July 29, 2014

Book Review: THE KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary E. Pearson

Book:  The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)
Author:  Mary E. Pearson
Publisher:  Henry Holt & Co.
Genre:  Young Adult Romance; Fantasy; Fiction

“Deliberate deception is not a mistake.  It's calculating and cold.  Especially when aimed at the one you profess to love.  and if one can’t be trusted in love, one can’t be trusted in anything.”- Lia

Blurb via Goodreads:

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 Synopsis:

Princess Arabella Celestine Idris Jezelia of Morrighan is not resigned to her fate.  She does not bow to tradition.  Her name alone, the name she chooses to call herself, Lia, makes her different from the Queens of past.  As the only daughter, the first daughter of Morrighan, she is expected to fulfill her duty and marry the prince of Dalbreck.  A man she has never met. This to forge a strong alliance both kingdoms desperately need to survive outside forces, Barbarians who want to destroy them all.

Wanting a life of her own choosing, Lia runs away on her wedding day with her most trusted friend and servant, Pauline.  They end up in Terravin, Pauline’s childhood home, where they begin a new life as barmaids at an Inn.  Soon after, two handsome strangers enter the Inn with eyes only for Lia.  One of them is the jilted Prince, the other is an assassin meant to find and kill Lia to permanently end the alliance between Morrighan and Dalbreck. 

Lia innocently trusts both and falls in love with one.  The question is, does she fall for her prince or the one sent to end her life once and for all?

My Review:

Tears of heartbreak and hope fell from my eyes as I devoured this lovely book.  Beautifully written by Mary Pearson, I could not put it down, even for a second. 

The rich plot and romance caught me.  I was riveted throughout the hours I spent consuming the new world that is Lia’s and the Prince.  The Kiss Of Deception is written in 5 different POVs: those of Lia, the Prince, the Assassin, Kaden and Rafe. 

The beauty here is that you would never know which man is which until it’s too late.  Until you find yourself attached to one and realize it’s probably the wrong one.  But then again, he could be right too given a different circumstance.  I know I’m being cryptic, but I refuse to ruin this book for any reader.  It is good. So very very good. 

But be warned, your heart will bleed, especially for my other favorite character, Walther.  A soldier so brave and strong yet so loving to his only sister.  His life and loss will break your heart.  I should know because I’m still healing as I write.

Read this book and prepare to fall in love with Lia and her brave Prince. 

Expect Book two of The Remnant Chronicles:  The Heart of Betrayal, in 2015.

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