January 2, 2016

5 Star Review: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson #BookReview @marypearson #5Star

Title: The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2)
Author: Mary Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: July 7th 2015
Purchase: Amazon

Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's 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 barbarians. Now that she lives amongst 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.

This was a great sequel. In true sequel fashion, this was a little less action and a bit more story and romance. But it was well proportioned. The reader gets to see quite a bit of Venda, it's nasty Komizar and we get to see more of Kaden and Lia's relationship.

While we already saw a slightly softer side of Kaden in the first book, we get to see a deeper look into his life and world and how much he really isn't in control of the majority of his actions. I started to instantly like him and hate him all at the same time. 

Rafe was also in this one. He was supposed to be the valiant rescuer, to save Princess Lia from her fate as prisoner of Venda. However, he managed to get himself caught as well and they both had to pretend they didn't have feelings for each other, just to save the other. 

All in all, this is a great book, with a fantastic, nail-biting ending. And while I'm torn now between Rafe and Kaden, I think everyone should run out and buy this series (so you can decide who is better) if you haven't already, and if you have and haven't read it yet, what are you waiting for? Go read it....now!

Mary E. Pearson is the author of bestselling, award-winning novels for teens. The Miles Between was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and The Adoration of Jenna Fox was listed as a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, an IRA Young Adult Choice, NYPL Stuff for the Teen Age, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She is also the author of A Room on Lorelei Street, David v. God, and Scribbler of Dreams. Pearson studied art at Long Beach State University, and worked as an artist before earning her teaching credential at San Diego State University. She writes full-time from her home in Carlsbad, California, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.

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