16429619The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt
Source: Publisher
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
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In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In 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. – Goodreads

Review:

One of the joy of having friends in the book world is they are excellent book pushers. It’s not only clear I would know about a lot less books (obviously) but I would never have picked up this book. My friend Ksenia pushed this book and she pushed it hard and am I glad. I understand, yes, it’s her job, but this was so far out of my comfort zone it would have never dawned on me that I would enjoy it and you know what, I really did.

Princess Lia’s life has been set up for her from the moment she was born as the First Daughter, she had no choice in the matter, until she decides, yes, she has a choice.  And then chapter two happened! Lia is not the ordinary princess, sh’e pretty bad ass and willing to work when needed. Which made this a super fascinating book to me as a reader. I’m very much over books in which girls fawn and boys do everything for them. Lia made it clear that she did not need a man to survive, the assistance of her maid? Yes, but anyone else? No.

What also made this a fascinating story to me is the fact that it’s told from three point of views. Lia, Rafe, and Kaden. What the three don’t know, but the reader does, is that one of the men is the Prince that Lia ditched and the other was here, to this distance village, to kill her. I wasn’t sure it would work because it is a little out there, but it does and then the reader starts to root for a particular guy and it becomes questionable, is it the Prince? Is it the killer? Even being in their mind, you still don’t know. Speaking of the love triangle, while it worked for The Kiss of Deception, it did not work personally for me, it almost bogged the story down for me. That is also partly because I’m over love triangles. I know, a YA reader who is sick of love triangles, what is that madness, but I am. It got to the point I didn’t really care what boy she chose, but I was more interested to find out who was the killer and who was the prince. Which had me guessing for quite sometime.

However, the story still was an enjoyable read for me. What works is the bonding and growth that occurs between the characters in this story purely because of the turmoil that they have been put in. Lia starts the story, as an extremely boring, flat character, for me. But by the end she is so badass that I’m glad I continued on reading the book because she wants to fight for what is hers. I went from wanting to skim this book to devouring it needing to know what happens. I cannot wait for book two.