The Kiss of Deception

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. I am not sure I have read a more aptly titled book.

A very well executed story. Very clever.

I started this book simply because it was staring at me from my shelf for days. I forgot the summary I read, I had no idea even what genre the book was and I checked neither before delving into the book.

The first few pages, I was curious about the protagonist, Princess Arabella otherwise known as Lia. Then about 100 pages in, I was ready to be done with the book. It was turning into a regular cliche with love interest number one, the Prince and love interest number two, the Assassin. If you’re someone who is absolutely sick and tired of love triangles, you may want to sit this one out. I didn’t since I am not.

The main players in this story are the above mentioned Princess, Prince and Assassin. While I am generally not in favor of multitude point of views, I was not averse to it here.

The story continued to be cliched and there were parts of unnecessary droning of details, which I skipped only to go back and re-read it lest I miss some hidden plot.

On a side note, although the book has a pretty cover, I felt like it didn’t quite click with the story. Maybe its just me.

I like the first book in The Remnant Chronicles, it hinted at a bigger story that is to come. It wasn’t exactly a high-paced police car chase along the highway. It was slow, like the building of an empire if you will. In my opinion, the second book in this series will make or break this series.

Let me get to it now.


Goodreads Insert: 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.

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Series #1)
Mary E. Pearson
Published 08 July 2014


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Annie Xia says:

    Oh, The Kiss of Deception! I’ve kind of read this one. The description sounded really interesting to me, but I actually stopped reading this book before I got very far. It wasn’t for me either.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Pixie says:

      It isn’t a plot-heavy book or one that’s strong on character development, more of something you read by the beach and forget. I did finish the series though

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      1. Annie Xia says:

        Yea, I didn’t get invested in any of the characters. Who did she end up with?


      2. Pixie says:

        She ended up with the Prince-dude, Rafe. I remember being truly disappointed by the ending, so I would say you did a good job not finishing it 👍

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      3. Annie Xia says:

        Oh yikes, disappointing endings stink. Haha, thanks. :))


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