Monday, June 16, 2014

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

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)
Author:  Mary E. Pearson
Publisher:  Henry Holt, 492 pages
Publication Date:  July 15, 2014
*ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley

From 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 assasin 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.

Why You Should Read This Book:

1.  The feels!  The feels!  My emotions were all over the place.  Gah!

2.  What a fantastic way to present the two main male characters.  Lia meets both Rafe and Kaden at the same time, but you don't know which one is the assassin and which one is the prince.  There are chapters from both of their POVs, but they're labeled "Assassin" or "The Prince" and written in such a way that you can't tell.  That was genius, and I loved it.

3.  Two strong females who are friends.  Even though Pauline was Lia's handmaid, they are also best friends and their friendship shines throughout this book.  

4.  No love triangle.  Even though the synopsis sounds like there's a love triangle, there really isn't.  From the very beginning, she is drawn to one of the guys more than the other.

5.  The. Last. Chapter.  It killed me, I have to say.  I am so hooked, I want the next book now.  I NEED the next book now.

Wow…just wow.  I loved this book.

Posted by:  Pam


  1. I've heard great things about this one so far!! I definitely need it. I love the idea of trying to figure out which guy is which! Sounds so fun!

    1. It was such a great way to write the book, I loved it! ~Pam

  2. Well you totally sold me. I seen this book around but I haven't heard anything. It sounds really good. I'm adding this one to my TBR! Great review!

    1. Hope you love it, I couldn't put it down! ~Pam

  3. I've heard this was really good, so I'm happy to hear you enjoyed it, too. I love that you don't know which is which, the fact that there are strong female friendships, and no love triangles! I'm excited to read this. Great review!

    1. This was one of my top reads of the year…I loved it! ~Pam

  4. LOVE THIS REVIEW! This has made me so unbelievably excited to get to my copy of this, I am going to do that as soon as I finish Ruby Red now. Thank you for the brilliant review. So, so happy that there isn't really a love triangle aspect to the book because I really thought there would be. I can't wait to get all the feels! :)

  5. I LOVED THIS BOOK (as you know). I loved how it was written. I loved Lia and Pauline. I loved the pace and the suspense and the feels! This wait for the next book is going to be TERRIBLE.