Book Review: The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

Woohoo, first book review in two months! Can y’all believe that I’ve been away that long?! Did you miss me or not even notice my absence? I promise not to hate you if you didn’t, I’ll just be very, very angry…. Just kidding! I think you can blame my reading slump on this book right here, The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1) by Mary E. Pearson. Seriously, it took over a month and a half to read 100 pages. YIKES.

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

Plot-wise, this book fell a little flat for me. I found the first half of the book extremely slow and uninteresting. With Lia hiding out in the small village, nothing was going on except her being a tavern waitress while being stalked by two different guys. That’s it. Really. However, the action did pick up during the last 150 pages or so, which does lead me to believe that it will be worth it to read the next book in the series. It can only get better from here, right? The writing style was nothing fancy, but there were plenty of times where I found myself taking a picture of a really good quotable sentence or paragraph. I did enjoy the alternating perspectives between the prince and the assassin, and the mystery behind who was who. I was pleasantly surprised during the big reveal to find out that I had been completely wrong the entire time. Very clever, Pearson.

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Oh, the characters… Lia did not impress me. I had a hard time connecting with her as a character, nor did I find her to be a very convincing MC. She came across as boring and the only thing interesting about her was that she ran away from being a princess. Luckily, she did show some character development towards the end of the book so there’s hope for her yet! As for our Assassin and Prince – welllllll, I don’t want to really comment on them or I might accidentally give you a hint as to who is who. I will say that one was probably the only major character that I thought had some depth to him. For me, this is one of those books that I found myself more interested in the minor characters than the main one. But, like I said, it is only the first book in the series.

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Overall, I do plan on finishing the series since the ending did leave me wanting to know what was going to happen next. I have hope that the series will get better with each book, and that the journey will be worth it in the end. I do know that a lot of people really loved this book so I would encourage everyone to give it a go. Just let me know if you got the Prince and Assassin correct, because I sure as heck didn’t!

Final Verdict: 3/5 Stars

WWW Wednesday – July 27th, 2016

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments!

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading…

A Gathering of Shadows Final

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) by V.E. Schwab

So I started on this book today after owning it ever since it first came out back in February. I’ll be honest and admit that I’ve been putting off reading it because it took me foreverrrrrr to get into the first book, A Darker Shade of Magic. I’m about 50 pages into this one and it’s starting off much more interesting than its predecessor. Yay! If it turns out to be a 5 star book, then I might just consider reading some of Schwab’s other novels.

Recently Finished…

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1) by Mary E. Pearson

Well, obviously ACOMAF was brilliant (I almost feel like I didn’t even need to write that). I finished Throne of Glass last night, and while I found it very enjoyable, there something that came across a bit forced for me. And no, I still haven’t figured out what it was exactly. As for The Kiss of Deception – meh. It got better as it went along but it took me over a month to finish it which should tell you everything you need to know. I do plan to finish the series since it’s only the first book and it ended just when something interesting was FINALLY happening.

I plan to have these 3 reviews written up over the next few days. Ultimate procrastinator!

Reading Next…

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

I’ll be making a post about this in the next couple of days, but I’m devoting the month of August to reading only standalone novels. I’ve actually got a bit more than I had first thought and it’ll be nice to clear them out of my TBR shelf. I can just zip through them without having to worry about buying the next book in the series. Only One August will then be followed by Series Smashing September, and I’m sure that name alone can explain what I plan to do for that month. Yup, I’ll be trying to complete all of the series that I have started but haven’t finished yet (ohhhh shit!).

What do you think about my WWW Wednesday selections? What’s your WWW Wednesday look like? Leave a link to your post in the comments or just leave a comment answering the questions!

Teaser Tuesday – July 26th, 2016

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme currently being hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat. All are welcome to participate!


  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! You don’t want to give too much away so as to not ruin the book for others!
  • Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

Physical Book


Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

But she – at seventeen – had gone to a death camp. And survived.

-page 264

I’m sure most of you have already read this one so this isn’t much of a tease. This is my first time tackling this series by Maas. I was finally convinced I needed to try it for myself after falling in love with her A Court of Thorns and Roses series. So far this one is enjoyable but I’ve heard that it’s one of those series that gets better as it goes along, so I’m hoping that it lives up to the hype. I’ll cut Maas some slack on this one since it was her first novel.

And sorry, but no e-books or ARCS this week. I’ve decided that I just really do not enjoy reading on my Kindle. Oops?

So what do you think of Throne of Glass and this week’s teaser? Have a teaser of your own? Leave it in the comments!

Monday Musings (I’M BACK!)- July 25th, 2016

Musing Mondays is a weekly theme hosted by the lovely MizB @ Books and a Beat, that asks you to answer one of the prompt questions and that week’s random question.


  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) this past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What’s your most favorite “chunky” book? (over 500 pages)

I’m Super Excited to Tell You… THAT I’M BACK!!!!! (to blogging, obviously)

First off, let me apologize for my absence from you beautiful, lovely, amazing perfect booknerds! After BookCon, I went into a bit of a reading slump and then I started working at a new job (and guys, adulting sucks). But luckily, I have finally gotten back into reading and have finished up a couple of books recently that I should hopefully be getting reviews written up soon – namely ACOMAF and The Kiss of Deception. So anyways, I just wanted to say that I’m sorry about my absence from both the blog and my bookstagram account and I hope you don’t hate me too much for it!

I Bought The Following Book(s) This Past Week…

Because I’ve been gone for so long, I’ll bring you guys up to date on my book buying – because even when I’m in a reading slump, I cannot help myself! So since May, I have bought the following books…

So what have you been reading lately? Have you read any of the books that I’ve bought? Thoughts? Comments? Anyone?….Bueler?