Review: Mary E. Pearson’s The Kiss of Deception

kiss of deceptionTitle: The Kiss of Deception
Series: The Remnant Chronicles 
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: July 8th, 2014
Henry Holt and Co.


Seventeen-year-old Lia is the Princess of Morrighan—a kingdom steeped in tradition, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry a prince she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and longing for a different life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in as an inn worker, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her.

A love triangle with cute boys, a strong princess, and unique magic—Kiss of Deception literally has everything I love. So when I saw it on Book Outlet I snapped it right up.

This story is told from multiple points of view, with the main one being Princess Lia’s. Then the two male characters have different chapters: some are labeled with their names they give to Lia, while the others are labled with The Assassin or The Prince. And Pearson writes it in a way where you don’t know who is who.

The chapters from the guys points of view felt a little generic, but I understood that they needed to be in order to keep their identities secret. I thought it was going to easy to figure out which guy was the assassin and which was the prince, but it’s not. I kept changing who I thought was who.  It was so cool to read. I’ve just never read or heard of anything else like this book. 

I kept getting Rafe and Kaden confused in the first couple chapters, which was a little frustrating. I had to go back a lot to figure out what each one looked like and the way in which they acted.

Lia on the other hand is a very round character—strong willed and determined, but at the same time loyal and empathetic. I loved how she readily through herself into work without complaint, even though it’s not a lifestyle she’d been used to. She also puts herself on even playing field with all her relationships, Pauline used to be her servant but they end up acting more like sisters. She never acts or assumes she’s better than anyone just because she’s a princess.

I’m super interested in the first-daughter gift, even though I don’t fully understand it. I know that at least in regards to Lia, the gift appears in the form of voices that guide her. The gift also seems to play a part in a prophecy that we get pieces of throughout the book.

The setting is very fantasy medieval. There’s three bordering kingdoms—Morrighan, Dalbreck, and Venda. Morrighan and Delbreck are at constant war with the Kingdom of Venda. They’re very prejudiced and see all Vendans as barbarians.

The Kiss of Deception is a book you won’t be able to put down—consumed with puzzling out the identities of the leading men. You can find it on Amazon and the author at Give it a read and let me know what you think in the comments. Plus leave recommendations for my next book!


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