Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

June 30, 2015 Reviews 12 ★★★★½

Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. PearsonThe Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Published by Macmillan on 2014-07-08

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.

I’ve seen this book many times shuffling through Amazon when looking for a new  book to read. To be honest, I was reading the blurb and went to add to my wishlist and accidentally one-clicked! Well I’m thrilled my hand slipped – I’ve should of read this book last year! BUT the positive, I’ve read it right on time for book two releasing in July 2015!

The Kiss of Deception takes place in a different type of Realm with kingdoms and mix of unknown magic. It’s all about traditions and alliances  – House of Morrighan, where our main lady is from, Lia and Dalbreck, the Prince she is contracted to marry. Lia is a feisty character in which she hates tradition and being told what to do because ‘that is the way it ‘must’ be done’ rule. Taking matters into her own hands, Lia runs away from her Realm with the help of her maiden Pauline. Together they try to live a normal life in a very small, quite village but two mystery visitors stir up the peace.

“First Daughters came into their gift by womanhood, and I had been a woman for four years now. I’d shown no sign of any gift.” 

When the two mystery men were introduced, I didn’t notice till after I went to look back for information, they’re truly left a mystery. There’s an Assassin and the Prince, we don’t know who’s who until it is revealed later into the story which I find to be an awesome twist! I happen to have the men pegged to be the wrong characters so it totally shocked me – hence having to go back and skim through their point of view in the story.

“The fisherman’s icy blue eyes cut through me, and the trader’s stormy brown ones were more than unsettling.”

The two men, Kaden and Rafe both have their own intentions of pursuing Lia. I didn’t get the feel of a love triangle. One character was in love and the other is just a change of heart towards royals but his feelings didn’t further than the one in love – if that makes any sense. I’m trying not to spoil who’s who – leaving that a mystery just as it was for me.

The story is adventurous, gripping, and still has many secrets to be revealed in the next book. From the first chapter is starts off kicking. It doesn’t answer much of the anticipated questions that start to build up throughout the book. Huge cliffhanger warning! Will be adding book two!

“Tell me this much,” I whispered. “Are you the assassin that Venda sent to kill me?” “Yes”

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  • Unfortunately I didn’t like this one 🙁 I DNF it at 30% I think, I was just way too bored and wasn’t interested in the story 🙁

    • Pandora

      OO no 🙁 I’m going to have to look for your review and find out why!

  • Karen

    I was afraid to read this one since it gave off major love triangle vibes lol. I’ll wait until book #2 is out to be sure.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

    • Pandora

      Hey Karen! It does start off as feel of a love triangle but the ending spin I think cancels it out!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Ooh I like fun twists. That’s great you ended up reading this one now, and you’re ready for the sequel this month!


    • Pandora

      Shame to say it’s been a whole month and haven’t read book two just yet but will soon! 🙂

  • Oh my god, I loved this book! The writing is so pretty, Lia so loveable, the love-triangle actually exciting… And the second book is just as great the first 😉 Great review!

    • Pandora

      Yes!! I do think the love triangle was done well in this book and is now making it harder to decide who’s the favorite!

  • The Kiss Of Deception has been in my reading pile, but haven’t gotten the chance to read it. I might try it as it sounds interesting. Amazing review.

    • Pandora

      Haniya you have to get to it! I’m actually going to add book two this week and get started asap!

  • Melanie Z

    I’m so glad that you enjoyed this one! It’s been receiving a lot of mixed reviews so I’ve been really hesitant to pick it up but the story line sounds seriously intriguing so I shall definitely check this one out soon!

    Nice review, Pandora <33

    • Pandora

      I definitely understand Melanie, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to read it either and I’m glad I did give it a chance! Thank you for stopping by 🙂