The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

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“There are no rules in survival.”

Title: The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles Book 2)

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Published: July 7th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Stars: 5 Content Rating: 2

Synopsis:

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia’s life, her erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There’s Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.

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I am giddy. I had read Kiss of Deception and Heart of Betrayal before, way back when this book first came out in 2015. I had forgotten about them and was not even looking for the third book when I saw it and had to have it. I bought the whole series with the intent of rereading and finally getting the ending and I just kept putting them off! Now, after rereading the first two I get to dive into the last book and see how things turn out and I am GIDDY. I will probably be useless for most of the day!

The first book ends with Rafe, Lia and Kaden all walking into Venda. Prince Rafe, goes from being the farmer to the Royal Emissary of Prince Jaxon (his official name) hoping to buy some time before his men come and get him and Lia out of there. Kaden goes from being a trader to returning home as Assassin and bringing Venda the prize of a First Daughter with the gift. Princess Lia goes from tavern maid to Jezelia and she will do whatever it takes to survie. It’s a game. Who can lie the best to save the others. As secrets unfold and new perspectives take place Lia has to decide who she is and what truth to believe, all while spinning her own web of lies to keep Rafe safe and to escape home. The longer she is in Venda, the more I began to wonder if she might stay. She is the prophecy after all and she has seen the starving people and read the missing texts. She has seen the army and can save many. .. but will she be able to save herself?

You guys. This is such a great book. Book 2 is just adding fuel to the fire and I can not wait to see how it will blow up in the next one. I finished late last night and couldn’t sleep because I was so excited to continue. I had to have a grown up moment and be realistic. I have 3 kids and staying up till 1 and then getting up at 7 (when they do) is never a good idea. I turn into the grumpiest mom ever! Oh man. Sorry kids!! If you want a good series that is a total page turner, give this one a try! I adore the characters and have soft spot for Kaden and sweet little Aster. Oh man.. poor ASTER. I about died. Read it and then lets fangirl.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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“A six-inch blade. I smiled. Did he buy it? It was actually just shy of four—but very nicely weighted—and as Aunt Bernette noted, a little exaggeration was always expected when describing weapons, victories, and body parts.”

Title: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles #1)

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Published: July 8th 2014 by Henry Holt

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Stars:  5                Content Rating: 2

Synopsis:

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.

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Hello lovelies! This series is so good. I had read books 1 and 2 and had completely forgot about them until I started seeing the third book around! It had been so long that I decided to reread them and I am so glad I did! (I know.. lots of exclamations !!!!)

Strong story line and characters, CHECK.

Good pace and kept me interested, CHECK.

Would recommend to friends, CHECK.

Would buy and read again, CHECK.

I absolutely love it when I open up a book and there is a map inside. It means that I am going to be discovering a new land. The author is going to be taking me to a new world and I can’t wait to jump in and see what it is like there. This story starts off on Lia’s wedding day. She is First Daughter of Morrighan and as such she is supposed to have “the gift” which she doesn’t and is supposed to marry the Prince of Dalbreck. She has older brothers and has grown up riding and tracking. Sneaking away to play dice and card games with the boys. On her wedding day she decides she escape. She wants a life of her own, to be loved for who she is and she is not afraid to work for it. Her lady’s maid, Pauline, helps her and they runaway to a little coastal town and to freedom.

The Prince has to know who this girl is that would just bail on their wedding. He takes off after her and when he does find her, she is not the kind of Princess he was expecting.

The Assassin is sent to kill Lia (obviously.. haha) to prevent any future plans of uniting Morrighan and Dalbreck. Those two kingdoms together could cause trouble for the kingdom of Venda.

Now here is something funny. The book is narrated by Lia. Then the Prince has his part and the Assassin has his part and it alternates back and forth and through Lia’s narrative you know the names of the Prince and Assassin. Then towards the end you realize who is who and I totally had them mixed up. It was a total shock when I got that far, BUT I think I just missed something earlier on because now that I read it again I wasn’t confused. Still I was like MIND BLOWN.

Through out there are “Songs of Venda” that were sung by first Queen. They thought she was mad but the people liked to here her sing while she sat on the wall. They are stories but when written out they sound more like prophecies. I’m excited to find out how Lia’s story will fit into the crazy Queens verses.

 

As you follow these three characters and get to know them better the more you love them. Which is usually what always happens.. right?  You see the struggle and the growing, things start falling into place and you see more of who they are, and why they are that way.  This book is full of young love, betrayal, with lies, heartache and a wonderment that only a fantasy novel can bring. It has been a crazy adventure so far and I will be starting the next one ASAP!

Thanks for reading!

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Holiday Reading

Hello D E C E M B E R and my favorite readers!

The whole month of December is my favorite. I love the holiday season. The singing and gift giving. I even enjoy the weather. I love coats and gloves and beanies. S C A R V E S. Staying in and being cozy. Reading a good book with some peppermint hot chocolate! It is my favorite!!! To be fair, I do try and find the good in all seasons but .. I mean.. CHRISTMAS is almost here!!

Since it ’tis the season to stay indoors, you might want some book recommendations. Maybe you don’t have time to read that often but now with it being “winter” hours you want a good book to read. I went through my blog and picked my top 5 books this year. I tried to mix it up a little bit. Even thought I read mostly Young Adult, I tried to find a few that I loved in other genres.

Some are S T A N D A L O N E novels and some are a S E R I E S. I will not recommend the series unless they are all out. That way you can binge read the whole thing, in your pajamas.. next to the fire.. watching the snow fall outside..

Recommendation number O N E:

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My Lady Jane really might have been my favorite stand alone read of the year. I was so pleasantly surprised that I just fell hard for this story. It is set in Tudor times and based on history… almost. There is a magical twist and quirky humor that just grabbed at my heart strings.

Recommendation number T W O:

Next year I plan on going CoHo crazy. I have both of these books on my blog. She is a great contemporary author. I always feel like she captures the realness in her novels. I have both of these on my blog It Ends With Us and CONFESS. I really don’t think you can go wrong with a Colleen Hoover novel. I know this was more of an author recommendation but still.. I’m always looking for authors that I love. I bet you are too!

Recommendation number T H R E E:

One of my most loved, new favorite series I read this year is The Lunar Chronicles. She takes each “princess” story and turns it into something new. It has been my favorite fairy tale retelling yet! It is a completely new world and if you have some time on your hands you should pick this series up and binge read it this holiday season!

1.Cinder 2.Scarlet 3.Cress 4.Winter

Recommendation number F O U R:

Okay, okay.. This one is for all my romance readers out there! Another author recommendation. I LOVE Lisa Kleypas. I have literally read everything she writes. It’s has all the oomph a good romance needs.. and it is not young adult my friends. Nope. If you are like me and have read all of Lisa’s work then try Julia Quinn! They use each others characters sometimes, which I find so fun! I don’t have any reviews for her books because they are my go to quick reads BUT go check her out on Amazon.

Recommendation number F I V E:

thehousebythelake

The House by the Lake is a great quick read. It alternates between Anna in the present and her grandfather’s past in 1930’s Germany. As she tries to find the answers her grandfather has kept secret for so many years she meets Wil. This is a fun love story, I admired the perspective of the young Max and how hard the decisions were at that time.

There you have it! Some of my top recommendations I read in 2017. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season and enjoy this time of giving and… reading!

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