YA Dystopic

You can find The One on goodreads & Kiera Cass on TwitterFacebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers’ hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey… Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

What I Thought:

I’ve really enjoyed this series, and I’m sad to see it end, because it’s different than a lot of other dystopic series I’ve read. But I actually think that this book is my favorite series!

Like, I really love the relationship that America seemed to have with her dad.  It was something we saw a little bit of in the previous books, but after reading this one, I wish we saw more of it.  Although…given everything we learn in the book, I’m not completely sure.  There’s so much we learn in this book- at least, that’s what it seems like in comparison to the other books- and I wish the dystopic elements of the book came through more.  I don’t mind the romance (even though it was predictable, and certain things that happened didn’t surprise me) but I felt like the dystopic aspect took a backseat.

Still, I was glad Maxon and America finally got it together, because that was one of the more frustrating parts of the entire series.  We still saw bits and pieces of their indecision and not wanting to admit to their feelngs in this book, but thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as the previous book.

And…I actually warmed up to Celeste in this book!  I felt like I understand how she acted in the last two books so much better after reading this one.  Once she actually let her guard down a little, she was actually not that bad.  I get why we didn’t see it before, but I am glad she wasn’t who I thought.

Back to the break-ins and conflict with the rebel groups: after everything we’ve learned about them and how Illea got started, I was expecting more than what we get.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked what we learned, and I’m really happy with how things were resolved, but I did expect it to have more of an impact than what we saw in the book.

I did love the book, though, and I’m glad everything came together in such a great way!

Let’s Rate It:

I loved The One and thought it came together in a way that the other two books didn’t.  Still, I wish that it didn’t take the entire series for it to come together.  But I’m actually willing to overlook it, because it was hard to put down at times, and there were parts of that I was so glad we saw.  The One gets 5 stars.

Book Review: The Collected Autobiographies Of Maya Angelou

The Collected Autobiographies Of Maya AngelouBook: The Collected Autobiographies Of Maya Angelou

Published April 2012 by Random House|1161 pages

Where I Got It: Nook store

Series: None

Genre: Adult Non-fiction: Autobiography

You can find The Collected Autobiographies Of Maya Angelou on goodreads

Goodreads Summary: 

This Modern Library edition contains I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in My Name, Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas, The Heart of a Woman, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, and A Song Flung Up to Heaven.

When I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published to widespread acclaim in 1969, Maya Angelou garnered the attention of an international audience with the triumphs and tragedies of her childhood in the American South. This soul-baring memoir launched a six-book epic spanning the sweep of the author’s incredible life. Now, for the first time, all six celebrated and bestselling autobiographies are available in this handsome one-volume edition.

Dedicated fans and newcomers alike can follow the continually absorbing chronicle of Angelou’s life: her formative childhood in Stamps, Arkansas; the birth of her son, Guy, at the end of World War II; her adventures traveling abroad with the famed cast of Porgy and Bess; her experience living in a black expatriate “colony” in Ghana; her intense involvement with the civil rights movement, including her association with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X; and, finally, the beginning of her writing career.

The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou traces the best and worst of the American experience in an achingly personal way. Angelou has chronicled her remarkable journey and inspired people of every generation and nationality to embrace life with commitment and passion.

What I Thought:

Maya Angelou really is quite the woman!  After hearing that she passed away, I knew I had to read her autobiographies. I read I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings years ago, but it never occurred to me to pick up her other ones.  I really am sad that I didn’t read them earlier.

I’m actually glad I went with her collected autobiographies, because she did so much, and I felt like her life story flowed a lot better being able to read all of her autobiographies as a collective whole.

I loved seeing her life up to when she started writing I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, and she had such an eventful life! It did get a little tedious at times, especially with All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes and A Song Flung Up To Heaven. All together, it was a definitely a marathon, and I think by the time I got to her last two books, I kind of wanted to be done with her autobiographies.  They were interesting, and I don’t want to take away from that at all, but I also wish I had taken a little more time with them.

