The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Publisher: Henry Holt
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Source: Gifted to me from my TBTB Secret Santa! (Thanks, Jessica!)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 moment I unwrapped this gift from Secret Santa, I was jumping up and down. This book had been RAVED about when it first came out and I had been dying to get my hands on it for a while. And I vowed to not let it sit on my shelf for months collecting dust, unread. I kept that vow and I am so happy I did.
The reason this missed half a star is because it started a bit slow for me. It took me probably about 150 pages before I was really hooked. I didn’t really have a huge desire to pick it back up right away, but once I was hooked, man was I HOOKED. I read the last like 300 pages in one sitting. Unable to put it down, the story just blew me away. There were so many twists and mysteries to unravel. Some of them I saw coming, but many of them (one in particular) took me completely by surprise.
The book started off right with an arranged marriage. There is something about arranged marriages that I just love. The main character, Lia, wants no part in this marriage and runs away, forsaking her kingdom and her duties. I get it. I wouldn’t want to marry some random guy I’d never met. I really loved the way Lia took control of her life and her destiny. I enjoyed watching her grow throughout the book, learning about responsibilities, duty, honor, family, friends, and love. One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was Lia’s relationship with her best friend Pauline. They were more like sisters than best friends to me and I loved seeing their relationship. There for each other no matter what, never giving up, always encouraging, telling it like it is. This was a true friendship.
Now I know you all want to hear about the boys. Yes, there is a love triangle. And I think I’ve said this before, but scratch all the other times I’ve said it, because this time is for real. This is the best/worst love triangle I have ever encountered. I am TORN. Kaden and Rafe can each take one of my arms and pull because I genuinely have no clue whose team I’m on. Sometimes I think I know, but then the other one does something and I melt. STOP MESSING WITH MY EMOTIONS MARY PEARSON. I CAN’T HANDLE ALL THESE FEELS. The best part of this triangle? You don’t know which one is the assassin and which one is the prince until pretty late in the book. Try to figure out and let me know how it works out for you.
The world-building in the beginning was a little vague and I worried that we weren’t going to get a lot of information. But the reason for that is that Lia knows little to nothing about her “gift” which is magic bestowed on a “first daughter”. But don’t worry, as the book goes on, we get a lot more info on that and everything starts to make sense. I do want some more information on the kingdoms and why Venda and Morrighan hate each other so much. I’m hoping for more on that in the next book.
This is a rich, well-written start to another new epic fantasy series. For those of you still waiting to read this, stop. Make this the next book you purchase or check out from the library. Get ready for swoons, major feels, probably some tears, gasps, screams, and all out flailing. This book will give you all of this and more. What a way for me to start 2015. If this book is any indication of how the year is going to go, I can’t wait!
Have you read this one yet? What did you think? Did you love the friendship between Lia and Pauline like I did? Were you able to pick a team in the love triangle? Did you figure out who was the assassin and who was the prince?