Review: The Heart of Betrayal – Mary E. Pearson

Review: The Heart of Betrayal – Mary E. PearsonThe Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #2
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
on July 7th 2015
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Amazon, Goodreads

Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny.

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review

I didn’t know what to expect from book two of The Remnant Chronicles. I mean The Kiss of Deception was a pretty epic book for me and the ending had me dying to see where it would go. But it also had me terrified. I mean a book with Heart AND Betrayal in the title can lead to NO WHERE GOOD! But also, I needed to know so I had to read it. Verdict…it was excellent! The end killed me, but really strong second book.

The Heart of Betrayal picks up where The Kiss of Deception left off. To be honest I don’t want to say too much about the plot as it may give some stuff away. Basically Lia and Rafe are being held in Venda thanks to Kaden. They are all they have and must depend on each other for survival and safety but they also must rely on deception if they want to live. Both Lia and Rafe, and even Kaden, play dangerous games of lies and half-truths in order to live. But while this is all going on Lia is also trying to figure out her life and the two men in it that lied to her. With all of their secrets out in the open, well almost all, Lia has no idea what is right and what is wrong anymore and if she should trust people or her gut or even her own gift and destiny.

I liked Lia a lot in this story. In The Kiss of Deception she was very much still a young girl that didn’t really understand the way of the world. Her eyes were open to a lot but she still didn’t see it. Not until she was in Venda and was fighting to stay alive anyway she could. For me she grew-up in The Heart of Betrayal. Her eyes were opened to things she was shielded from and saw people and things for what they were. It was refreshing to see this side of her.

I really enjoyed Lia’s relationships with both Kaden and Rafe. There are a lot of feelings and emotions on both ends. She feels certain things for each of these men that have become important to her, but she never really questions what those feelings are. She knows in her heart of heart where she belongs and with who but she has to allow herself to see that even though it is clear from the beginning in my opinion. This really helped in making Lia a great character.

Truthfully, I thought the Komizar was a total creeper. He reminded me of the guy in Slumdog Millionaire that Latika lived with and totally gave me the heebie-jeebies. But he was interesting and I was not able to really figure him out. I almost wished for more of him just so I could see other sides that were hinted at. And his relationship with Kaden was definitely one to be examined. Komizar was probably one of the most complex characters in the book by far.

All in all I enjoyed The Heart of Betrayal. I didn’t love it like I loved The Kiss of Deception, but it was a solid book that moved the story along and that makes we want to know where else Pearson will be taking us. The end was ACTION PACKED and left me dying for book 3. And it left me with a lot of questions. All I can say for sure is that book 3 will be a doozy!

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Review: The Kiss of Deception – Mary E. Pearson

Review: The Kiss of Deception – Mary E. PearsonThe Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
on July 8th 2014
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Amazon, Goodreads

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.

Review

I had put off reading The Kiss of Deception for a long time. I bought it after I heard a lot of rave reviews but I was scared to read it because of all of those reviews. But finally I went for it. Honestly I had no idea what I was in for. I knew what the book was about, but I thought Lia was the deception part of the story. Man was I ever wrong. This book was so much more than Lia hiding from the life she didn’t want. Basically it was pretty much AMAZING!

The Kiss of Deception is the story of Lia, a Princess to the Kingdom of Morrighan. Lia lives in a world that is filled with tradition, and one of those traditions is an arranged marriage. Forced to marry a prince she has never met before Lia decides she has only one option, to run. Taking off with her friend they start a new life for themselves. But when two new strangers arrive Lia is drawn to them and doesn’t know why. She also doesn’t know that one is the prince she was supposed to marry and an assassin sent to kill her. When Lia starts to get close to one she learns of things happening in the kingdom and decides she must return home and be the princess she was raised to be. Only things aren’t as easy as they seem. And when Lia is taken prisoner Lia must figure out how to fix her world that is falling apart and not to lose the man she is falling in love with.

I’ve said this over and over again, but The Kiss of Deception is an extremely clever book. When I first started reading it I was confused and wondering if, as a reader, I would get to know who was the prince and who was the assassin. But as the book continued and it was never made clear until it was time to be made clear, I realized the beauty in that writing tactic. By doing that Pearson made me part of the story. She made me as clueless as Lia. Sure I was able to make a guess based off the small amount of information I had, but I knew when Lia knew and I LOVED that. It made the book fresh and interesting and intense.

There was also the fact that the two guys, Rafe and Kaden, were so completely different. I mean one is a prince and one is an assassin. Yet Pearson wrote them in a way that made them interchangeable even with those differences. I had a feeling who was who, but as I read I would question my gut and ask really who was which one. It kept me on my toes and I appreciate that in a book.

The plot was also really well thought out and done. I loved Lia’s story and how she wanted to be able to love her own life but how she understood duty. She wanted a voice and had to runaway to find it, but it didn’t make it any better for her. She knew in her heart what her place was, she just needed to come to terms with it.

The Kiss of Deception was a twisty, turny book of deceit and secrets that sucked me in from the beginning. I loved all the characters and the plot twists. I loved the story of Lia, Rafe and Kaden and I loved how everything unfolded. The end left me wanting more and it will made you wanting the same. A definite must read.

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