Book Review | The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson 👑

Title: The Kiss of Deception

By: Mary E. Pearson

Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1

Pages: 492

By: Henry Holt

Published: July 8th, 2014

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy – Romance

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In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

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“It can take years to mold a dream. It takes only a fraction of a second for it to be shattered.”

I can safely say that this book exceeded my expectations, and despite the rating, which always ends up being a simple number, I have many positive things to share today in this review, because despite being a bit cliché at times, I was surprised with a very addictive plot and an intriguing magic system, also a world that I found worthy of going through, so super excited not only to have read it but to continue with the series, as the author made me want to know what will happen.

The Plot Explained in My WordsIn The Kiss of Deception we follow three characters, but mostly we focus a lot on our main character, Princess Lia, who’s under a lot of pressure at her young age due to what’s expected of her being the first daughter of a royal family. Being the first daughter means that Lia should begin to manifest her powers soon, but that’s not happening and that along with the burden of having to marry a man she doesn’t know so that two kingdoms can create alliances, leads her to run away on her wedding day, looking for her long-awaited freedom. But as Lia begins to settle into her new life, two men begin to search for her, the prince she should have married with and an assassin sent to kill her.

The Plot: The plot itself is quite entertaining to read, I won’t say it’s something unique and original because it might not be, but it still kept me intrigued wanting to know what would happen, which is supremely successful in itself. I really like the touch that besides having Lia’s POV, we also have the POV of both “mysterious” boys, both the assassin and the prince, without knowing at any point who is who. This adds a certain mystery, something new and interesting to the reading, personally, I really enjoyed this aspect, and I found it very ingenious how the author makes you believe that you’re sure who is who and then turns it all around, I must confess that I was surprised by the revelation of the identities of each one, which made me appreciate the reading even more, even though this happens after the middle of the book.

It’s a book that’s also quite focused on adventure, and travel, as it also focuses a lot on friendship, as well as family, and we explore those sides of Lia for whom many aspects of normal life are new, and it’s also a fantasy book with a focus on romance, which you know when you get into it just by reading the blurb. Was this a hindrance to my enjoyment? Of course not, it’s been a while since I’ve read a romance fantasy, and I enjoyed it quite a bit despite the obvious love triangle we get.

Charactersthe characters were fine, nothing out of this world for me, but they’re still characters with a lot of potentials to grow as this story progresses in the next bookLia for her part is quite indecisive and can fall into making more irresponsible decisions, but I understand that this kind of character should start with a more carefree tone in order to develop and become stronger and wiser, which I think happens very well in this single book, as towards the end we can see a more determined and almost somber Lia having already lost loved ones and learned not to trust people so much. So she’s a character I’m definitely interested in following.
Then we have the mysterious men that I must say are pretty flat, I understand we still don’t know their true personalities since the book decides to focus more on their relationships with Lia rather than them individually, so I hope to see more of them in the following books, especially of Rafe. On the other hand, the secondary characters I liked a lot, especially Pauline who’s the best friend a person could have, she seemed so strong even though she has had to go through a lot of disappointments, so I respect her a lot and it makes me want to see more in the future.

Setting & WritingI liked the setting a lot, we don’t go through so many places, but we get to know some of them little by little which I liked a lot, this is a world with a lot of mythological stories and interesting religions to know, as well. On the other hand, I also liked the writing style, although I wouldn’t say I fell in love with it, I do think it’s good, though, and it keeps you reading in a quite fluid way and despite being a book of almost 500 pages it doesn’t feel heavy at any time, I think it’s also a book that has the perfect amount of descriptions and a lot of dialogue, which I love lol.

Book’s WeaknessesI think that as a negative we could talk a little about the love relationships, that although they’re addictive for some moments, for others they become a little cringy, especially the parts of Lia with Kaden, it feels a little uncomfortable and forced for me, it’s not my favorite relationship, that’s for sure. There are some very warm and good moments that I really feel are ruined by some senseless situations that are only there to make the characters live “special” moments that end up subtracting from the story instead of adding something to it. On the other hand, since it’s an old book, it can fall into being a bit cliche with the whole incredibly beautiful princess who doesn’t know she’s beautiful, and the extremely handsome boys who fall in love at first sight, the romances, the love triangle and all that, you know, I won’t lie and that’s part of this book too.

Book’s StrengthsI really liked how the author gave an interesting twist to a high-fantasy story by not revealing too much information. Already from the beginning, we have a lot of things going on, and it’s entertaining. But, I also feel there’s still a lot more to know, and I’m glad that the author knew how to measure how much information to give so the reader wants to read more to know the whole story, a lot about the beliefs of the people, and how much is true and how much isn’t, I found it all very intriguing. Also, as I mentioned before, I really liked the idea of hiding the boy’s identities, as I think it’s a fun plus that even if you guess quickly you can still appreciate it. I also really liked the royal dynamics and the positions within the royalty, and all that drama is always very entertaining for me, so I’m excited for more.

