I try to only review books that I really enjoy here on my blog and recently I’ve been reading great books so I have another review for you today. I hope you enjoy!!
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – The Remnant Chronicles #1
- US hardcover – 486 pages.
- Release date: 8th July 2014
- Published by Henry Holt and Co
- ISBN: 0805099239
- Goodreads page for The Kiss of Deception here!
This review is spoiler free!
Firstly, I need to start this review by saying that I really love Pearson’s writing style. She is brilliant at world building and I really felt like I could imagine each of the places the characters visited. I was surprised by the different landscapes this book was set in. From the cover I had expected it to be a UK / Western Europe type setting, so it was interesting to see different terrains. This book is a great example of world building done subtly, giving the readers a clear picture of the world.
The only thing stopping me from giving this book 5 stars is the pace. I found some parts, especially near the beginning, quite slow. However the second half of the book was much more exciting and so I flew through the last half in about a day. Despite the pace, I still really enjoyed the writing and everything we learned during the slower parts became important later on.
Everyone talks about how this book tricks you and so I thought I was prepared and wouldn’t let myself be fooled. BUT IT HAPPENED. It’s such a weird feeling to go back and reread parts and realise that you’ve been completely tricked. I love that the writing is so clever, although I was so annoyed that I fell for it!
I would have liked to have seen a little more character development as a lot of the characters still have quite mysterious pasts – but I assume we will learn more about in the 2nd and 3rd books so I don’t mind too much.
The main character was likeable but at times she was very stubborn which I found a little annoying, looking back I do like that she wasn’t just a flawless perfect main character. I liked that even the minor characters were well developed and so by the end of the book we know quite a lot of people! I loved the POV changes and I also liked that some of the chapters were very short, that always makes me feel like I am reading faster.
I am so glad I finally picked The Kiss of Deception up and I really recommend it! I can’t wait to go on and read the second book, The Heart of Betrayal!