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Product Details

  • Series: The Remnant Chronicles (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805099239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805099232
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*Starred Review* She is a princess, and it is her duty to marry into an alliance. But 17-year-old Lia has her own opinion about that obligation, one that she puts into action when she escapes her wedding with her lady-in-waiting, Pauline. Determined, confident Lia thinks that she knows how to cover her tracks, and soon she and Pauline are working as barmaids in Pauline’s hometown. Now two new voices enter to help tell the story. One belongs to the prince whom Lia was supposed to marry. He is curious about his fled fiancée and angry that she thought of a way to get out of the marriage first. The other voice belongs to an assassin who is sent by the Komizar of Venda to make sure that Lia doesn’t change her mind and return to initiate an alliance that will harm their country. Pearson offers readers a wonderfully full-bodied story: harrowing, romantic, and full of myth and memory, fate and hope. She never compromises her characters—especially the multifaceted Lia—for plot; each element motivates the other. There is also a richness to the descriptions that makes readers feel that they can see and even smell the changing landscapes. This has the sweep of an epic tale, told with some twists; it’s a book that almost doesn’t need a sequel, but readers will be thrilled that it continues on. Grades 9-12. --Ilene Cooper


Praise for The Kiss of Deception:

"In The Kiss of Deception, a new realm is masterfully created, featuring court intrigue, feuding nations, breathtaking landscapes, and the gift of sight. Fans of the Game of Thrones series will enjoy the magic and fantasy in this timeless dystopian world." - VOYA

"After her strong Jenna Fox series, Pearson adeptly switches gears here from science fiction to fantasy, but her ability to write a romance featuring complex characters and a strong plot remains constant." — The Horn Book

"The Kiss of Deception has it all—beautiful writing, heart-pounding suspense, a fiery princess, and an epic romance that’ll make you swoon. This is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year!" —Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Immortals

"The Kiss of Deception is a deeply satisfying, intricately plotted fantasy where no one—no one—is quite what they seem. Full of lush writing and rich, complex characters, readers will quickly become enmeshed in the intricate web of lies that have been woven into the very fabric of the kingdom itself. A thoroughly engrossing read—I couldn’t put it down!" —Robin LaFevers, New York Times–bestselling author of Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph

"This is the kind of story I love—a heart-pounding tale of magic and murder, betrayal and romance set in a richly imagined fantasy landscape." —Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times–bestselling author of the Seven Realms and the Heir Chronicles

*"The first in a marvelous new fantasy series that is sure to find an audience with devotees of Suzanne Collins's "The Hunger Games" . . . Romance, adventure, mysticism—this book has it all and it just may be the next YA blockbuster." —School Library Journal, Starred Review

*"Pearson offers readers a wonderfully full-bodied story: harrowing, romantic, and full of myth and memory, fate and hope . . . this has the sweep of an epic tale."—Booklist, Starred Review

*"Peppered with excerpts from sacred texts and traditional songs, the novel has a formidable heroine at its core, who is as quick with a knife as she is to laugh or cry. Pearson maintains the mystery of Rafe and Kaden’s identities, pulling readers through this masterfully crafted story." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Pearson’s first book in her Remnant Chronicles is thrilling. Readers will be hooked from the first page to the last and will find themselves eagerly anticipating the next installment. Pearson pairs a rich and varied plot with a fiery and headstrong heroine." —Romantic Times

“Mystery, romance, betrayal, redemption: There's plenty to hook readers in to this installment of Lia's saga and make them impatient for the volumes to come.” —Chicago Tribune

"Pearson’s writing is beautiful, and her ability to twist a plot into knots keeps the reader wanting more." —BookPage

"This thick book is fantastical and interesting (with a bit of mystery thrown in!)....There's a lot of mystery that spices up the book. It's not all about the mystery, but it's on the peripheral always, which makes it that much more interesting." —USAToday

"Lia herself is a likeable heroine, and the selfishness in her act of leaving a kingdom in shambles for some future love is negated by her obvious naivete about political strategies and romantic relationships . . . Most intriguing are the two love interests, though, partly because of the way Pearson structures their narrating chapters." —BCCB

"Rich and exciting . . . a bold ending whets appetites for the next installment." —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Adoration of Jenna Fox:

* “Raises the ante in unexpected ways until the very last page.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “This is a beautiful blend of science fiction . . . and teen-relationship novel that melds into a seamless whole.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“This is an amazingly powerful, thought-provoking, just brilliant novel.” —Teen Book Review

* “[An] outstanding examination of identity, science and ethics.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* “This novel is truly unlike any other I have ever read and is a breath of fresh air.” —ELLEgirl

Praise for The Fox Inheritance:

“Riveting, thought-provoking.” —Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

* “A dazzling blend of science fiction, mystery, and teen friendship drama.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Gripping, urgent, and highly appealing.” —School Library Journal

More About the Author

Mary E. Pearson is the author of several award winning books for teens, including the best-selling Jenna Fox Chronicles. She is a native Southern Californian and writes full time from her home in Carlsbad, California where she lives with her family.

