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


The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Age Range: 14 and up

Series: Remnant Chronicles (Book 1)
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (July 8, 2014)

Genre: Fantasy/romance

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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. In The Kiss of Deception by Mary E.
Pearson, deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of
unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

About the Author:

Mary E. Pearson is the author of several award winning books for
teens, including the best-selling Jenna Fox Chronicles. She is a native
Southern Californian and writes full time from her home in Carlsbad,
California where she lives with her family.

Her awards and honors
include the Golden Kite Award, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, the
Andre Norton Honor, and The South Carolina Young Adult Book Award.

newest series, The Remnant Chronicles, kicks off with THE KISS OF
DECEPTION, the first in a trilogy about a defiant princess living in the
ruins of a bygone world.

Her website, www.marypearson.com has more information about Mary and her books.

My Thoughts:

I really liked this book! It was full of friendship, romance, and
deception. The world building was well done, with a society steeped in
tradition so thick it could suffocate a person. Lia certainly feels
suffocated when her wedding day arrives and she is supposed to marry a
prince she has never met in order to create an alliance between their countries. Desperate and
foolish, she flees before the wedding and naively thinks there will be
no other repercussions other than her father’s anger. But her actions
bring far larger consequences than the half-hearted bounty her father
places on her head.

The story is equal parts romance and adventure, with Lia falling for a
mysterious stranger that shows up with his equally handsome friend. It’s
a love triangle, and it’s insta-love. I’m not find of love triangles,
but insta-love has never bothered me. I like stories where an attraction
is immediate, while a relationship builds slowly after.

It wasn’t a perfect book.  Some dots didn’t connect, and some things
weren’t as strong as I would have liked. I didn’t believe that Lia
actually cared for Kaden as much as she later claims to. Some parts of
the book were a little slow and the ending is left wide open, which was
kind of frustrating. There wasn’t much of a climax, and absolutely no
resolution, but it was still an enjoyable read.

Cover: I love this cover.  It drew me in right away and made me want to read the book.  Beautifully done.

Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Content: Some language (no f-words), violence, some innuendo, kissing, and a short attempted rape that gets intercepted.


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1 Comment

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    Adriana Garcia
    June 30, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Such a beautiful cover. I love the premise and even the naivety of Lia because she seems to have gotten herself into a huge problem and it'll be interesting to see how she handles it.
    I wish that her emotions were clearer. I think they left the resolution open because this is book one after all. I hate when authors do that but it always makes me want the second book NOW so it has the desired effect.

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