Monday, September 1, 2014

REVIEW: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)
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.

It's The Winner's Curse all over again. The Winner's Curse was an over-hyped book all over the blog world before it even came out! The Kiss of Deception had the same thing happen. ALL THE BLOGS were raving about this book! So I, of course, had extremely high expectations for this book! But having high expectations is a bad thing because it's very hard to reach those expectations, so you generally end up at least a little bit disappointed.
I was disappointed.
I don't know, I enjoyed this book, but I thought this would become a new favorite, but it didn't. I can't rave and gush about this book because, while I enjoyed it, that's basically it.

I did find this book extremely original, though, and for the first half, I thought I was going to be in the same boat as those other bloggers. The story has a majority point-of-view following Lia, but their are two other points-of-view. Two strangers meet her, at the same time, one of whom is The Prince, the other is The Assassin. You get their points-of-view from time to time, but you don't know who is who! I loved this part! It made me suspicious and screwed up my mind a bit, but I love it when authors do that! It's such an original idea and it flowed together! But, when the mystery is all figured out, I began to lose interest.

I don't know why. Maybe it's because my favorite aspect was done with, but I just wasn't as into the book. My main issue was just that I couldn't connect to any of the characters. They felt flat for some reason. Again, I don't know why. And I still liked the book, but I just wasn't enjoying it as much anymore.

This book is original and very unique, but beware of the hype-monster! My expectations for this book were much much higher than possible, so I was a bit disappointed. I do recommend this book, as I did enjoy it. It's great for fantasy fans and those who just want something different.

And I am definitely continuing the series!

I hereby give this book
4 Wheels!
Meaning: It was amazing!


  1. Love your blog, you have a great writing style!

    Also, hope you don't mind--nominated you for a Liebster.

  2. I love how you are so honest. The hype monster can ruin a book! I am glad you still enjoyed it though. I haven't read this book, but it is on my TBR. Maybe I will try to go into with low expectations and hope that helps with the hype monster lol! Hope you love your next read more!

  3. I actually hadn't heard about the hype surrounding this book until after meeting Mary E. Pearson at a book signing & then reading reviews. I just read it b/c my favorite genre is YA Fantasy. Like you, I lost a lot of my excitement after the identities were revealed, but I do think it's set up for some awesome stuff in the sequel. Great review :)

    Axie @ Books are Bread