The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson | Book Review

the kiss of deceptionBlurb: 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.

Thoughts: This novel was so elegant and well written. I loved it. We have our main character, Lia, who really doesn’t want to be a princess. From where she comes from, I can’t really blame her. Lia’s father has forced an arranged marriage upon her, when Lia just wants her own time to find someone that she truly loves. Her mother also isn’t very supportive of her decisions, Lia feels like her friend, Pauline, is the only person who actually treats her like a human being.

I never have a novel where I really like all the characters, although I found in this novel I actually did! Of course, I don’t like the assassin in the end, but close enough. The characters are all so wonderfully developed and they all have an attribute that’s truly unique to them. Lia is sassy, which is hilarious, Rafe is so kind and complex and Kaden is very hard headed. Even Lia’s brothers seemed pretty cool, even though we don’t meet all of them.

Pearson developed this beautiful world that we actually got to almost all of in the book! That was one thing that really grasped me, being able to see how different locations in the kingdom fare differently because it really shows the true colors of hierarchy. My edition also had a map on the inside cover, which was super handy. I’m super excited how we get to see Venda in the next novel.

Pearson also set up the storyline very well so that we can have more books because I found there was many unanswered questions throughout this book. This also makes me very excited for the next book, although, there isn’t even a release date.

We also have this ‘mini storyline’ of whose the assassin? We really see the story from Lia’s perspective because we have no idea who the assassin is until Lia finds out. There was very small clues throughout the book and whenever I wasn’t actually reading the book I was going over the clues in my mind, trying to piece it together. It was a lot of fun.

I also really loved the ‘love triangle’ in this book because it wasn’t super overdone. The balance between cute love scenes and kickass battle scene was perfect. Also, Lia definitely prefers one guy over the other and I agree with her decision because the guy she picks is better in my mind.


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