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:, 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.

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