Jul 9, 2015

Blog Tour: The Heart of Betrayal by @marypearson {Review & Giveaway}

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
(The Remnant Chronicles, #2)
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; 470 pages
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.

If you have NOT read The Kiss of Deception please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .

How does she do it?! Miss Pearson blew me away with the first installment of this amazing series and I honestly did not think she could out-do herself with it's follow up. I was completely and utterly mistaken. She has done just that . . . just in a more calm fashion. At least, calm for me. No setting the book down, lecturing myself on how I could be so foolish then let the anger at myself set in. This all happened during the first book. I still get emotional and angry at myself when I talk about this book. My voice goes from normal to extremely loud in a matter of moments. My voice still does that when talking about this book but only because it's so perfect, everything is so perfect that every person should be reading this series. My passion and my love for this series is out of control.

But I'm not crazy or anything . . . I swear.

I am not torn on who I love. I am firmly on team Rafe. He has my heart and he's is 100% swoon-worthy. Everything about him is desirable. From his knowledge, to his skills, to his way with words to just him. Everything about this fictionial man is perfection and honestly, it's just not fair. Someone like him needs to exist. A little older, preferrably but where are the Rafe's in the world?

However, the great thing about these books is it is not the men that absolutely make it for me. Lia is the biggest reason this series is so perfect, in my opinion. She is fierce. She is intelligent. She is a badass. She needs to be my best friend. There are not enough adjectives to describe just how amazing this character is. She is what makes everything worth it. The fighting, the love, the loss, the struggle, the pain . . . just . . . everything.

I don't even know what to expect with the final book. The ending of this book is heartbreaking and stressful and the wait will be utter torture. But what I do know is you never should question the author. I wasn't sure she could surpass the beauty of the first book, but she did. So now I have no doubts she will do the same thing for the final book. IT WILL BE EPIC. I know it will be. And I'm also hoping for 1,000 pages? Not too much to ask, right?

Thank you, Mary E. Pearson, for giving me a series I'm so passionate about. I purposely kept this book review vague because going in to do detail would not only bore you but it could spoil those who might not have read the first book and trust me, I do not want to be responsible for that. All you need to know is that I have so much love for this book. In fact, I read it twice and both times, it was just as beautiful.

Thank you so much to Macmillan for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review & also for considering me to be a part of this blog tour.

The publisher is generous to award one lucky winner the chance to win a finished copy of The Heart of Betrayal! So if you haven't started the series, winning this would be that extra push you might need or if you're like me, and in love with The Kiss of Deception, I already know you WANT this! You have until 11:59 PM EST on July 15 to enter. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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Follow along with the rest of the tour at these fabulous blogs!

Two Chicks on Books
Adventures of a Book Junkie
Eater of Books
My Friends Are Fiction
A Perfection Called Books
Stuck in YA Books
Belle of the Literati


  1. Valerie PenningtonJuly 9, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    I love the concept of the story. I love world-building but I want to know about the overall arc. I love how strong Lia is in the first book! She sticks up for herself and she has a mission.

  2. Shadin al-dossariJuly 9, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    My favorite aspect of fantasy books would definitely be the world building. And my favorite part of this book series is the alternating point of views (rafe's is my favorite)!

  3. What's your favorite aspect of a fantasy book?

    Everything, is my favorite of all genres , it's magical.

  4. i like being able to escape into a world and encounter things that i don;t get to see in my everyday life like castles, princesses, fancy gowns and maybe a fairy or two and even quite possibly dragons.

  5. I like pretty everything when I am reading a fantasy book I enjoy!

  6. Can I enter even though I'm on the tour as well? Is that sketchy? I haven't gotten around to getting a finished copy (book ban!), but I have the first one so I need the second! I liked this one a lot! I think I enjoyed The Kiss of Deception more, but I felt more solid with the romance in this one. Looove! Great review, Jessica!

    Fantasy is my favorite genre - I love mind-bending genres that aren't related to this contemporary world we live in. I love this series mostly because of Lia and her awesome kickbutt-ness! And the romance - Lia & Rafe <3 I love this prince and princess!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  7. I enjoy reading fantasy because of the worlds. I like seeing what the authors can come up with. I also like the elements of magic and the creatures. :D

  8. One of my favorite things about Fantasy novels is all of the little details that authors include in their made-up worlds, such as names of places, different species, number of moons, etc.; you know, the little touches that let you know that this world is different from ours.

  9. What I like about fantasy books is the way that authors make up the worlds in their books. Its so interesting.

  10. I loved the first book... and it's kept me on pins and needles all this time! I love the fantasy world that really good books take me to... They're like Neverland travel agencies... :-)))

  11. I LOVED Kiss of Deception! I am so dang excited to read Heart of Betrayal!

  12. I love how magical the story is and how everything seems possible since it's a fantasy book. And of course, the different creature the author created!

  13. I love the setting to fantasy books! I'm always excited to see how the world is built. The Remnant Chronicles has everything! An intriguing world, strong characters, heart-pounding romance and an engrossing plot :D Thank you for the giveaway!!

  14. The setting, the more unique the better. Thanks for the giveaway!


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