The Kiss of Deception
by Mary E. Pearson
On the day of her arranged marriage, princess Lia leaves with her servant to a small town, unaware that the prince she stood up followed her, and so did an assassin sent to kill her.
This was…disappointing. The cover is beautiful. There’s a map, which is always awesome. Beyond that, there wasn’t a whole lot going on. Just shy of 500 pages, most of the story is Lia trying to pretend she’s just a normal girl working at a small town inn and making eyes at the two boys who arrived together. The prince and the assassin went soft pretty early on. Little glimpses of things were going on with the other characters, but it all felt glossed over, and I didn’t connect with any of the characters. I wanted tension. I wanted conflict. More than just in the last ten pages. This book, along with the rest of the trilogy, is highly rated. It just missed the mark with me.