Book Reviews

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) By Mary E. Pearson




“But remember, child, we may all have our own story and destiny, and sometimes our seemingly bad fortune, but we’re all part of a greater story too. One that transcends the soil, the wind, time… even our own tears. Greater stories will have their way.”

Genre: Fantasy* YA* Romance.


A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.”


I LOVE PRINCESS BOOKS. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on this book and had super high expectations. I started reading it and I was like “ok, alright.” *nonchalant shrug.*

Then Pearson hit me with an ultimate shocker that made me LOVE her for writing this book.

The book is mostly in Lia’s first person POV, but there are small chapters that are in Rafe’s, Kaiden’s, the assassin’s, and the prince’s POV. At first, I was like WHY ARE THERE TWO POVS ON THE SAME PERSON? I soon realized why and thought it was pure genius, I tell you. Pearson had me fooled and after I realized why, I was frantically going back and rereading sections to see when the deception began. The title is PERFECT because YOU, yes you the reader, will be deceived right along with Lia.

As the MC, Lia had ultimate guts. I wish I could be as brave as her tbh. She went against her ENTIRE KINGDOM by running away to escape an arranged marriage her father was forcing her into for politic reasons. She wanted to find real love so she left with her bff Pauline. They went to the town of Terrivan where they both started a new life as waitresses. There, Lia meets Rafe and Kaiden and she knows that each are hiding something from her. But she soon starts to fall for them both, one more over the other. She fell for Rafe the hardest and I was SOOO happy because I liked him the best. #TeamRafe!

If you haven’t guessed yet, there is a huge love triange going on here. 😉 But it wasn’t too overpowering or anything.

I really enjoyed the whole plot because it offered much more than a love triangle. It touches on finding oneself, destiny, fate, facing hardships, and of course betrayal! I loved how each snippet of a quote before some of the chapters was necessary. As I was reading it, I was like “why is this randomly before this chapter?” Then I realized why and I was applauding at Pearson’s genius once again.

OMG. I forgot about the uncontrollable feelings you will feel :(. You have been warned dear readers. When that happened to that one character, I almost busted in tears. I felt sooo bad for Lia but the way she handled the tragedy was amazing. A princess warrior type attitude.

I’m so excited to read the next book though! I hope it explores Lia’s destiny more because it seemed so interesting. I know Lia’s mom has some secrets hidden about what Lia is destined to do and defeat. I hope she reunites with her mom soon so answers can finally be answered!!! AHH, I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK DEAR READER. I hope you enjoyed my Harry Potter themed gifs too :).

What do you think about this book? If you read it, what are your thoughts?

*Picture and summary from GoodReads.*


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