21569527The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Source: ARC via publisher (THANKS!)
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia’s erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there’s Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny. – Goodreads


According to goodreads, I read this book from June 13th to July 19th. It rarely takes me a month to read a book, but between ALA and being in a general slump this book took me awhile. I honestly found The Heart of Betrayal to not help me with this slump.

While I found Pearson’s writing and storytelling to be as solid, if not better, than the first book Kiss of Deception, I consistently struggled through this story. I found the middle 70% of the novel to not work for me. It was not the characters I had expected from the previous book in the series.

“..the fact is, I came for you, Lia, no matter who or what you are, and I don’t care what mistakes I made or what mistakes you made. I’d make everything single one again, if that was the only way to be with you.” —paper ARC pg 28.

Throughout the story the characters became stronger, they gave me glimpses and hints to the characters that I remember, particularly when Lia calls people on their bullshit. I love when characters call people on their bullshit.

Fall in love with me again …. this time as a prince.” —paper ARC pg 33.

While I did not mark up many lines in this novel, the ones I did mark up, of course, dealt with the love story and maybe that’s why I struggled with The Heart of Betrayal, it’s wasn’t a true love story. I, understand, and respect that this book is about growth and not a love story there were expectations with the lines I savored over and over again.

Of course though, I will be reading the third book in the trilogy. I’m hooked, I need to know what happens.