Title: Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
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.
Wow! What a freaking journey! This book got me out of my mini reading slump. I think this series might be a new favorite.
This book is truly a journey. From the start, we are thrusted into Lia‘s crazy life. She is about to marry a “toad” prince who she has never met before. She is horrified at the thought of marrying a total stranger that could turn out to be an old man, so she decides to run away. I’m just summarising things. It’s a lot more than that but the whole marriage things is what finally pushed her over the edge. This is where things start to get interesting. The supposed toad of a prince and an assassin are both after her. She meets both of them but she doesn’t know who they are. She thinks they’re just normal good-looking guys with no secret agendas. The cool thing is that, in the beginning, we don’t know which one is which. It doesn’t take long to figure it out, but it was still fun to try to piece the clues together.
I absolutely loved the characters. Lia is a good heroine. Despite how selfish her actions may seem, you can’t help but understand that she just wants to live her life and do her own thing. She goes from being a princess to a waitress and she never complains or acts bratty. This book was a roller coaster for her, especially towards the end. She has to come to terms with who she is and what it means to be her.
I have to be honest, I didn’t trust Pauline. She was Lia’s closest friend in the castle, and she runs away with her. For the first half of the book, I was convinced she was going to turn on Lia. She seemed too good to be true, but I was wrong. She really is a great person. She is loyal and the best friend Lia could ever ask for. I’m so invested in her story. I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel.
Kaden and Rafe are the two guys she meets. I’m not going to say which one is which but I loved them both. They’re both very complex. The prince and the assassin both have their complicated stories. They both grew on me. I’m happy with who she is favoring now, but I can see a very complicated love triangle in the future. I really enjoyed the romance in this book. It was cute and swoon worthy, but it didn’t take away from the main focus of the plot. If anything, it just added more to the complicated mess of things.
The Kiss of deception is told from Lia‘s point of view, but every once in a while, there were chapters told from the prince or the assassins point of view. Their chapters were short but they were awesome. It was really interesting to see how things were progressing from all of their point of views.
I really wish the author had gone into more detail about their world. I was left with a lot of questions, but It’s understandable, since this is only the first book in the trilogy. There is still a lot of time for the author to fully develop the awesome world she created.
Overall, I loved this book. I can’t wait to get my hands of the Heart of Betrayal (the sequel).