Thursday, December 17, 2015

Let's Talk: The Kiss of Deception

Title: The Kiss of Deception
Series: The Remnant Chronicles (Book 1)
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Date Started: December 7, 2015
Date Finished: December 13, 2015
Rating: 5/5 stars

*semi-spoiler free review*

Bonjour y'all. I finished up The Kiss of Deception last night and it was fantastic! I had heard so many great things about it that I was worried it wouldn't live up to my expectations, but it far surpassed those. Honestly, this has made it onto my Top 15 of 2015 list! Without a doubt!
Anyway, I first heard of this book when I watched Sasha from abookutopia talk about books that blew her mind. This book was on the list. She told us there was a major plot twist she didn't see coming, and neither did I.
It was only after this plot twist (and the yelling of many, many, MANY obscenities) that I remembered that I went into this knowing there was a plot twist. And it made me so mad I didn't see this coming. I SHOULD HAVE seen it coming, but I didn't.
Anyway, here's the blurb from the back of the book:
              She steals 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 the bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like marrying someone she's never even met to secure a political alliance. 
       Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia escapes to a distant village on the morning of her wedding day. She settles among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome stranger 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 finds herself falling in love.

Safe to say I was very intrigued going into this book, and I have no regrets about reading it. I absolutely loved it. From the very first page I was drawn into this fantasy world. I loved all the deceptions and plans that were woven carefully and through each other.
This book made me think a lot, mostly about how hot the prince and assassin would be in real life. I'm not kidding. But it made me think a lot beyond the book too, which I really enjoyed.
There was a big huge plot twist that I didn't see coming. When it came I yelled obscenities for five minutes straight (ask my sister: she timed me) and had to refrain from throwing the book at my closet. But holy hell was it a good one. Brilliantly played, Mary E. Pearson, brilliantly played.
Lia is such a relatable character, even if she's a prince. I related to a lot of what she felt and it made me connect on a deeper level than just reading her story. That's how all books should be--and most are.
Oh yeah, I also cried a lot. And cheered. And yelled.
I gave it a 5/5 stars for a very good reason, and now this book is on my top books list. I'm very excited to get the next book, though I'm refraining from buying it immediately so that I don't overdraw my bank account because of Christmas shopping.
Thanks for reading. I highly recommend this book. Definitely a good read for anyone who likes fantasy, independent females, and love.
xoxo -Lauren

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