I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on Expected publication: July 8th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
This was amazing. It was a little wordy in some parts but the description and the essence behind the storyline was amazing. Even though it was a bit long I caught myself wanting to read every single word.
The chapters are divided into who is the narrator. I enjoyed this as I like getting a glimpse behind what a character is thinking. The downside to this is that the chapters were so short! Just as I was getting into whichever character was talking, the chapter would end and begin with another character, normally Lia. I loved reading about the other characters but with the chapters being so short I felt like this was more a torture tactic!
Speaking of the characters, they were amazing. This is a love triangle and I still enjoyed it. Yes, even while cringing a little inside. The characters were just that good. I have a hard time (until closer to the end) knowing who I want Lia to end up with, I have no idea how she’s going to choose.
And then the storyline behind the entire thing is so intense. So much more about Lia than just her being a princess. There’s so much riding on her and her choices. Seems unfair for a girl who is so young.
Then the end! Ohhh… the end! Why do books have to end, seriously?
AND WHY!? Why does the expected publication for The Heart of Betrayal have to be 2015.
I ended this book wanting nothing more but to pick up book two and start reading. I’m so sad right now…
In short: This was amazing. So much more than just a romance. It’s about a girl who is learning about herself and grows in so many wonderful ways. She finds that life can be wonderful but it can also be awful!