Title: The Kiss of Deception+
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publish Date/Publisher: July 8, 2014/Henry Holt
Format I Read: Hardcover – Library
Awards: Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2014)
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 was really hyped all over BookTube and blogging sites, and recommended to me countless times by friends and bloggers. I loved Mary’s Jenna Fox books, and I had no hesitation picking this one up.
I felt it started slow but quickly picked up about thirty pages in. There was a magic aspect involved, and it was not too overdone, giving the plot line more room for character growth, and world building. The love triangle got me even more hooked to the story because I could not decide if I was #TeamKaden or #TeamRafe. Normally I do not like love triangles, but this one got me so gripped!
I loved how Lia wanted to create a new life and leave her royal title behind. The relationships made with the characters she met in the village were so beautifully written, making me feel like I was also a part of the friendships.
I was totally blown away towards the end of the book. I had to flip back some chapters to see if I missed anything important!
If you want a book that will deceive you, make you laugh, make you smile, and make you cry, this is the book for you.
Four out of five stars to The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson.
+ this book is in a series.