Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

May I first just say … HAPPY NEW YEAR! In case your wondering (which you weren’t but I’ll tell you anyway), I have no New Year’s resolution but I have a 2015 reading challenge on Goodreads! 100 books by the end of the year. That’s doable, right?

Okay, okay. Book time.

I am a soldier in my father’s army. I glanced up at Kaden riding beside me. Maybe now it was I who would become the assassin.

51mG6iwTSFL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Princess Arabella Celestine Idris Jezelia (a mouthful, I’m aware) just wants to go back to the way things were before, when she and her brothers were allowed to play together in the fields, when she could spend time with any of the village boys she wanted to spend time with … but now she’s getting married. To a prince, no less. An arranged marriage. Princess Lia’s most elegant solution is to run away on her wedding day.

Very dramatic and I respect her already!

Dragging along her best friend, Pauline, Princess Lia escapes her home village ― if one could even call her monstrous castle home a village ― and flees to a far, far, far away town known as Terravin, where Lia insists she will be able to start fresh with a new life. Little does she know that a ruthless assassin that will stop at nothing to kill her is hunting her, and the prince she was supposed to marry is less-than-pleased with her untimely exit and decides to follow her as well out of … curiosity.

The three clash together in Terravin, neither of the men knowing the other’s business in Terravin and Lia blissfully unaware of both of them. In Ms. Pearson’s exciting story about mystery, nothing is as it seems! Keep a wary eye on every aspect of the book!

LET THE RECORD SHOW THAT I WAS RIGHT! There is a love triangle. Sorta. It’s not a bad one, though, so calm down.

Princess Lia is downright bullheaded. She has a personality that … well, let’s just say, if you want to engage in a battle of words with her, you’d better have a thesaurus and/or a dictionary present. Lia tells off soldiers, shouts at princes, and swears at assassins. Her feistiness is admirable.

Lia isn’t what you expect a princess to be, which is awesome! Ms. Pearson did an excellent job of crafting a young woman who is trying to figure everything in this new world out, but she isn’t completely incompetent. The daring princess actually turns out to be really good at a lot of things, including knife-throwing!

Okay, so, Rafe.

Rafe is the black-haired, blue-eyed “farm boy” that enters the scene at the same time Kaden does, but I’ll get to him later.

Okay, so for starters, Rafe is pretty awesome. A smidgen underdeveloped but otherwise freaking cool. I’m talking explosion-in-the-background kind of cool.

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Rafe seems to be intrigued by Lia but he has an inner turmoil that conflicts with his relationship with Lia.

For me, Rafe and Lia’s relationship seemed rushed. At first, it was pretty easy to understand; Rafe wasn’t sure if he should get involved in the way he wanted to with Lia and Lia was confused on whether she actually liked him or not. In the end, Lia decided she did want him and finally went after him, which drove Rafe away … for all of three minutes. After the first night, everything seemed rushed. It was like Ms. Pearson was getting tired of having to wait for their relationship to grow so, like an explosion, it just happened! You don’t really notice it until later on, when Lia’s undying love for him is so evident. How could she already be so in love with him after two days, I believe it was?

I dunno. Just felt a little …… weirdddddd.

SOKaden.

Yeah, the blond-haired brown-eyed boy isn’t what I was expecting. But, then again, neither was Rafe. Charming, handsome, and silver-tongued, Kaden steps into the spotlight near the end of the book and almost has a B-role during the beginning and middle, playing co-star to Rafe and Lia’s strange romance.

If I’m going to complain about anything in the book, it would be the excessive detail. Of course, in some ways, I love the excessive detail. There are so many plot twists because of it! And, strangely enough, while the book is also rich in details, it is also rich in vague obscurities. What a weird combination but it so works!

Kiss of Deception had me laughing at some points, nearly in tears at others, embarrassed for Lia, but never really any fear or anxiety. In a book filled with assassins, don’t you want to have at least one moment where you fear for the main character’s wellbeing? Or, not even that, just fear the assassin?

In Throne of Glass, I was given several moments where I was terrified for the main character! I am sad to say that Kiss of Deception had no such impact on me! I so wish it did. It had so much potential for it.

Despite the lack of thrill and heart-pounding-ness, Kiss of Deception did not disappoint. Let me tell you, the chapters’ subtext threw me off about midway through the book. I started noticing that something was weird about them … and wow! It hit me hard. Did not expect that plot twist. But *spoiler* the chapters’ subtext … pay attention to them! When you read the book, you’ll be like, “What subtext?” No, trust me, they’re there. Just read on.

Kiss of Deception was an excellent read and I am dying for the new book to come out! Alas, I will have to wait until July(FREAKING JULY!)give-it-to-me-gifbbzcz

I may go into a coma until then so if I don’t blog about anything until July 7th, know that that’s what happened to me.

Later, babes!

What’s on your bookshelf?

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