Narrator: Emily Rankin
Publisher: Listening Library
Length: 13 hours 31 minutes
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
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.
More romance than I bargained for
The first half of THE KISS OF DECEPTION spends a lot of time developing the romance and love triangle. Not much else really happens beyond the angst. So you can understand why I, a person who has to be in a particular mood for books where romance is the main plot, struggled at times. Especially since there were some incredibly cheesy lines and sappy moments and a love triangle that was meh. (If you want me to enjoy a love triangle, make me love both love interests. If I only like one I don’t care about it at all).
Why the unnecessary secrets?
The two guys who are after Lia, Kaden and Rafe, both hunted her down for different reasons. One is the prince she was supposed to marry, the other is an assassin, but you’re never told outright who. There are chapters from the POV of Kaden and Rafe, but also chapters from the mystery Prince and Assassin. At first I didn’t realise their identity was supposed to be such a big secret so I was really confused for a while and it became annoying not knowing who was who. I imagine it was supposed to add to the suspense and be some kind of big twist, but seriously was it really necessary?
You don’t realise how few great female friendships exist in YA until you stumble across one. One of my favourite things about THE KISS OF DECEPTION was Lia and Pauline’s friendship. They were both incredibly supportive of each other and either would to do whatever they could to help the other.
I’m expecting the sequel to be more to my tastes
The second half of THE KISS OF DECEPTION had the makings of the fantasy novel I wanted it to be. There’s more action, more suspense, and a prophecy! I love prophecies. Chose One stories with epic quests are one of my favourite things to read. Hopefully it’s these aspects that are more fully fleshed out in the sequel. Though there is the potential for the love triangle to become more complicated/annoying too…
I want to try reading a physical copy
I listened to the audiobook of THE KISS OF DECEPTION and it wasn’t bad, but I think I want to try the physical books one day. Multiple narrators are used to narrate the different POVs, which I really appreciated, but to me they all sounded kind of similar. I mean they were different, but not different enough. Sometimes it was hard to distinguish if the narration at that point was from the mysterious last testament thing or part of the story, or figure out which guy was talking (especially if I zoned out at the start of the chapter). This could just have been me not listening good enough, or maybe it was an effect of me not being that used to American accents. I have discovered I much prefer British narration.
THE KISS OF DECEPTION was a pretty good read, but I had a few issues with it. Mostly I got sick of the romance and love triangle. I really enjoyed the female friendships and characters though. Here’s hoping THE HEART OF BETRAYAL spends more time delving into the world and the plot.