Review: ‘Kiss of Deception’ by Mary E. Pearson

I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Kiss of Deception’ by Mary E. PearsonThe Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Published by Macmillan on July 8th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 496
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
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.

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Princess Lia is to marry a prince of a neighboring country. The night before their wedding, she flees with her handmaiden to a small town by the sea where she becomes a barmaid. All she wants is a simple life, but little does she know two men are after her. One is her betrothed prince and the other an assassin. What she finds is a budding romance with a man whom she believes is a farm hand.


A lovely story about a strong-headed princess who has a very real and modern personality set in a world where countries are at war, and assassins run amok. The pacing was pretty slow in the beginning.. Nothing really happens except a lot of character development between the entire cast, but I didn’t necessarily mind it this time. The plot finally moves forward after the middle and I was surprised at how big the world was. As for the characters, I truly enjoyed Lia. She was super head strong and never let anyone else sway her opinions at all. I rather liked her a lot. Even though there is instant romance, it wasn’t as sudden as it is in most books. It was rather a whirlwind romance though. And as for the love interests, I liked him too. Though for the entire beginning I thought the one she liked was the other so that confused me so. Luckily I finally came to my senses and got the characters right. There were some pretty cute lines when they start falling in love. I wanted more adventure and fantasy.. Though I’m hoping the next book will have both.


Overall, if you’re looking for an adventure filled journey, you won’t find it until the end. But if you’re in it for romance, pick this one up.


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Some things were easier seen from a distance than when they were right under your nose.
I knew the minute I laid eyes on her.
Deliberate deception is not a mistake. It’s calculating and cold. Especial when aimed at the one you profess to love. And if one can’t be trusted in love, one can’t be trusted in anything.
It can take years to mold a dream. It takes only a fraction of a second for it to be shattered.




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