Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

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 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 Good
  • Amazing fantasy
  • Princess Lia
  • Pacing
The Bad
  • The love triangle

  Holy crap, batman. This book, y'all. It's like this crazy hodgepodge of things all smushed together in a neat little ball that totally came at me and knocked me down. It's fantasy, but it's more. It's a romance, but it's more. It's just a lot of good things. Except one thing. The love triangle, but more on that later. Let's return to the gushing.

  You know whenever a main character just has it? (As if I know what it is. I clearly do not have it.) That's Lia. As I read The Kiss of Deception, I was practically decked out in a cheerleading uniform complete with pompoms. Lia is a great protagonist. She's the type that I hope younger girls look up to. Lia worked for this story, and this story worked for Lia.

  Now, the downside. Even though this book is without a doubt a five star read for me, there's a love triangle. I never like them. Not ever, not even once. I think they're boring, repetitive, and frankly, they just plain piss me off. The one in The Kiss of Deception is no exception. I felt like it hindered the story more than it contributed to it.

  The Kiss of Deception transcends the young adult age group. It's a story that can be enjoyed by any one of any age. It's a perfect example of what a high fantasy book should be like. If you've never read a fantasy book but you're curious about the genre, read The Kiss of Deception. It's the perfect introduction to an amazing genre.

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.


  1. OOooh nice review! Hearing lots of positives about this one! Can't wait to read it myself! Hopefully soon!


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