Saturday 15 August 2015

The Kiss Of Deception: Mary E. Pearson | Review | Faith

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.

- Goodreads Synopsis

This Review Will Be SPOILER-FREE

I found this book when it was released, all I knew was that it had a very pretty cover. It has recently started to be getting more hype around it considering the sequel came out recently. The only reason why I picked this up was because of the plot twist that was in this book.

The Kiss Of Deception is definitely one of the better written and developed young-adult high fantasy books. Going into this novel, I could already tell that Lia was a well developed character and I wasn't even that far into the book. I really loved the characters in this book. They were all well developed and it was only the first book. Even though we barely knew any of the characters, I could picture their past/create a past for them in my head.

While these characters were developed very well. There was a very short distance between the character and the reader. We read from three different characters, Lia, Rafe and Kaden. It was very interesting reading from Rafe's and Kaden's point of view, but I do not think that it was needed. The story could've been told just as well through only Lia's eyes. The reason why I think this is because Kaden's and Rafe's chapters were short for the most part. We would constantly be bouncing from the three of them, and we would only be getting maybe 2-3 pages worth of Rafe which in reality only turned out to be a thought or two told with a lot of detail.

The Kiss Of Deception is a novel that is very slow paced, but within all of that slowness there is a great and intriguing story. The story is something that is actually quite simple but the writing and the characters is really what made it special.

One of the characters that really stood out to me was Lia. I loved her as a character. She's a very strong character who is willing to stand for what she believes in. Lia didn't even have to grow into that person in the book, she was already that person. It was something that I admired about her. In most books you don't get to follow the journey of someone who had already learned so much about herself, you usually follow the story of someone who is finding themselves or is continuing to learn.

Throughout 75% of the book,  I honestly could not tell who was the prince and who was the assassin. I think that it's very interesting how some people could figure it out and some couldn't. Mary E. Pearson did a wonderful job writing Rafe and Kaden because she still held that element of mystery yet she left enough bread crumbs to lead people in that direction.

I wouldn' necessarily call the world in this book unique because it is something that you can find in other books. However it is rare. The world is something that I think that was written beautifully and overall developed very well. There were so many things in The Kiss Of Deception that I found incredibly fascinating. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was an awesome fantasy read. I loved all of the characters and the world, highly recommend if you're in for an entertaining book. I would rate this a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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