May 18, 2014

Review: The Kiss of Deception

The Kiss of Deception
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book description:

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 assasin 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.

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I was very excited about thus book and Princess Lia's determination to take her life into her own hands. I admired her spirit and rooted for her long, long into the story. She apparently did not find a good place to run off to though.

I began to have issues with the story once assassin and jilted prince falsely befriended her and I had a very hard time figuring out whether the assassin or the prince was talking since it was multiple points if view. I LOVE multiple points of view, but if it's not obvious who is talking it is too much work to figure it out. I continued because I had gotten so interested & already read for days. I loved the fun banter and the battles within each person's feelings (their internal struggles as the story progressed).

Once the princess was taken and the assassin decided not to kill her because he thought he could save her by taking her to his land if she would cooperate, the princess seemed more and more like a brat for lack of a better word. So many foolish and childish decisions that the story almost seemed like a different book.

I think my favorite character is by far the assassin for various reasons. I hate, hate, hate the way the book ended. I know cliff hangers are the ticket now to lead into book 2, 3, & 10, but I just did not like that I had put so much into this book and the characters to be left hanging like that.

If you are more generous toward drop off hangers than I, you may enjoy this book. I will not seek out the next book no matter how much I did enjoy the beginning and middle of this one. I was given a copy for an honest review. I loved parts of it, but hate the way the story left me hanging.

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