The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

4.5 out of 5

Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles (book 1)
Publication Year: 2014
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 492

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 so ridiculously good! The characters, the plot, the idea, everything! Just

So this book was published back in 2014 and I heard about it, sort of mixed reviews, so I wasn't sure whether I should read or not. 

But The Kiss of Deception is in a class of its own. The characters were full of life, they had flaws, they had issues, but humans have issues don't we? You see, a lot of other books in this alternate universe kind of plot focus way too much on the actual idea of an alternate universe, and focus less so on the plot, on the characters. Unlike all those books, TKoD was just amazing, the characters developed, you see the change in them, and I think the whole multiple perspectives storytelling really worked in this book's favour.

I love the fact that this book had an actual language in it, I hate it when some books end up mentioning that the character is speaking in another language but not actually have it written down. Where's the fun in that? I feel that the use of another language made the world feel a lot more real instead of a world where everyone just spoke "Morrighese." I have to admit, I'm a sucker for books with other languages in them, even if they're made up.
Princess [three words I can't remember] Jezelia aka Lia, is the main protagonist in this book. She's the First Daughter of the House of Morrighan and it was arranged that she would marry the prince of another house to strengthen their kingdom. And to much surprise she runs away (not very surprising!) She's the type of character you see that has strength inside them, even if others might not see it. The whole story is basically based on the fact that she wanted to experience life, and not lived in her sheltered little palace for the rest of her life. She's pretty badass in her own way, just that she has a little warped perception of the world, and perhaps a little naive. 

Kaden. I find it extremely difficult to talk about Kaden without wanting to attach a few choice words after it. I really can't say much without spoiling the book but I assure you, you'll hate him. 

Rafe. He's the nice guy of this book. He's always there, trying to help, being thoughtful. I feel that even though he was one of the main characters (having narrated some chapters) that he was a bit too one dimensional for a lot of the book, but you do get to see him develop a little near the end when you find out who he is (I knew from about halfway through.)

This book has a thing with hiding identities, then revealing them to make you wanna scream with frustration. This was me when I found out:

If I had one criticism about this book it would be that the plot moved at a really quick pace and that it spent unnecessary time in some unimportant sections and a too little time on some of the more important parts. And a few of the parts were a little too "planned out" if you catch my drift. 

But all in all it was an awesome book, and you should check it out if you're in the mood for a more magical fantasy novel, just to escape our dreary world for a bit.

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