May 28, 2014

Review: Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Kiss of Deception
By: Mary E. Pearson
Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: July 8th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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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 assassin 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.

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!! That's it! I don't know what else I can say to describe this book. From the very first page you will find yourself glued to the story. The writing was great, the story flowed at a great pace, and the romance was everything I love, and more! 

Each chapter is written from different points of views. You get into the minds of the main character, Princess Lia, the Assassin, and the Prince. The entire time you are reading you have no idea who is the assassin, and who is the prince, unless the chapter is labeled with their name. The reason for this is, the Princess runs away and goes into hiding. Both male characters head out on a mission to find her. One is sent to kill her, and the other wants to find her mostly out of curiosity since she left him at the altar. 

I loved that the author did this! I am probably not explaining it correctly, but I will say that this is one of my favorite things about this book. You just have to read it to find out what I am talking about. The author pulls you in and makes you fall in love with both male characters. I am bad with these kinds of things, so I sort of skipped to the last chapter and figured who was who. I was also rooting for one of the male characters and was happy when I read the ending. 

If you're worried there is a love triangle, I can tell you right now there isn't. Not really. Yes, she is attracted to both, but she falls for one completely and nothing ever comes from the other. It wasn't a back and forth relationship. 

I LOVE this book! This was a great story with a strong female character. Princess Lia isn't weak at all. She was brave and did what she wanted, and not what her family and friends wanted. She wanted to marry someone who loved her for her. Someone she got to know, and not a stranger that was just being thrown at her. She was awesome!

A Good Choice for Reading ;)


  1. This is the #1 book on my July TBR! So excited!

  2. I absolutely loved this book. I had a hard time reviewing it because there was SO much that I wanted to delve into, but also didn't want to ruin it for future readers. Mary E. Pearson creates such a complex world- that was one of the best aspects of the book, in my opinion.


  3. I love the excerpt from this book. I would love the opportunity to read the entire book. Thanks for the opportunity

  4. I have been on the fence with this book but you have convinced me that I should give it a try. Thank you!


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