AUTHOR- Mary E. Pearson
PUBLISHER- Henry Holt and Co.
GOODREADS RATING- 4.35/5
GENRE- Young Adult Fantasy
PUBLISHED- July 7th, 2015
When I looked at him, I saw the easygoing farmer he could have been, but I also saw the soldier and prince that he was.
ABOUT THE BOOK: 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.
MY REVIEW: This book picks up where Kiss of Deception left off… Lia, Rafe and Kaden are headed to Venda, the barbarian kingdom… Rafe is hell bound on getting Lia safly back.
Even after all the ‘deceptions’ and ‘lies’, Lia forgives Rafe. He too loves her and can’t see her get hurt. On the other hand, Kaden has confused feelings for Lia (we obviously know he loves her but he is too terrified to admit..) and he doesn’t seem to know what the hell is wrong with him. To be honest, this trio definitely created shipping wars. We couldn’t even figure out where is this going. Although, Kaden went through some drastic character development, I still wish he consulted a doctor. I mean, seriously what kind of a puppy even does that..?
*Kaden had more chill than Rafe’s libido.*
I didn’t like Rafe/Lia’s relationship. They were in love and going through a difficult time, but Rafe was jealous about Lia and Kaden even though they planned on escaping together. Lia had to fight Rafe about him being jealous rather than calm his ‘insecurities’. They really looked very stupid fighting for no reason which led to a lot of people losing their interest and not shipping them
And then another person was forced inside this book heating up the already burning sexual tension between the three. Komizar, it seems was interested in Lia; more than interested actually. I liked how it fired up energy in Kaden and that is when we were all sure what that feeling was that Babe Kaden was going through. I seriously love Kaden in this book but was really sad when he like a foolish person started drowning all my fantasies.
*I seriously wanted Rafe for once to just jump from a cliff so that Kaden can save Lia and be the hero. HAPPILY EVER AFTER*
All my dreams were destroyed when this book ended at an undecided cliff hanger.(Yes, I know).
Overall, I think that the book was really well written and the description was amazing. It kept me engrossed until the very end and I’ll give it 4.5/5 stars.
(THESE REVIEWS ARE MY POINT OF VIEWS, AND YOUR OPINIONS MIGHT BE VARYING FROM MINE)