Thursday, August 14

The Kiss of Deception

**Oh hey! Sorry about the scattered posts this last week. Went on a vacation. No regrets. Now back to our regular scheduled programing. With some extra reviews to make up for it.**

The Kiss of Deception
(The Remnant Chronicles #1)
Mary E. Pearson

My rating: ★★★★★

ISBN: 978-0805099232
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Date of publication: July 8, 2014
Age: Grades 9 and up
Genre: Fantasy

Themes: tradition, duty, heritage, abandon, deceit, betrayal

Princess Lia does not have the gift of sight that she should as the First Daughter, but her parents arrange her marriage to a neighboring prince anyway. On the morning of her wedding, she flees to a remote village to start a new life. She settles in and is pleased when two rather handsome men come into town—unaware that one is the jilted prince she left and the other an assassin sent to kill her. No one is as they seem and dangerous lies will put Lia in peril even as she falls in love.

So this book is told through the three perspectives of the princess, prince, and assassin. Interesting aspect and all that, but the story was still rather slow to start. She's just hanging out in this village. Well, I'm reading along and...

Page 296: Oh good, it's finally picking up.
Page 297: WHAT? ...WHAT?? ........WHAT?!? How did I miss this? Am I the only one who missed this?? How did Pearson DO that?

Followed by me frantically flipping back through pages—practically wanting to start over—because the deception that takes place is not for Lia alone but the reader as well. I was TOTALLY thrown for a loop. I cannot tell you how awesomely written this book is. You just need to read it. And be deceived yourself.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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