Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an eARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Henry Holy and Co. (BYR) on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publication Date: July 15, 2014

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.

Why?: I've heard really excellent things about this book and it's a YA fantasy, so I definitely had to read it for myself! I'm looking forward to learning about this world and the characters in it, especially since some of them apparently have gifts. It also sounds like a pretty exciting plot, with the whole running away, taking a new identity, and being chased by an assassin and a prince.

Expectations: I have pretty high expectations for this book even though I've never read anything by Mary Pearson. So many people are talking about how good this book is that I really want it to live up to all the hype! I'm also expecting quite a bit of world building, since this is a fantasy book.

Judging a book by its cover: I think I like this cover? I like how it's dark and stormy, and I like the look of the title. I'm not sure how I feel about the girl though. I don't know that it would stand out on a shelf in a bookstore or a library, but I would probably pick it up if I stumbled across it. 


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