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,

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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!


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