The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2)

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

How did I get it?:
It was a present from my sister, Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Kiss of Deception

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

I was really excited to get my hands on The Heart of Betrayal, especially after thoroughly enjoying The Kiss of Deception. I was also a little worried. All too often, second books in series don’t always live up to their predecessor. This was the case (for me) for The Heart of Betrayal but I still really enjoyed it and found it to be an engaging read and a great addition to the series.

It’s so hard to review a second book in the series without completely spoiling the first book. I have to be incredibly careful when it comes to talking about the plot. I will say that Lia has very little allies, but she forms alliances with people that she didn’t expect to. Lia also draws the interests of some unwanted people. The romance in this book becomes even more complicated.What I really like about this series is that there may be a hint of a love triangle, or what seems like a love triangle, but really Lia only loves one. I appreciate! Love triangles are so overdone. I appreciate how Mary E. Pearson tackles the romance. The Heart of Betrayal is definitely is more about the romance than battle and this is what totally slowed down the pace of the story for me.

I’m intrigued by Lia’s gift and I’m certainly interested to see where it goes in the next book! I’d love a little bit more action and exploration of the gift in the next book, however I was satisfied with this sequel.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A good sequel to The Kiss of Deception. Well worth reading if you loved the first book!

End of Year Survey 2015

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This is one of my favourite surveys to do, by one of my favourite bloggers, Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner/The Broke and The Bookish. For some reason, I hadn’t noticed her post this year, but was pleased to see another blogger do the tag, so of course I jumped on board.

The links either go to my review of the book or Goodreads if I haven’t reviewed it already!

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Number Of Books You Read: 144
Number of Re-Reads: 8
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Simon Versus The Homo Sapiens Agenda– Becky Albertalli. This book warmed my heart. I can’t speak highly enough for it!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley. After devouring her debut, I really wanted to like her sophomore novel. I didn’t. I was very disappointed.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

I didn’t expect to like Cruel Beauty as much as I did. I had heard so many bad things about it that I was expecting not to like it.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Still Me Before You. I will ALWAYS push that book.

 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Started: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Sequel: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E.Pearson

Series Ender- Winter by Marissa Meyer

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Becky Albertalli!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green. My second graphic novel of the year.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I Let You Go– Clare Mackintosh

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not so sure I’ll re-read a book so soon. I tend to leave it a while in-between!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Simon (from Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda). I’m totally the heart emoji over that.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. I really resonated with this book!

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Reasons To Stay Alive– Matt Haig

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 

Rites of Passage– Joy N.Hensley

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.” – Err… Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (again, sorry!)

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Dream A Little Christmas Dream by Giovanna Fletcher- 69 pages

Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer- 824 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Ice Twins– S.K Tremayne

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

I’m sorry not sorry- Simon and Blue- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I’m going for friendship and I adore the friendship in The Ladybirds series by Jenny McLachlan

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Ensnared by A.G Howard

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

The Last Leaves Falling– Sarah Benwell. I’m not sure this book would’ve been on my radar otherwise.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

I don’t have one! Sad times.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Simon Vs…. you get the idea!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I’m loving the worldbuilding in the Throne of Glass series. I read Queen of Shadows this year.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Lily and The Christmas Wish– Keris Stainton. All the cuteness.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

The Last Leaves Falling- Sarah Benwell

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Boy In The Tower- Polly Ho-Yen

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman. Highly intriguing but it made such an impact.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Born Weird- Andrew Kaufman. It totally lives up to its title!

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Hmmm… Those Girls by Lauren Saft. This book just really didn’t sit right with me. At all.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I haven’t discovered many new book blogs this year, but I need to get on that. I’m looking forward to seeing how Outlook on a Book grows.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

I liked how I did Reasons To Stay Alive.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Unhauling Books. I need more discussion posts this year!

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

YA Shot by far. I loved being part of a blogger workshop.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Continuing to blog even though my life got a hell of a lot busier.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Balancing it with teaching. I had one day where I almost forgot to schedule a post.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Top Ten Books For Readers That Like Plot Twists.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Gracefully Grayson– Ami Polonsky

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I haven’t really discovered much bookishness this year. A goal for next year?

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I’ve read more of the series that I wanted to and I think by 31st December I should have completed my Goodreads challenge. Fingers crossed!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley Doyle

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

When We Collided by Emery Lord

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

A Court Of Mist and Fury– Sarah J Maas.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Find some sort of schedule that I can keep to for visiting other blogs.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

This Is Where It Ends– Marieke Nijkamp!

Feel free to leave me a link to your survey if you’ve done it too. I love reading these!

Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten New-To-Me favourite authors discovered in 2015!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

Claire Kendal- The Book Of You

The Book of YouI really enjoyed this pyschological thriller. I’m not keen on books being compared to Gone Girl, but this book is good in its own right!

Sarah Benwell- The Last Leaves Falling

The Last Leaves Falling

This book is an absolutely beautiful read. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

Sarah Rees Brennan- Unspoken

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

I adore this trilogy! I find Sarah Rees Brennan’s writing style so easy to read. I adore the main protagonist too! 🙂

Brandy Colbert- Pointe

Pointe

This book is easily one of my favourite reads of 2015. I thought it was so beautifully written.

Lois Lowry- The Giver

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I adored The Giver. I devoured it!

Louise O’Neill- Only Ever Yours

Only Ever Yours

Louise O’Neill has quickly become one of my favourites. I loved Only Ever Yours and her most recent release Asking For It.

Jessica Spotswood- Born Wicked

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

I think this cover is incredibly cheesy, but I absolutely love the story inside.

