Revisiting The Kiss of Deception Review for the The Remnant Chronicles Readalong

I’m so excited to be hosting The Remnant Chronicles Read Along with these amazing bloggers- Bridget from Dark Faerie Tales, Christina from The Book Hook Up, Stacee from Adventures of a Book Junkie, and Jamie from Two Chicks on Books.

I recently reread The Kiss of Deception so I thought it would be fun to revisit my old review and see if I agree with my first thoughts on the book.

My Old Review

TheKissofDeceptionThe Kiss of Deception
By: Mary E. Pearson
Release Date: July 15th 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt
Source: ARC

A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

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

My Thoughts:
Upon receiving this book I immediately put aside my current reads to dive into this one. Even when first hearing about this I felt a pull towards it and obsessed about reading it. Do you do that? Why yes, I still do that often. Become completely enraptured with an idea of a book? YES. I’m sure you do, and like me you know this is very dangerous. The expectations begin to raise, especially if you see positive early ratings (like I did with this one). It was with great eagerness and a dash of hesitation that I started. Even from the first line of the book you can see the writing is beautiful and lyrical. My fears of possibly being disappointed started to diminish. I was again so impressed with the start of TKOD. What an amazing first line and start to a book.

When reading the summary I’m sure there will be those that see the words “prince” and “assassin” and think…oh no, here it is, the dreaded triangle. Rest assured that this is not a true triangle and there is nothing to worry about. Our main character is not wishy-washy nor does she waver in her beliefs. She is a strong willed, head strong character. So much yes. Pearson was able to create a likeable, if not a tad selfish and naïve, princess that you immediately root for. My heart was on her side from the first chapter.

I really enjoyed the romantic aspects of this book; there was a slow burn but wasn’t frustratingly slow. What I loved most was that the romance was very important but less because it was a driving force for the book but because the main character is a young woman and like most young women dreams of falling in love. We journey with her on this and the best part is that we watch her grow and realize that some things might be more important than what you personally want. I loved her self discovery and growth. Pearson has really done an exquisite job in writing this character. And after reading the sequel going back and seeing how far Lia has come was really fun.

The settings are all vivid and I was easily able to visualize each location. I am so enamored with the world that Pearson has created. There is quite a bit of travel which often times is very boring to read about but not so in this book. I enjoyed reading the small amount of descriptions and the writing was really beautiful to read.

Even with my very high expectations I was surprised by The Kiss of Deception. It was beautifully done and not only had heart but action and romance. I will be rereading and preordering this one and I can’t wait until the next book, as cliché as that is. As often times when a book is very well done the review is near impossible to write.

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Final Thoughts:
Nothing I can say would allow you to experience this book in the way Pearson’s own writing would. If you like high fantasy, character growth sprinkled in with romance then you’ll enjoy this. Everyone should read these books. The End.

Are you reading along with us for The Remnant Chronicle Read Along to help prepare us for the final book’s release in August? If not you really should be. Check out my intro post here to find out more details.

The Remnant Chronicles Readalong+ Giveaway

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This is my very first read along I’ve participated in and hosted! I’m honored to be hosting with some amazing bloggers: Bridget from Dark Faerie Tales, Christina from The Book Hook Up, Stacee from Adventures of a Book Junkie, and Jamie from Two Chicks on Books. I had to join in because I’m in love with The Remnant Chronicles by Mary Pearson. This series is sooo good and I can’t wait to help spread the love.

Have you read these yet? If so, you should reread with us and if not you must give these a go! They are so well written and I love all the characters.

We’ll be reading The Kiss of Deception this month, The Heart of Betrayal in July and The Beauty of Darkness in August. Want to join in? Use the hashtag #TRCReadAlong and sign up here.

Schedule

The Kiss of Deception

June 1st: Start The Kiss of Deception
June 5th-11th: KOD Instagram Challenge/Giveaway
June 20th-24th: Special Blog Posts
June 29th: Twitter Chat at 9 EST where we will discuss The Kiss of Deception and have a fun trivia game with prizes

The Heart of Betrayal

July 1st: Start The Heart of Betrayal
July 3rd-9th: HOB Instagram Challenge/Giveaway
July 18th-22nd: Special Blog Posts
July 27th: Twitter Chat at 9 EST where we will discuss the Heart of Betrayal and have a fun trivia game with prizes

The Beauty of Darkness

August 2nd: Start The Beauty of Darkness
August 11th: Special Facebook Chat with Mary E. Pearson (More details to come)
August 7th-13th: BOD Instagram Challenge/Giveaway
August 22nd-26th: Special Blog Posts
August 31st: Twitter Chat at 9 EST where we will discuss the Beauty of Darkness and have a fun trivia game with prizes

Giveaway

There will be two grand prizes up for grabs!

The first prize is a $25 Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Book Depository Gift Card!
This is international as long as you can accept an e-gift card from one of these vendors!

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The second prize is an amazing Remnant Chronicles Prize pack (US ONLY) that will include:

  • Signed hardcover copies of all 3 books in the Remnant Chronicle Series
  • One item up to $20 from Bookish Beauty’s Society 6 or Redbubble shop (the beautiful Some Stories pillow is from this shop!)
  • Two gorgeous Deception Candles from Novelly Yours (These were made special for this read along and you guys them smell amazing! Because they turned out so awesome the lovely Brittany now has them for sale in her shop!)
  • (not pictured) A special bracelet featuring beautiful charms made by Celeste Pewter (Check out her awesome etsy shop here!)
  • A hand lettered journal made by Bridget with one of her favorite quotes from the series.
  • Tons of great Remnant Chronicles swag
  • Possibly a few surprises as well!

A huge thank you to Macmillan/Mary for providing the signed hardcover copies! Thank you to everyone involved in putting these prizes together!

To enter to win these two prizes you just need to join the read along and fill out the rafflecopter from below! (FYI, these won’t be the only prizes we’ll be giving away. There will be great prizes up for grabs during the twitter chats and for the Instagram challenges, so make sure to participate in those to get a chance to win some other goodies!)

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