Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Published by Henry Holt on July 8, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, YA
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’ve never been into fantasy, but The Kiss of Deception was loved by so many people that I decided to give it a chance.
• Even though I didn’t love The Kiss of Deception as much as I wanted to I’m really glad I read it. It pushed me out of my comfort zone a bit and I found myself fascinated with the world that Pearson created.
• Lia was easily likeable. Even when she had her moments of doubt she was still strong and wanted to do what was right for her (hence the fleeing on her wedding day) and not what was “right”. She had lots of moments of promise and I can see her being completely badass in the next book.
• There are two boys, the Assassin and the Prince. I didn’t really pick up on the fact that Pearson didn’t clearly identify which boy was which until about 2/3 the way through the book, which had me totally confused. I really like that Pearson did this, though I wish I had picked up on the fact a bit earlier.
• Even though there are two boys, I don’t really see this as a love triangle. It could turn into one of course, but right now this is more of a Twilight love triangle than a regular one.
• The world Pearson created is fascinating, and I really appreciated the map in the book. There is a lot of deception, by all parties, which at times made it hard to keep things clear.
• I thought The Kiss of Deception moved a bit slow. It took me 10 days to read it, and that’s not normal for me, even being a long book. There were times that I would only read a few chapters and then set it down because it didn’t get my interest.
Overall I enjoyed The Kiss of Deception and would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy!