The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson book review


This book will grab your attention and never let go! The characters are real and the back drop world is eirily familiar. Reading as an ebook it is hard to move back and forth when a book has a graphic on it. This one resembles the US but is a little different. It took me a couple of reads to realize the landscapes described where in fact our world just dramatically different due to an unexplained disaster even the characters know little of. As I usually do, I read the book again and realized the world is a post apocalyptic from world war centuries after the fact! This intrigued me further! 

First off you meet the main character a princess from one of the main provinces Lia who runs from an arranged marriage to live a simple life without duty or tradition. Her dream of escaping her royal duties is short lived as she is forced from her dream and is taken by prisoner by an assassion from the Barbarian land of Venda. 

At first the supporting cast of assassion and prince (from the neighboring provenice she was being forced to marry) are hard to follow as you don’t know who is whom. The story is mostly told from Lia’s point of view and short clips are from the assassion’ sir prince perspective you don’t know the characters as the princess knows them if Rafe and Kaden until she is taken prisoner. This proves as a challenge to read and follow but does jot take away from the great story! I think it adds to the story and makes it even better if a climactic mid way through the book! 

The first half is about her escape and finding her dream in a small town called Terrivien and is where she falls for one of our supporting characters. The second half is if her arduous journey taken captive by the assassion to his land of Venda and the trials of finding herself during this. She realizes she may be a chosen daughter that is to lead not only herself and her people from the barbarians but also save the entire world! But does she believe this herself and is she strong enough to prevail? 

Besides the character duplicity this reads as a strong novel with enough historical remnants to grab your intrigue and keep you on your toes. What happens to our civilization? How did they live on? How does it all pull together? How will Lia stay alive and of course the love triangle pulling out between Lia, Rafe and Kaden. Who will win?

My Rating: 5Stars

Overview by Goodreads 

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. 
Published By: Henry Holy
Publication Date: July 2014
Date Read: 12/1/2016
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Format: Nook Ebook
Pages: 396

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