Kiss of Deception Review

Posted September 19, 2014 by sophie in Blog, Reviews, Uncategorized / 6 Comments

Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Release: July 8, 2014 by Henry Holt

Synopsis: 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 is the answer to a question I get asked a lot — what is your favorite book this year? Well, so far, Kiss of Deception is that book. And here’s why:

– World-building: It’s a classic high fantasy and Mary’s world is both logical and complex. But it’s not so complex that you can’t follow along. The best part? Unlike a few fantasy reads I’m currently reading, Mary’s a master storyteller and she let’s the plot take you through the world. There is no info-dump.

– Love Triangle: Okay, okay, I feel like I should quote Taylor Swift: “And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate…”. But listen, this is a GOOD love triangle, and I personally loved it. An assassin and a prince? This is fantasy and not real life, so for me, it was perfect, believable and I loved every word of it.

– Multiple POVs:  I’m a fan of multiple points-of-view in a story. I like knowing what is going on. For me, there is nothing more frustrating than reading a key chapter and wondering what the other characters were thinking. Mary does this so smoothly. The chapters are clearly labeled and the tone in each p.o.v. is different and immediately recognizable.

– Plot Twists: I’m smiling and nodding my head and not writing down any spoilers, but oh the plot twists are delicious.

If you’re in the mood for a fantasy story, pick up Kiss of Deception, this is one that will stick with you.

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6 responses to “Kiss of Deception Review

  1. Oh I really want to read this one, I'm so glad to see such an enthusiastic review for it! I'm with you on the love triangles, totally fine with them as long as they're well done.

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