The Kiss of Deception



Author: Mary E. Pearson

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Release Date: 7/8/14


4 star kiss


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.



Where do I begin?

I guess I’ll start with the fact that this book took me back to my childhood, which was the peak of my magical, historical, fantastical etc. genre phase (you know what I mean, the ones with the princesses and the complete lack of modern appliances). I definitely got the impression of a YA version of Shannon Hale or E.D. Baker. Plus, I got to meet the author and have her sign my book one and two, which was pretty rad if I do say so myself.

There was a hint of a love triangle, which didn’t surprise me and I assume will develop furthur throughout the series.

Also, let me just talk about the fact that Pearson KNOWS how to write solid description and character development. Honestly, her description was probably my favorite part of this book. I genuinely felt like I was intertwined in the story.

The only reason that I gave it four stars vs. five was because it took me forever to read. I’m not sure if it is because it was slow in certain parts or because it was missing some sort of wow factor.

Honestly though, if you haven’t jumped on this train yet (but like where have you been, because I thought I was late to this party) give it a go because it is REALLY GOOD.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend,

Kiss 4


Recommendations for New YA Readers


So I feel like recently I have read a large amount of books which I think are perfect for you if you are just transitioning to YA. I remember when I first started reading YA I didn’t really know where to begin, so hopefully this post will help you out! The books below I’ve chosen based on a couple different factors mostly including:

Age Appropriate

  • There are quite a few young adult books that are geared more towards older teens and sometimes when you’re looking at the genre for the first time it’s hard to distinguish which is which.

Easy to Follow

  •  Generalizing a lot here, but most people I’ve found that start reading YA for the first time are coming out from the children’s genre. Children’s books tend to be very easy to understand, as the plot is geared for a younger audience. YA books on the other hand have a bit more depth to them and can be quite difficult to follow if you are not used to them.




So this book (pictured above) is definitely a great one, especially if you want to make sense of what is called the dystopian genre. Dystopian books basically are usually written in the future and are centralized over the theme of a fallen society. Essentially, the opposite of the word utopia, and what that would mean for society. There are a ton of dystopian books in YA, and I personally think that The Selection is a great starting point because it is so easy to follow, yet is a simply great read in my opinion.


I wrote a review on this book a while ago, so if you want to see my full thoughts on it check that out! Geek Girl is such a cute read and I would recommend it a million times over to new YA readers especially. It is a lovely introduction to the genre and it’s such a fun time.



This book is quirky and unique. It is definitely an engaging read and the plot is adorable. The characters are super relatable and I think that you’ll find this book to be an excellent one!


If you’re no stranger to my blog, you probably have seen this book in every other post that I publish. It was one of the very first YA books that I read and it is still one of my all time favorite reads. The storyline is amazing, the writing is fantastic and the book is phenomenal.

That’s all for now! If you have any suggestions for new YA readers, leave them in the comments!


Kiss 4


I hated the Miss Peregrine’s Movie?


Here’s a bit of a ranting post with spoilers for Miss Peregrine’s Home for the Peculiar Children the first book and movie. So recently, I finished the first novel in the series by: Ransom Riggs. I really enjoyed it!!! There were so many plot twists that I loved. For example that the psychologist was also the bad guy. It did creep me out that Jacob was pining after his grandfather’s ex but you know it was the olden days. That’s what I blame everything on. Oh there’s a bad decision being made in this movie or book? It was made over two years ago. Therefore, I blame history for this dumb choice. Anywho, I am still salty over the fact that they switched Olive’s and Emma’s peculiar abilities like what even was that? Also was it just me or did the movie go completely away fom the book plot? The ending I think bugged me the most. Like WHAT EVEN HAPPENED?????????????? UGH sorry I’m late on this train, but I thought I would vent. Have any of you seen this movie? What did you think and did I miss anything because maybe someone can enlighten me?

Have a Great Day,

Kiss 4


Winter Wonderland Book Tag

Hi Friends,

Here is yet another episode of the “Kathy wasn’t tagged in this but thought it was cool, so she’s doing it anyway” book tag series. It’s currently snowing outside, so I decided it was the perfect time to do a winter book tag 🙂 I found this one on YA Book Reviews and thought it looked fun! Here we go:

1. What book is so happy and sweet that it warms your heart?


This book is the perfect book for winter time like honestly it puts you in a cozy and heartwarming mood!
2. What is your favorite book with a white cover?


