HEART OF BETRAYAL by Mary E Pearson (Short Review)

Ha! You guys didn’t believe me when I said I was rededicating my time to this blog, DID YOU? Yeah, well, you were wrong and I’m still here. Obviously. And today, for a random review, I am FINALLY going to talk to you guys about the second book in the wonderful series: The Remnant Chronicles. And for those of you that aren’t familiar with that name, it’s the sequel to the Kiss of DeceptionFeel free to be excited.

WARNING. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ KISS OF DECEPTION, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW. PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

So, since this is technically meant to be a short review, I’ll just give you the basics.

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia’s life, her erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There’s Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.

If you haven’t read my review of Kiss of Deception, know this … I loved it. A little bit more than a lot. Literally, one of my inspirations for writing. Nothing is as it seems in that book, and when you finally figure out what’s going on, your mind is blown. At least, my blond mind was blown. Now, obviously, if you’ve read the synopsis for Book Two, you’ve got a pretty good idea of who’s who in Kiss of Deception but I still urge you to read it. It was fin-flapping-tastic.

I felt like the story was really thought through, everything was well-organized, and it was definitely a good read … I’ve only got a few problems with it.

Number One: The characters seemed to change. It’s like Miss Pearson decided that she didn’t want Rafe to be this tough character anymore, so she made him more … docile. And if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know it’s the docile guys that ultimately bore me. Rafe seemed to go from being this kick-butt guy who you immediately thought was the assassin sent to kill Lia to being this kind, heartbroken prince all in the blink of an eye! And you’re just like:

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I kind of felt cheated. Like, I fell in love with this character Rafe that Miss Pearson wrote, then all of a sudden in Book 2, he kind of became a new person. I didn’t like Rafe as much in the second book as I did in the first, but I liked Kaden a wholeeeeeee lot more, because these guys basically swapped roles. So if you went into the series liking Kaden, you’re probably going to leave it liking Rafe, and vice versa.

Number Two: My only other complaint is that there was hardly any action until the end. Everything is so freaking calm. You’ve got semi-suspense when it comes to the fact that Lia could be killed at any moment but that’s it! I was just hoping for a little more. Kiss of Deception was kind of calm, so I figured Heart of Betrayal had to be a little racier. Ehh … more’s the pity.

 

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