Book Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

my lovelies, today's book review is of the amazing.. the fabulous… The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. I recently reread this due to my recent acquisition of its sequel the Heart of Betrayal, which I already have read and wrote the book review for. For me this is probably one of my favourite royal fantasy books.

Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt
Pub. Date: July 8th  2015
Date Read:Monday 28th March 2016
Pages: 486
Rating:4/5 stars
SummaryIn 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.


The Kiss of Deception is about a young princess called Lia, who runs away on her wedding day to have a normal life, as she has never lived up to expectations provided for her by her parents and the Kingdom itself. As one of the first daughters of Morrighan, she supposedly has 'the gift' that many of her ancestors have, which as of yet she has had no signs of getting and this was also one of the conditions provided on the allegiance between Morrighan and Dalbreck. Running was still a stupid thing to do, as she obviously did not consider any of the consequences of her kingdom not receiving this alliance, which was incredibly selfish of her and shows that she is not mature enough to rule a kingdom, which she would have eventually had to do with the Prince of Dalbreck. 


The writing was great and exciting and kept you on the edge of your seat waiting for you to finish each page, so I can find out what happens next. Both times I read this books the pages practically fly by and I read this in a matter of hours. I shall definitely be finishing this series and any other books that Mary E. Pearson writes in the future.Although personally I am not a big fan of the passages that are through out the novel, although I am sure that they are all leading up to something and that will be explained in the later books in the series.  


The romance element of the book was just enough for me, as the plot didn't get overruled by the the romance, even though there was a underlying love triangle, between Lia, Kaden and Rafe, it wasn't too heavy and there was clearly one person who she seemed to be more attracted too, and I was rooting for that person to be the prince. 

There was also a positive female friendship between Lia and Pauline, which was nice to see as they both completely trusted the other and everything they did was to ensure that the other was kept safe, no matter how unethical it is. Also there was no bitchiness involved in the friendship, which was refreshing to see. 

We also had a brief look at the relationship of Lia and her brother, as it was him who has not shirked or ran away from his duties. As she mentions various times in the novel that due to the sexist environment she lives in, she was forced to stop playing with her brothers and to become the perfect princess that she is meant to be. 

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