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The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles) Paperback – June 2, 2015
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*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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Praise for The Kiss of Deception:
“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
“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
"Gripping, urgent, and highly appealing." ―School Library Journal
"Pearson (the Jenna Fox Chronicles) is off to an extraordinary start with her fantasy series, the Remnant Chronicles, creating an alluring world and romance that's ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore and Megan Whalen Turner." ―Publishers Weekly
"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, told with some twists." ―Booklist, starred review
"A marvelous new fantasy series that is sure to find an audience with devotees of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games and John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice books (Philomel). Romance, adventure, mysticism--this book has it all and it just may be the next YA blockbuster." ―School Library Journal, starred review
"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 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
“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.” ―USA Today
“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
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We are abruptly introduced to a world that has seemingly barbaric rules, when compared to all the feminist hoopla of our society today. Princess Lia flees her kingdom and life as she knows it, and finds herself in an idyllic countryside setting. It's very different and she has to work harder than she ever has before, but she relishes the freedom that she gains in this new life she's creating. Along come two handsome strangers, who we immediately learn, have their own agendas. The prince, who portrays himself to be a melon farmer, and the assassin, who claims to be a pelt trader, closely follow Lia in her new world. She is unaware of their true identity, though they both know hers.
Perceptions change as they begin to get to know one another, and as various obstacles come up. Without giving any spoilers, something happens that makes them all question their own and one another's true identities, as well as what their intentions are. I enjoyed this book very much, but wish some of the details were elaborated. Some transitions seemed abrupt, and where great detail and care was taken to describe a particular scene or event (for example, the very beginning when her back is being painted) and then we abruptly move forward, skimming over those details. This happens with landscapes, clothing, and descriptions of people fairly frequently. Overall though, the story is engaging and fun. I did have to flip back a few times in the first chapters so I could clarify who was who- the prince or the assassin. If this was done on purpose, it was great, because you find yourself in a similar position as Lia and each male are in- not really being sure of who is whom.
I was disappointed that there was so little resolution at the end of the book. MAJOR cliff hanger. The ending was not satisfying to me in the least. I guess the "book 1" should have tipped me off. But I didn't do my homework and realize this was a to be continued story. Or that book 2 doesn't come out until July.
So like others have suggested, if you don't mind a cliff hanger, go on and read this now. Book 2 is available for preorder (yes, I care enough about these characters that I preordered it). All I can say is, I hope book 2 is good. And please Ms Pearson, don't go the way of Veronica Roth and kill off Lia or her main man (whoever that ends up being--no spoilers!) in the name of whatever your Editor thinks is the hot ticket for 2015. I like my heroines strong and alive after reading 1500 pages of a trilogy.
If book 2 is good, I'll give this book a higher rating (it doesn't stand alone since it's clearly part of a set). Right now I can't recommend it to friends, so 3 stars it is.
The way that this book is set up, is quite brilliant. I am not a big fan of multiple POVs. I think that I only complain about that when I honestly get nothing from the character who is speaking. This book, however, is the exact opposite. You always want more, you can’t help but want to dive in and be apart of this world, and more importantly, you don’t know which male character to be attracted to the most- the Assassin or the Prince.
Princess Lia is pretty much bad a**. I love her character and the way she stands up for herself. She takes her life into her own hands on her wedding day. Seriously, she was like,”screw this betrothal and all of you who arranged it”. Well, not in those words but that is the way she rides off like a boss. Such a strong and admirable character, and I really like her.
Both the Prince and Assassin set out pn a mission to find Princess Lia. The Prince wants to vilify her and to see just what was behind her disappearing act on their wedding day. The Assassin has a duty to fulfill- kill her and be done with it. But when both men see her for the truly incredible and brave young woman that she is, all thoughts of reprimand and murder go out the window. And while they both are smitten by Princess Lia, only one captures her heart more. Things start piecing together and it takes off. By the end of the book, I really considered emailing the author and demand book 2. This book is so much better than what I expected. Yes, I love historical fiction. The author weaves the history, adventure, and magic into something unbelievable. The world building is great and the action is put into place at the right times. I really love this book and highly recommend it.
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