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Review, Young Adult / August 20, 2016
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. PearsonThe Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Date: July 2014
489 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy
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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.

The Kiss of Deception took me 10 months to read. Yep, that’s right. I began reading it in September 2015 but only just finished it July 2016. This wasn’t because it was a bad book at all, slow but not bad. The reason why it took me so long is because I have been in a big reading slump since September 2015. I’d read a book and then be in a slumpy mood again and it has been the worst but I think I’m really beginning to come out of it now!

By November, I’d got half way through this book (about page 200ish I think!) before putting it down, however little did I know that once the book hits page 300, that’s when it really gets interesting! After seeing my friend Christine was reading, I thought I’d join her once she’d got up to the page I was on. She sprinted ahead of me, but told me how much better it got throughout, and this really spurred me on to read it!

To give you the general jist of things, The Kiss of Deception is about a girl who is to marry a prince, which is more of a political alliance than anything else between two kingdoms. In short, the princess does not want to marry the prince, whom she has never met, and so she runs away, but an assassin is sent to kill her, and the prince goes off to find her.

This story is quite unique as we have Lia who is our main character, the assassin and the prince. We are given two names; Rafe and Kaden. These are the names for the assassin and the prince but have fun trying to guess who is who because you don’t find out until towards the end. I kept thinking I knew who was who but in the end I just gave up as I had no clue!

Lia is a fab leading lady and is such a strong character throughout this book. In fact, there were quite a few strong, independent ladies in this book which was so great. I liked having Lia guide us through this book, however at times the story was quite slow and so I did then find her a bit boring, oops. But other than that, I thought she was great to follow. What I liked about Lia which I have mentioned is her independence, this girl does not need a man, though there is a bit of friendship and love thrown into the mix with this book. As a girl who has grown up with all brothers and no sisters, I feel that this really contributed to her character, making her a lot stronger.

The plot is one that flows really nicely and is a pretty great idea. I do really like the uniqueness that this book has with the not knowing of who is the prince and who is the assassin – I think that’s a great touch. Though I did find this book was quite slow and steady, I suppose it makes sense considering it is part of three-book series. As I mentioned earlier, the slowness of it in parts really was a bit of a killer for me, as I was already slipping into a slump and the pace of this book didn’t really help. But thinking about it, the slow pace between the middle of this book almost reflects the sort of life the princess is living after running away. Personally, I think that if I’d just kept reading, I probably would not have found it so slow, but unfortunately I did. In comparison to the middle of the book though, both start and finish were pretty fast paced!

The romance, friendship and family aspect in this book were not too heavily done. The friendship between Lia and one of the ladies, Pauline was really lovely to see. The connection that Lia had with her brothers, especially her brother Walther was great to read about, I enjoyed having this family element to add to this book. The romance as well wasn’t too bad either – there was a slight love triangle I felt, but not too much of one. The romance wasn’t too pushy and I didn’t feel like it really overpowered the story itself.

All in all, though I put it down half way through and didn’t return back to it for literally months, I liked it, but really began to enjoy it after hitting the page 300 mark. I do think that this could probably have been condensed just a slight bit more, however you never know what bits may become important to the future books. I’m looking forward to making a start on the next book in this series, The Heart of Betrayal and finally finishing it with the newly released The Beauty of Darkness.

4 Stars

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