Monday, August 4, 2014

Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson [Review]

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release: July 8, 2014
Hardcover:  486 Pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Julia and Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Julia and Shannon's Thoughts:
1. Sum up your feelings in one or two sentences.
Julia: Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is not like anything I had imagined it would be. It is gritty, full of wit, great dialogue and an awesome plot.
Shannon: I wasn't sure what to expect actually, but it certainly wasn't that! It was a lot more imaginative and tense than I expected.

2. Talk to me about the romance(s).
Julia: Well, there is really only one romance worth mentioning... And that is between Lia and Rafe. I love Kaden, but it is quite obvious from the start who catches Lia's fancy. They're adorable together. There are obstacles and they don't communicate well and I just love it all. And the ending made my heart melt! I just don't want to say much more because I want everyone to experience it for themselves. haha.
Shannon: Well both guys are potential love interests, I agree that there is one who is really more of a love interest than the other.  I was expecting more back and forth between the two, but was happy that wasn't really the case.

3. What did you think about the world building?
Julia: Pearson eases you into Lia's world, I was hooked from the beginning. There is enough description that their world is vivid, but it is also lacking enough that you can imagine some of it for yourself. Very well written.
Shannon: This is the another area where I wasn't expect complex world building, but it was really quite well done.  It was interesting but never bogged down with too many details. 

4. For much of the book, we do not know who the prince and the assassin are.  Do you think this was effective?  Did you like it?
Julia: It is effective, it kept the book going! I loved it. I loved that I had to keep guessing and I kept switching who I thought was who. It was a fun change, refreshing that the author did something different.
Shannon: I loved it! Two guys walk into a bar...they meet Lia for the first time and she has no idea one is the prince and one is the assassin.  We know that they are the prince and the assassin, but we don't know know which one is which.  It definitely kept things fresh and made things more interesting for the readers. I loved trying to figure out who was who.  It also made you question everything you were reading.

5. What did you think of the ending?
Julia: The ending is perfect. There is just so much. My heart melted, broke- there is a lot of action. Really, just...good ending. I felt almost every emotion possible. haha. There is a cliff hanger, but it isn't a mega one. Just sets up the next book, which I will be reading as soon as I can get my hands on it.
Shannon: Ah, cliffhanger!  And at a such good part!  I want to know how they will get out of it.  But it does make me really excited for the next book!

6. Who would you recommend this to?
Julia: Anyone that loves fantasy. Or Dystopia. Or romance. Maybe just everyone. 
Shannon: I think this would be a perfect book for fantasy lovers who complain about a lack of good true fantasy in YA.  

Disclosure:  I reviewed a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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