Title: The Kiss of Deception
Series: The Remnant Chronicles, #1
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release Date: July 8th, 2014
Length: 492 pages | 13 hours, 34 minutes
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.
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.