Review of The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)The 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:

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? Become completely enraptured with an idea of a book? 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.

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. 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.

The settings are all vivid and I was easily able to visualize each location. 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.

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.


  1. says

    YAY, I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! It’s definitely a year-end favorite for me, and ahhh, the cover is so gorgeous, it’s like the icing on the cake! I’ll be buying a copy as well, because I hear the finished copies have MAPS 😀 I love maps. In terms of the romance… RAFE! I hate that this author is pushing a love triangle, but I’m really hoping things go in a certain, um, RAFE direction ;D

    Fabulous review, Kristen!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • says

      The cover, story, characters…loved it all. I’m so happy too since I had a lot of high expectations for this book. I love maps too! Can’t wait.

  2. says

    This book was pure perfection! I absolutely adored it. The main character, the romance, the setting, the writing. Everything together created such a beautiful fantasy novel. I really want to read this one again, as I was completely shocked when I found out who was who of the boys. Now, I want to go back and read it knowing all of what I know now and make some guesses about the sequel.

    Great review! 🙂

  3. says

    Alyssa’s review convinced me that I had to read this one and now you giving it 5 stars?? Well, I think I ought to go and buy it already! High fantasy, a not wishy-washy main character and no dreaded love triangle?? Yep, right up my ally!
    Thank you so much for this review, Kristen!

  4. says

    Amazing review Kristen. <3 So beautiful. But I'm still upset with you loving this book; when I almost hated it, lol 😀 But yeah. I am glad you liked it. Kind of 😀 And despite me not liking it, I have pre-ordered the hardcover. <3 Because the book is beautiful. Sigh. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • says

      I’m still shocked you hated it Carina! We need to discuss over DM okay? Did you DNF or read all the way through? I loved this one so I’m sort of shocked you hated it since we have similar tastes. That cover is very beautiful. We shall discuss in more detail!

  5. says

    I am relieved to hear there is no love triangle and pleasantly surprised to hear the romance does not overwhelm the story. Thanks for the great review!


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