|Title: The Kiss of Deception|
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Author: Mary Pearson
Synopsis: 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.
The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary E. Pearson's Remnant Chronicles
**** I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review in return. This fact has not affected my opinion****
When I finished this book I was left with a very odd feeling, a feeling of total contradiction and uncertainty. I wasn't really sure how to feel about this book because I loved as many things about this book as I hated. Then after a lot of talk on Twitter with Nikki from There were books involved (her review) I came to a conclusion. Despite it's deficiencies I really enjoyed the book and a, excited to see how this series develops.
Another thing that was jarring was the shift in character perspectives. Most of the book was told from Lia's point of view but every once in a while we would get a chapter from the Prince or the Assassin. This type of changing narrator is hit and miss for me. Usually I like it but sometimes it just doesn't work. At the start it wasn't so bad. It introduced each of the characters on their own terms and when the story was focused on the guessing game it made everything suspicious. And while I understood the purpose of these shifts even when it made sense they felt too irregular and ended up being more confusing. I would have been okay if the book had been completely told from Lia's perspective.
Bottom-line is I'm excited to see how this series develops. Despite some problems it was an enjoyable read with great characters and a fascinating world. It wasn't quite was I was hoping for but it was good.
I would recommend The Kiss of Deception to fans of Young Adult fantasy. It's not something I would necessarily recommend to someone to start with the genre but if you enjoy these types of stories, especially those with a lot of mystery then check this book out.
Have you read The Kiss of Deception? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!