Rec of the month - August 18

Mary E. Pearson's novel The Kiss of Deception is the first in a trilogy called The Remnant Chronicles. It’s a story about Lia, a seventeen-year-old princess set to marry the prince of a neighbouring country. Lia, however, isn’t interested in an arranged marriage with a stranger, she wants to live life in a way that she’s never been able to as a princess. She makes a plan and on her wedding day she flees the castle to live a normal life in a small town by the sea. What she doesn’t know is that her would-be husband, Rafe, goes after her to bring her back home and marry her. Neither does she know that another neighbouring country has sent out an assassin, Kaden, to kill her. Both men appear at the restaurant she works at and she takes a liking to them both, not knowing their true intentions.

I found this to be a nice read, maybe not the most exciting thing I’ve ever read but certainly not a bad novel. In fact, it’s a book I’ve reread a few times over the past years because there is something fun in the game between Lia, Rafe and Kaden. Neither she nor the reader knows which guy is the prince and which is the assassin and it creates a level of tension that I like. It’s a fantasy, set in a made-up world and while the writing might not be the absolute best I’ve ever encountered, the story itself makes up for it. Lia is a tough, strong girl who wants to stand on her own feet and she’s constantly fighting for the right to make her own choices and live the life she wants. Both Rafe and Kaden are interesting male leads and while the love tringle has been used a lot in YA, it does work well in this story. So, if you’re looking for a light yet interesting fantasy novel, this is the one for you. If you want to know more about the book, read my review HERE.