Release Date: July 8th 2014
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Love & 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. The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary E. Pearson's Remnant Chronicles.
This might come as a surprise to some (even myself because fantasy is my favorite genre) but I didn’t care for The Kiss of Deception that much. In fact, if I could sum the book up in one word it would be: frustrating.
“Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.”
The Kiss of Deception had a strong start, especially with the first line ^. I was easily hooked from the first page, intrigued and curious as to what was going on and where the story was going to go. However, that went downhill as the action picked up. Scratch that-there was no action. We are thrown into the everyday life of our main character as a tavern barmaid. Riveting. I quickly came to miss the promise the first few pages held.
Here’s the kicker: View Spoiler »Lia could have just stayed with her family and gotten married (considering her only qualm was that she didn’t want to marry a stranger, she wanted to marry for love-SURPRISE, she ends up falling in love with the person she was SUPPOSED to marry anyway! *rips hair out*) Her brother and his wife would have lived, there probably wouldn’t have been a war and everything would have been FINE. But I guess that would render the book useless.
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I felt like this book couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be a romance or a fantasy, as there is heavy focus on the romance (a love triangle, I’m not even going to get into that) and little explanation about the world building and overall concept of the book-being a revered “First Daughter.” Is that ever clarified? Not really. The fact that wanting all of things explained was the only thing that kept me reading, to find out that there is still no explanation makes me even more frustrated.
There are excerpts of poems and things in between each chapter that are interesting at first but since they have absolutely no context or reason for really being there, they have no meaning. I gave up on them towards the middle and skipped over them.
There is a twist. However, it is not a My Mind Is Blown type of twist, it was a Did I Read That Right twist, which turned into a No, Please No, twist because I literally had to go back and reread some chapters because my perception of some characters was entirely wrong, so much so I thought the author had actually forgotten the names of her own characters. In a shorter book, this might have been clever, but here I pretty much just have resentment.
As I mentioned in both of my most recent reviews, The Forever Song and In A Handful of Dust, books that have the characters traveling a lot are really hard to pull off. There is just so much downtime. Get on horse, ride, have awkward scene with love interest that kidnapped you, get off horse, eat, sleep. Repeat. There was a whole lot of nothing happening (especially for a five hundred page novel), and I just couldn’t bring myself to care about how much the main character’s butt hurt after riding so much or how messy she thought her hair was.
I wanted to like this one so much, it seemed to have all the ingredients in it that I enjoy, but it fell short. I don’t see myself continuing the series unless the reviews for the next book are out of this world. I need a break from fantasy.
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