The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson
Published July 8th 2014 by Henry Holt
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
What I Thought
The book is told in duel perspectives. We read from Lia mostly, but we also read from the point of view of Rafe and Kaden. One of the guys is the prince who got stood up and the other is an assassin that is there to kill her. It’s unclear who is who until the last third of the book.
So now let me just tell you that I LOVED the last third! The last portion of the book draws you in and makes you fall in love with Lia. I flew through this part of the book. I was literally sitting on my couch in my pj’s letting out shouts of encouragement for Lia. She is a strong character who simply wants to be free to live her own life but she also deeply cares for those she loves and would do anything, including risk her life for them. What is not to love about a main character like that?! By the end I found myself routing for her to succeed and eagerly anticipating the second book.
Overall I liked the writing style and loved the plot. I think the book started strong but there is a lot of character and world development in the beginning and middle portions that can slow you down. However the last part of the book is wonderful and seems to be the tone the rest of the series will take.
The next book,
The Heart of Betrayal
, is expected to come out July 7
of this year!
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