“Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.”
Hi everyone! Today I am going to review ‘The Kiss of Deception’ by Mary E. Pearson, the first book of the ‘Remnant Chronicles’. After seeing everyone on GoodReads reading the sequel I just had to give this book a try. One of my friends also really enjoyed reading it and recommended it afterwards. So, let’s go on! ( •ॢᴗ•ॢ⋈)
The book is about a young princess who flees from her kingdom after her father decided that she has to marry a prince she has never met. She settles in a village with her dear friend but one day two young men arrive there, one being the prince hisself, the other an assassin sent to kill her.
Let’s continue with the spoiler-free review! So, this book got me out of my reading slump and I am so thankful for that. (•́⌄•́๑)૭✧ School is keeping me busy but the ‘Kiss of Deception’ just had to be read.
What I really loved about this book was that there were chapters from the princess’, prince’ and assassin’s perspective so you knew all of the main characters thoughts. It was really interesting and a diversified idea. The chapters were not too long. It never got boring. I also really enjoyed reading those quotations from the different kingdoms before reading some of the chapters. They sounded like a song, a poem and a curse. All at once.
The world was medieval including three huge kingdoms with royal families, small towns and a very adventurous atmosphere. A map of the world is included!
Let’s get to the characters; I loved them so much (́◉◞౪◟◉‵) We have Princess Arabella or how she calls herself; Lia. She is not the typical princess who can’t deal with problematic situations and has to be rescued all the time. No, she is eloquent, brave and flexible. Lia is someone who does not want people to tell her what to do. She wants to be independent. Princess Lia does not like traditions and also does not seem to be very religious. She’s good with languages, speaking a bunch of dialects. How can you not like her?
“I see only reminders that nothing lasts forever, not even greatness.”
“Some things last.”
I faced him. “Really? And just what would that be?”
“The things that matter.”
So, on the other hand we have Rafe and Kaden. They don’t get along that well. And that’s all I can tell you for now. Choose your favourite. Just a little warning for those who care:
Yes, we have a love triangle here.
I don’t know if you can count her in as a main character but there is also Pauline, Lia’s best friend since… forever? They are like sisters. Pauline is trying her best to take care of the princess.
At one special point in the book I was very confused. I would have never though that Mary E. Pearson would twist and turn the story so much. ლ(ಠ_ಠლ) But, it was fine.
The journey Lia goes through is bitter but she manages to deal with it earning a lot of experiences she would not have gained by staying at the court. The most important thing she realizes can be understood by reading the following quote;
“Maybe there was no one way to define it. Maybe there were as many shades of love as the blues of the sky”
I totally admired Lia for her strength throughout this book. She went to a lot of problematic and dangerous situations. ALONE. A lot of main female ya characters must have been rescued but she knows how to fight like a princess in a not so princess-like way. (๑و•̀ω•́)و
So, I really enjoyed ‘The Kiss of Deception’ and I was not expecting that I would like it so much as I do. Definitely one of the most suprising reads this year. I am looking forward to reading the sequel ‘Heart of Betrayal’ as soon as possible. This book receives 4/5 stars from my side. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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