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The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  19,806 ratings  ·  3,483 reviews
A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some tradit
Hardcover, 489 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
I present you a short version of the book: Kiss of Deception: A Greek Dramedy . A Dramedy, not to be confused with a dromedary, because a dromedary only has one hump. This story has two humps. THAT'S RIGHT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE HAVE A FUCKING LOVE TRIANGLE.

The entire play can be set on one stage with almost no scenery changes because I swear to fucking god nothing fucking happens in this book. It is not a high fantasy when the main character spends the entire fucking half of the book preten
Emily May
“Is he the first boy you ever kissed?” I asked
“Who says I’ve kissed him?” Pauline replied mischievously. We both laughed. Girls of the royal staff were not supposed to indulge in such unrestrained behaviours.
“Well, if you were to kiss him, what do you think it would be like?”

I have a question - who cares?

Ugh, this book. I rarely give much weight to fantasy titles. They're almost always called "dramatic word of dramatic word" or "dramatic word and dramatic word", but I realize in hindsight that

What a beautiful and captivating story.

I’ve always had a soft spot for princess stories, true, but this one is like no other. Our lovely main character, Lia, wants free will…to fall in love with someone she actually knows and cares about. She is tired of always having her life decided, as princesses’ usually are, and the one thing she wants most, love, is up to her to find not for her father to plan.

For her to feel trapped no more, she escapes from her arranged marriage with someone who didn’t
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An advance copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

Review in a GIFfy -- This can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue. FULL REVIEW BELOW.

I must admit, I've never read a book by Mary E. Pearson. So when Kristen practically forced her copy on me (hehe), I was all:

And then I got to chapter 2, and it was on.

Not only is Lia fierce and determined not to be pushed into a marriage she does not desire, but her friend a
Kat Kennedy
Two stars. One for each love interest that I didn't care about.
Wendy Darling
I liked this overall, but man, did this love triangle weigh everything down. And STOP SMIRKING, boys. Just stop it.

Review to come, when I'm less cranky.
Jessica ❁ Elsecaller ❁ at Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

2.5 stars

Let's talk about first impressions--they are IMPORTANT.

If, for example, you start reading a new book, and the first glimpses you get of ALL THREE main characters are less than flattering, you might be tempted to toss said book aside in disgust and hope the next one goes better.

YES. You might.

And honestly, in this situation, I would not blame you. Not even a little bit.

So here's the deal: I'm not one of those the-less-romance-the-better types. I'm the opposite, in
Move aside Daenerys Targaryen...a new badass princess is coming!
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Kings throw away your crowns. Queens start practising your curtsey. Because Princess Lia is here to show you how being royal is supposed to be done - going on a journey that will tear her apart & put her back together again as she becomes the woman she was always meant to be.

She doesn't accept lies or deception. She wants to make her own destiny. And she's so badass it's not even possible to describe the insane amounts of badas
Faye, la Patata

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Jessica (priceiswong)
Finally finished!! I definitely liked this book, but I'm not in love. (my interest REALLY picked up towards the end though, so maybe the next book will be even better!!) (view spoiler) Can't wai ...more
Andreea Pop

Hello there, instant book obsession.
Hello there, instant need for sequel.
Hello there, instant love for Rafe and Kaden.
I welcome you all with open arms, because I brought this upon myself by reading The Kiss of Deception.

Gods above, this book is unputdownable deliciousness and it is totally worth the raves and hype. So this review won't exactly be a review -- my lips are sealed and my hands tied because I'd hate to give anything away from the glorious slow-burn and anticipation this
Wendy Higgins
This was my beach read this week. Loved it!
3.75 stars
Throughly enjoyed this book! Definitely will be pre-ordering the next one :)
Here's my As I Read video (The very beginning has a non-spoiler review):
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Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
Fantastic. I LOVED IT. I need the sequel now!!!
Celine Elk
First I would like to thank God or whomever is in charge of putting great books like this one into this world! Thank you!
Five huge stars! This is one of the best books I have ever read, and I can't believe that I waited until now. Here are some reasons for you to pick up this brilliant piece of young adult litterature:

• The cover is beautiful.

• The protagonist is a RUNAWAY PRINCESS with such a strong personality and a reasonable temper.

• She has a tattoo on her back called a '
Read this review (and others) on my blog @My Addiction Books

Rating: 5 Stars

My Opinion Of This Book: Wow. This book.

"Because ever since the first day I've met you, I've gone to sleep every single night thinking about you, and every morning when I wake, my first thoughts are of you."

