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The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
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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 completely devoid of romance is a book I will almost certainly find lacking. That being said, I don't like romance tossed in willy nilly, b/c this book needs romance, so, "Hey! You two over there! Yeah, you! Make googly eyes at each other. I don't care if it doesn't make sense, just do it! Thaaaat's it, muuuuuchhh better."

In fantasy, one of the most common ways for romance to play out is the Arranged Marriage scenario. Neither party is happy about it, but something IMPORTANT is at stake, so two self-sacrificing souls agree to wed for the greater good. Then, despite the obvious unfairness of their situation, stuff happens, they fall in love, and they live HEA.

And this makes you happy, b/c SELF-SACRIFICE.

But what if Princess is a narcissistic little brat who not only runs away from her arranged marriage, but drags one of her good friends along with her? Who cares that the only way to ensure the safety of her family and the general population in the face of a barbarian invasion is to keep with tradition and unite her family with Prince's family, b/c NEITHER family has the strength to survive alone?

Not Princess. *frowns*

And not only does she not care, she laughs ALL THE TIME. Ah-ha-ha-ha laughs. Like Keira Knightley ruining Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. "Running away equals TREASON to my hard-case father, who had my cousin hanged for desertion, and buried him in an unmarked grave along with his mother (hard-case father's SISTER), who threw herself off a cliff in despair."

Ah-ha-ha-ha.

*flares nostrils*

Oh, and Prince only agrees to the marriage b/c his father tells him he can take a mistress.

And don't even get me started on Reluctant Assassin.<------if you're going to be an assassin, you need to frickin' OWN IT.

BUT despite ALL of that, I kept reading. And it got better.

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn recently used the term "grab-bag" in one of his reviews, and I'm totally stealing it, b/c that's exactly what's going on here. We've got corrupt advisers to the monarch, a foreign, misunderstood queen who keeps IMPORTANT secrets from her daughter, gypsy caravans, a too-young soldier who bonds with his captive, a grizzled, veteran mentor, etc.

Oh, and there's also a TIGER. Can't forget about the (random) tiger.

So what's Princess doing now that she's the master of her own destiny?

Working at an inn as a barmaid. YEP. Freedom RAWKS. And it seems like she'd be content to stay there doing honest work forever, but that would be boring, so a Bad Thing happens that probably could have been avoided if she hadn't run away from her responsibilities, so of course she blames herself (b/c it's her fault), and she resolutely decides to return home, leaving behind the "farmhand" she's fallen in love with.

And it all goes downhill from there. The situation, not the story. The story, despite it's lack of anything new or original, is surprisingly entertaining, and I'll probably read the next book--who knows what bits and pieces will be thrown together in the next installment, right?

I'd recommend this book to anyone who isn't a termagant like I am, who thinks it's ridiculous to place the responsibilities of two kingdoms on the shoulders of a teenager.

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Reading Progress

November 19, 2013 – Shelved
July 8, 2014 – Started Reading
July 8, 2014 – Finished Reading

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Anne Aw man. I was hoping you'd like it. Oh, well.
Great review, you hit all the right points!


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Gary Great review Jessica!


message 3: by Lola (last edited Jul 10, 2014 10:49AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lola Maaaan, I can't forgive you for this, Jessica. I can't believe you said THAT:

''Like Keira Knightley ruining Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice.''

OH.
MY.
GOD.
My favorite movie!!! I know she giggles a lot but that's her character!!!

*takes a deap breath* Okay, I'm going to forgive you for this, but it shalln't happen again ;)

What's your favorite movie?

At least the story got better :)


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Anne wrote: "Aw man. I was hoping you'd like it. Oh, well.
Great review, you hit all the right points!"


Yeah, I was hoping I'd like it too. I have higher hopes for the next book though, b/c no more running. *crosses fingers*


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Gary wrote: "Great review Jessica!"

Thanks, Gary!


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Lola wrote: "Maaaan, I can't forgive you for this, Jessica. I can't believe you said THAT:

''Like Keira Knightley ruining Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice.''

OH.
MY.
GOD.
My favorite movie!!! I know s..."


Yes, at least, LOL. And you already know my thoughts on P&P, so we don't have to go through that again. Favorite movie ever? I could never just pick one, but I really love Meet Me in St. Louis (old movies RAWK).


Carol [Goodreads Addict] Great review, Jessica! It does have an awesome cover!!! :)


Ash Wednesday Welcome back Jessica! :D


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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books) Wonderful review!


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Exina Great, honest review, Jessica!


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Carol [Goodreads addict] wrote: "Great review, Jessica! It does have an awesome cover!!! :)"

Thanks, Carol! And BOO on lovely covers that don't back them up with the actual book, LOL. ;)


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Ash Wednesday wrote: "Welcome back Jessica! :D"

Thanks, Ash! ;)


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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Danae wrote: "And don't even get me started on Reluctant Assassin.

Was he like tricked into it or something? I think I need to read this just to figure out how on earth this situation is possible haha. Assassin..."


I think it's more of a gratitude thing . . . it really stretches the bounds of credulity . . .

Thanks, Danae!


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Exina wrote: "Great, honest review, Jessica!"

Carole's Random Life wrote: "Wonderful review!"

Thank you, ladies!!


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Debra Great review, Jessica! :)


Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘ Fantastic review, love :)!


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Elise wrote: "Fantastic review, love :)!"

Debra wrote: "Great review, Jessica! :)"

Thank you, ladies!!


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Anasylvia wrote: "Oh, and there's also a TIGER. Can't forget about the (random) tiger.

Almost tempted to read it just for that. (I love tigers), but it doesn't sound like my cup of tea. Great Review though:)"


Thanks, Anasylvia! And I love tigers too, but this was a seriously random (blink and you miss it) tiger, LOL.


Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie Great honest review, Jessica!


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Y. C. I think I'll give this one a try. Great review.


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Patrycja Great review!!


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"Hey! You two over there! Yeah, you! Make googly eyes at each other. I don't care if it doesn't make sense, just do it! Thaaaat's it, muuuuuchhh better."

BAHAHAHAH LOVE THIS.

AMAZING REVIEW JESS


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Brandi Great review, Jessica!


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Brandi wrote: "Great review, Jessica!"

Patrycja wrote: "Great review!!"

Thank you, ladies!!


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Kat Stark wrote: ""Hey! You two over there! Yeah, you! Make googly eyes at each other. I don't care if it doesn't make sense, just do it! Thaaaat's it, muuuuuchhh better."

BAHAHAHAH LOVE THIS.

AMAZING REVIEW JESS"


Thanks, Kat! ;)


CJ - It's only a Paper Moon Thank you! I'm a little less than halfway in and I'm sitting going...why is this book such a pain to finish.

boom.

I think I'm gonna have to stop before something breaks lol

great review


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more CJ - Drop Dead Cute wrote: "Thank you! I'm a little less than halfway in and I'm sitting going...why is this book such a pain to finish.

boom.

I think I'm gonna have to stop before something breaks lol

great review"


Thank you! And yeah . . . kind of a pain, LOL. Don't want to break anything ;)


Rachel I'm glad I found someone who also didn't like this book! Everybody seemed to be loving it & raving about it, but I also gave it 2.5 stars, I was so disappointed.


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more There are a few of us, LOL. I am seriously over the recent YA fantasy releases full of reluctant assassins and princesses who aren't willing to sacrifice for the greater good. No me gusta.


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Anthi Great review! Btw I KNEW I wasn't the only one who hated Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice!


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Anthi wrote: "Great review! Btw I KNEW I wasn't the only one who hated Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice!"

Hahahaha!! NO, not by a long shot. She was awful, wasn't she? Of course, the BBC miniseries is my go-to when I'm sick, so . . . nope . . . even without turning Elizabeth Bennett into a silly girl, she couldn't have lived up to my expectations ;) And thank you!


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Ssn N I am on page 136 is there a specific moment in where in got- this is the only way i can describe it: *shakes head* "Nope!" *throws book* i need to be warned hahaha


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KP So entertaining, amazing review!


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Ssn wrote: "I am on page 136 is there a specific moment in where in got- this is the only way i can describe it: *shakes head* "Nope!" *throws book* i need to be warned hahaha"

I'm not sure which specific thing you're talking about, but I get you ;)


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more KP wrote: "So entertaining, amazing review!"

Thank you!


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Alatea I LOVE your reviews. I was really looking forward this book, because I *kinda* hoped that she would fall for the assassin (wouldn't that be cool?). But I *kinda* got from your review that it's not the case in this book. Anyway, still looking forward to read it!


Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews Great review Jessica :)


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Ieva wrote: "I LOVE your reviews. I was really looking forward this book, because I *kinda* hoped that she would fall for the assassin (wouldn't that be cool?). But I *kinda* got from your review that it's not ..."

I get you, Ieva. Assassins are a particular weakness of mine, too. BUT. This guy is a seriously lame assassin. FYI.


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more T's Book ~ Tanja wrote: "Great review Jessica :)"

Thank you!


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Nafeeza Great review Jessica! You had me cracking up, that MC sounds horrid. Your review is probably more entertaining than the book so I shall stay away from this one. ;)


Books are TARDIS I've stayed away from this book for so long, because of all the reasons you have mentioned. And because of the truly detestable failed assassin trope. But darn it all. I've been somehow convinced to pick this up because of your review Jessica. Ho boy. Btw, excellent review ^,^


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Nafeeza wrote: "Great review Jessica! You had me cracking up, that MC sounds horrid. Your review is probably more entertaining than the book so I shall stay away from this one. ;)"

HA. Thanks, Nafeeza! If I ever get around to finishing the series, I'll let you know if it's worth suffering through this one. ;)


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Books are TARDIS wrote: "I've stayed away from this book for so long, because of all the reasons you have mentioned. And because of the truly detestable failed assassin trope. But darn it all. I've been somehow convinced t..."

Thank you, LOL. Maybe it will annoy you less than it did me. ;)


message 46: by Megan (new)

Megan I highly suggest you read the other two books in the trilogy. The first book (especially the first half of the first book) is exactly as you described it. The main characters are annoying and nothing really happens at all, but if you enjoyed the second half where things actually started to pick up, then I think you would enjoy the next 2 books. The author is really good at planning things out and most of the things that are flawed or annoying about this book later seem like they were intentional, as if this book was pretty much there to set the stage so you can see how much the characters grow and develop throughout the series.


message 47: by Martyn (new)

Martyn Stanley Great review... Khanh had just eradicated my interest in this series. Now YOU'VE raised it, a little... Just a little.


Jessica This review is so funny. I can't understand why I'm continuing this book when I don't like these characters. Reluctant assassin! Hahaha! What IS up with him? One pretty princess and he's done! Thanks for the laugh. Made my Monday. ;)


message 49: by Mmmhhmm (new)

Mmmhhmm Hey, just fyi, I clicked on that link to the Fantasy Review Barn, and instead it sent me to a Japanese porn site. Imagine my surprise! XD


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Megan wrote: "I highly suggest you read the other two books in the trilogy. The first book (especially the first half of the first book) is exactly as you described it. The main characters are annoying and nothi..."

I will take your counsel under advisement. Pretty sure I have both of them around here somewhere anyway . . .


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