Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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.

This book was on my to-be-read list, but I'll be honest, it wasn't very high. It was one of those books that probably would have lingered on my list, forever unread, if a publicist friend of mine hadn't shoved it into my hands and told me to read it immediately. Boy, am I glad I listened!

The main reason I love this book, is because I love books that surprise me. When you read as many books as I do, it gets pretty easy to predict the twists and turns in a novel. NOT THIS ONE. This book took everything that I thought I knew and dumped it on my head while I sat there wondering what had just happened. At that point I was already hooked, but that turned my like of the book straight to love. 

The Kiss of Deception is a rich fantasy set in a beautiful and richly drawn world. From unique wedding traditions, to huge ruins scattered across the landscape, the Kingdom of Morrighan is one I would like to spend a lot more time in, within the books and otherwise!

Now, this book features a sort of love triangle. If you're one of those people so sick of love triangles that you just rolled your eyes, don't just yet. The way this love triangle is written is more of a couple with a tangent. There's not a lot of angst in deciding between guys here, and I think that's the way that it should be, whatever side of that choice you may be on. 

Lastly, I love Lia. I think she's a fantastically strong woman who at the same time is allowed to express fear, vulnerability, and weakness. I love that we got to see all three dimensions of her personality. I'd say she's easily one of the most complete characters I've read in recent YA history. 

All of that being said, I absolutely cannot wait for book 2!

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