By: Mary E. Pearson
Series: the remnant chronicles #1
Page Count: 486
Publisher: Henry Holt
Summary: “Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.” Is a good summary for the book.
In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.
On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I loved how strong Lia was leaving, breaking tradition. Even if it had a prince and assassin chasing after her without her knowledge. The whole trying to figure out who’s who drove me crazy. Trying to tell by the what they said or how they acted didn’t tell me anything. Which I give Pearson mad props for and think she did it beautiful.
Arabella or Lia herself is strong character. Who knows what she wants and doesn’t care if it goes with tradition. She doesn’t take things laying down which is super cool. I think it helps that she has older brothers. Lia goes on a unexpected journey that made her see things and learn more about herself.
The friendships in these book is also done very well. How loyal Paulina is to Lia because she didn’t have to come along however chose to stick with Lia. Then we have Berdi and Gwyneth that soon formed a sisterhood of sorts between the women. They weren’t some weaklings either they were all strong in there own right.
Then we have the boys Kaden and Rafe which in the beginning didn’t have a rival really. I call it healthy male competition. They both was ready to hate Lia and stay that way. However she charmed them to think differently of her.
Then we have the romance which was really nice actual. For it was a love triangle however it wasn’t. Lia figured who she wanted pretty quickly and even though some things did happen with the other one she kept to her original. My fear is though it will change in the second book because it’s happened before and it’ll probably bum me out.
The different places like Terravan the sleepy fishing town that is Paulina’s hometown, and a safe haven for the girls. To the Vagabound who are gypsies who travel and help those who need it. Then at the end we get to see Kaden’s hometown of Venda which is also has Komizar which is one bad S.O.B.
Some things did bug me in this book like when she finds out who Kaden is she blows up on him. However when Rafe comes out in the end she didn’t seem to react. Pretty much just glad that he came for her. The whole gift thing bugged me as well. Why can’t she just be a regular girl who can do amazing things. But know we have the whole mother helped her repress it, and a prophecy about her as well. Also I don’t like the fact that Lia lied to Paulina I understand but I don’t like it. Because it will come back and bite her in the butt i just can feel it. Lastly I don’t like the customs that are placed on girls in royal families. That’s why I love she rebellious nature.
The pacing was in the middle of being to slow or quick especially in the beginning. Now am really excited to see what happens in the second book. I’ve heard it’s even better than this first book which I’ll just have to wait and see.
Have anyone else read this if so let me know what you thought in the comments.