The Kiss of Deception

The Kiss of Deception

Book - 2014
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"On the morning of her wedding, Princess Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, 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. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets--even as she finds herself falling in love"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805099232
Branch Call Number: Teen Pea
Characteristics: 489 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 18, 2019

Even though I own this in hardcover, I decided to listen to the audiobook, because I felt I'd get through it faster that way. Probably not a good idea in hindsight, because of the one moment of narrative 'twist' that happens (and with an audiobook, you can't flip back several chapters in disbelief, trying to figure out how the author fooled you. I also was stressed during this time, which always colors my impression of books

Overall, this book was.....ok. Just ok. The world building was the highlight- the author makes each culture feel fully fleshed out, even though we have the bias of the story taking place within only one country. For me, the characters just weren't interesting enough to really be engaging, so I was more of a passive observer of this tale. There's the love triangle aspect (which had me cringing by its very nature, as well as the way it was quasi-resolved- if love triangles don't drive you nuts, it probably won't be an issue for you).

I wish this one had lived up the hype, but it wasn't poorly written or anything. Just lackluster, for me.

DPLjosie Nov 29, 2018

Good fantasy novel, but what makes this book stand out: the mystery of who is our prince, and who is our assassin. You can figure it out if you pay attention, but if you're skimming it might be a mystery up 'til the end.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 16, 2018

Sweetly romantic fantasy...perfect for fans of Sarah Maas

happyreader64 Jul 08, 2018

Princess Jezelia (Lia) is the first daughter of Morrigan. A Kingdom with rich tradition. Jezelia steals documents from the Chancellor and runs away from a arranged marriage. She begins a new life in another distant community when two mysterious strangers show up.
She has to sort out lies and deceptions. And starts to fall in love.
This book was more than I expected. The author captures and draws the reader into this fantasy universe and makes the characters all unique and real.
I would recommend this first book and the other two to a young adult or adult who would like a fantastic fantasy with believable characters, extensive plot and that has mild content.
In addition the audio is exceptional.
I will be reading more of Mary E. Pearson’s books.

MelifluousView Jan 19, 2018

I enjoyed Lia and her adventures as a regular person. And despite her smart attempts to disguise her disappearance, I liked that there were a few people that did track her down. Pearson's chapter structure which hides which of the young men is the assassin and which is the prince made quite an impression on me. Just like life, we don't know people's motives just by looking.

bibliosara Jan 02, 2018

I started reading this novel in late January 2017. I finished the (lengthy) trilogy by late March. Even for me, a fast reader, this was a pretty big deal. Pearson's captivating break out series is worth every minute.

Pearson takes the 'princess with an arranged marriage running away' trope and spins it on its head. Although The Kiss of Deception starts out a little slow, its worth pushing through. The intensity of the plot builds quickly after about the first third. You'll find yourself not knowing who to root for. The character growth is amazingly well done, not just for the main character, but for the supporting ones as well. Adventure, fantasy, romance (and one of the most well-done love triangles I've read), and fantastic world-building combine to create one of the best YA fantasy trilogies of the past few years.

The plot will leave you guessing, and the characters will make you love them, hate them, and want to jump into the story with them. Highly recommended for anyone ages 13+!

Dec 04, 2017

Really good book-but I have to admit that I almost quit before getting to the good stuff. For anyone considering reading-just hang in there and finish the book, it will get better.

Oct 15, 2017

I didn't expect this to be such a good book. One would think this is those particular YA book with young romance and royal fantasy. But this book is nothing close to that. Lia, the heroine, is such a strong and self-resilient character. The character building is so good, world building is really fantasized and dark. There are magic, royal, spiritual, ancients and different cultures involved. Such an interesting YA fantasy. Can't wait to see the sequal.

GCPL_Teen Jul 07, 2017

Another YA Fantasy about a princess? At first I was skeptical, but this was actually a really good read. The pacing is slower, switching between three different characters and telling the tale of a princess who runs away from her arranged marriage to live a normal life. If you like action packed books, this won't really be for you, as the story is more focused on drama and characters than plot, and follows the relationship developing between the princess and two boys she meets. Obviously, that also means this is more a romantic fantasy than anything else. Still, an enjoyable read with appropriate content for young adults. Its well written, and the characters are lovely.

Jun 16, 2017

If you read this book, you should listen to the song of, "King" by Lauren Aquilina.

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Dec 04, 2017

KyraJR thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Jul 17, 2016

“If I could only reach out and touch the stars, I would know everything. I would understand.”

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Oct 10, 2017

Princess Lia flees her home land to escape a wedding that hasn't been approved by the bride herself. With the help of good friends and determination, Lia will make a new name for herself, one way or another, despite being thrown into a raging war outside and in herself. And who knows? She might even find love along the way.


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Dec 04, 2017

Coarse Language: Some swearing when characters are angry.

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