To conclude this book is a good book, and I’m glad to have read it, I feel that there was a lot of negativity around it, which made me lower my expectations a lot, which maybe was a good thing because I was pleasantly surprised. This is a clear example that you shouldn’t get too carried away with opinions. Sharing our thoughts is great, but if you’re curious about a book go and read it, you might be surprised.
The story, in general, is entertaining, it keeps you wanting to keep reading all the time, trying to figure out what will happen and how everything will turn out. A plot that, in my opinion, despite being quite heavy on romance, has more factors to highlight, and already being able to see the main character’s growth in just the first book, make me happy as I love to see how the main female characters become their strongest and sassiest versions, I think this was one of those times, so I’m super excited to continue reading the trilogy very soon.

Do I recommend it?: If you don’t mind the focus on romance and some clichés, I think it’s worth it and has a lot of potential as a plot… so my answer is, YES!

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28 thoughts on “Book Review | The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson 👑

  1. This sounds so good! I want to guess that the Lia falls in love with the assassin but at the same time I don’t want to know because I want to read it myself and know what it’s like finding out the identities of those mysterious characters! ✨ I shouldn’t think I can even have such a sure guess when I haven’t read it yet 🤣. I like how the characters have potential to grow in the rest of the series too so they can redeem themselves by the sounds of it. It’s nice that you’re putting good vibes out there for a book that hasn’t been rated well. I’ll be getting it for sure! Loved your review, it’s great how it was an entertaining read and it didn’t give the story away at the same time! 😊💛

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    • I’m dying to tell you everything because honestly it was a good twist that maybe makes it stand out within the clichés of that era, you know? ☺️✨ I think you’ll like it, you have to give it a chance, I’m excited to continue reading the next books as I expect a good growth in the characters. Really within what I expected from a romantic fantasy released in 2014, it ended up being very GOOD 👏🏻 and I’m so glad you like the review, I’m trying a new way to write them and I’m excited. ❤️🥰

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    • It’s been so long since I read this trilogy but it was such a favorite of mine. I can totally see probably not loving it so much if I had picked it now, but it’s definitely very enjoyable. The mystery part was definitely unique and I think I was surprised by who’s who as well. Pauline is definitely awesome. I came to love Lia and Rafe a lot too but Kaden took longer to grow on me. I hope you continue with the series and enjoy it as much as I did.

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      • Thank you SO much for reading my review, Sahi! ❤️ I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed this trilogy, it’s definitely a very entertaining journey to read and I’m sure I’ll be appreciating the characters even more in the next books, I’m especially excited to see Lia’s growth. 🥰✨👏🏻

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  2. I really enjoyed The Kiss of Deception. I think one of my favorite parts of this book was the mystery surrounding the two boys. It definitely had me fooled and I just loved how much deception there was between the three main characters. I think the author did a nice job with that aspect of the book. It has been so long since I read TKOD… maybe I am due for a re-read! Great review! 🙂

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    • I’m SO glad you liked it! ❤️ I know it’s a book with pretty polarized opinions, but in the end I’m glad I read it, I had a super entertaining time and even though I went in confident I’d guess who was who, I was completely fooled 😅, which is obvious a great thing! 👏🏻 I love rereads, I think you always find new details that make you appreciate the read even more, so I hope you enjoy it a lot if you get to reread it. 🥰

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    • Thank you SO much for reading the review! ❤️ It honestly ended up being way more entertaining than I think it would be and the good things about this book outweigh the cliché along the way, so super positive. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I would recommend it without a problem especially if fantasy romance is your jam. 🥰

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    • I was in the same position as you, so I get it, in fact I have some trilogies, and series that are kind of old, and I’m afraid to read exactly because of how problematic or cliché they can be nowadays. In the case of The Kiss of Deception, I would recommend it, obviously you can tell it was written a while ago, especially because of the love triangle and the insta-love, but it still has a lot of positive factors, such as the world, the growth of the characters, the religious and political plot, the friendship… So I’d say it’s still worth the try. 🥰✨✨✨

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  3. Wonderful review, Sofii!! It seems like you thoroughly enjoyed this book, so awesome to see that. I haven’t heard much about this book but I’m adding it to my TBR after reading your review.
    Also, congrats on featuring in Twinkl🥳👏

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  4. I remember seeing this book around a while back, especially when I was new to bookstagram
    It sounds really cool and I’ve always been wanting to read it but never got around to it, this review has made me excited to read it again and maybe I’ll bump it up on my TBR

    Have a great day and happy reading 😊😊

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  5. I have read this one, and I liked it! I am someone who loves reading romance and isn’t a huge fantasy person, so I was really okay with the focus being on romance and adventure and less on the fantasy aspects of the book. I can also say that although I liked it enough to read the second book, I never got to the third book. It definitely falls into the category of “entertaining, but not something I’m attached to”

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    • I’m so glad you liked it, it’s definitely super entertaining to read! ❤️ Totally, I think this book is perfect for those who enjoy a good romance as it makes the fantasy aspects lighter. ☺️
      I understand what you mean, there have been a few trilogies that I never finished and although I loved the plot I feel like I wasn’t hooked enough in a way to finish them, you know? I’m still so glad that this book was entertaining for both of us! 🥰

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  6. ooh I’m glad you liked this one!! This is one of my fav series even though I read it foreverrr ago lol. I think the second book is even better! great review 🙂

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