It’s so easy to see how she became the person that she was- she is definitely a survivor, and always landed on her own two feet, no matter what happened to her.  I was quite surprised by some of things I read- like running a brothel, and traveling all over the world (and even making an effort to learn the language of every country she visited) and working for both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr…she is truly an inspiration, and I feel like we’re so lucky that she shared her story with us.

She really does have a way with words, and there were times when I forgot I was reading an autobiography. There’s something very poetic about the way she writes, and she has a way of feeling like she’s telling you a story.

Let’s Rate It:

I feel so honored to have read Maya Angelou’s story.  I feel like I understand her world so much better after reading her autobiographies, and I really regret taking so long to read them!  Reading them as one collective work was daunting, especially with her last couple autobiographies, but I also liked seeing her life as a whole, instead of in shorter stories. Her Collected Autobiographies get 4 stars.

Book Review: Five Ways To Fall

Five Ways To Fall CoverBook: Five Ways To Fall by K.A. Tucker

Published June 2014 by Atria Books|343 pages

Where I Got It: the Nook store

Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #4

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

You can find Five Ways To Fall on goodreads & you can find K.A. Tucker on TwitterFacebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.

Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.

If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…

What I Thought:

I’m really sad to see this series come to an end, because I’ve really loved this series!  But I am glad to see Ben’s story, and I liked it more than I expected.

I loved that characters from the previous books made appearances in this one, and while I vaguely remember Ben from their stories, I’m actually glad he got his own book.  I loved the first 2 books, and really liked the third- which didn’t have that special something the first two had.  Five Ways To Fall brought that something special back.

I just loved Ben and Reese together.  They really have an interesting relationship, and I just loved how their relationship developed over the course of the series.  I also loved that the book was narrated by both Ben and Reese, and I loved getting to know both of them.  I especially loved the relationship Ben had with his mom and the relationship that Reese had with her step-dad Jack.  Especially Reese and Jack, because he took care of her even though he was no longer married to her mom. But seeing Ben and his mom showed that he really is a good guy, and why he acts the way he does.

And I really wish that Reese and Kacey met more, because there’s something about Reese that really reminded me of Kacey. I like to think they’d be fabulous friends, and they really would get along quite nicely. I really felt for Reese, and she’s definitely a survivor.  You can’t help but get drawn into her story and I really wanted her to come out on top!  (And up with Ben, of course).

It did get me emotionally at the end, but there were some really funny moments too!  Reese and Ben together were hysterical at times, but it works.  I really couldn’t ask for a better couple to end this series with.

Let’s Rate It:

I really liked Five Ways To Fall- not as much as Ten Tiny Breaths or One Tiny Lie, but more than Four Seconds To Lose.  I loved Ben and Reese’s story,  but I do wish we got more of Ben’s story, since the main focus seemed to be Reese.  Which is fine, since I really love her, but I was expecting a bit more of Ben.  Five Ways To Fall gets 4 stars.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite T.V. Shows

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Top Ten Favorite T.V. Shows

This week, we’re actually taking a break from the normal book-ish topics, and talking about other forms of entertainment! I opted for my favorite t.v. shows, because I really do like to just sit down and watch some t.v. sometimes.  Here are some past and current favorites.

