THE KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary E. PearsonThe Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Also in this series: The Heart of Betrayal
Published by Square Fish on June 2nd 2015
Pages: 512
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Dystopian
Also by this author: The Heart of Betrayal

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In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia's life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight--but she doesn't--and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom--to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive--and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets--even as she finds herself falling in love. The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary E. Pearson's Remnant Chronicles.

Reading time 6 mins

I  finally get what all the fuss was about. I admit I held out on reading this series, I just didn’t realize how good The Kiss of Deception was. Now I have to say, “you were right” to every reviewer who told me I needed to read this book. I have already started reading The Heart of Betrayal, so as you can see, I am totally hooked.


Lia is about to marry a man she has never met. She doesn’t want to, especially since he wouldn’t even agree to let her see him before the wedding. She has a back up plan. She and her hand maiden, Pauline, run away to Terravin. She is sure she won’t be found there. Lia is convinced she can just blend in. Pauline meets up with an aunt she hasn’t seen in years and before you know it, Lia is a waitress. She is enjoying her new freedom and meets some very handsome soldiers who stay at the same inn her and Pauline share. The soldiers are suppose to be visiting for the festival. In the meantime things are heating up between Lia and her competing suitors, Raff and Kaden. The truth is that neither of them is being honest with Lia or each other.

Let me get all the negative out of the way before I try to convince you to read this if you haven’t already. There could have been more fantasy elements. They are there, but not as much as I was expecting. There is triangle brewing. As much as we all hate them, it is there. I am not sure which way the series will go. I have hope that the love triangle doesn’t dominate the rest of the books in this series, but it might.

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Lia isn’t as good at concealing her roots as she thinks. She can’t hold her tongue, which gets her into trouble, and she has a big kavah (something like a henna tattoo) on her back proclaiming the seal of her home and the one of the man she was suppose to marry. The temporary tattoo won’t come off, so she tries to keep it hidden. Hiding it or her true identity isn’t going to be easy.

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Okay, now the awesome stuff that made me love this book. The story shifts after the first few chapters to her encounters with these two soldiers. One is Raff and one is Kaden.

View Spoiler » This is where it starts to get really good. Anyways, there are some great friendships made. I enjoyed her loyalty to Pauline. I doubt any friend of mine would put themselves out there for me like Pauline did for Lia. Of course, she did have a selfish motive. Also later in the book she befriends a vagabond woman, who basically changed Lia’s life.

The there were the swoony parts. I shipped hard on this one. I am not going to say which one I choose for Lia, but

View Spoiler » it’s someone. Lia turns out to be much more than I expected from a Princess. She is fearless and pretty kick ass, actually. She says what she wants and gets it. My favorite line from the book is this:

“Hello,” I said, “I’m Lia, Princess of Arabella Celestine Idris Jezelia, First Daughter of the House of Morrigan, to be precise. I’ve been stolen away and brought here against my will, but I can put all that aside for later if you have one square of goat cheese and a bar of soap to spare.”

I loved the world building in this book. I liked having the map at the beginning. I hope we get to see all of this world. I am intrigued that the book kept quoting lines from the Book of Gaudrel and the Songs of Venda. I want to learn more about those peoples. I wanted to hear more about this gift that the first daughters are suppose to have. I want more of the romance and adventure. Basically I just want more of this series.


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About Mary E. Pearson

Mary E. Pearson is the award-winning author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Miles Between, A Room on Lorelei, and Scribbler of Dreams. She writes full-time from her home office in California where she lives with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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