THE KISS OF DECEPTION debuts next week on July 8th!
THE KISS OF DECEPTION is already one of my favorite fantasy novels of the year. The world-building is spot-on and the book is incredibly hard to put down once you sink into it. Let's put it this way: Remember how I went through a three-week book slump in March? I read nine books before I got out of it. NINE. THE KISS OF DECEPTION put me into a slump. (Or maybe it would have happened regardless... But let's blame Mary E. Pearson anyway, mmkay?)
It's very, very hard to discuss this book without spoilers. It's better for you to go into it as blind as possible. But basically, there is a princess named Lia, a First Daughter, who is betrothed to a prince she's never met. She doesn't want to marry him, even though it would bring their kingdoms together and make both less vulnerable. She runs away, but the jilted prince goes after her. So does an assassin determined to prevent the two kingdoms from merging. Lia meets both on her travels, but thinks the two men are nothing more than a traveling tradesman and fisherman. She has no clue what danger she's in... or even who she's falling in love with...
I love the double-blind element that Pearson creates. We as readers know what Lia knows. There's so much mystery, intrigue, and, yes, deception at stake. I was a fan of the world-building from the very beginning, when Lia has her wedding kavah painted onto her back. I wanted to know so much about Lia and her world. I was a big fan of the way the assassin and the prince challenged my brain, too. I already have theories about certain things, and after that ending...! Well. 2015 can't come soon enough!
I know my lack of explanation and summary make this book sound like less than the amazing story it is. Do yourself a favor and buy it blind. If you can afford it, buy it next week upon release and help this deserving title make the New York Times Bestsellers List!