-Lia: Lia is an incredible heroine. She's strong, stubborn, independent, and is not annoying or spoiled. I loved reading her perspective - the way she handled difficu

What to say, what to say… I think I’m in a funk. This book could have been at least a three for me I think, but there were too many things that kept snagging my attention, or straight up annoying the crap out of me, for me to rate it higher than an “it’s ok” two stars. I’ll try to break it down a bit starting with the good, but open spoilers at your own risk- they’re clearly marked. Also, if you've never read one of my reviews I do sometimes cuss, so if you don’t care for that here’s your war
Andie (_HalfBl00dPrincess)
Amazing!!! What a great start to a new fantasy series. It had everything I need. A gripping plot and beautiful writing. A strong heroine, a swoon worthy Prince and an assassin with a surprisingly tender heart. Lies, betrayal, romance, deception, and a hint of magic all tied up in a fantastic fantasy setting. One of my favorite reads this year! Bring on the sequel!!
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Read the full review at A Perfection Called Books

When I first saw this book I thought:

Trust me, it did not disappoint!

The world-building was fantastic. I could picture everything so clearly in my mind. The execution of this book was nearly flawless. The pacing was great. Nothing was too fast or too slow. The writing was phenomenal. Pearson was so descriptive, and I love the way she writes. Her writing is so beautiful, I just love the way she tells a story. There were so many plot twists in this
The Kiss of Deception is a bundle of contradictions, both on and off the page. It has a love triangle, it doesn't have a love triangle; it tells a tale of deceit, it doesn't truly hide any deception from the reader; its protagonist is a strong female, its protagonist is weak-willed. While I wasn't too keen on picking up this installment--at least not until the entire series had played out--the reviews left me in deep confusion. After combing through GoodReads far longer than I should have, I fin ...more

Imma need a mani after this book, because it sure was a nail bitter! Whoosh.

Pretty sure by now you all know what the big hook of this book is; you have no idea who the assassin is and who the prince is. I'll let you in on a little secret, I tried to guess and guessed wrong.

This story goes between switching Povs with Lia, Rafe, Kaden, the assassin, and the Prince. I'm becoming more and more a fan of switching views in stories, and this story is an added reason to why. Mary Pearson did an exce
Mandy K
Full Review

In my culture, arranged marriages are not a thing. And while I know in some cultures, they are just a fact of life, the thing that gets me the most about arranged marriages, is not only does the girl not get to choose who she spends the rest of her life with, but she also has to have sex with the guy. I believe that a girl should get to choose if and who she has sex with, so the idea of a girl being forced to have sex with someone who often times is nothing more than a stranger, doesn
Clau R.

Edit after a night of sleep:
OK, I think I liked the book, but I'm not sure. I mean, I enjoyed most of it but there were some things that just NO, like the fact that the two guys fell in love with Lia in like 6 seconds after meeting her! It felt a little like "insta-love" to me :/. And also, the romance was pretty rushed and forced, idk.

What I really liked was that the author totally got me! My guess wasn't right on who was the prince and who was the assasin, and when the assas
Andreya Klobucar
IM PRETTY SURE IM MISSING PAGES WHAT IS THIS??!!! I need the next one now!
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The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Book One of the Remnant Chronicles
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the rever
Katerina Kondrenko
9.25 out of 10

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“Maybe there were as many shades of love as the blues of the sky.”

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I was ill (literally, with cough and running nose) when I finished the book and didn’t know whether I’ll be able to press the keyboard’s buttons to write my review or not. Think God I managed to do it. The thing is, after The Kiss of Deception I immediately star
Rachel E. Carter
It was good -not great, but definitely a book I don't regret. I will read the sequel at some point but it is not one of my "can't live without" books. The story got much better after we found out who the prince & assassin were and some action actually took place. I felt like the blurb was a bit misleading because I was led to assume the mystery would go on the whole book, but I am very happy it didn't since the second half was much better than the first. Even though there are two love intere ...more
4.5 stars

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Man, I loved this one! You know a book is good when the first thing you do after you finish is go check out the release date for the next book.
Nooooooo! 2015?!
*sobs quietly*
So this may be labeled Young Adult, but I think it's one of those books that is more of a story about a young adult. Does that make sense?
Also, the blurb? It really doesn't capture the the scope of what's inside that cover. In fact, I put off reading this for quite a while because i
I have no idea whatsoever how to rate this. I found the first half truly boring. It was interesting in the beginning, but not much happened until page 300 that could really hold my interest. I kept waiting for something big to happen, for the real action to start. But then when it finally did.. Well I couldn't put this down. The second half was truly amazing and I absolutely loved it. See my dilemma? I guess 3 stars make the most sense, but I'm going to think about it some more, after I've gotte ...more
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I suppose I have always been enamored with story and character. My mother tells me I could be the most annoying little kid, waking up each day as a new character. Every morning she would have to ask me "who" I was for that day, because unless properly addressed I refused to answer anyone.

One time when I was about four years old, my parents were out shopping at Sears. They each thought the other h
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