Wed, July 16, 2014

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson Review

The Kiss of Deception book cover

The Kiss of Deception book cover

The Kiss of Deception
By Mary E. Pearson
Publication date: July 8, 2014
Henry Holt, 492 pages
Source: Publisher

In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

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.

— Goodreads.com description

“What? What?! WHAT??!?!??” — me reading The Kiss of Deception.

Okay, so…I read a lot. That’s probably an understatement. I read CONSTANTLY. So it’s sort of hard to surprise me as a reader. I get a little jaded, like “Been there, done that.”

So for me to react to a book that strongly? Gosh, I love it. It’s like crack.

Thank you, Mary E. Pearson.

You guys. This book was so creative. Okay, I suppose a slight warning: It’s a slow fantasy, with buildup and not a ton of action. I guess if I had to pick anything, that might be a slight holdup for some of you. But, whatever, if you like fantasy at all, read it anyway.*

But DON’T read any other reviews or really look very closely at the book description. Just dive into it. Trust me. I used all caps on that “don’t,” so you know I mean it.

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*Sigh. I can see why I’m never blurbed in books because I get all crazy and ineloquent, but hey at least I have passion!!!

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: fantasy, mary e. pearson, romance, royalty
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8 Comments

  1. Beth said:

    I don’t know, I feel like “Read it anyway!” would make a pretty good book blurb. 🙂

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  2. Annette said:

    I really loved this one too. I’m not really sure why, it just struck a chord with me. And, if you asked, I would say fantasy is one of my least favorite genres, but I may have to change that because there have been several fantasies lately that I loved (there are still those I hate, though….) I never read blurbs either. I like to know the genre and maybe the main premise, so I might read the first sentence, but that’s IT. Nice (passionate) review!

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  3. Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) said:

    I love Mary Pearson’s work, and I feel like the Fox Chronicles were super creative, interesting, surprising books that not a lot of people talked about EVER.. So happy to see she’s got a new book out, and I’ll definitely be searching for it.

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  4. Jennifer from YA Book Nerd said:

    This is on my shelf to read and clearly I need to get to it soon!

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  5. Lea @ YA Book Queen said:

    I’m with you on this book! It surprised me in such a good way. Pearson completely fooled me with her little trick, and it was nice to not see the surprise coming for once.

    Glad you enjoyed it!

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  6. Alexa S. said:

    I think we need to talk about this book! Because I also had a similar to moment to you (and said EXACTLY what you said, although ending with an expletive). But yes, this one surprised me! While it’s not my favorite in the genre, I still wound up liking it.

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  7. Jessica said:

    I’m so incredibly excited for this book that it’s kinda ridiculous. Not usually a fantasy fan but I do like Mary E. Pearson’s works and from what I’ve read of the excerpt, Kiss of Deception sounds like a great book!

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  8. Aminata said:

    Okay, I just finished reading and I had the EXACT same reaction as you. Did you mix the guys up?! Because the guy I was rooting for wasn’t the person I thought he was and I was DUMBFOUNDED.

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