What Not To Do As A Royal Runaway
Good day to you, sweet Wonderlings.
It has been a while (and I mean a while) since I wrote a review. For those of you who don’t know, I reviewed on 100% Rock! Magazine, alongside some wonderful people, and reaped the rewards that came with reviewing for a popular online magazine.
But the magic faded away when reality hit in the form of work, and I barely had time to read, let alone review. When Inge and I decided to start up Of Wonderland, I came up with an idea: how about we write reviews, but make it fun for ourselves and our Wonderlings?
So today I present you with The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson — and what not to do as a runaway royal!
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.
Hopefully, most of you answered correctly and you aren’t as dumb as Lia. Although Lia fancies herself incredibly intelligent, she makes a lot of dumb mistakes and causes havoc wherever she goes. Although I respected Lia’s tenacious efforts in carving a life for herself, I wish she’d done it in a more clever way and hadn’t risked the lives of everyone she cared about. The insta-love was cringe-worthy, and the fact that only moments before, Lia had been thinking about how she wouldn’t want to sell herself short and ‘settle’, really grated on me when she immediately fell head over heels for someone she knew wasn’t who she thought he was.
I also couldn’t understand why Lia took her lady-in-waiting on this adventure, considering Paulina was more likely to be targeted by assassins and rival kingdoms. Take the lady-in-waiting and the princess will follow, which means they would take down two birds with one stone. Lia should’ve left Paulina behind and done this on her own, if she had cared about her friend in any way.
Unfortunately, Lia is a very selfish character, is very brash and does not think things through. As you can probably imagine, The Kiss of Deception was full of needless arguments, boring tension and had a lot of stalking and flouncing away.
Mary E. Pearson is an incredible writer, and I loved reading about the Kingdom of Morrighan and the different cultures Mary created. I am excited to see where the series goes, especially since The Kiss of Deception ended on a cliffhanger to rival all other cliffhangers (darn you!). So I’ll definitely be picking up the next two books, and hope that Lia improves and stops being a total numbnut.
Have you read The Kiss of Deception? What did you think? Did you enjoy our quiz? Let me know in the comments below!