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Friday, July 11, 2014

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson; Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway


Hello & welcome to today's The Kiss of Deception blog tour stop, hosted by Fierce Reads. 

By: Mary E Pearson
Released on: July 8th, 2014
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love

An epic love story! This is one of those timeless stories that will never get old, no matter how many times you read it. I LOVED IT!  This is my favorite read of 2014 so far. The Kiss of Deception is one of those reads that has it all. Mary E. Pearson's writing pulled me into her story effortlessly, made me fall in love with her characters easily and hungrily left me wanting so much more when I finished the book. 

I love it when I find myself helplessly lost within the pages of a book. You know the book. The one you plan on sitting down to read just a few pages of, and find that those pages turn into chapters and then before you know it time has flown by you, while you find yourself happily entranced within the world of the book you can't stop reading.  That was me with this book. I LOVED IT! Like, loved, loved, LOVED it! The Kiss of Deception is one of those fabulously written books. The story, the characters, the world building and the all the emotions that come from this book, became real. Everything about this book was so well crafted and created. The pacing of the story made it easy to follow along, and get addicted to. I'm telling you, there is no putting this book down once you start it.  

Mary E. Pearson has created a masterpiece of a YA story. I loved it when an author creates characters that feel real. It was so easy for me to understand each of the characters, and their actions/motives. Or more like I loved the time I spent getting to know Pearson's characters. I have to say by far my favorite characters were Lia and Rafe. 

Lia is one of those strong characters who defies what her duty is. She is the type of character who takes matters into her own hands, and creates the destiny she wants vs what is excepted of her, and what she's told to do. I love her for that. Believe me, in the kingdom this Princess grew up in, it's no easy feat to do what she does. I'm not going to mention all she does for the sake of spoilers and ruining the story. From the moment I met Lia, to the decision she makes in the end, Lia is a character who's valiant and fiercely protective of the things she values most. She's a character who grows and learns more about who she is, and she stays true to that. She's someone that I admire for her strength, her courage, and her ability to defy the odds in following her own path, and most importantly her heart. I admired her bravery.

Oh Rafe. I don't even know what to say about him, other than he is so well written. He, like Lia makes decisions and choices that go against the Kingdom rules, but it's for good measure. He too is someone who makes decisions based on following his heart, and oh trust me, you'll love him for it! He is, well that's just say Mr. Darcy or any other of my favorite fictional characters can move on over, because Rafe has staked a claim in my favorite fictional boy category. 

Lia and Rafe aside, I really liked that each of the characters in this book, both good and bad, felt three dimensional. They each had a purpose for being in the story, and I, as many of you know, love that. Pearson's writing is so vivid, and descriptive. The emotions within the story were easy to feel. The world within the story was so easy to imagine. Oh and that whole part about trying to figure out who's the Prince and who the Assassin is, good luck on figuring that out until the end. That was genius and one of my favorite things about this book. Oh that ending. I WANT MORE! WHY DID THE BOOK HAVE TO END!?! 

I could go on and one about this book, but I'll summarize why you should pick up this book. In summary- If you're looking for a book about a girl who takes her destiny into her own hands, and wants to marry someone who loves her and she loves him, vs marrying out of duty for kingdom, then pick this book up. If you're looking for a book that does NOT have a love triangle, then pick up this book. If you're looking for a book that has two exciting male characters, pick up this book. If you're looking for a book that sweeps you off your feet, has you anxiously awaiting it's sequel, and makes you want to go back and re-read it again, pick up this book. In short, I LOVED THIS BOOK and HIGHLY recommend you pick it up. And yes, this book is going on my all time favorites shelf!

This book gets more than a 5 star rating from me! 

Author Links/Info
-Follow Mary Pearson on Twitter!
-Check out her website!
-Read an excerpt of Kiss of  Deception now!

The Giveaway
Enter to win a copy of The Kiss of Deception! Open to residents of the US / Canada only. Be sure to fill out the form below to enter to win.

The Kiss of Deception Blog Tour Schedule

Monday July 7
Icey Books (Review)
The Starry-Eyed Revue (Guest Post)

Tuesday July 8
Cuddlebuggery (Guest Post)

Wednesday July 9
FicFare (Review)
Two Chicks on Books (Guest Post)

Thursday July 10

Friday July 11
MundieMoms (Review)
Alice Marvels (Guest Post)

Monday July 14
YA Bibliophile (Review)
Bewitched Bookworms (Guest Post)

Tuesday July 15
Jenna Does Books (Guest Post)

Wednesday July 16
ExLibris (Review)
My Friends are Fiction (Guest Post)

Thursday July 17

Friday July 18
Google Hangout with Mary Pearson hosted by Belle of the Literati (More info to come)


  1. How can I pick just one? Well, I guess I'll have to say Undivided by Neal Shusterman, simply because I have been waiting for the ending to the series for a long time!

  2. I am dying for Anna Carey's Blackbird. It sounds super unique and exciting!

  3. TALON!!!! and kiss of deception lol not but really it is

  4. The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan

  5. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. :)

  6. I'm excited about City of Heavenly Fire. Thanks.

  7. I'm really excited about Isla and The Happily Ever After and Winter falls.

  8. So glad you recommend this one so much! I am dying to read it.

  9. I'd have to say The next Kate Daniels book by Ilona Andrews :) Thanks for sharing!

  10. Just one? But there's so many! I can't wait for In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken, Undivided by Neal Shusterman, The Sorcerer Heir by Cinda Williams Chima, Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, and so many others! Thanks for the giveaway!


  11. Another one of my most anticipated besides Kiss of Deception is Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers!

    I just started my book blog ( and am excited to meet other bloggers! Please come visit me if you have some time, thanks!!

  12. I can't wait to read Heir of Fire!!!

  13. Heir of Fire is one and even though it's already come out, Ruin and Rising was my other one!

  14. Isla and the Happy Ever After!

  15. Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter! I needs me some Cole! XD


  16. Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout! thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  17. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

  18. The Kiss of Deception sounds like a fantasy read! I love when the characters feel real and believable :)

    One of my anticipated reads for this coming year is Isla and the Happy Ever After. I loved the first two books and can't wait to read this one!

  19. Kiss of Deception of course!!

  20. Oh! Soooo many! Queen of The Zombie Hearts, The Rosie Effect, and Ensnared (technically that's in Jan 2015, but oh!) That's just a few!

  21. Well, Dead of Winter was one of my most anticipated releases of 2014... until it was moved to January 2015! And I already read Midnight Thief, but that one for sure!

    Thank you! <3

  22. This was definitely one of my most anticipated reads of the year, because hello! Other than this, I'm really excited for Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch and The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters!

  23. I'm excited for blood of olympus!

  24. My most anticipated read would have to be Snow Like Ashes!

  25. Blue Lily, Lily Blue and Mortal Heart :)