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

Posted July 25, 2014 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Book Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. PearsonThe Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Series: Remnant Chronicles #1
Published by Macmillan on 2014-07-08
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 496
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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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. The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary E. Pearson's Remnant Chronicles.

“The Kiss of Deception” by Mary E. Pearson is very beautifully written but it was lacking in everything else. Princess Lia is no ordinary princess! She is tough and very determined. Princess Lia would like to take control of her life instead of following the life that has been bestowed upon her. Princess Lia is a first daughter and normally the gift of being able to predict and see the future is passed on to the first daughter however it has missed Princess Lia. When Princess Lia finds out that she has an arranged marriage she takes off with her maid and head to her maid’s hometown village hoping to start over with her life. The Prince is not one who easily forgives a rejection. He sends an assassin to kill her. Then Lia becomes apart of one of the most unlikely love triangles.

This story is so beautifully written. Pearson definitely has a way with words. The storyline and plot could use a lot of work. There really wasn’t a whole lot of action or exciting parts. Nothing in the story lead up to a climax. This was more of a boring romantic tale. There were a lot of problems as the story went on. I don’t know if the princess was as dumb as she seemed or if the writer just forgot to pay attention to details but there were so many little issues like not covering up the rest of her tattoo or the way she talked to the soliders. Those were things that gave her away to the prince. The princess carries around a jewel incrusted dagger. Like really? Are you wanting to be found quickly?

I don’t totally get the love triangle that is going on. One of the guys is trying to kill the princess and then she finds out and gets mad at him but then turns around and proceeds to fall in love with him. Like really? Why does she love this guy that was trying to kill her? On top of that he gets drunk and tries to force himself on her. She still loves him.

I don’t feel very attached to any of the characters. Actually I feel quite indifferent. It has been a really long time since I disliked a book and I really didn’t like this one. I also want to say that just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean that others won’t like it. I know there are some positive reviews. I’m just not a fan of this one.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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