So this book has many different versions of it, but it counts!
3. You’re sitting in a nice comfy chair, wearing a onesie, with a lovely warm hot chocolate but what MONSTER read are you reading?

Any Harry Potter book!
4. It started snowing so you decided to have a snowball fight! What fictional character would you love to have the snowball fight with?

Clary from the amazing Cassandra Clare books!
5. Sadly, your fire is beginning to go out. So what book would you tear the last few chapters out to throw into the fire?

The Lucy Variations

There were so many things I disliked about this book that I honestly would have no qualms about using this to build the fire.
6. What book is so close to your heart that you would gift to someone this Christmas who hasn’t read before but wants to get into reading?


I cannot recommend this book enough it is so amazing!

I tag:

Olivia@Olivia Chanel’s Galaxy of Books

Olivia @Brewing Up Books

Rose @Insights Into Books

Marine@Marine’s Books

Jordan@Young Adult Book Madness

Happy New Year,

Kiss 4




2016: AKA the Year Kathy Changed Her Reading Goal

Hi Friends,

So 2016 brought a lot of change the biggest arguably being college. I had to adjust to a ton of new experiences, which definitely took a hit to my reading pace. For the past four years my reading goal has been 100 books, which I still have yet to reach. I began the majority of the year with the 100 book challlenge, yet realized that I needed to lower it. 100 books was too much of a stretch especially with college, so I came to the conclusion that making it more realistic would do wonders for my confidence and pride even if I didn’t reach the new one. I’m hoping that in this coming year, I read for myself and not for book count as I had done the past few years. I will post my 2017 reading challenges in the tab on my website as usual over the next few days! What have you done to change your reading style in 2016? What are your reading resolutions for the new year?

Have a Safe and Happy New Year,

Kiss 4


Holiday Series 4

Hi Friends,

So here we are. The last post of this year’s holiday series! To see my last one go here.

Let’s hop right into it:

Picture Book Recomendation:


This is definitely one of my favorite childhood books. It has cute illustrations and a lovely little story line!

Middle Grade Book Recommendation:


Oh my goodness, this book is fabulous. I honestly cannot rave enough about this but it is such an amazing world and I read it over and over again as a child.

Young Adult Book Recommendation:


Okay so I finished this book like a few hours ago. Yes I am about a million years late for it, but IT WAS SO ADORABLE. It’s also perfect for the holiday season. It’s a bit crude though so just take a peek through if that bothers you.

Adult Book Recommendation:


If you have never read this book, PLEASE do so. I stayed awake until four in the morning reading it because I simply could not put it down.

That’s it! I hope you all have a happy and safe holiday season!


Kiss 4


Holiday Series 3

Hi Friends,

So finals are up and running which means celebrate! And by celebrate I really mean lay on the ground of the library grumbling into the air until someone calls security on you. That’s my version of a party! (I haven’t gotten there quite yet, but call me in a week)  But that isn’t stopping me from writing another holiday gift guide!

Let’s flashback to my last post shall we because I really couldn’t be bothered to retype this let’s be real:

” In my first post I explained I would come up with a series of book recommendations every Wednesday leading up to Christmas, which is the holiday I celebrate. As I said before, I completely understand that not everyone celebrates Christmas, so this will also be helpful I hope with any holiday gift if you’re not sure what to get someone.”

So yeah. Holidays.:

Picture Book Recommendation:


This cute little tale is adorably told by the school as it is preparing to start a new year. I think this would be a great story for chidren who are maybe not so thrilled with school as well as a tool to teach empathy.


Middle-Grade Recommendation:


This used to be one of my favorites and in fact I recently saw a middle schooler (I tutor) holding this book, so clearly it is so good that it is still popular. It is such a fun read and I have read it so many times over.

Young Adult Book Recommendation:


Okay I love Sarah Dessan’s books and I think that all of them would be great gifts, but this one I read most recently and gave it five stars. It’s honestly so heart-warming and really does teach a lot of excellent lessons.

Adult Book Recommendation:

I don’t think I really have any super good ones right now, so if you have a good recommendation, post it below 🙂

Happy Holidays,

Kiss 4