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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

YA Book Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ -      (4 out of 5)
“Once upon a time, there was a man as great as the gods…  But even the great can tremble with fear.  Even the great can fall.” 

The Plot
The storyline intrigues me from the moment I read the synopsis: A princess runs away on her wedding day, trying to live a normal life but she has no idea that her destiny is bigger than she ever imagined.  On the run she must remain hidden with her new identity, or risk being arrested for treason.  Little does she know that the prince she was supposed to marry and an assassin sent to kill her have both found her.
What drew me in the most was the mystery. Pearson does not reveal who the prince and who the assassin is. Is Rafe the prince or the assassin, is Kaden the prince or the assassin. The majority of the novel you are left guessing, chapter after chapter.
Then when you finally do find out, and all the deceptions and lies come to light. If I was in Lia's position I would have no idea what to even make of things. When everyone is lying and deceiving you, who can you really trust?

The Writing
Pearson has a creative way of writing in the novel that totally capitvated me as a reader. The world she created in The Kiss of Deception is well thought out and well written. She makes you feel like you're apart of Lia's world. You also get more than one point of view in the novel. You get Lia's, Rafe's, and Kaden's. You truly get to feel what goes on through their minds and how complex each one is.
I cannot forget to mention how well written the mystery portion was. Pearson had me guessing who was who to the point of frustration, but a good frustration. At one point I was dying to know who was who that I was tempted to read the synopsis of the next book to find the answers I wanted. It's hard to keep readers guessing and intrigued with this type of storyline, but Pearson hits the mark with it.

The Characters
Lia, the runaway princess bride. As the main protagonist and heroine of the story, Lia was very well written. She has characteristics that most other princess heroines do not possess. She is brave, courageous and very opinionated. She doesn't want her life to planned by anyone other than herself. She wants to control her own destiny, and I admire that about her. The only fault I have with her is that her true feelings for the boys are not quite as clear as I would hope. She seems to just go back and worth with each of them.

Rafe, assassin or prince? Rafe is the type of character that you tend to root for. Most of the book he pretends to be a farmhand from a small village in Morrighan.  Since his true intentions aren't revealed until much later, it leaves a lot of pages to grow to understand his personality. Not knowing who is really who gives us the unbiased opinion on his character. A lot of readers are usually pro-prince or pro-whoever the other boy in the triangle is. So without knowing you get to base your decisions on personality, actions, and dialogue.

Kaden, assassin or prince? Kaden the tough guy, the smooth talker, and sometimes arrogant. He claims to be a pelt trader (or something along those line) that seems to enjoy being on Lia's case. He is the character you love to hate. He decisions are well thought out, and he leads with his heart rather than his mind. In a way he embodies both prince and assassin qualities which makes it even more confusing trying to figure out who he really is.

The Cover
I honestly can say that I love this cover. I love the font and design of the title, the back silhouette of Lia looking into her future, and the tiny figures of the assassin and Pauline, her best friend. The background is also alluring with the hints of green and yellow bringing the whole piece together nicely.

A very easy and intriguing YA fantasy that I would recommend to everyone. There is so much more to the story to find out and I can't wait until the second book in the series comes out so I can find out more and have my questions answered!! Pick this book up and let me know what you thought and if you loved it as much as I did!
See ya next time,
- Jesse Nicholas

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Jesse Nicholas, todays guest blogger, lives in Manitoba, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult genre. He currently posts reviews on the YA novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future novel.  You can read other book reviews on his blog at

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