Book Review ✭ The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson

Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson

Series: The Remnant Chronicles, #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia
Published date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt
Pages: 492
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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.

I will find you. In the farthest corner, I will find you.”

Princess Lia is set to marry a prince she doesn’t know, let alone love, all for the sake of an alliance between kingdoms. Not standing for such an off-putting and absurd idea, Lia flees with her maid and best friend to another town where no one will recognize her. 
Just when they settle down and begin to start their life anew, two inquisitive outsiders enter the town and they seem to be everywhere Lia is. Lia is oblivious to the fact that one of these men was meant to be her future husband and the other has been sent to murder her. All she sees are two strong, attractive men attempting to win her attention. 

Why would someone want to kill Princess Lia? Well without giving anything away, she is said to have the power of sight. Gossip of her having it and not having it has been spread, but no one knows the truth. Lia has no power that she’s aware of, but perhaps she simply doesn’t realize it’s there. She also doesn’t know how that power can affect other villages and kingdoms. Staying alive and out of the hands of the enemies proves to be difficult when she can’t be sure of who is an ally and who is the enemy.


Princess Lia was such a strong female character. Not many YA books manage to conjure up a heroine who can easily stand on her own without a male counterpart. Lia certainly can. She’s tenacious, independent, and though of royalty, truly cares for others no matter their position in society. Another thing that I liked was how strategic and intelligent she was. She never gave up despite how terrible the situation became. She was fearless against anything and anyone.

The prince and the mysterious assassin were both great complementary characters to our leading lady. They both held a good amount of intrigue that may or may not leave you surprised towards the end of the book. I had trouble deciding which one I liked more while reading, and I liked not knowing who was who so no biases were present. The prince is not at all what I had expected. He’s the kind of prince that people can actually like and want to lead them. The assassin still holds many secrets and the complexity of his character continues to bring up questions about his past. 

The romance aspect of this story, while written and developed well throughout the book, I felt like it overshadowed the story a bit too much. Though not necessarily a love triangle, Lia spent too much time focusing on who she preferred between the two. I would’ve liked to have seen more of the ancients or perhaps the struggle between the kingdoms. Hopefully that will be pulled more to the forefront in the next book. 

Mary E. Pearson’s writing is just spectacular and invigorating from start to finish. The descriptive scenes captures the reader in a way that makes them feel as if they are in that world experiencing the story for themselves. Royalty, assassins, rivaling kingdoms, and twists and turns that will keep you hooked and on your toes. I can’t wait to get my hands on book two!

"Today was the day a thousand dreams would die, and a single dream would be born.”

Expected publication: July 7, 2015
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.

Mary E. Pearson is the award-winning author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Miles Between, A Room on Lorelei, and Scribbler of Dreams.  She writes full-time from her home office in California where she lives with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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