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I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!
The Kiss of Deception - Mary E. Pearson

Game of Thrones began with a beheading; this starts with a removable tattoo. No joke. I expected good things after seeing this beautiful cover and reading the intriguing description. Instead, I ended up with a long, predictable romance. Does the following sound familiar? Two kingdoms at odds seek resolution via arranged marriage. Wife-to-be runs off prior to being involved with someone she doesn’t love. Add a touch of a love triangle and that sums it up.

 

 

 

Mary Pearson writes beautifully. See that gorgeous cover? Picture that in written form. She paints a beautiful tale. I especially love how she includes poems or pieces of her world’s historic writing between the alternating view point chapters. She’s a solid world builder and talented writer. As for the story itself, though…

 

 

I flipped through 50 pages, then 100, then 150, hoping for something remarkable to happen. After all five-hundred, plus, the most exciting things were the princess running away (first chapter, don’t worry, nothing to spoil) and a kidnapping maybe. Even those were anti-climatic. I guess we’ve been spoiled with the OMG moments of recent fantasy. There are no events like princesses eating horse hearts in this.

 

 

A more honest book description is what I’m asking for. If I read this as a romantic YA fantasy, then fine. But for an adult audience accustomed to more, this falls way short. If you go into this expecting to read about a girl deciding between two love interests in order to save the kingdom, then you’ll be delighted. Otherwise, move along.

 

 

Thanks to Macmillian for providing me with an electronic review copy of this book.