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

If we’re going to talk books, it would be a definite missed opportunity to skip out on books I’ve been wanting to read for a long ass time, but haven’t yet. One of my main goals in reading in 2019 is to ensure that I tackle my TBR, especially in regards to these books I’ve wanted to read forever, but haven’t.

I started a bookstagram account last year and have continued to neglect it because I can only be so consistent. When I first started my account, I noticed The Remnant Chronicles everywhere. They seemed right up my alley and so… I finally read the first book!

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

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. 

The Prince and the Assassin

For most of the book, I felt uncertain which young man was which. For the sake of not spoiling anything, I’ll just say there was quite a stretch of the book where I thought I knew who was who, but then I started to change my mind and ended up being correct in the end. Is that confusing? Yes? Sorry, trying to keep this spoiler free!

Anyway, this was the main aspect of the book that I loved. I enjoyed trying to figure it out – it’s like a mystery, but no one’s been murdered yet!

Lovable Supporting Characters

I loved Lia. Honestly, she might be among my favorite female characters. However, as far as supporting characters go, Lia is surrounded by good ones! Pauline is such a strong character and so much more to Lia than a maid. I love the friendship between these two. It’s really sweet and important in terms of female friendships.

I also really loved Berdi’s motherly-ness and Gwenyth’s badassery. Seriously, the women in this books ROCK.

General Ramblings

It took me a while to get through this book, and it’s not because I wasn’t enjoying it. I spent a large portion of the week I spent reading this feeling really sad and tired. It was not a good week for my mental health, but I pushed through and ended up really enjoying the story as a whole.

Although I’m not picking up the second book just yet, I know it’s going to be a read as soon as I finish my current read (stay tuned for the review). This trilogy is one I really think I’ll end up loving because of the strength of the characters and Mary E. Pearson’s writing style. I love it. I love how she successfully pulled off creating a language (Linguistics was my favorite college class).

Really, in general, I loved this book and can’t wait to make some room on my TBR for more of Mary E. Pearson’s books. She might be a new favorite! (Though no one will top Cassie for me).

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

What’s your favorite trilogy? I am definitely trash for trilogies so drop some recommendations in the comments.

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

  1. I saw a set of this trilogy the other day on the bookstore but I hesitated to buy it for some reason. Hehe. But now I think I’ll give it a try. Thanks for the review! 🙂

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    1. I kept seeing it all over bookstagram so I looked up the triology on goodreads and knew I’d love it. I started the second book last night and it’s pretty great so far! Hope you enjoy it once you get to read it! 🙂


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