In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.
In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.
On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assasin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
The publisher gave me a copy of this book to read and review (from NetGalley). This has, in no way, altered my opinion of the book and what is written below is a 100% honest review.
Okay, so when I saw that there was a book from Mary E. Pearson on Netgalley, man, I requested this book so quickly. I absolutely loved Pearson’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox when I was younger. I don’t really remember what it was about, but I remember absolutely loving it. So, I just guessed that I would love this one, too. I was right!!!
Some of her other works have been more sci-fi, so I was delightfully surprised when I found out that this new saga of hers was going to follow the fantasy genre. I sort of cringed when I read the title (The Kiss of Deception is a bit cheesy, but it strangely fit and I grew to like it).
This story follows a young, feisty, admirable princess who flees her kingdom because she does not want to marry a man that she does not love. Typical, right? I mean, it’s an overused story plot. But, Mary E. Pearson remade the concept. Oh, and there’s also an assassin and a prince in the story, too, which both fall for her during their time spent with her (love triangle blah blah blah, I know what you’re thinking, but hold your horses).
Some love triangles bore me to death or cause me to nearly throw the book at the nearest passerby in aggravation, but I really liked the balance of these three main characters in this novel. It wasn’t overdone. I wasn’t tired of it by the end of the book. And this novel is 496 flippin’ pages… I wanted more by the end (and that’s definitely saying something). One assumed the role of bad boy and one assumed the role of the good guy, but it really played out beautifully. To tell you how, well, I’d have to give away some crucial information/spoilers. So, obviously, you are not going to be getting those bits of info from me.
BUT, OH MY GOSH, THE PLOT TWIST. The absolute best plot twist of my life. I said as much in my tweet to her (and gahh, she replied).
Honestly, though, I didn’t expect that. I was so frustrated with myself, but also really amazed. Kudos.
I also loved how strong and courageous Lia is. Never were her characteristics exaggerated or dramatized. I just really loved what a strong heroine she was. Not many authors pen realistic, admirable lead heroines (without making them annoying and WAY TOO SASSY)… but, Mary E. Pearson created a great female character with ease. Also, the multiple narrators gave the reader a good overall sense of the plot. I think she dealt with narration in an excellent way, as well.
Overall, wow. I loved this book. I don’t really know if I will be able to wait until 2015 for the next one. It’ll be a tough wait to say the least.
I give this one 5/5!