Hello all! I finished this book recently and I thought it was wonderful! Hope you enjoy this spoiler free review!
Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (May 12, 2015)
Age Range: 12+
Pages: 416 pages (Hardcover)
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As the First Daughter of the Royal Family, Lia according to tradition, is to have the gift of seeing. Everything in her life is ingrained with duty and responsibility. And she is to marry a prince in a neighboring country to seal diplomatic relations. But Lia doesn’t have the gift, and what she wants more than anything is her freedom. Unwilling to participate in this sham, she runs off on her wedding day to a far village. She settles into her new life, and even becomes romantically interested with 2 mysterious men in town. While Lia is blissfully falling in love, she doesn’t know that one is an assassin sent to kill, and the other is the prince.
I was actually told by a friend that this book was not well written, (I vehemently disagree!) but against her warnings, this book seemed too enticing to pass. (The cover did everything, isn’t the cover so cool?) It just goes to show that everybody has different tastes and it is always good to go with your own instincts. Now on to why I thought this book was so awesome.
There is a really weird albeit cute love triangle. Rafe and Kaden, both either the prince or assassin know that Lia is the princess. (we don’t know) Both, of course, fall in love with her and from there the trouble ensues. (haha if you guys have already read this comment below #teamrafe or #teamkaden to show support XD) The prince and assassin have two completely different agendas in mind coupled with their love for Lia create struggles within both of their minds.
I don’t completely agree with how the characters are portrayed. Lia is really selfish in the beginning the way she completely disregards her responsibilities. Ok, I get it. Freedom and all. Wahoo. But you are gonna get yourself and your friends killed not to mention ruin diplomatic relations between two countries that really need the peace. Also, Rafe and Kaden sound too much alike. Both are falling for Lia obviously. Both are physically fit. Both are hot tempered and strong willed. There is not much to compare between the two.
What I really like is Lia’s stolen time in Terravin. It’s very interesting this whole new city that Lia experiences and the traditions and beautiful landscape that make up this quaint peaceful village. I also love the new characters in town that are introduced. Berdi and Gwenyth are women who are both very strong and vibrant characters that bring a lot to the story. Lia also has fun playing the barmaid at the local tavern which Berdi runs!
There is some really weird magical stuff about Lia’s gift that is briefly mentioned in the book and then explained more in-depth in the second book in this series.
I give this a five star out of five for originality, but 3.5 out of 5 for writing and character building.
I just finished the 2nd book this weekend btw, and it is ok… I feel that there is a lot less action than I would have hoped for. Interestingly enough I loved the 1st book which my friend hated and hated the second book which my friend loved???
Anyways, I definitely think this is a fun read so please go check it out. 😀
Thanks, Guys I love yall for being so patient with me. ❤