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The Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles) [Hardcover]

Mary E. Pearson
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8 July 2014 Remnant Chronicles (Book 1)
In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lias life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sightbut she doesntand she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdomto 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 arriveand 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 secretseven as she finds herself falling in love.

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  • Hardcover: 489 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company (8 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805099239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805099232
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is the introductory book in the projected Remnant Chronicles series, a new venture that will delight her fans and give a chance to others to try her out. It has its own fair share of flaws yet this is one of the best fantasy adventure stories that I have read in recent times. Full of drama, action, adventure, suspense, intrigue, romance, betrayal, gypsies, vagabonds, villains and heroes, Mary skillfully crafted an incredible tale with a formidable heroine around whose fate hangs the story.

Princess Lia is no ordinary princess. She is tough, resolute and determined to lead her life the way she envisioned and not what is thrust upon her. She’s a First Daughter, like her own mother, yet the usual gift bestowed upon First Daughter – the ability to see and predict the future – eluded her. When a loveless arranged marriage with a Prince is charted as the next course in her life, Princess Lia with her faithful maid in tow leaves behind everything she has ever known for an uncertain future, a life where she's free to lead the way she pleases. They head for the maid's hometown, a quiet little village, hoping to make a new beginning.

But the Prince is not one to forgive and forget rejection quite easily. When an assassin is sent after her, it is no longer possible to hide her true identity or differentiate between friends and enemies. And Princess Lia is caught in the most unlikely love triangles. While I personally like the storyline with its tense plot twists that surprised me to no end, many fantasy lovers may be left a little disappointed with the nature of the book. Though the elements of fantasy are clearly recognizable, The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is more action-adventure oriented, and would be a disservice to label it otherwise. But with this being the first book in a series, and the characters evolving and the story moving forward, who knows what we are in for in the next book!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing YA Fantasy 16 July 2014
By Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Holy crap, batman. This book, y'all. It's like this crazy hodgepodge of things all smushed together in a neat little ball that totally came at me and knocked me down. It's fantasy, but it's more. It's a romance, but it's more. It's just a lot of good things. Except one thing. The love triangle, but more on that later. Let's return to the gushing.

You know whenever a main character just has it? (As if I know what it is. I clearly do not have it.) That's Lia. As I read The Kiss of Deception, I was practically decked out in a cheerleading uniform complete with pompoms. Lia is a great protagonist. She's the type that I hope younger girls look up to. Lia worked for this story, and this story worked for Lia.

Now, the downside. Even though this book is without a doubt a five star read for me, there's a love triangle. I never like them. Not ever, not even once. I think they're boring, repetitive, and frankly, they just plain piss me off. The one in The Kiss of Deception is no exception. I felt like it hindered the story more than it contributed to it.

The Kiss of Deception transcends the young adult age group. It's a story that can be enjoyed by any one of any age. It's a perfect example of what a high fantasy book should be like. If you've never read a fantasy book but you're curious about the genre, read The Kiss of Deception. It's the perfect introduction to an amazing genre.

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
42 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spoiled Princess abandons her people to war and barbarians b/c she doesn't want to be told what to do. 9 July 2014
By Jessica - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Let's talk about first impressions--they are IMPORTANT.

If, for example, you start reading a new book, and the first glimpses you get of ALL THREE main characters are less than flattering, you might be tempted to toss said book aside in disgust, and hope the next one goes better.

YES. You might.

And honestly, in this situation, I would not blame you. Not even a little bit.

So here's the deal--I'm not one of those the-less-romance-the-better types. I'm the opposite, in fact. In most cases, a book completely devoid of romance is a book I will almost certainly find lacking. That being said, I don't like romance tossed in willy nilly, b/c, this book needs romance, so, "Hey! You two over there! Yeah, you! Make googly eyes at each other. I don't care if it doesn't make sense, just do it! Thaaaat's it, muuuuuchhh better."

In fantasy, one of the most common ways for romance to play out is the Arranged Marriage scenario. Neither party is happy about it, but something IMPORTANT is at stake, so two self-sacrificing souls agree to wed for the greater good. Then, despite the obvious unfairness of their situation, stuff happens, they fall in love, and they live HEA.