  1. Gray’s Anatomy.  Gray’s Anatomy has had it’s share of good, bad and bizarre, but it’s so addicting!
  2. Scandal.  For the longest time, I meant to watch Scandal, and I finally got around to watching it recently.  Parts of it were pretty familiar, probably as a result of me being lazy after Gray’s Anatomy finished.  But I’m glad I got caught up with it.
  3. NCIS.  I actually came across it on the USA network, so I got into it quite a few seasons in.  But there is a reason why it’s one of the most popular shows- it has some great moments, and the characters are a lot of fun.
  4. Downton Abbey.  I’ve only seen the first couple of seasons, but I will definitely be catching up before the next season starts.
  5. Nashville.  It’s about country music, and I love country music a lot, so I can’t believe it took me a while to get into it.
  6. Gilmore Girls.  I am such a fan of Gilmore Girls (which reminds me that I need to finish up my project to blog my way through the entire series).  I came to Gilmore Girls through ABC Family, and watched only season 7 live, but I fell in love with the town and the characters.
  7. Lost.  I loved Lost when it was on, so I may have to rewatch it one of these days.  Probably after I finish the 50 million other things I need to watch.  It was such a strange show, but strange is something I’m a fan of.
  8. Once Upon A Time.  Considering Lost is one of my favorite shows, it’s no surprise that Once Upon A Time is one of my favorite shows right now, and I want the next season to start to see where they’re going with the season 3 cliffhanger.  I totally wasn’t expecting that particular fairy-tale tie-in!
  9. Revenge.  I started off watching the first season, but for some reason, I never kept up with it after that.  Well, until recently, when I started watching it on Netflix & Hulu, and wondered why I stopped watching.
  10. I really love the Food Network!  I love to cook and bake- but mostly baking- and I have had days where I’ve literally watched it pretty much all day.  And there’s something about the connection between food and memories that’s actually pretty awesome.
  11. For good measure, go listen to Welcome To Night Vale.  While not a t.v. show, it’s one of my favorite podcasts, and I can’t wait to listen to today’s episode, especially after the last couple of episodes.

Book Review: Earthbound

Earth Bound CoverBook: Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

Published July 2013 by Penguin|282 pages

Where I Got It: Nook store

Series: Earthbound #1

Genre: YA Paranormal

You can find Earthbound on goodreads & Aprilynne Pike on Twitter, Facebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told. Tavia will soon to discover that she’s an Earthbound—someone with the ability to create matter out of nothing—and that she alone holds the key to stopping the Reduciata, an evil society that manipulates global events for its own shadowy purposes. Tavia will ultimately have to make a choice: to come into her powers and save the world from the evil Reduciata or to choose free will and a love of her own.

What I Thought:

After reading Pike’s Wings series, I’ve been looking forward to reading anything new she had coming out, and so I started off with Earthbound.  Which is very different than Wings, but in a good way!

It’s a really interesting take on the paranormal, and I like the idea of people being Earthbound.  I liked the addition of the Reduciata and the good guys (I just wish I could remember who they were).  I liked that small details were added throughout the book, and that you had a fairly decent sense of the “mythology” of the world by the end of the book. Granted, I wanted to know more, but you learn things as Tavia learns things, so I’m sure there’s a lot more to come in terms of world-building.  I just wish the towns had more description to them, because I couldn’t get a good feel for them, and it was hard to picture.

There is quite the love triangle in Earthbound, which does make sense by the end of the book.  It definitely made the book more interesting, once things started unraveling.  But I also didn’t particularly care for either guy, and they really didn’t stand out a lot.  Still, I’m curious to see how things go with Logan, given what we know about this world.

Still, I felt like things were all over the place, and I felt like things were a tad uneven.  There were definitely some things I should have predicted, since they were pretty obvious.  But the plot is different enough that I’m willing to overlook the obviousness of some things.

Let’s Rate It:

I liked the mystery in Earthbound, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book to see where things go. I didn’t love it, but it’s definitely interesting.  Earthbound gets 3 stars.  

Book Talk: Book Signings Are Pretty Awesome

Yesterday was pretty awesome!  I went to the book launch party for The Kiss Of Deception yesterday, and had such a great time!  I reviewed it earlier this week, so when I saw that there was going to be a book launch party/book signing at Mysterious Galaxy (a local sci-fi/fantasy/horror/mystery/thriller/suspense bookstore), I knew I had to go.

