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The Kiss of Deception

(The Remnant Chronicles #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  116,611 ratings  ·  13,572 reviews
In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a
Kindle Edition, 492 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Henry Holt
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Emma I was so confused and had to reread so many chapters because i thought it was a typo or i had mixed up about them! But i actually wanted her to end up…moreI was so confused and had to reread so many chapters because i thought it was a typo or i had mixed up about them! But i actually wanted her to end up with the prince so i'm glad it's rafe.(less)
Lindsay yes its a great book but if you love epic fantasy please read Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas , best book ever full of magic

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of 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 pret
Emily May
Feb 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2015, arc
“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 th
Kat Kennedy
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Two stars. One for each love interest that I didn't care about. ...more
Bentley ★
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is a triumph of its genre!

Okay, that may be overstating things only slightly (there were a couple of tiny things I took issue with) but I think it fair to overlook those small things in this case. Especially considering how unfair, reactionary and very nearly malicious I think some of the top-rated reviews for this book here on Goodreads are.

Warning: strong opinions incoming!

I want to start out here by apologizing for what's to come.
I was a bit heated while I wrote it and tried to go
Starry-Eyed Jen
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 fr
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars

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 di
Drcong O '
1.5 stars.

Watching my brother pick his nose would have been a more useful way to spend my time rather than on this pitiful excuse of a "fantasy" novel. If fantasy books are gross insta love with annoying as fuck love triangles and an assassin who can't get his job done because his little dick keeps getting in the way then I'm OUT.

You know, I actually liked the beginning. And I actually liked a little bit of the end. I just finished rewatching season 3 of TLA, which is why I was in a good mood,
Claudia Ramírez
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: expected-more, 2015

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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
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 in this situation, I would not blame you.

So here's the deal: I'm not one of those the-less-romance-the-better types. I'm the opposite, in fact. In most cases, a book com
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This book is a re-read so I can continue on with the trilogy and I liked it the first time around but I loved it this time! Woot!

I loved this book, the atmosphere, the characters, the settings and the descriptions.

Lia is a strong character who decides she wants to live life her way and runs away with Pauline on her wedding day. Lia's family wanted to set her up in an arranged marriage to keep the peace, but it seemed to me they were already in a war regardless so I'm not sure how it would have
When someone shoves a book in my face and tells me it's high fantasy, I expect a few things.

1. A thought-out plot
2. Worldbuilding
3. Characters with brains
4. Good writing

According to my checklist, this book is not a high fantasy. It's a.... *checks notes* hastily put-together, jumbled mess of trite tropes traditionally categorized as fantasy. So.

1. A thought-out plot

Princess Lia, terrified of being forced into an arranged marriage, runs away to live a peaceful life by the sea. Because no one will
this is an excellent 'in the moment' kind of story. i felt super present and engaged whilst reading it, but i honestly havent really thought about this once since ive finished it... which makes me kinda wonder what i actually liked about it?

im all for the whole runaway princess trope, but i wasnt really connecting with this particular princess. i really like both the assassin and the prince, but the ‘love triangle’ irritated me. the writing itself is pretty good, but the pacing is kinda slow and
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.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
*.) Morrighan ★★★
1.) The Kiss of Deception ★★★★★
2.) The Heart of Betrayal ★★★★
3.) The Beauty of Darkness ★★★★


1st read: August 2014
2nd read: July 2015
3rd read: August 2018
Whitney Atkinson
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
I forgot how much I love fantasy and this book just sparked my desire to read more. I was captivated from page one. The writing of this book swept me off my feet and transported me to Lia's world. Everything was so vivid and encompassing and every emotion displayed was so relatable that I found myself deeply enjoying the story. Lia is such a great main character. She's strong and sassy unlike the generic YA heroine. Her wit and her class, combined with her capacity to feel such emotion came off ...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 th
Simona B
"Who was this girl who thumbed her nose at two kingdoms and did as she pleased?"

