Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Review: Kiss of Deception

In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

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.  Quoted from Goodreads


I loved this book. I wasn't sure what I expected.  I mean, it screams love triangle, which isn't the best way to start.  Plus, I was really worried I would dislike Lia.  I totally sympathize with the horror of being forced to marry a man you've never met, but I was afraid she would come off totally selfish and short sighted instead of brave and fearless (which is what the author clearly intended).  

That didn't happen---well, not really.  I love that there were consequences to what Lia did, and horrible things did happen because of it. It  emphasized her weakness, but then she does try and make up for what she did. Lia's character grows so much throughout the book. She isn't perfect, but she's likable, impulsive, sticks up for herself, and is willing to change.  

Plus the author has some fun with the "love triangle."  First, I guess I should explain, while it is a bit of a triangle, it's not the kind I hate.  One guy is a clean winner for Lia's affection at the end, but up until then, she's just a girl who's kind of interested in two guys.  Their relationships progress in a realistic way. We, also, get POV not only from Lia but from the prince and the assassin as well, which is excellent. For the first half the book, you don't know if she's falling for the prince or the assassin because their chapters could be from either POV of the two men Lia is falling for. It's delightful.

The action of the first book is kind of slow---but not boring.  It's more romance, mystery,  fish-out-of-water, and deception then sword fights and chase scenes, but it changes about half way through.  That's not to say I didn't love the first half, because I did.  The author put enough mystery and tension in there that you have to keep reading  

Plus, the writing is beautiful. The first sentence begins the book with, "Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born."  Gorgeous, right?  And the rest of the book continues in that same vein.  

Basically, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It came as a bit of a surprise how much I liked it, but if you loved The Winner's Curse half as much as I did, this is the next book you need to pick up.  I'm giving it a  stellar 4.5 stars.  Now I'm desperately waiting for the next book in the series, The Heart of Betrayal, to come out.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Theater Thursday: Mockingjay Part 1

I love the Mockingjay teasers.  We had that fun one a few weeks ago, and now we get this, which is absolutely perfect.  Honestly, while I didn't love the book, I'm getting way to excited for this movie.  Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Anticipating July

I'm so excited for the books coming out this month!  Seriously, June was pathetic. Did you see my list? So while there were a few good books, the quantity was lacking. July is usually worse, but this month is actually looking sort of wonderful. I'm so completely shocked and surprised at how many books are coming out this month that I want to read.  Remember, these are the books I want to read.  There are tons of other books coming out, so if I missed something amazing, let me know. Take a look at the list below. Hopefully there's a few books you're also dying to read.

          1st:   On the Fence – Kacie West

                   Vast and Brutal Sea – Zoraida Cordova
                   Dream Boy – Madelyn Rosenberg & Mary Crockett
                    Sinner – Maggie Stiefvater
                    Find me Where the Water Ends – Rachel Carter
                    Perfected – Kate Jarvik Birch
                    Conversion – Katherine Howe

            3rd:  Dawn – Eve Edwards

            8th:  Idols – Margaret Stohl

                    Midnight Thief – Livia Blackburn

            15thIllusive – Emily Lloyd-Jones
                     The Kiss of Deception – Mary E.Pearson

            22nd: Strange and Ever After – Susan Dennard
                      Earthquake – Aprilynne Pike
                      Dissonance – Erica O’Rourke
                     Extraction – Stephanie Diaz
                     The Fire Wish – Amber Lough

                     Just Like the Movies – Kelly Fiore

            29th: Silver Shadows – Richelle Mead
                    Between – Megan Whitmer
                    The Fourth Wish – Lindsay Ribar

                    The Young World – Chris Weitz

Trailer Tuesday: Dream Boy

I don't know what it is, but I adore this book cover. Then we have that tag-line, "If dreams can come true . . . so can nightmares."  Isn't it great!  Now I haven't read this book or anything be either of the authors, so I can't make any promises, but this is absolutely something I'll be checking out.  Here's the trailer and the description below, so what do you think?

Annabelle Manning feels like she’s doing time at her high school in Chilton, Virginia. She has her friends at her lunchtime table of nobodies. What she doesn’t have are possibilities. Or a date for Homecoming. Things get more interesting at night, when she spends time with the boy of her dreams. But the blue-eyed boy with the fairytale smile is just that—a dream. Until the Friday afternoon he walks into her chemistry class. One of friends suspects he’s an alien. Another is pretty sure it’s all one big case of deja vu. While Annabelle doesn’t know what to think, she’s willing to believe that the charming Martin Zirkle may just be her dream come true. But as Annabelle discovers the truth behind dreams—where they come from and what they mean—she is forced to face a dark reality she had not expected. More than just Martin has arrived in Chilton. As Annabelle learns, if dreams can come true, so can nightmares.  Quoted from Goodreads