The Kiss Of Deception Review.

A girl just wants to have fun… and freedom. Mary E. Pearson’s novel is about the risks and rewards one princess finds in trying to control her own life.

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.16429619

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.

“It can take years to mold a dream. It takes only a fraction of a second for it to be shattered.”

Mary E. Pearson’s fantasy novel centers on a princess named Lia. Lia wants a life different from her current one, one outside that of royalty. her parents have already made arrangements for her marriage, and she is none too thrilled about it.

“Maybe there was no one way to define it. Maybe there were as many shades of love as the blues of the sky.”

She is to marry prince Jaxon, whom she has never met before. Her parents have chosen this suitor so that they may have a much needed political alliance with his country. Lia is not the type of girl to take this sort of injustice lying down, so in the morning on the day of her wedding, she escapes with her best friend, and they flee their county of Morrighan to go and live with her friends cousin in the countryside.

“If one can’t be trusted in love, one can’t be trusted in anything. Some things can’t be forgiven.”

This is where Lia settles into her new life as a waitress in a small bar. She is quite content with her new situation, that is, until she meets two handsome strangers in the tavern. Their names are Kaden and Rafe, and she can’t get enough of either of them. She forms budding relationships with both over the course of a couple months. Lia has no idea who these men are, and why they have been sent to track her down. One is an assassin sent to kill her, and the other is the prince that she left at the altar. During her attempt at normalcy, many secrets are revealed, and many adventures await for Lia and company.

“Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.”

I had heard about this book a lot on Booktube, it had really high rating’s on Goodreads, and the premise was intriguing, so I thought I should just pick this book up and give it a go. I thought it was okay. It wasn’t really my cup of tea, per se. I thought the pacing was kind of slow, as this book is absolutely massive, it took me awhile to finish it, and I even had it on audiobook as well, if that tells you anything. I din’t find anything in it really compelling, but I did think that it was quite well written, with in-depth detail that allowed me to picture everything that happened without be too detailed.

Overall

I thought this was a good book, I might pick up the sequel. I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars, and would recommend for people who are fans of fantasy. Mary E. Pearson is a good writer, I just didn’t enjoy this one too much.

 

Endgame: The Calling Review.

I have another book review for you today, and hold on to your seats, because this one is a thrill ride.

Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules t20510241o live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.

This is Endgame.

For ten thousand years the lines have existed in secret. The
12 original lines of humanity. Each had to have a Player prepared at all times. They have trained generation after generation after generation. In weapons, languages, history, tactics, disguise assassination. Together the players are everything: strong, kind, ruthless, loyal, smart, stupid, ugly, lustful, mean, fickle, beautiful, calculating, lazy, exuberant, weak. They are good and evil. Like you. Like all.

This is Endgame.

When the game starts, the players will have to find three keys. The keys are somewhere on earth. The only rule of their Endgame is that there are no rules. Whoever finds the keys first wins the game. Endgame: The Calling is about the hunt for the first key. And just as it tells the story of the hunt for a hidden key, written into the book is a puzzle. It invites readers to play their own Endgame and to try to solve the puzzle. Whoever does will open a case filled with gold. Alongside the puzzle will be a revolutionary mobile game built by Google’s Niantic Labs that will allow you to play a real-world version of Endgame where you can join one of the lines and do battle with people around you.

Will exuberance beat strength? Stupidity top kindness? Laziness thwart beauty? Will the winner be good or evil? There is only one way to find out.

Play.
Survive.
Solve.
People of Earth.
Endgame has begun.

I finished this book on Monday, I have been chugging through it for a while now; not because it was bad, in fact, I thought that it was really good. I have only three words to describe this book. Those would be interesting, strange, and simple. I have never, ever read a book quite like this one. They never appealed to me at all, but I saw this one in an unboxing video by Sasha Alsberg(ABookUtopia), and, I just knew that I had to read it. For some reason, this strange book peaked my interest, and I don’t regret a single second of it.

“Hate me if you must, but know that I will never hate you.”

The writing style of this book can only be described as one word: simple. It’s not the deepest book I’ve ever read, it’s about a shallow as a tide pool. The only emotions we see from any of characters are Sarah and Christopher. The vanilla writing style, however, absolutely did not stop this book from being killer, literally. It was action packed for the entirety of the novel, all 461 pages of it; which is really hard to do with such a large novel. I was gripped from page 1 all the way to the very last words. The short chapters and simplicity made the book easy to read and to follow what was happening within the plot. Though i normally don’t like 3rd person point-of-view, as it often doesn’t allow for me to envision myself in the story and become close to the characters, it was absolutely essential for this story to work. The 3rd person point-of-view and simple, short style of writing were crucial to the flow of the book. The story is told from 14 different points-of-view including the 12 players: Marcus Loxias Megalos, Chiyoko Takeda, Sarah Alopay, Alice Ulapala, Aisling Kopp, Baitsakhan, Jago Tlaloc, An Liu, Shari Chopra, Kala Mozami, Maccabee Adlai, Hilal ibn Isa al-Salt, Sarah’s boyfriend: Christopher Vanderkamp, and one God/Alien/Sky Person/Mystical Being: Kepler 22b. This would have been absolute chaos had it not possessed these characteristics.

