Ancients pulled metals more precious than gold from the center of the earth – They spun into giant lacy wings that flew them to the stars and back “Is that what you’d do with wings?” She shook her head “No, I’d fly to the stars, but I’d never come back” – The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Do you ever read a book and think of how a book could be written so perfectly yet it kills you right at the end? This was that book. This book killed me and put me in a massive reading slump and to this day I don’t think I’m completely over it. I definitely picked the right book to be my first read of 2017.
This book follows Lia when she is just about to be forced into an arranged marriage to a Prince to make the bond of an alliance between the two kingdoms. She never met the Prince, so she took the leap of just leaving right the before of the wedding with only hand-picked items and her trusted maid. But with leaving the comfort of her home, she is thrown in the dangerous of her kingdom while being tracked by the Prince to find out why she left, by an Assassin going after her to stop the alliance that would have been and by her father’s men.
When I first read the blurb for this book I thought it was just going to be like another YA Fantasy book. It was, but it was something more than that. This book reminded me so much of The Winners Curse Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski due to the partial side of the political side. Another aspect that this book reminded me of that trilogy was how strong-minded Lia was. She did things that she thought was right, didn’t listen to any else and decided when it was the right time to love and when it wasn’t. This book is very heavy on the political side of fantasy, if you don’t really don’t like that sort of fantasy then you may want to stay away from this book.
The main thing I loved about this book was how the author kept the identity of the assassin and the prince secret only until the last 50 or so pages. I think this made the book more of a mystery due to you are routing Lia with these two guys and you don’t know whether he is the assassin or the prince. When reading it, I thought the Prince was the Assassin and the Assassin the Prince. But I am happy with how it turned out yet I want to see if she goes with the other guy in the other two books.
The only real thing I didn’t like about this book was how the love interests between the two guys seemed like ‘insta-love’. Sometimes insta-love is used in a good way, but in this book, it just seemed like it went too quickly than it would in real life. But when saying that, this book alone seems to have been over a few months, so maybe it isn’t ‘insta-love’ but it feels it.
Overall, I loved this book and I really can’t wait to see how this book world is developed and how Lia, Rafa, and Kaden grow as characters. I love the name Rafa, no matter if he is a bad guy or a good guy I love him. When can my own Rafa come into my life? Oh well, lets just deal all these hot Rafa’s.
Can Heart of Betrayal magically appear in my hands? To Amazon, I go!