Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception (Remnant, #1)
Release date: July 15, 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1

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.

My Rating: 3.5 Roses

A sweeping YA romance, full of secrets, thrills, and the deadly games of kingdoms, A Kiss of Deception was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. From the sweet romance, to the deadly games, it was lovely and I enjoyed every bit of it.

Lia was an okay heroine. She was strong and went after what she wanted. I did have an issue with her, though, and it was that she seemed remarkably naive for a princess. In the beginning, when she first ran away, I liked that she was willing to fight for what she wanted, but I also wanted to shake her. Didn't she realize the political implications of insulting a kingdom that was already on shaky relations with her kingdom? It seemed very naive for her to believe that she could just leave and no one would suffer for it and that she could just abandon her position with no effects. And, later, it felt like she didn't understand the full cost of war. At one point, she berates someone for killing a soldier from her kingdom and he tells her that her kingdom has killed its fair share of innocents. And, she refused to believe him, as if she truly didn't understand that neither side is innocent in a war. She was determined to believe that her kingdom was blameless. This is a specific example of a recurring theme: Lia could be very immature. However, near the end of the book, after witnessing some terrible events, she started to grow up and I could see her potential to be a great heroine and that has me curious about what she'll be like in book 2. So, overall, I didn't love her character, but I liked her fine and I'm excited to see how she grows in the next book.

Rafe was the prince and he was a darling. He was very sweet and, once he came to know Lia, was determined to make himself worthy of her. He was loyal to his kingdom and to his loved ones. There is something to be said about a guy who'll run after the girl he loves. Twice. He was wonderful and I adored him.

Kaden was the assassin and he was an interesting character. Despite his profession, he could be very sweet and he had his own code of honor that he acted upon. He really did try to do what he thought was right. I thought he was a fantastic character.

The romance was very sweet. I don't want to say who it was with (though I'm sure many of you can guess), but I thought he and Lia were lovely together. I wish we had gotten to see more of them together, since they were apart for almost the entire second half of the book, but I suppose we'll get that in book 2. But, for this book, they were a sweet couple.

The plot was okay. It started off a bit slow. For the first half, I was kept interested, but not much really happened. In the second half, though, things picked up and I got hooked. There were tons of twists, secrets, and thrills that kept me on the edge of my seat. Not to mention all the political games at play. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me excited to see what happens next.

The Kiss of Deception was a wonderful YA fantasy romance. It was sweet, thrilling, and enjoyable, with plenty of secrets and surprises that kept things interesting. YA lovers, this is a book you'll definitely want to check out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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