Kiss Of Deception And Swag

I haven’t been to many book signings, but they’re always fun to go to because going makes me even more excited to read the book.  And going to a signing for a book I’ve read was fun in a different way.  I really enjoyed The Kiss Of Deception and hearing Mary Pearson talk about all of the different inspirations for the book and how writing her Jenna Fox books inspired her to write this new series definitely made me want to re-read it already!  Reading the book before going to a signing definitely adds a different element to it- I have no idea how to explain what a difference it makes, but it does.  And I’m definitely excited to keep reading, because I’m so looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Kiss Of Deception Poster Collage

Like, I love that she was inspired by lost civilizations and true love and lack of technology.  There is definitely this feeling of a world that’s not necessarily medieval Europe (which is pretty common in fantasy), but something slightly older than that.  The different songs and stories and histories of the different kingdoms really added to that, and it really is one of my favorite parts of the entire book.  And the map in the physical book really helped see where everything was.

Having read an advanced copy, I don’t think the map was included, but that map, plus the one pictured above really helped see where everything was in relation to all of the other places.  That map is one side of a pretty awesome poster that was given out at the party!  The other side is the cover of the book, which is also the side that happens to be signed.  That part is a bit hard to see, but it is there.  The cover is pretty awesome, and it sounds like she’s pretty happy with the cover!  Plus, the bookmark has a little heart attached, which makes is really cool, because it goes so well with the book, and what it’s about.

Kiss Of Deception Signed

I definitely want to go to more book signings, though.  I’ve had a blast at the ones I’ve been to, so I’m definitely going to have to go to more.  I just…don’t know how to find out about book signings- well, not completely.  I’ve been to a few at Mysterious Galaxy, because I get their newsletter (and a couple of those few were in support of a friend), and I only recently signed up for the newsletter for another local independent bookstore (Warwicks, which is allegedly 30-ish minutes from my house if there’s no traffic, according to google, but it seems like farther away than that) plus one for the county library…which I think should cover most everything.  But I don’t know if there are other places to look, so if anyone has other suggestions, I am certainly welcome to them!

I love that I can look at a signed copy of book, and have very strong and specific memories attached to that book, because it’s definitely memorable.  Although…actually reading the signed book makes me nervous, because I’m way too freaked out that something bad will happen to it, so the signed copy is the nice copy that looks like it’s never been read…because I likely haven’t actually read that copy.  So, chances are, I’ll have a 2nd (e-book) copy of the book that’s my reading copy.  Not that I would take bad care of a signed book, because there is no way I’m eating or drinking near that book, and I would definitely use a proper bookmark (instead a paper clip or folding the corner of the current page) and I probably wouldn’t take it anyway. Other. unsigned books?  I’d probably dog ear them and whatnot because I don’t really care, but not a signed copy.  Or something someone lends, because I totally take good care of books that aren’t mine.

I am so glad I went, and I definitely recommend The Kiss Of Deception!  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Book Review: Tirade

Tirade CoverBook: Tirade by Cambria Hebert

Self-Published by Cambria Hebert in November 2012|396 pages

Where I Got It: Nook store

Series: Heven & Hell #3

Genre: YA Paranormal

You can find Tirade on goodreads & Cambria Hebert on Twitter, Facebook, and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

Betrayal burns. Death hurts and the clock ticks…

Minutes and hours stretch into days. How long can Sam survive being confined in Hell? I have a plan… a plan with a lot of holes. I need someone who can make up for my weaknesses, someone who possesses the power that I lack. Riley is supposed to be off limits. He’s dangerous, he’s mean and he’s not to be trusted. But I do. 

Beelzebub is on a tirade, bent on revenge. I took what he wants and sent him into the flames. I will wear the scars of his punishments forever. But scars don’t scare me anymore.

On my way to free Sam I find my true path, a secret place and new allies. But in Hell nothing is easy… and everything is cruel. The only thing left to do is survive.

What I Thought:

One thing I’ve really liked about this series from the very beginning is how unique it is!  I liked Tirade, but not as much as I was hoping.  Still, it’s an interesting addition to the series, given everything that happens.

