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text 2017-11-17 17:50
It's the Weekend!
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - Mary Roach
The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson
The Mummy Case - Elizabeth Peters

Hopefully I'll have at least a little time to read this weekend.


I'd like to finish The Mummy Case, which I haven't had enough time to enjoy.


Next books due at the library:  Stiff and The Kiss of Deception.  Both have holds and can't be renewed, which makes them priority.  I always enjoy Mary Roach's writing, so I know Stiff will be fun, but I've forgotten all about The Kiss of Deception, so I'll go into it blind and see how things go.


In other news, I've got company coming for dinner on Saturday night, so I must do a mountain of laundry, clean the bathroom, and scrub or vacuum all the floors on Saturday morning.


Sunday will be a cooking and reading day, with any luck.


Enjoy your weekend, folks!

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review 2017-03-07 12:05
The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson

It took a while to get going and then it got very interesting.  Princess Lia is running away from her destiny, to marry the prince of another country and to become a pawn in the politics of this post-apocalyptic world.  She thinks she has run away without being caught but she's been found by an assassin and the prince she should marry.


Complicated and interesting once it got going. 

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review 2017-01-07 00:00
The Kiss of Deception
The Kiss of Deception - Mary E. Pearson I wasn't overly impressed with this book but honestly I heard so much hype around it and so many misleading reviews that I don't think my expectations were realistic, therefore, I guess I kind of set myself up for disappointment. I heard that this book had an amazing plot twist and the author did such a phenomenal job deceiving her readers so I was totally looking forward to be deceived and that absolutely DID NOT happen (pouty face). The 'major plot twist' turned out to be relatively minor in the grand scheme of things and completely transparent, not to mention predictable. Maybe it appeared that way for me because I was expecting to be deceived and therefore over analyzing and over critical to what was going on, which is unfortunate because I like a good surprise plot twist as much of the next reader. Just a word to the wise...if you pick this book up based on all the hype, expecting epic deceit, prepare to be let down.

Having said that, this wasn't a bad book in it's own right, nor can it be blamed for the hype surrounding it, or for my disagreeing with other reviews. It was the average ya fantasy/romance novel. It certainly wasn't high fantasy, at least not so far in the series, but there were definitely some magical elements going on. This was a story about a princess, called Lia, who was betrothed to a prince from another kingdom whom she was to marry without ever having been introduced, for the sake of political alliance and peace between the two nations. However, she didn't agree with this idea so she ran away and went into hiding, living as a common peasant, meanwhile, the prince and an assassin hired to kill her are both tracking her, each with his own, very different, agenda.

My other major complaint with The Kiss of Deception is the ending. I thought it was so inconclusive that I cannot rate this higher than three stars because I am so aggravated! I knew this was book one in a series of at least three books so obviously I didn't expect everything to be wrapped up, cut and dried, at the end of the first book but I felt like the conclusion was so inconclusive that it doesn't feel like the book even ended and I got little to know satisfaction after reading nearly 500 pages! Not cool. I hope book two is an improvement because if it's any worse I won't be reading any further into The Remnant Chronicles.
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text 2016-02-02 17:20
Library Haul
Wicked Autumn - G.M. Malliet
The Killing Kind - Chris F. Holm
The Kiss of Deception - Mary E. Pearson
Between Two Thorns - Emma Newman
Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway - Michael Riedel

So I hit up the library yesterday and wandered the aisles, something I made a commitment to do more of this year to choose books.


The non-fiction books I wanted, I found out I have to order via interlibrary loan, so I just went to the new releases section and picked out Razzle Dazzle cuz the first chapter grabbed me and I have a lil obsession with Broadway.  So that will be my non fiction for the moment.


Wicked Autumn Is a cozy mystery about an ex-MI5 agent who is now a priest in a cozy town in which murders start happening. I chose this one cuz I actually picked up the third book while wandering and the third book was so pretty,  and the first chapter in that book made me want to read it -  but I didn't want to jump in the series midway. So I'm starting with this one at the beginning. It's pretty good so far and has a blurb of approval from Louise Penny.


The Kiss of Deception I've been meaning to read for a while so I grabbed it.


Between Two Thorns is written by Emma Newman. I borrowed it because it was written by the same woman who wrote Planetfall and I love her writing style. I was told it was about mysteries being solved in parallel worlds of Bath.  Sounded awesome. Got it home and  realized it's actually urban fantasy. I'm not a fan of urban fantasy. I'll give it a shot but I'm ready to DNF at any moment.


The Killing Kind -. I got rejected for it on Netgalley and wanted to read it. Saw it and snatched it up.


Happy reading!

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review 2016-01-24 15:28
“Maybe there was no one way to define it. Maybe there were as many shades of love as the blues of the sky,”
The Kiss of Deception - Mary E. Pearson

Book Title:  The Kiss of Deception

Author:  Mary E Pearson

Narration:  Emily Rankin, with Ryan Gesell, Kim Mai Guest, Kirby Heyborne & Anne Marie Lee

Series:  The Remnant Chronicles #1

Genre:  YA, Fantasy

Publisher:  Book: Henry Holt, Audio: Listening Library

Source:  Audiobook (Library)






Lia's journey of self-discovery is the only element I really connected with in this book.  In this quote she is trying to figure out her feelings for Rafe and Kaden.  She does figure out who she likes in "that way" early on.





  • Plot: 3.2/5 This book is so slow, it's not till the last quarter of the book, that I actually felt invested in where it was going.  The action scenes, when they came, and they're only a few were hard for me to follow.
  • Characters: 3.8/5  They were all just OK. You know, they said how they felt and so I knew.  When I read a book I want to feel how the characters felt not just to be told how they felt.  That was missing for me in this.  It's a foremost reason this didn't get a higher rating from me.
  • The Feels: 2/5
  • Theme: 4/5
  • Flow: 3.5/5  I don't believe this is badly written by any means, the pacing is just too slow and I found my thoughts drifting off a lot while listening.  
  • Originality: 3.5/5
  • Book Cover: 4/5
  • Sex Factor: None
  • Narration: 4/5  Their were slew of narrators, Emily Rankin is the main one and two guys for the Assassin and the Prince.  They were all really good, none of them wowed me, though.  Her friend, Pauline has a chapter and then there is a women telling bits of stories (or something like that) at the beginning of each chapter.
  • Ending: 3.8/5  It was anti-climactic and not much of an ending.   Cliffhanger:  yeah…


Will I continue the series?  It's questionable, but not out of the question.  I believe there is a lot of mysteries yet to be solved, this could entice me to continue on with this series.



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.



This Author tries to keep you in the dark about which guy is which, they go by different names:  The Assassin and The Prince, Rafe and Kaden, fisherman or trapper.  Honestly, this is the only element that kept me interested in listening to this at first.  Trying to solve this mystery.  I think it's possible, though, you have an advantage in figuring this out sooner with the audio version.


The world in this book is an intriguing one. For me, it feels like a dystopian in a way that the world seems to have been destroyed at one time and then it became what it is in this book.  It seems like it could be in the North America, but it could be Europe too, or it could be a totally made up place.


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