Seventeen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of Emperion- she is beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret persona- that of a vigilante- to hunt down criminals and help her people first hand. Unfortunately, her nightly escapades will have to wait because the citizens of Emperion may need saving from something much bigger than common criminals. War is encroaching on their country and in order to protect her people, Allyssa may have to sacrifice her heart. Forced to entertain an alliance through marriage with a handsome prince from a neighbouring kingdom, she finds herself feeling even more stifled than before. To make matter worse, the prince has a nosy squire, Jarvik, to watch her every move. Jarvik is infuriating, bossy and unfortunately, the only person she can turn to when she unveils a heinous plot. Together, the unlikely pair will have to work together to stop an enemy that everyone thought was long gone, one with the power to destroy her family and the people of Emperion. Now the cage Allyssa so longed to break free from might just be the one thing she has to fight to keep intact. In order to save her kingdom, she will have to sacrifice her freedom, her heart, and maybe even her life.
Review Cage of Deceit is a really enjoyable YA fantasy novel which is fast paced and very addictive as I read it in under a day. I have not read the prequel series to this book, True Reign, but I did not feel I missed much and could easily read it. It has a slow-build romance but not as much action as I was expecting, but I foresee more in future books. I kind of got a Pride and Prejudice feel to this book as it had a lot of first impressions and how they can be inaccurate.
Allyssa is a fighter, stubborn and does not like to feel trapped however, is not very curious as people keep on mentioning that they have important things to discuss with her but she never wonder about what it might be. Odar is handsome and charming but is more suited to court life that politics and strategy. Jarvik is intelligent, distrustful and can be cautious and arrogant.
The ending would have been a big cliffhanger if I had not guessed the twist from very near the beginning of the book but it was still a good ending. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series and the original series in this book. I would recommend Cage of Deceit to people who enjoyed The Orphan Queen and fans of YA fantasy books.
4.0 out of 5 starsI liked this book and will be looking for the next one
6 October 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this book, a solid four starts. It is primarily that start of a romance between the hero and Heroine, all PG with no bad language. There is one kiss, so if you're looking for a book with minimal scenes, you'll find that in this book.
Here's what I liked: 1. There was no insta love/insta lust. 2. The Heroine wanted to do what was best for herself and for her country, often times which did not go together. However, she did not totally disregard everything and do stupid crap that resulted in her being a damsel in distress, which occurs sometimes in books like this where I roll my eyes and just think it's stupid. 3. I liked reading the relationship develop between the Heroine and Hero 4. Not everything was a happy ending, which I appreciated. I hate how every single thing always works out for a hero or Heroine, which is not realistic. In this book, not everything does.
Con: 1. I felt like there were some key clues to the "secret" that she should have picked up on based on her intelligence level prior to the reveal at the end of book. A little irritating to me primarily because it is a common theme / predictable with other books.
Aspects that could be a pro or a con. 1. There is a cliff hanger at the end but the author states up front that there will be. If you don't like it, wait for the series to come out! If you are ok with reading a pretty good story even if you don't get closure, then you should read this. 2. The book was a little bit predictable. It ran along an expected course for me, but I didn't get bored by it. Instead, it was just different enough that I was interested to see where this story ultimately leads. 3. The book focused a lot on character development and building the relationship between the characters. There is not a lot of world building. I wish there was more, so I deducted some points for this. Some people may not care, so might not impact your decision.
Wasn’t sure what to expect. The description sounded interesting so I gave it a shot and boy was I glad I did. This had some interesting twists and just blew me away.
The cover: great foreshadowing of what is to come. Beautifully designed to show that there is light and dark in the book but somehow that castle is the cage for some of the characters or feels like a cage for them.
The title: totally apropos. Allyssa is surrounded by secrets and deceit. She has some that come out but the ones around her are major. these deceits cripple her and create a cage that engulfs her in the web.
The Plot: Fantastic. We have several things happening here. Some is character driven such as the Allyssa/Jarvik/Odar situation which you kind of towards the middle of this see the twist and truly I feel for Allyssa at the end with this one. The Darvik and Rema secrets wow. This one I am clueless on some of it but think I have one down. The question is why such deceit towards your daughter she is to take the thrown after all. The arranged marriage issue is plot driven. This is to try to stop a group that is bent on revenge. At first the revenge isn’t quite understood but as you read on you get it. The explaining of the past and how Rema and Darvik become the leaders of Emperion helps here. As does Jarvik explaining the past of Odar.
The characters: are real and flawed. No one is as they seem.
Allyssa is lying to her best friend and when he finds out he stays true to her. Wonderful there. But she is flawed. She is inherently good and loves her people but still flawed. She is stubborn but also very loyal and cares for her people. She understands her place and what is expected but you do have to feel for her as time goes on for she opens herself up and truly is just in a impossible place. She is just surrounded by lies and deception at every turn.
Jarvik starts out as arrogant but you can see that he is thoughtful and has a past. There is a story there and as he falls for Allyssa he is having moral issues within himself.
Allyssa’s parents: great and loving but you wonder what are they keeping from her.
Overall: this is wonderful. The story flows and has just the right of romance/danger/snark/flawed characters. There is never a moment where you aren’t wondering something or facing some danger for a character. The story is unique in its telling and has you wanting more. A excellent beginning that with the ending as it is has you hanging and anticipating the next in this series.
This honestly ended up surprising me on how much I loved it. I was going to give a solid 4 stars, because 5 seemed to be for a much more well written novel (there are few plot holes/errors in here that irked me a tad), but you know what, I'm NOT going to be that snooty reader with this one. As I get older, I find my attention harder and harder to keep my focus on sitting down to read. This book managed to KEEP me reading well into the night-like seriously, Sunday night, when I knew I needed to get up at 4am to head to work and Adult-but I could NOT PUT IT DOWN. It had so many twists, turns and interesting character interactions, that I was kept entertained. It was really easy to read, it wasn't cluttered with smut/swearing/gore, and I really did love the romance interactions in this! It kept my attention all the way through, and that is the hardest thing for authors to do, so I'm giving this a solid 5.
4.0 out of 5 starsVet interesting story about intrigue and princess and prince- villain a little too powerful
6 January 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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As the book warns this is the first part of a long and spellbinding tale of intrigue, friendship, and loyalty.
I took off one star because the villain in this book is simply too powerful...no matter how skilled you shouldn't be able to dispatch other skilled opponents with the ease he seemed to do. The villain was fighting elite soldiers warriors the best two kingdoms have too offer etc and easily achieved victory over and over again.
Otherwise I did thoroughly enjoy reading this book and look forward to the continuation of the story. I will be purchasing the sequel when it comes out.