Reader: Michelle M.
Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Square Fish
Pub Date: 06/02/15
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The book was enjoyable in the fact that it was a light read but still engaging. It had a fairly well-used premise of a princess fleeing her kingdom before she could be wedded to a man she never met, but this well-known idea was well written to fit a new set of characters. Lia is not your typical princess, and she has a very sassy wit and tongue. The characters were generally very enjoyable to read, with entertaining dialogue. The author played around with trying to keep the reader guessing as to who the assassin was by leaving misleading facts and directing the reader's attention the other way. It was decently done, but not the strongest stylistic element that could have been used. The character development was fairly weak, but not detracting from the story.
Memorable or Forgettable: It was one of those books that you personally enjoy, but would not recommend to someone else. I found the characters to be the most memorable in how they reacted to certain situations in ways found to be unique to this book. I enjoyed how the plot progressed, and seemed to progress as a result of the characters' actions, rather than the characters reacting to the plot.
Cover: The cover caught my eye and had a nice design, but it wasn't a large factor in my decision to read the book. After reading it, the cover really does not seem to reflect the contents. It shows that the story takes place in a mostly quiet setting, and is about a girl, but neglects to offer any other idea of what the rest of the plot is about. I think the cover downplays the story and focuses on the wrong element to represent. Rather than focusing on the romantic angle of the girl in a field of tall grass, offer more of a focus on the themes of deception, freedom, and captivity.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 3Q - Readable
Popularity: 3P - Some teen appeal
tags: fantasy / romance / dystopia / ya lit