Book Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson


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: The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Publisher:  Henry Holt and Co. (July 8, 2014)

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 489

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

A wonderfully written book that will leave you wanting more.

I have been hunting this book for a long time. Thankfully, I finally found a copy and got to read it. As I was reading reading the beginning chapters, I was really intrigued. The author will make you guess. Who is who? It’s good I guess but I did feel frustrated.

We have Princess Lia, the main protagonist. Then there’s two guys she will meet along her journey which may be a prince or may be her assassin. It was a different kind of experience for me as a reader.You get introduced to the Prince’s and the Assassin’s point of view. Then, you will look for the littlest of clues so you can identify them with the next chapters. Why did I feel frustrated? Because my guess was wrong. I kind of still hoping that my bet would be the endgame.

As much as I enjoyed the charade of who is who, I was a bit annoyed at how Lia is absorbed with love. I just wish she was more than that.

I am satisfied with it but it’s not something that will make you feel so much love for the characters. Don’t get me wrong but there are other stories which will make you care about the characters, the kind that will eat away at your thoughts and consume your heart (ehem *coughs* Throne of Glass series). Why did I bring up ToG? Because I have seen recommendations that if I want something similar to ToG, I should read A Kiss of Deception. Sure, it is similar with the badass princess theme but yeah..they are different.

On the other hand, the story about the rivalry of the kingdoms is pretty much interesting. The culture and passages from their scriptures, I fell in love with. Plus, everything that pertains to the Gift makes me so curious to know more information about it. How does it work? How is it passed? How will it affect the rest of the story?

The book ended with a cliffhanger as usual. I am curious about who the Komizar is. My rating for this is:

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Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Author: Marissa Meyer

Publisher:  Square Fish (January 8, 2013)

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 387

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

First book I have read this year is Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I am so amazed by this wonderful Cinderella retelling. I have been putting it off for a long time because I was not really into cyborg stories but I do love fairy tale retellings. After being bugged by my book nerd friends that it is indeed a great novel, I finally gave in. I admit I have been so wrong by refusing to read this. Nevertheless, I acknowledge my mistake and I must say I am a Marissa Meyer fan now.

The world that Miss Meyer built is totally engrossing. I was taken to a modern Beijing where there are cyborgs, androids, and hovers. Imagine our world being like that in the future. I was absorbed in the book in just a few pages.

In terms of the writing style, it had taken me some time to get used with the technical terms in the book. However, the way the story was told made me crave for more. The pacing was great. I think I did not become bored while reading the book.

Our main characters Cinder and Prince Kai are adorable to the nth level. I started shipping them as soon as they saw each other. I knew that their my next OTP. Plus, these ones are hilarious. Their sense of humor was one of the things I loved the most about them. Not only that, these characters are smart..not the lovesick characters we usually get in other novels. They know their priorities in life, Kai putting his kingdom before him and Cinder prioritizes her freedom.

Dr. Erland, you see, I love him too even though most of the time, I am suspicious of him. There are loads of moments when I think: “He’s definitely shipping Cinder and Prince Kai.” Also, Iko has a special place in my heart. I would not mind having a droid like her.

Then, there’s Bitch Queen Levana. Who else here is afraid of her? Well, I am! With her powers, I swear I am going to run off from New Beijing. She is definitely creepy and scary as hell. But, I also want to strangle her and pull her hair off.

After some chapters, we get to know the plot twist which did not really surprise me at all. I mean there are clues here and there.. that you could pick up as you go along the book. But I tell you, it’s really cool!

My final verdict? This book gets a 5/5 stars from me. I am sure that I will be reading the next books in the series.5-rating

Best Reads in 2015

Another year has passed! Sure it is that all those months flew away so fast. In terms of how my reading went this year, I kind of slacked off and read less than I did last year. Nevertheless, I am still proud of myself for still  reading books even though I’ve got a busy schedule. So, here are my Top 10 reads in 2015.

  1. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

Oh gods above, everytime I think about this book, I get all sorts of feelings. I want to cry and laugh at the same time. This practically drove me crazy since I finished reading it. I will not tell much about this book but I swear you should read it. There are at least 2 more books to go for this series.

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2. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Isn’t it too obvious yet that I love Sarah J. Maas? Lol. She’s really incredible in creating amazing stories and characters that you will surely fall in love with. I can’t wait to read more from this series. A Court of Mist and Fury I am waiting for ya!

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3. Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Another Fantasy novel in my list is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This is an action-packed story about outcasts but with special talents. Warning: Characters too much adorable to the nth level!

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4. Hero of Ages (Mistborn ##3) by Brandon Sanderson

Thank goodness for booktube! It’s because of it that I got to discover the fantastic Mistborn series. It’s unlike anything that I have ever read before. It may take some time and dedication to fully get on the excitement on the story but the effort will be so worth it.

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5. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

With any Rainbow Rowell book, you can never go wrong. In the beginning, I had my doubts about it but later on, I felt so much love for this story. It’s heartwarming and touching.

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6. November 9 by Colleen Hoover

This book made me drown in feels. With each turn of the page, I wanted to grab the characters from it and give them a hug. Whether it is a happy or sad scene, I just really want to protect them and keep them safe. Fallon and Ben ILY!

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7. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

I know. I know. I am late in the bandwagon. At least, it’s never too late right? After finishing the three books in TID, I am very curious to get started with The Mortal Instruments.

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8. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover never fails me as a reader. As soon as I get into her books, I am having a hard time making myself stop and rest. It’s just so addicting just like Will and Layken’s slam poetry.

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9. Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

A wizard story always fascinates me. Reading this is such a fun experience for me. Too bad, I haven’t read the other books in the series but I will surely get back to them.

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10. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I’m super glad that I got to read this series! Reading Obsidian gave me  a strong sense of Deja Vu. It’s like reading Twilight all over again! I enjoyed my time diving into Kat and Daemon’s epic love story.

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That’s it! I am looking forward to another year filled with fangirliness and books! Happy New Year everyone!

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