I’ve really come to care about Heven and Sam, and I just want Sam to be okay.  Same with Heven, and I think they’re such interesting characters, especially with everything that we’ve learned about Heven so far.  I didn’t see that coming but I knew there was something more to her character and the Supernatural Treasure angle. I’m glad we got to know Sam’s brother better, and I really felt for him in this book, mostly because we got to know the real Logan better.  And I just love how important Heven’s grandma is to her, because she really is more of a mother to Heven than Heven’s own mother.  And if there’s something I love, it’s grandparent-grandchild relationships.

I wasn’t expecting the possibility of a love triangle, but I don’t think it will turn into a full-blown love triangle. Which is good, because I can’t imagine Heven with anyone except Sam.  I’m still not sure what to think about Riley, but I do feel like I understand him a little bit better.  I’m actually curious as to how the end of the book will factor into the next book.

We spend quite a bit of the book in hell, and I really liked Hebert’s vision of hell- a dark, dreary barren place, and not the flames you’d expect.  Overall, this book is a bit darker than the previous two, and it makes me wonder if the next book will be darker, and how everything will turn out.

I didn’t like the dual narration as much as I did in the last book, but it still worked well for the book, given Sam’s in hell and Heven’s not.  It really does give you perspective on what’s going on with both Heven and Sam.

Let’s Rate It:

I liked Tirade, but it kind of seemed like it was bridging the gap between the first two books and the last book.  It’s definitely different than a lot of the other paranormal books I’ve read, and I’m looking forward to reading the next (and last) book. Tirade gets 3 stars.

ARC Book Review: The Kiss Of Deception

The Kiss Of Deception CoverBook: The Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Published July 8, 2014 by Henry Holt & Co.|339 pages

Where I Got It: netgalley.com., which hasn’t influenced my review in any way.  Promise!

Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1

Genre: YA Fantasy

You can find The Kiss Of Deception on goodreads & Mary E. Pearson on Twitter and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

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.

What I Thought:

I’m so glad I read The Kiss Of Deception!  I don’t read a lot of fantasy, but The Kiss Of Deception seemed too interesting to pass up.

I thought that Lia not having the abilities she’s supposed to have as First Daughter were really interesting.  I can’t even begin to imagine having to pretend having the gift of sight.  I really felt for Lia as she started a new life and ended up places she never expected.  Lia narrates most of the book, but there is the occassional chapter narrated by both the jilted prince and the assassin, which really added to the book.  I think it’s because you get a slightly different perspective on what’s going on. And I thought the love triangle to be really interesting and well-done.  Things could go either way, and I’m really curious as to who Lia will fall for. They’re both mysterious in a good way, and I like that you’re not sure if they’re a good guy or a bad guy.

I loved that you had songs and stories scattered throughout the book, because they really added something to the different groups in the book.  It added something special to this world, and I can’t wait to learn more about the world Lia lives in. I felt like we could have known more about Lia’s world, but at the same time, I feel like there’s more to come.  And it really did feel like Pearson put a lot of work into creating Lia’s world, even if we don’t know every single little detail.  Come to think of it, I actually like that we aren’t overloaded with details of what every tree, flower and shrub looks like.  The details we have are necessary to what’s going on, and what will happen in the rest of the series.

I’m hoping the magic in this book is explored a little more in the rest of the series, because I found Lia’s lack of sight to be interesting.  And if maybe she has another ability- because there is definitely something special about her, and for some reason, I just think it would be interesting for her to have something different.  Maybe because First Daughters are supposed to have one ability, and her having something different would be an interesting twist.

Let’s Rate It:

There is so much more to The Kiss Of Deception than the summary would lead you to believe.  The hinted at love triangle is interesting, and I can’t wait to see how that develops.  I’m definitely looking forward to reading the sequel, which is going to be a long wait, since the sequel comes out next year.  The Kiss Of Deception gets 4 stars.