First Impression Friday: “The Kiss of Deception” by Mary E. Pearson

So yesterday I went to Barnes & Noble while waiting on Steven to get done at the comic shop. (I’d felt a little burned out and didn’t go myself.) I wandered for about an hour, before I came upon the Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson. They had them all lined up underneath the new book she had just published.

(Speaking of PUBLISHED, MY SHORT STORY CAME OUT YESTERDAY!)

But I digress. The series looked so gorgeous that I had to pick it up.

And so I did. They were all also 20% off plus an additional 10% off for members (because of course I’m a member, y’all). I read a bit of the first book and decided that I needed to pick up the whole thing. I may even have enough time to read the whole thing before the weekend is over. We’ll see. (It all depends on how much thesis work I get done this weekend, too.) I also figured out while researching covers to put into this blog post that they’ve recently changed all of the covers, and I kinda wish the old ones were still valid, too, but both of them are pretty. (It’s not as bad as the Grisha Trilogy awful revamp, or the Kiki Strike series revamp.)

As always, First Impression Fridays is a meme created by JW Martin @ Storeys of Stories.

From GoodReads:

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 escapes 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.

Image result for the remnant chroniclesSo, what’s this all about? Did I, notorious hater of teen romance, pick up a teen romance series to read? What gives?

I’ll tell you: it sounded interesting. From what I’ve read so far, while there is a bit of eyerolling, I can see the whole “I’m seventeen and I can do what I want!” thing that I used to feel for myself. I understand where the girl’s coming from — she doesn’t want to marry someone sight unseen, and after seeing the dude’s father who’s like a hundred years old, she assumes the prince will be about fifty and doesn’t want to deal with that. And so she runs away with her personal maid, and they end up going back to the maid’s hometown. And that’s when both the assassin and the prince show up.

It’s told in first person from three first-person perspectives: Lia the Princess, Kaden the Assassin, and Rafe the Prince. There doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between the voices, and I’ve never heard of Mary Palmer before so it could just be that she’s a debut author and doesn’t know how to differentiate.

I can also feel the teenage awkwardness beneath everything. When I was younger, I would read books like this and think, “Oh, yes, seventeen is totally an adult and I can totally see this happening, especially in a fantasy book!” However, now that I’m older and I’ve lived through seventeen (I’m 24 now, and still consider myself very far from an actual adult, despite having a job and paying for everything myself), I don’t find it quite as believable any more. I realize this is a fantasy series, but even in a fantasy series, I feel like someone breaking away at seventeen, especially a princess who hasn’t really done much of anything on her own for the past few years (because she’s been prepared for marriage), it doesn’t really seem. Also, someone gets pregnant and the princess immediately realizes what’s going on when the person throws up, and I feel like that’s a bit of a stretch. Unless they’re super open about sexuality in Morrighan. That’d be neat.

Also, can we talk about the Morrighan? It’s very close to the name of an Irish goddess, the Morrigan, who was associated with death, war, and fate. Kinda on the nose for this girl to be the Princess of Morrighan, don’t you think? It hits us over the head with the fact that this book is most likely going to be about war (because after all, she was getting married as part of an alliance to prevent a war), and that many people are going to die. She’s already got an assassin after her!

I’m enjoying the book so far, and I might end up giving this a four-star rating, but we’ll have to see. I’m still not sure what possessed me to pick up a romance-centric book, but we’ll see if I made a mistake or not.

Have you read this one? Do you think I’ve made a mistake? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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