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Exciting New Fantasy Series | Book Review: Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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Book Review: Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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Title & Author: The Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles) by Mary E. Pearson

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Romance

Release Date: July 8, 2014

Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1

Publisher: Henry Holt

How I Got the Book: ARC from the publisher


“In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

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.”

An Exciting New Style

I’m going to warn you now, if you read any reviews at all of Kiss of Deception, you are going to hear the same thing over and over again.

While I’m sorry to add to the fodder, I can’t help myself. Becauuuuuuse…

The way Pearson wrote this book is unlike any other I’ve ever read. The main character, Lia, is running away from her life because it’s become unbearable. Her family – the royal family – want her to marry the prince of a neighboring land, and Lia refuses. She’s supposed to have a gift of sight, but nothing has ever happened that makes Lia think she has it, so that’s another reason to get away from her disappointing life.

I loved Lia’s come-at-me attitude. She took her life in her own hands and said, “I don’t need a man…but I do need my bestie,” who Lia does in fact take with her.

So…the thing everyone will be talking about. It’s the POVs. There are three points of view – Lia, the Prince (who she was supposed to marry) and the Assassin. Oh, didn’t I mention? There’s an assassin after Lia – there is a lot of political unrest in the forest she’s roamed into.

As I was saying, with the Prince and Assassin POVs, sometimes they are simply called by those titles OR they are actually named. The amazing part is, as the reader you aren’t sure which is which. So, you could be really loving one of the guys (spoiler alert, there’s a love triangle!), and they could totally be the assassin for all you know!!

Oh my gosh, it was so much fun reading Kiss of Deception. It was a completely unique reading experience, and I was DYING to find out who’s who (it is revealed by the end of the story, so do NOT skip ahead).

But…What’s Next?

Aside from the absolutely riveting story format, I appreciated Kiss of Deception for its strong fantasy world and fascinating mysteries. This debut did a great job of laying the foundation work for the sequel.

There’s so much left to learn about Lia and both of the men in her life, and I’m so excited to see what’s in store next.

My one and only concern is that with such a key focus of the first book being the alternating points of view, how will the second book match its intensity and uniqueness? The first is a novelty, so I doubt the same style can and would be used again.

For me, so many sequels fall flat after the amazingness of the first book, so I’m always thinking ahead. I have a lot of hope, though, for the next Remnant Chronicle book and can’t wait to see what will happen to Lia next.


If you are looking for a new, exciting YA fantasy read, you’ve found it. This novel is highly intense and original. Kiss of Deception is a great start to a new series, and I’m praying the next books can match this truly fantastic beginning.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.