Book Review

Book Review: The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson

Rating: ★★★★
Audience: YA Fantasy Romance
Length: 492 pages
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release Date: July 8th, 2014
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads


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.


This is a reread review.

I feel like every year a few book stick out to me that I desperately want to reread, and this year, that’s all of Pearson’s books. There is something old school YA fantasy about these that just sing to my soul. I loved getting to read this one again as it still maintains one of the best plot twists I’ve ever come across. If you saw it coming, I am impressed.

I do remember why I went with four star. There’s quite a bit of long winded traveling that I would have loved shortened, otherwise, this immaculate book holds all the nostalgia. And isn’t it amazing when a reread is positive?

I love these characters. This is a love triangle that doesn’t make me want to throw my book and the politicking and intrigue of it all builds the world with intrigue. Everything from the characters to subtle magic system is developed well. I can’t wait to continue this series!

Overall audience notes:

  • YA Fantasy Romance
  • Language: very little
  • Romance: kisses
  • Violence: medium
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: physical violence, weapons violence, small battle themes, loss of loved ones, kidnapping

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