Monday, April 14, 2014


Monday, again. The weeks sure pass by in a hurry. Today, I have a review for THE KISS OF DECEPTION, by Mary E. Pearson, one of my favorite authors. I've read most of her novels and never been disappointed.
Another gorgeous cover.

Synopsis from Good Reads:
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 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 distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.
My Review:
Sometimes being a princess isn’t as great as one would think, especially if you’re the First Daughter of the House of Morrighan. Just ask seventeen-year-old Arabella Celestine Idris Jezella, who prefers to be called plain old Lia, her opinion of being a princess. She may surprise you.
In Author Mary E. Pearson’s latest YA novel, THE KISS OF DECEPTION, Lia is not your typical princess. She’s about to be married to a prince she’s never met and instead of obeying her father like a good little princess she runs away.  Why? It’s not a marriage of love like most young women dream of, but a marriage of convenience to secure an alliance between two kingdoms, and she wants no part of it. Her attendant and friend, Pauline, goes with her. Lia thinks she has troubles at home, but as she starts a new life she soon discovers her troubles are just beginning. Who are Kaden and Rafe, two handsome men she meets at her new job? Neither is who he claims to be. That’s all I’m saying because I don’t want to give anything away. Lia has a lot to learn, however.
THE KISS OF DECEPTIION is a story of princes and princesses, friends and assassins, treachery and trust, romance and death. Told from alternating points of view, the reader sees inside not only Lia’s mind, but Kaden’s, Rafe’s, and others as well. I’ve read all of Mary E. Pearson’s books and was so excited to get to read this one. She has written another winner. And the good thing is this is book #1 in a trilogy. Yay. So pick up a copy and enter Lia’s world of tender moments, violence, love and loss.
Net Galley and Henry Holt provided me with an e book ARC of this novel for my honest review.
Available at Amazon and other stores July 15, 2014.
Have a nice week.
Happy Reading


  1. Sounds like one filled with plenty of twist and turns

  2. I agree about the cover, and the story line is quite fascinating.

    1. Yes, clee, and Lia isn't the perfect princess. She makes mistakes and sometimes I wanted to say "No, no, don't that." :)

  3. I think Mary has a winner here, especially that cover. It's gorgeous! I wish her much success! :)

  4. So it's a fantasy? Cool.
    And the cover art is really nice.

  5. This cover is so pretty! Just gorgeous! Great review, Beverly. I'll have to check this out.

    1. It is a lovely cover, Kelly. I think you'll enjoy the story.

  6. I don't recall reading anything by this author- but this sounds excellent! I love the cover- it caught my eye right away and the story sounds well done. I am glad you introduced me to it. Great review!

    1. I've read most of her books and loved them. She has a series, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, The Fox Inheritance, and Fox Forever, and several other books. Thanks, this looks like the beginning of another great series..