BOOK: The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)
AUTHOR: Mary E. Pearson
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy
AN ENGAGING READ
I picked this book with zero expectations but the story of Princess Arabella, Rafe and Kedan was definitely worth my time. It has a plot, it has suspense, it has twists, it has a rakish, charming guy and best of all, it has a fiesty, fiery female protagonist.
Arabella or Lia though a Princess, is no glass doll that shatters with a mere push. She is not a pampered princess that prancea around in fluffy, pink dresses mooning over some prince. She is more than that. She is a soldier, she is a survivor, she is a leader.
And, she is NOT a damsel in distress.
She is headstrong but not to the point of stupidity (In most novels a headstrong character is showcased as one with no brain cells but not this one)
At the commencement of the story itself Arabella runs away from her arranged marriage to a Prince whose face she had never even seen, we get a glimpse of her guts (And yes this is just a glimpse because there is so much to come in this respect).
Het reasons for taking such an action, are undoubtedly, selfish and she is unapologetic about it. And that is what I like about her.
She is unlike most female characters with aristocratic backgrounds in many novels that I have read, where the girls are dainty, dilemma- ridden messes and glorified as the playthings of the males.
Arabella is one heck of a girl. And as the story progresses, you love her for her courage.
And you so love that untamed, sharp tongue of hers. Throughout the book, you keep on guessing the identity of the Assassin sent to kill her and the Prince whom she dumped who comes to find her. Who is who? Is it Rafe or is it Kedan or is it someone else altogether? I was pretty surprised and lets just leave it at that.
My conclusion :
“All in all, I liked the book and I am looking forward to the 2nd book. The 1st book left an opening for the 2nd and I so would like to delve into this world a bit deeper.”
Well Hollywood hasn’t discovered this book yet but if it does get a big screen adaptation, it would be interesting to see how they would present the twist that is integral to the book.