Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The Kiss of Deception
Info: Henry Holt and Co., copyright 2014, 486 pages
A review in 10 words or thereabouts: Beware the girl with the sharp tongue and beautiful smile. She might bite.
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.
I've been in a bit of a reading funk. I just haven't been able to really get into a book. Every time I tried a title I'd get a bit distracted and start something new, hoping that the next book I opened would draw me in and get me hooked. At first I didn't think Kiss of Deception was going to be that book. But it was. And the cover is pretty, as if that makes a difference.
Lia is a princess that hates the small box that being a First Daughter of Morrighan forces her into. She hates the distance she feels from her parents. She hates the traditions that are forcing her to marry a man she has never met. She hates a life without choice, without love. So she does the unthinkable, she leaves it all behind. She escapes, and she starts a new life in a new place, rejecting her heritage and hoping for a better life, a normal life. Unfortunately normal is not in the stars, and love is something she'll have to fight for (and against if you're Lia).
Lia is a strong-willed, independent woman who isn't afraid to take her life into her own hands. I enjoyed her tenacity and fire. She says what's on her mind, and she's fiercely loyal. Here's the thing though...Lia escapes her royal life in large part to avoid an arranged marriage. She wants to make her own choices, follow her own path. And the only thing she seems to really think about is falling in love. That's it? Really? While I sincerely enjoy the two gentleman who are vying for her attention, I wanted a little more from her fire, her tenacity. I wanted her a bit stronger and independent.
I think it's coming. I think it could happen. I think she's coming truly into her own, accepting who she is and the role she will have to play in a battle on the horizon. I just hope that she doesn't find herself in the damsel category
Yes, there is a love triangle. And I enjoy both suitors. I maybe lean a little to the Rafe side, but I'll let you make your own choice :)
Now, if only I can remember everything I just read while I wait for the sequel.