This post contains affiliate links.
The Kiss of Deception Audiobook Review
Mary E Pearson
The Kiss of Deception has a pretty good rating on Goodreads, despite the fact that it tends to be hit or miss. Unfortunately, I’ll be siding with the latter group.
The Kiss of Deception had so much potential.
I’m always on the lookout for the next amazing YA-Fantasy novel à la Six of Crows, or The Young Elites. In my search, I’ve come across trope after trope, which I’m sure attributes to the stigma of the YA genre and unfortunately The Kiss of Deception was no exception.
The Kiss of Deception is lacking in every aspect. The plot, the characters and the world building are all shallow and as a result, boring as bat poop. Occasionally I’d come across tiny blips of intrigue, but unfortunately that was all they were. Blips in a sea of boringness. You could remove all the fantasy elements and background story and end up with the exact same book! Whats extra disappointing is that those small mentions of magic and culture and back story were interesting enough that I continued to read in hopes of getting blown away, and eventually closed it off feeling like I wasted my time.
We start at the hint of potentially strong female characters. In this world, women are the magic wielders and we get a very brief mention that the main character’s mother used to have some pretty insane powers which lead her to becoming the queen… and that’s it. No further mention of these powers or the awesome things they could do. The story continues to hint at the main character developing her own powers, but nothing comes of it until the very end of the book, and by then I was well and truly over it.
The Kiss of Deception employs multi-perspective storytelling, a method of plot building that I usually enjoy. I find that multiple perspectives allow for twisty, exciting stories where the reader is completely aware of the demise of one of their favourite characters because they are able to see it through the killer’s eyes. In this novel however, it was overwhelmingly underutilised. The two alternate perspectives are the prince, who Lia was engaged to, and the assassin who was hired to murder Lia. I did like that even though we had the chance to see the world through both these characters, it still wasn’t obvious who was who until the very end. Unfortunately, however, this is because these perspectives didn’t add anything to the story except for romantic fluff. These chapters largely consisted of, ‘oh what if Lia doesn’t like me?’ or ‘oh, what if Lia likes the other guy more than me?’. Such a huge drag.
So yeah. I apologise that this review is all over the place. Honestly, I finished this audiobook 2 weeks ago but can barely remember anything about it because it was just so boring. If you liked this one, I’m glad you got something out of it. This one just wasn’t for me.