Badass Heroine | The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

kiss of deceptionGoodreads Blurb: 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.

My Musings: Finally a badass heroine I can get behind. I had put off reading this book for a while, partly because of its length and partly because the description didn’t really grab me. However I ended up really enjoying this book. How is it that all the books I put off reading turn out to be the good ones? Damn Murphy and his law.

Like I said, I loved the main character Lia. She starts off naive and weak, but the author weaves genuine and heartfelt character growth into the novel. Lia makes some annoying mistakes, but if I am honest with myself I would probably have made those same mistakes myself. In this regard you have a character who is relatable and easy to care for.

A word of warning though, this novel contains the cursed love triangle that plagues many YA novels. But wait! Don’t let that deter you from reading this book. I know many people detest love triangles but! I thought that this one was done well. Lia can be a little annoying regarding the two love interests but at no point did I feel that she was being selfish.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. Started off a little slow, but once the pace picked up I couldn’t put this down. 4/5

Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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