Her awards and honors include the Golden Kite Award, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, the Andre Norton Honor, and The South Carolina Young Adult Book Award.

Her newest series, The Remnant Chronicles, kicks off with THE KISS OF DECEPTION, the first in a trilogy about a defiant princess living in the ruins of a bygone world.

Her website, has more information about Mary and her books.

Customer Reviews

It was well written, the characters were well developed, very interesting plot twists.
I would highly recommend this to anyone that loves high fantasy or is just looking for an exceptional young adult read!
Dark Faerie Tales
I like to read series that are out in their entirety, but I'll have to wait for the next book in this one.
Jillian Schimpf

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages on July 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Holy crap, batman. This book, y'all. It's like this crazy hodgepodge of things all smushed together in a neat little ball that totally came at me and knocked me down. It's fantasy, but it's more. It's a romance, but it's more. It's just a lot of good things. Except one thing. The love triangle, but more on that later. Let's return to the gushing.

You know whenever a main character just has it? (As if I know what it is. I clearly do not have it.) That's Lia. As I read The Kiss of Deception, I was practically decked out in a cheerleading uniform complete with pompoms. Lia is a great protagonist. She's the type that I hope younger girls look up to. Lia worked for this story, and this story worked for Lia.

Now, the downside. Even though this book is without a doubt a five star read for me, there's a love triangle. I never like them. Not ever, not even once. I think they're boring, repetitive, and frankly, they just plain piss me off. The one in The Kiss of Deception is no exception. I felt like it hindered the story more than it contributed to it.

The Kiss of Deception transcends the young adult age group. It's a story that can be enjoyed by any one of any age. It's a perfect example of what a high fantasy book should be like. If you've never read a fantasy book but you're curious about the genre, read The Kiss of Deception. It's the perfect introduction to an amazing genre.

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
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Let's talk about first impressions--they are IMPORTANT.

If, for example, you start reading a new book, and the first glimpses you get of ALL THREE main characters are less than flattering, you might be tempted to toss said book aside in disgust, and hope the next one goes better.

YES. You might.

And honestly, in this situation, I would not blame you. Not even a little bit.

So here's the deal--I'm not one of those the-less-romance-the-better types. I'm the opposite, in fact. In most cases, a book completely devoid of romance is a book I will almost certainly find lacking. That being said, I don't like romance tossed in willy nilly, b/c, this book needs romance, so, "Hey! You two over there! Yeah, you! Make googly eyes at each other. I don't care if it doesn't make sense, just do it! Thaaaat's it, muuuuuchhh better."

In fantasy, one of the most common ways for romance to play out is the Arranged Marriage scenario. Neither party is happy about it, but something IMPORTANT is at stake, so two self-sacrificing souls agree to wed for the greater good. Then, despite the obvious unfairness of their situation, stuff happens, they fall in love, and they live HEA.

And this makes you happy, b/c SELF-SACRIFICE.

But what if Princess is a narcissistic little brat who not only runs away from her arranged marriage, but drags one of her good friends along with her, b/c who cares that the only way to ensure the safety of her family and the general population in the face of a barbarian invasion is to keep with tradition and unite her family with Prince's family, b/c NEITHER family has the strength to survive alone?

Not Princess. *frowns*

And not only does she not care, she laughs ALL THE TIME. Ah-ha-ha-ha laughs.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By rickter on July 27, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
What an amazing beginning to a new series!

If you eye-rolled at the mention of "series" let me explain that this is a complete story. So yes, there is a cliff-hanger but at 490 pages you feel like you've been taken on a journey and it was more than worth it. I want more!

This story takes place in a high fantasy world and it reminded me of the PG version of Game of Thrones. It has a historical romance feel with the prince, princess, warring kingdoms and arrange marriages but there is a magic element that is really beautifully done and introduced.

Lia is a princess but she isn't a delicate flower and she won't be told what to do. So when she is forced into an arranged marriage, to someone she had never even met "an old toad" she bolts. She wants to start a new life and she isn't afraid to get her hands dirty or speak her mind.

I really love her character and how it developed through the story.

There is a prince and an assassin. Both want to kill her. One for breaking their marriage agreement and the kingdom alliance. One, because he is an assassin from a warring "barbarian" country that hates all royals and he doesn't want any political alliances made.

Here is the fun part: WE DON'T KNOW WHO IS THE PRINCE AND WHO IS THE ASSASSIN. They both track her to a small village and are disarmed by Lia who doesn't act like they thought a princess would. She is working at a tavern and introductions are made as she serves them beer and food. She meets Kaden and Rafe. One a farm boy. One a hunter/trapper.

You can see where this is going.

I did find the first part of the book a little bit slow, but that is to be expected with this type of world building but it really picks up half way.
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