Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Kiss of Deception: Review


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.


Deliberate deception is not a mistake. It's calculating and cold. Especially when aimed at the one you profess to love. And if one can't be trusted in love, one can't be trusted in anything.

Although I can point out some obvious plot holes in the story (which I have no idea whether they will fill it up later) and some flaws, I really enjoy this book immensely. Mostly because I'm in awe that I can't identify who is the assassin and who is the prince until the moment the writer reveals it and hits me in the face, which is something I haven't been able to experience for a long time (no offense, but a lot of new books these days are really predictable). I hope the writer continues to surprise me along the story.

Lia is the main protagonist. I like her, but sometimes I don't. She's pretty smart and contained, and she's surprisingly kind for a girl with such a background. I like her for that. But sometimes she misses out stuff that she should've notice and she's sometimes too hesitant, which is why I don't really like her sometimes. However, one thing I can be certain is that she's a three-dimensional character and the writer has portrayed her well. I hope it stays that way because I would like more of her story.

And then there's the prince and the assassin. I can't talk about them in the review without giving out too much away. But I will say I like both of their characters, one more than the other, because he is kinder and more genuine than the other (Or should I say I'm rooting for him with Lia more than the other). The other is a complex character and I really want to learn his own past. Hopefully I will learn more about both of them (especially the certain complex one) in the sequel.

Despite the suspense and the surprise elements in the book which I love, there are things that I don't like as well. The first problem is plot holes. There aren't a lot, but they're obvious, and they're brushed away quickly with little explanation. I don't like this because those plot holes have real potential to develop into great obstacles and chances which will make the story way more interesting than it already is. The second problem is the pace. It's actually mostly good because the prioritizing is done well, and I understand a timeless world like this has to be built with patience, but it's a little slow for quite some time. It's not a big problem though, so it doesn't really affect the story much.

I really do recommend this new book from a new trilogy. It's pretty surprising and has great potential.

Rating: 8/10

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