Mary E.Pearson- The Kiss of Deception

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. It blew me away!

Rosamund Hodge- Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)

This was another book that I was surprised that I liked so much. I know it’s got its flaws but I really enjoyed it!

Becky Albertalli- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I have SO much love for this book. I highly recommend it.

What authors have you discovered this year? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

This Week In Books #21

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

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Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2) Sisters' Fate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #3)

NOWWinterMarissa Meyer– I am currently just over halfway through Winter.  This book is huge at 824 pages long, and I don’t have a lot of time to read during the week, but I’m managing to find time for it at the moment.

THENThe Heart of BetrayalMary E.Pearson– I read the second book in the Remnant Chronicles. I enjoyed this story, but not quite as much as the first book in the series The Kiss of Deception. 

NEXTSisters’ FateJessica Spotswood– You might have recognised a theme here, I’m working on series this month! This book is the concluding book in the Cahill Witch chronicles. I don’t want it to end!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts or tell me in the comments below! Happy Reading! 🙂

 

Stacking The Shelves #127

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book title to get to the Goodreads page!

Received from publisher:

The Snow Sister

I adore Emma Carroll’s writing and can’t wait to get stuck into this book! Big thanks to Faber for sending me a copy!

Gifts from Beth ❤ (Bibliobeth)

Remember Me

This is the sequel to the wonderful Find Me, which I absolutely adored! I’m looking forward to seeing how the story continues!

Asking For It

I had so much love for Only Ever Yours, so I’m so excited to have my hands on a copy of Louise’s latest read. I can’t wait to read this. It might have to be my next read after Queen of Shadows… 

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

I have wanted to read the sequel to The Kiss of Deception for so long now! I’m SO happy to have a copy to get stuck into ASAP!

The Art of Wishing (The Art of Wishing, #1)

I have had this book on my wishlist for quite some time now. Happy to have a copy!

Skinny

Another book that has been sitting in my wishlist for a while now. I’m intrigued by this book.

Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls, #1)

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Dahlia Adler’s writing, so it was definitely time for me to get my hands on one of her books!

Gift:

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

I received this book almost a week ago and I’m only 100 pages in! I’ve been so busy. I’m hoping I can read a massive chunk of it this weekend. Here’s hoping!

What have you added to your collection this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your haul and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading 😀

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

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.

Thoughts:

The Kiss of Deception has been highly recommended to me so many times over the last few months, especially because I’m more into YA Fantasy reads now. I was excited to get to it, but at the same time a little worried. That hype monster often takes over and I don’t enjoy it as much as everyone else. However, I enjoyed The Kiss of Deception much more than I expected to. I can’t wait to read the sequel!

The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary E. Pearson’s Remnant Chronicles series. I haven’t read anything by Mary before, although I do have one of her books on my kindle just waiting to be read. I’m glad that this book was my introduction to Mary’s writing! It’s not the perfect book and at times it does feel a little long, but I thought it was a great YA fantasy read. The Kiss of Deception is full of drama, action and intrigue and of course… romance.

I’m all about strong female characters and Princess Lia is exactly that. She’s a tough girl determined to live her life the way she wants and not the way that is dictated to her. Lia is a First Daughter, much like her mother. A gift of seeing and predicting the future is supposed to be bestowed upon First Daughters but Lia is not showing any signs of it. Lia decided to flee instead or enter into an arranged marriage with the Prince. Lia leaves with her maid and leaves everything behind in order to live a life that she wants. Lia and Pauline (her maid) end up in a quiet village where Lia decides to work, hoping to make a new future for herself. The Kiss of Deception is mainly narrated by Lia, but we also hear from The Prince and The Assassin. We do find out the names of them both but it is not until near the end of the book that we find out which one is the Prince and which one is the Assassin. Lia gets to know them both well, never realising they are all lying about their true identities.

I’m not a massive fan of love triangles, but in this book they work. The love triangle twist is interesting. There are some cute moments but they’re not overly cheesy, which I was happy to read! Lia genuinely cares about both guys in this story, but her feelings go deeper for one.

The Kiss of Deception does have elements of fantasy, but I wouldn’t say it’s fantasy heavy. So if you’re not into fantasy reads, please don’t disregard this book! The story ends with a wicked cliffhanger and I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I loved this book! I can’t wait to see how the world continues to build. 

This Week In Books #2

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I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next and what I’ve recently added to my wishlist. I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

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NOW- I am just starting Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I have heard such mixed things about this book. Some of my blogging friends have liked it, some have loved it and some have hated it. Which way will I fall? I don’t know, but I know I want to give the book a go! I have got The Raven Boys as well by the same author, so if I don’t get on with this series by her, then I’ll have The Raven Boys- which I hear good things about!

THEN- I finished The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson yesterday. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I’m not a big fantasy fan, but I thought this book had a nice mixture of action, adventure, romance and some great characters. The main character is fiesty too. I love that. I love a strong female lead.

NEXT- Yep, I’m still carrying on reading books that are series this month. I’m going for Anna Dressed In Blood next by Kendare Blake. Again, I’ve heard mixed things, but I’m intrigued. Oh so intrigued!

Added to my wishlist:

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

I enjoyed The Kiss of Deception so much that I immediately added the next book to my wishlist. This book comes out in July. Yay, not long to wait! I knew there was a reason why I’m always so late with series… 😉

Feel free to leave a link to your week in books or your WWW Wednesday posts. I love to have a nosey at what you’re all reading! Happy Reading 😀