The Kiss of Deception (#1) by Mary E. Pearson

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

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.

What a waste of my time. I sound harsh but honestly, after I put the book down I felt like I really wasted my time. This is why I have the 100 page rule. If by 100 pages I am still not enjoying the book then it is time to put it down and not finish it. HOWEVER, with this book when I got to the 100 page mark, I legitimately thought, “this is turning out okay” but then it just fell down hill. It was boring and once I got past 200 pages, I was like, “well I might as well continue because I am almost done.”

Oh, how I regret that decision because this book was dull. The characters were dull, the storyline was a straight line of nothing, and the book being categorised as ‘fantasy?’ I mean, where is the fantasy element? Apart from the kingdom, it was nothing and just boring. Nothing about the characters stuck. I didn’t care at all about any of them. Usually with books I am ‘meh’ about, there are usually some characters that make it bearable but with this book, absolutely nothing.

The premise sounded interesting and obviously I was intrigued enough to have picked up the book. I believe the premise itself is interesting but personally, I don’t think it was well executed. It was eventless and the main character, Lia, felt bland. Essentially the book is about Lia and her feelings. I never received the things I was promised when I read the blurb of the book. There were such vague mentions of kingdoms, the politics of the kingdoms, and the world-building was weak. Apart from the basic fantasy world-building of taverns, riding horses in the forest and hillsides, it lacked a lot of details that I feel like would have added more element to the story.

The story starts off with Lia running away with her maid from an arranged marriage and it’s about her starting a new life. Little does she know that an assassin and a prince is after her. IT SOUNDS SO EXCITING but it didn’t live up to that expectation. It’s more about love, kisses, feelings, good looking dude and good looking dude #2. I didn’t care at all for the characters, the story was boring and I won’t be continuing the trilogy.


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2 thoughts on “The Kiss of Deception (#1) by Mary E. Pearson”

  1. Oh no, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy that one! When I read the summary, I was like oooh, this could work, but then your review just shot that to the ground, haha. The 100-page rule is a great rule to have, and I hope your next read is better. 😉


    • I was so excited for this book too but unfortunately, I was disappointed! (It had so much potential in my opinion). The 100-page rule has saved me SO many times and it is something I only recently started. I feel like there’s no point in pushing myself to finish a book I don’t enjoy when I can read a book that I genuinely enjoy haha! I am currently reading, “Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi and it’s really good so far 🙂


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