Title: The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy > Romance
Synopsis: 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.
Final Rating: ★★★★☆
Would I recommend? For fans of romance and light mystery.
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I read this book for a read-along on Goodreads, and that’s all well and good because I had been wanting to read this for the longest time. This entire you-don’t-know-who’s-who thing surrounding the book had me intrigued. I had heard nothing but fantastic things about it, and so it’s safe to say that I was excited going into it.
For the most part, I liked it. I thought the pacing was very good. I liked the plot. I liked how it started out, and I liked where it went from there too. I enjoyed most of the characters, although Lia got on my nerves sometimes. I enjoyed the characters of both the assassin and the prince, and I liked that we get to see a lot of the world even in the first book.
The idea of not knowing who the assassin is, or who the prince is was really fascinating. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and I was totally engrossed in the details surrounding the two main leads because I’m an ambitious person, and I like to know things. So, I was constantly trying to guess who was who. (I was successful, but that’s not the point lulz.)
However, I feel that there’s a subtle love triangle in this book, and it’s going to get much stronger as the series progresses. I don’t like love triangles, and I don’t think it’s necessary for there to be one in this series.
I’m not too into Lia’s character. Sometimes, I think she’s overreacting. She thinks too much, and she really annoyed me at times.
I enjoyed that there a lot of characters that get a lot of time in this novel. Because I didn’t like the main character too much, the focus on the assassin, the prince and Lia’s best friend was something that really got me through the book.
I’m excited to see how the characters progress in the next book. I feel like there’s more room for character development now that we know who’s who. Even though trying to figure out who was who was a lot of fun, and it was a refreshing twist to the normal mystery in YA, it did come at an expense: character development. But I liked this book enough to carry on with the series, and I liked Mary Pearson’s writing enough to be confident that the character development will be much stronger in the next one.
Mary E. Pearson is tremendously imaginative. I know that practically no idea is entirely original anymore- everything has been done by now, one way or another, and even though this storyline is not totally outside of the box, the way Pearson carries it out was a delight to see. Her world-building skills are fantastic. The way she mapped out an entire world and incorporated the different lands and different peoples residing (or not) in these lands was a lot of fun to read.
Her writing is pretty easy to read, but because she spends a good amount of time describing the world, it can get a little tedious if you’re not into that kind of thing. But overall, I liked her writing quite a bit, and I’ll definitely pick up anything else she puts out!