Overall

I give this book a 4 out of five stars. I loved the simplistic layout and the original plotline. I also love the fact that there is a real puzzle, in the real world with a real prize of gold if you win. I loved the pictures and the hidden messages in the book as well. All the different elements of this book just came together beautifully and made absolute storytelling magic. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series, and I cannot wait.

The Book Of Luke Review

Jenny O’Connell gives us a sweet coming of age novel about the hardships of figuring out love, friendships, right and wrong, and most importantly, yourself.

Emily Abbott has always been considered the Girl Most Likely to Be Nice — but lately being nice hasn’t done her any good. Her parents have decided to The Book Of Luke By Jenny O'Connell Review On The 802 Book Review.move the family from Chicago back to their hometown of Boston in the middle of Emily’s senior year. Only Emily’s first real boyfriend, Sean, is in Chicago, and so is her shot at class valedictorian and early admission to the Ivy League. What’s a nice girl to do?

Then Sean dumps Emily on moving day and her father announces he’s staying behind in Chicago “to tie up loose ends,” and Emily decides that what a nice girl needs to do is to stop being nice.

She reconnects with her best friends in Boston, Josie and Lucy, only to discover that they too have been on the receiving end of some glaring Guy Don’ts. So when the girls have to come up with something to put in the senior class time capsule, they know exactly what to do. They’ll create a not-so-nice reference guide for future generations of guys — an instruction book that teaches them the right way to treat girls.

But when her friends draft Emily to test out their tips on Luke Preston — the hottest, most popular guy in school, who just broke up with Josie by email — Emily soon finds that Luke is the trickiest of test subjects . . . and that even a nice girl like Emily has a few things to learn about love.

“Hiding how you really feel and trying to make everyone happy doesn’t make you nice, it just makes you a liar.”

For Miss Manners Emily Abbott, conning a boy was something that she would never even consider doing… that is, until she meets her BFF Josie’s ex-boyfriend, Luke Preston. Luke Preston is is the epitome of crushworthy, if only his personality matched his looks. He broke up with Josie in an e-mail. Emily’s best friends Josie and Lucy take this opportunity to teach Luke a lesson with their Senior class time capsule. They create, non other than, The Book Of Luke. This is a book full of tips and tricks to corralling even the most devilish, wicked high school boys like Luke.

Emily has always been a wet blanket, having been raised by the country’s top etiquette columnist, Patricia Abbott. Her Senior year of highschool, she decides to change this huge part of herself, it’s ridiculous. She wants to stop being nice, and for once, just do something because it’s what she wants, not what’s polite. Her friends think that trying to change Luke with the guide that they have created is the perfect opportunity. I think that a lot of people feel this way, and that Emily is pretty relatable. She is in a fight with her father for the majority of the book, which makes her feel even more like someone I know. I don’t usually like books where the characters are relatable but I liked this one.

My favorite character was Luke. I liked him because he epitomized the classic high school boy, but what I thought was really nice, was how he and Emily were together. He completely disarmed her, and it felt really endearing. I want a real life Luke. He really pulled Emily out of her shell, he tried to do nice things for her, but he wasn’t extravagant at all, he was very average, in that respect, which, I think, it was made him pretty great. You could tell that he cared about her though, and she felt more comfortable with him, than with her own best friends. He got her to tell her about everything that was bothering him at home, and it just felt very honest and cute.

This book was pretty fun to read. I give it a four out of five stars. Despite the books majority taking place during winter, it is perfect for summer. It has a lighthearted feel, while also having a message about just telling the truth. I also thought that it was a little funny that the time capsule they were preparing for, it would have been for the graduating class of 2016

The Heir Review.

Keira Cass’s newest installment in her Selection series will keep you turning the pages until you get to the very end.
The Heir

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.

Can you even believe that she’s continuing the series? I was so excited that I actually pre-ordered this book on Amazon!

I did not even know that this book was coming out until I did research for the March 31st Top Ten Tuesday, and I was pretty excited. This book begins roughly about 20 years after Maxon and America get married. Their eldest child, Eadlyn is eighteen. There is some unrest in the nation of Illéa, so Maxon and America decide that their needs to be another Selection to give the country something to look forward to and focus on. Eadlyn is not so pleased with this idea, she doesn’t even really want to get married at all.

“You can be brave and still be feminine. You can lead and still love flowers. Most importantly, you can be queen and still be a bride.”

Eadlyn’s unwillingness to become attached to anyone is very frustrating in a book about someone finding a husband. I, personally, did not like Eadlyn very much, I found her to be quite bratty and acting like a child pretty much all the time. I definitely don’t think that she could ever be Queen because of how she acted during the whole ordeal.

Something that I did like very much were the male roles. They were very well written. The Selected boys were fabulous, and my favorites.They made the book for me, and I think for a lot of people. Some of the boys were very sweet, and they really frustrated Eadlyn, which I kind of enjoyed. They brought a new challenge, hilarity, and a sweetness that was just missing before they came. I also like the other members of the royal family, Maxon, America, Ahren, Kaden, and Osten.

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I give it a three because I did not enjoy the main character, Eadlyn, which is pretty important. I will, however, read the rest of the series, because I really like the story line, and the rest of the characters, and I am looking forward to seeing how this all plays out and who she ends up picking!