And this makes you happy, b/c SELF-SACRIFICE.

But what if Princess is a narcissistic little brat who not only runs away from her arranged marriage, but drags one of her good friends along with her, b/c who cares that the only way to ensure the safety of her family and the general population in the face of a barbarian invasion is to keep with tradition and unite her family with Prince's family, b/c NEITHER family has the strength to survive alone?

Not Princess. *frowns*

And not only does she not care, she laughs ALL THE TIME. Ah-ha-ha-ha laughs. Like Keira Knightley ruining Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. "Running away equals TREASON to my hard-case father, who had my cousin hanged for desertion, and buried him in an unmarked grave along with his mother (hard-case father's SISTER), who threw herself off a cliff in despair."


*flares nostrils*

Oh, and Prince only agrees to the marriage b/c his father tells him he can take a mistress.

And don't even get me started on Reluctant Assassin.<----if you're going to be an assassin, you need to frickin' OWN IT.

BUT despite ALL of that, I kept reading. And it got better.

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn recently used the term "grab-bag" in one of his reviews, and I'm totally stealing it, b/c that's exactly what's going on here. We've got corrupt advisers to the monarch, a foreign, misunderstood queen who keeps IMPORTANT secrets from her daughter, gypsy caravans, a too-young soldier who bonds with his captive, etc.

Oh, and there's also a TIGER. Can't forget about the (random) tiger.

So what's Princess doing now that she's the master of her own destiny?

Working at an Inn as a barmaid. YEP. Freedom RAWKS. And it seems like she'd be content to stay there doing honest work forever, but that would be boring, so a Bad Thing happens that probably could have been avoided if she hadn't run away from her responsibilities, so of course, she blames herself (b/c it's her fault), and she resolutely decides to return home, leaving behind the "farmhand" she's fallen in love with.

And it all goes downhill from there. The situation, not the story. The story, despite it's lack of anything new or original, is surprisingly entertaining, and I'll probably read the book--who knows what bits and pieces will be thrown together in the next installment, right? I'd recommend this book to anyone who isn't a termagant like I am, and who thinks it's ridiculous to place the responsibilities of two kingdoms on the shoulders of a teenager.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best YA read of 2014! Exciting beggining to a new YA series! 27 July 2014
By rickter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
What an amazing beginning to a new series!

If you eye-rolled at the mention of "series" let me explain that this is a complete story. So yes, there is a cliff-hanger but at 490 pages you feel like you've been taken on a journey and it was more than worth it. I want more!

This story takes place in a high fantasy world and it reminded me of the PG version of Game of Thrones. It has a historical romance feel with the prince, princess, warring kingdoms and arrange marriages but there is a magic element that is really beautifully done and introduced.

Lia is a princess but she isn't a delicate flower and she won't be told what to do. So when she is forced into an arranged marriage, to someone she had never even met "an old toad" she bolts. She wants to start a new life and she isn't afraid to get her hands dirty or speak her mind.

I really love her character and how it developed through the story.

There is a prince and an assassin. Both want to kill her. One for breaking their marriage agreement and the kingdom alliance. One, because he is an assassin from a warring "barbarian" country that hates all royals and he doesn't want any political alliances made.

Here is the fun part: WE DON'T KNOW WHO IS THE PRINCE AND WHO IS THE ASSASSIN. They both track her to a small village and are disarmed by Lia who doesn't act like they thought a princess would. She is working at a tavern and introductions are made as she serves them beer and food. She meets Kaden and Rafe. One a farm boy. One a hunter/trapper.

You can see where this is going.

I did find the first part of the book a little bit slow, but that is to be expected with this type of world building but it really picks up half way. Similar to Game of Thrones (but fewer characters) there are multiple POV's broken up by chapter.

I would call the magic element "lite" really just a hint, but we know it exists. I am sure we will learn more in the next installment.

