The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: July 2014
Source: Netgalley review copy
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.
This book started off a bit slow, and honestly I was a little bored. For me, it really didn't pick up until the second half of the book, where I felt there was more world building and more interesting things coming into play.
There is a love triangle that all readers (oops, I mean very few readers) love to see. It almost seems to be resolved quite early on, but then comes back with a vengeance. It's not as bad as some, but it threatens to overshadow what could be a very good story with a sweet romance.
I definitely liked it well enough to read the next book, and would recommend it to fans of YA fantasy.