Book Review #4: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

16429619 The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Published by Henry Holt
Date Published: 08 July 2014
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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 traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

My Review:

I’m not gonna lie but this book is an not a pleasant book to read. I was constantly cringing with the lines or words used and me and the characters just didn’t workout. I didn’t finish the book simply because I just didn’t have the energy and patience to read through the remaining pages. I don’t actually quit on a book but when I do, *insert meme here* I slam it shut with style. *puts on glasses*

I believe that the story line could be amazing. I was actually hooked by the cover along with the synopsis at its back page but the execution wasn’t just that entertaining (?). I felt like the characters lack dimensions. I normally would like stories involving kingdoms, castles and houses but definitely not this one.

Let me elaborate on what I think went wrong:

  • The script of the characters or the line they say are just cheesy. It didn’t felt like I was in a ‘castle-y’ environment. It didn’t fit.
  • There were no character development. There were the same from the start.
  • I cannot understand Lia’s doings. I felt like everything she did was dumb and wasn’t planned carefully.
  • The love triangle didn’t work. It didn’t even thought about it being a love triangle. Because there were no love at all. The love at first sight thing is just overrated and didn’t suit my taste.
  • The changing of perspective in this whole book. There were three main characters but there were like five people narrating the story. I think it was supposedly part of the “mystery” about the assassin and the prince but it just didn’t work out, in my opinion.


A lot of people love the book. I don’t actually like giving awful reviews like this but this is what I actually felt. There are books that you like that some people hate and vice versa. So, this book might not work for me but it might for you. I honestly believe that the book could be more readable if it was told from a third person point of view or something else. The changing of perspective could’ve worked if it was executed nicely- which was not.

Overall rating:  0/5 (Didn’t finish the book)

About the Author

Mary E. Pearson is the award-winning author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Miles Between, A Room on Lorelei, and Scribbler of Dreams.  She writes full-time from her home office in California where she lives with her husband and two golden retrievers. Connect with her in



  1. Kitty says:

    I actually liked this book, I get why others might not though. I thought it was fun trying to figure out who was who (Prince or assassin) because of the fake names and the different points of view. I think that was what kept me going through this book. I do agree that Lia made some questionable choices but I still might give the second book a chance.

  2. Pamela Nicole says:

    I didn’t make it past the first chapter. I thought it’d been just because maybe I wasn’t in the mood? It just failed to make me keep turning pages. I didn’t even know there was some kind of mystery. Maybe I’ll pick it up again some other time.

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