The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1) by Mary E. Pearson

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Published July 8th 2014 by Henry Holt
492 pages | goodreads-badge-add-black-38px

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.

Book Review: 4 stars black1/2

You need to stop what you are doing right now. Put down that sandwich that you are eating and leaving crumbs all over your keyboard with. Stop slurping your tea and wiping your mouth with the back of your hand. Pause that youtube video you are simultaneously watching while reading this review. All you need to do right now, and I mean right now as in the urgent sense…not the mother telling you to do something sense, is go and buy this book.

I am brilliantly and wonderfully in awe at the marvellous adventure I just devoured. I want more. I need more. And yet I get no more until next year. Utter sadness.

Lia is everything I love in a main character – strong, sarcastic, able to kick some much needed ass. What I admire most though, is that she knows what she wants and she goes after it. Yes you could argue that this is a poor decision, since she is kind of leaving her kingdom in a bit of a shit storm in order for her to live the life that she always wanted (and if you look at the map in the front of the book she didn’t really travel that far to get away from her life, but in all honesty there isn’t really any other place to go)…anyway she realises this error eventually so don’t you fret. That girl had a lot of growing up to do. She needed to figure somethings out. Cut your whining fool.

I loved the romance element in this one. It was perfect. You are honestly left guessing who each guy is, until about the mid way point of the book…because by then it is pretty obvious…and we are all geniuses here so I expect nothing less from you. But before that, once you think you know who the assassin is the very next page he could very well be the prince. I think it is great that you could draw such parallel’s between their lives, and Lia’s.

I did find that some aspects of the world were confusing. Maybe ‘confusing’ is the wrong choice of word. It didn’t feel like there was enough to go on. I wanted more about this world and the lore associated with it. I wanted to feel like I truly understood what was happening to these Kingdoms and why Venda was seen as the naughty cousin. There has to be more than the war that was going to break out. There has to be more and it has to be linked to the lore. Maybe that is the art of a true writer, that you are left wanting more? But even so, I felt like there were some gaps that could have used a little bit more description even though I found the whole world incredibly interesting.

I am desperately in need of the next one. The last few chapters just wrecked me. Why book Gods, why!?



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