My Rating: 3 hearts
Thoughts on the Novel: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson was a book that I was looking forward to reading until I started seeing mixed reviews for it. Since I still wanted to give it a try though, I decided to lower my expectations, and therefore ended up finding it to be an okay read.
Here’s what I liked and disliked about The Kiss of Deception:
- The setting was easy to visualize because the worldbuilding was very detailed.
- The perspectives of Rafe and Kaden were set up nicely so that not only did Lia not know who the prince was and who the assassin was, but they were a mystery to the reader as well.
- I liked that Lia wasn’t spoiled and was willing to – and wanted to – earn her keep.
- Not only was there a love triangle, but both men fell in love with Lia fairly quickly. There was also a case of insta-love on Lia’s side when she finally picked one of her suitors.
- I found the assassin to be a rather wishy-washy character. I wanted him to be badass and own the fact that he was an assassin!
- I didn’t completely understand the point of the passages from The Last Testaments of Gaudrel and Song of Venda. I thought they were kind of unnecessary and skipped them whenever they showed up at the beginning of a chapter.
Comments About the Cover: It’s pretty and looks like the cover of a fantasy novel.
In exchange for an honest review, this book was received from the publisher (Macmillan Children's Publishing Group) for free via NetGalley.