Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E Pearson
Series:The Remnant Chronicles
Publication Date: July 8th, 2014
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I found that this book started out really slow. I was intrigued by the world and learning more about it but I found myself putting the book down often, the pace was making it hard for me to read non-stop. About two-thirds of the book is day-to-day stuff aimed at getting to know Lia, Kaden, and Rafe. I personally in wish those pages there had been a little bit more action. I think more action would have helped keep me involved in the story.
The point of view changes between Lia, the prince, and the assassin. Normally more than two point of view changes bother me but Pearson did them really well and I found that they only enhanced the story. Later the chapter ‘titles’ will occasionally use the names of the boys instead of their titles.
One thing that drove me nuts while I was reading for this book was that for far too long we didn’t know which boy was the prince and which boy was the assassin. Pearson did a very good job at not giving any descriptors of the boys in the chapter’s titled ‘The Prince’ or ‘The Assassin’ (I even went back and re-read their first two chapters to see if she did, she didn’t!). We don’t find out until about two-thirds of the way into the book who is who. I did guess which was which, my initial guess from the beginning of the book when she met them was wrong, but around 100 pages or so into the book I was 98% sure who was who. (I might have been a little smug when I found out I was right.) I liked all three characters. Pearson did a good job giving them flaws and for the most part redeeming qualities.
I’ve seen several people mention a love triangle but I do not see it. She falls in love with one of the boys pretty early on in the book and only thinks that the other one has nice eyes and is attractive, she has no real feelings for him. Sure she cares about him, but she’s a caring person and caring for someone doesn’t mean that you are in love with them. There are two people in this story who are in love with each other, there is a third person who has feelings for the girl, that are unrequited. That is NOT a love triangle, it’s not even a love V.
The last third or so of the book really picked up and I found myself unable to put the book down, even though I was tired and could barely stay awake. I really enjoyed this book and thankful thank Macmillan approved me for it. The wait for the next book in this series is going to be agony but I look forward to reading it. I also am THRILLED to hear that the final copy for this book will include a map, while I was reading I kept wishing I had one to use as a reference.
Recommendation: Buy it
I received an ARC of this book on Netgalley from Macmillan Teen for an honest review.