The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of DeceptionThe Remnant Chronicles, 1Mary E. PearsonYA Fantasy RomanceHenry HoltJuly 8, 2014Kindle492

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.

Reasons why I (really, my mom did, but whatever) bought this book:

  1. The cover was pretty
  2. The plot sounded awesome (and it was)

I love the adventure/romance/fantasy genre. Always have, probably always will, but in recent years, there have been a lot of similar books in the YA category (and NA, if I’m to be honest). Thankfully, Kiss of Deception was fresh and original. The plot was a real page-turner from start to finish. The characters were all three-dimensional with complexities that I could relate to .

One thing about the characters, the beginning of the book is told from Lia’s POV, then goes to the Prince’s and the Assasin’s (marked under the chapter numbers). When we learn the 2 guys names as Rafe and Kaden (not necessarily in order), it switches to those instead of the titles. But it is not until Chapter 43 of 72) that it is explicitly revealed who is who. For my part, I kept jumping between who was who, but finally guessed correctly (and before I read that chapter). It was a little frustrating, but I so deeply admire the author’s ability to avoid using either guy’s name for the majority of the novel.

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