If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I’ve been reading a lot of books lately. The two books in The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson are the last I’ve read. It’s an interesting book series so far and I would recommend this fantasy tale whether you’re into that genre or not. Below are some informal thoughts I wrote immediately after I finished each book:
Note: NO Spoilers
Kiss of Deception
In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight–but she doesn’t–and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom–to a prince she has never met.
On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive–and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets–even as she finds herself falling in love.
It started out very slow. Throughout that entire first part, I was suddenly wondering if I was reading the same book as others. Many readers had such high praises for the book while I was finding it to be one of the most boring things I’ve read. It took me weeks to get through and at some point, I was thinking of stopping. However, things started getting interesting halfway through…
And now I love it!
It’s not much of an action-packed book and doesn’t involve a lot of fantasy, but it’s got such lovable characters and a whole lot of twists in the storyline. Upon watching (on YouTube) and reading a lot of spoiler-free reviews, I somehow managed to analyze and eventually crack the biggest twist in the book. (So don’t do what I did guys! Just read the book. It’s better to not know anything at all.) But the author was still really good that I did end up jumping back-and-forth on my analysis before coming to my conclusion.
The story was very written interestingly. As the title suggests, it had a lot of lies and deception involved. Mary E. Pearson wrote the book in such a way that she narrated a story well and built a very descriptive world without revealing too much. There was a big sense of mystery regarding a lot of things and that’s what made the story worth reading.
I normally hate heroines who think they’re “so badass” and better than the boys. But Lia, she was perfect! She was a tough cookie but at the same time, she wasn’t annoyingly sassy. She was also flawed, smart, and brave and you can’t help but love her for that. She was also relatable in the sense that her choices in the story are ones I feel I would do too. As for Kaden and Rafe, I love them both, though I am leaning towards the latter more.
I didn’t expect this at all, but it made me want to grab the second book asap! I’d definitely recommend The Remnant Chronicles whether you are into fantasy or not. If you encounter drastically slow parts, don’t stop reading! Just trust me on this one: things do get more exciting.
Heart of Betrayal
Click here to read the summary from Amazon.
WARNING: Spoilers for the first book.
You can read my vague review of Heart of Betrayal even if you haven’t read the first book. No spoilers below.
I got so hyped up by the cliffhanger ending of the first book (Kiss of Deception) that I jumped to reading Heart of Betrayal on the same day. The story started out exciting- it took off exactly where we had last seen the characters so I was eager to know what would happen next. However, the story got a little slow towards the middle part. Not as slow as the first book but it was still dragging. And if you’re the type who can’t stand those, I still urge you to give this book a go. The middle part is still crucial because it’s where the story builds up- it unfolds different layers to the plot and to the characters. Then before you know it, pace suddenly steps up a notch towards the exciting end.
The story, like the first book, was told through only tidbits and glimpses of information about the characters and some specific events, all told in Lia’s, Rafe’s, and Kaden’s points-of-view. I like that the author wrote it like this because that way, it would be hard to identify who’s on Lia’s side and who isn’t. And as the title suggests, you can expect deception and betrayal. It’s a very smart book in a way that when you think the story is going one way, it goes another. The author masterfully adds twists not common in Young Adult books. She doesn’t underestimate the reader.
The characters were also well-written. Lia was my favorite obviously because she was great in this book. I would in fact, consider her as one of the best heroines of YA literature. I really liked Aster too. As for the boys, I absolutely adored Rafe and Kaden. I enjoyed Rafe a little more in the first book, but now I love both boys the same in this one. The Komizar on the other hand, was a wonderfully-written psycho.
I would rate Heart of Betrayal with 3/5 stars. If you loved the first book, you’ll love this too. Now I need to get my hands on the third book!