It seems 2017 set out to be a year of surprises for me. And if all (most?) of them are going to be as pleasant and delightful as The Kiss of Deception, bring them on.

•First of all, what I didn't expect was to be able to connect with Lia, our MC, so much and so easily. And, strange as it may seem, I don't feel like criticizing her for her decision to flee minutes before her wedding (no spoiler, it's all in the blurb):
Jessi ❤️ H. Vojsk [if villain, why hot?]

“It can take years to mold a dream.
It takes only a fraction of a second for it to be shattered.”

Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Lia never wanted to marry a prince, she didn’t even get to meet him before the wedding.
So she runs away, from her responsibilities and her own family, to a little town.
There she starts to have a real life with her best friend Pauline.
But our past always hunts us, and so two strangers appear. But who is who?
Who’s the assassin, that needs to kill the runaway princess?
And who is the
Booknut 101
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 badass
Faye, la Patata

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Mar 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy reading with Cait!!

Do you hear that? Yes, it's the sound of me crying because I am disappointed.

Don't get me wrong, this wasn't a bad book, I was just expecting so much more. I was expecting to be blown away. Oh well. Expectations are the worst, let's be real.

“It can take years to mold a dream. It takes only a fraction of a second for it to be shattered.”

As the blurb states, princess Lia escapes the day of her arranged wedding because she doesn't want to abide by traditions and she d
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. I LOVED IT. I need the sequel now!!!
Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
Utter disappointment.

Sheer frustration.

That's what I felt when I finished reading this book. Now here's a *rant* on why.

To me The Kiss of Deception started off boring and it remained really boring for the first 200 pages ugh. Nothing interesting really happened, I felt no excitement whatsoever, and I have no idea why the author felt the need to tell us ALL ABOUT Lia's daily chores for so damn long. I read fantasy for escapism, so if I wanted to read all about someone doing regular laundr
Apr 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
Why did I not read this sooner?!

Rafe🤌Looks like cinnamon roll- will kill you. 👀
What a romantic at heart, he's said some of the beautiful lines in this one and I swear I'll fight for him😩

Lia🤌 Looks like a cinnamon roll- is a cinnamon roll.
I liked her character growth, especially towards the end. I was so emotional 😭 She's a total badass.

Kaden🤌Looks like someone who can kill you- is a cinnamon roll. *Insert - I can fix him vibes*

The book genuinely took me by surprise. It did start slow at firs

The Remnant Chronicles Spoiler Free Series Review:

Loved rereading it can't wait to read the sequel!
Re-read audio version 2021

I still really liked this! Maybe not quite as much as the first time around, but it was still a solid 4 star listen for me.


Emily Rankin - Narrator
Ryan Gesell - Narrator
Kim Mai Guest - Narrator
Kirby Heyborne - Narrator
Ann Marie Lee - Narrator

4.5 stars

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
Merphy Napier
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars, fantasy
I'm SO HAPPY that I enjoyed this one just as much (maybe more) the second time around. This MC is one of my favorites (if not my favorite) ever. She's strong, smart, resourceful, brave, and self-sacrificing. I love her so much. I can't wait to continue my reread of this trilogy and see my girl in action! ...more
booksnpenguins (wingspan matters)
excuse me while I have a heart attack.

There are books and then there are books.
For me, The Kiss of Deception belongs to the second category.
I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is about this book that got me so hooked (and right from the start, dare I say), because, let’s be honest, there are better, and better written stories, out there.
But there is something, something I can’t explain with words, that inevitably made me love every single line and scene, every single page and twist.
The Kiss of Dec
Wendy Higgins
This was my beach read this week. Loved it!
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 wa ...more
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Mary E. Pearson is the NYT bestselling and award-winning author of eleven YA novels and one novella. Her works include the completed trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles, which in a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly called “masterfully crafted.” Her favorite activities as a child were climbing tall trees imagining she was a hero in some fantastical world, or running along fence tops and roofs pretendi ...more

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