This is also a clean read. No sex. No swearing. A little bit of violence but nothing overt. YA - PG

The book comes out in July so put your pre-order in now because this is a MUST READ!​
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very promising start to a series 21 July 2014
By Rachel @ Paper Cuts blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I adore high fantasy. It's one of those genres that I'll never tire of, but where I also have high standards. That means, clearly, The Kiss of Deception appealed to me. There are a couple of elements that felt less than satisfactory to me, but generally The Kiss of Deception is a highly entertaining and promising fantasy.

There's a lot to be said for this book. The writing is, without a doubt, gorgeous. Time and time again I found myself stopping just to reread a phrase or to sit and think about the wording. It was simply lovely and a joy to read, just on the level of sentence construction. I also found myself really liking Lia, especially in the latter parts of the book. Running away from her duty was something I could understand, but never really admired her for. I see the bravery in going against the expectations, breaking out, but I see more bravery in facing what scares you and fulfilling duty. It didn't make me dislike her at the beginning at all, because it's an understandable reaction. However, her strength in taking on work she's never done and dedication to learning make me like her more as time went on. When later events spurred her into bigger action, I really grew to admire her. She's strong, dedicated, and willing to do anything for those she loves. That growth is just great.

Really, the biggest detraction is the love triangle. It's there, and it looks like it's not going away in the next book, but at the same time, I found myself pretty darn invested. Pearson keeps you from knowing who the prince and assassin are, making their introductions from Lia's point of view, so we get descriptions and names, but not their purposes. I was so sure I knew who each was, but was wrong--and while being wrong is frustrating, I was deeply happy as well.

The only other problem I had was that a lot of the mythology of the world was kind of foggy. The story fragments at the beginning of each chapter were compelling and the background we're given is really interesting, but I never found a full picture. It's compelling and gets better as the story goes on, but the focus on the relationships didn't allow for as much growth of the storyline. Hopefully this will be expanded in the sequel.

In all, The Kiss of Deception is a promising start to the series. The characters and story are compelling and the writing is beautiful. None of my problems really hindered my enjoyment. It's a pretty darn long book, but the moment I finished I was wishing for more--and that says a lot.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wait to read this book, and if you do read it, check it out from the library 26 July 2014
By Kathryn Townsend - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have not read all the seventy plus reviews that this Kiss of Deception has received at this point, but I have read several of the less enthusiastic ratings, and my issue with the book is a little different than what I've read others commenting on.

Yes, there's plenty in this book that is trite.

Yes, it requires you to suspend your disbelief and accept that a seventeen year old, whose arranged marriage is essential to the future safety of two kingdoms, would be left alone long enough to escape the arranged marriage by running away with only a friend for company, and that the right place for her to hide is in her friend's home town.

Yes, the love triangle is somewhat tedious.

I don't really care about any of that. When I read YA high fantasy I expect that I'm going to see things I've seen before, I expect that I'm going to have to suspend my disbelief, and I expect that I'm going to have to deal with teenage romance and all the idiocy that inevitably entails.

No, the thing I hate about this book is that the author abuses her readers by doing the trendy thing that so many YA authors have started doing since Suzanne Collins made it fashionable; this book ends in a cliff hanger. That's right folks, you read along for hundreds of pages, and there is no resolution to the story. Want to know what happens? Too bad. You have to read the next book, and probably the next one after that, if M. E. Pearson follows suit and writes a trilogy. And, if she's following the formula, the third one will have a tragic ending and Lia will be killed or maimed as she tries to do the noble thing and save her country and avenge her brother.

My advice is: Wait to read this book. When Pearson has finished writing Lia's story, in however many books she takes to do that, read the reviews. They'll tell you if Pearson is guilty of author betrayal a la Veronica Roth in her Divergent series. And, if Pearson is guilty of author betrayal, don't bother to invest your money, or more importantly, your time in this book. It really isn't worth it.

And, if you MUST read this book, for reasons that escape me, at least check it out from the library. Do NOT financially reward Pearson for being either too lazy to write an actual ending for this book, or so money grubbing that she is willing to manipulate readers into buying the next book by making buying the next book the only way to find out how the story resolves itself.

If there had been an actual ending, I would have given the book four stars. Pearson's writing is good. But, I don't like being manipulated, and I think that's exactly what Pearson is doing. As it is, this is both the first and last M. E. Pearson book I will be buying.
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