(Review-YA) The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson

Pearson, Mary. The Kiss of Deception. , 2014. Print. ISBN-13: 9780805099232. Formats available: paperback, ebook, audiobook. Paperback $8.28. Kindle $7.80

Info 684 Genre: Genre Pick #4 – Sci-Fi/Fantasy

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Princess Lia flees from her arranged marriage to an unknown, foreign prince to begin a simple life as a tavern maid, in the hopes of having a life that includes love. Two men soon show up in the town she’s fled to, and Lia finds herself befriending and caring for both of them. But neither is who he says he is, and both have sought Lia out for their own purposes. She isn’t what either of them expected. As war threatens, Lia has to choose between desire and duty, but when she finds out who her new friends really are, she’ll also feel the sting of betrayal, and the Kiss of Deception.


Themes include: Identity, duty, love, friendship, truth and lies, family, politics, war.

My Thoughts: I wasn’t sure I’d like Kiss of Deception, I don’t generally enjoy the love triangle situations, though I know they are popular with many! I also think the “running away from my arranged marriage” trop is a WEE bit overdone. But I was wrong, because I did in fact enjoy this book! And it’s sequel. The world building was enjoyable and unique enough to keep you interested. Lia is fun to read, watching her switch from royal princess to tavern maid is funny. She’s got a sharp tongue and it’s also great to read from her two “suitors'” points of views to see what they think about Lia. We get to see the sides of three different young people, from three different nations whose tensions are so strong they could erupt into war at the slightest notice. I ended up loving KOD and immediately read its sequel Heart of Betrayal. I was happy to see the world building, and the development of the characters get even better as the story goes on!

Liked it? Loved it? Gotta have more of it?
The next book in the Remnant Chronicles is The Heart of Betrayal


  • Locate The Kiss of Deception at your local library through Worldcat.org
  • If you liked this book, check out These Paper Hearts for some other recommendations!
  • Mary Pearson created a playlist to go with The Remnant Chronicles.
  • She also has lots of other extras and goodies on her website.

About the Author: Mary Pearson is an award-winning author of other series and novels, in addition to The Remnant Chronicles.

What are other teens saying about their reading & social media habits?

“I love reading SFF, both YA and adult categories, including sci-fi, epic fantasy, urban fantasy, fairytale retellings, etc. I also enjoy reading romances and some historical fiction. I used WordPress for my blog and I also have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Goodreads. My favorite is Twitter because the platform is the easiest to use in terms of connecting with authors and fellow readers/book bloggers.” – Chachic, high school student

Citation & Credits
Book cover image: Courtesy of Amazon.com
Book Talk: Kelsey Bogan. 2015. All rights reserved.

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