Book: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Short Synopsis: This is the second book after A Kiss of Deception, which I read and loved at this time last year. Since the reveal at the end of that book is pretty huge there will be massive spoilers from here on out for THAT book in order to tell you about THIS book.
So. Lia has been captured by Kaden and taken to his kingdom of Venda. She is now the prisoner of their king, though after awhile, this guy let's her have a pretty free rein. Turns out, the people of this kingdom are quite taken with her. This is an interesting twist and she plans to use it. Also, Rafe has been captured (because he was following her remember?) and they get a few moments, here there, to plan their escape. It's going to go down in a big big way! Or is it?
Oh my gosh, the plot is so much more complicated than that! And you know, I actually didn't spoil a whole lot because you still don't really know who Rafe and Kaden are, now do you! And I'm not telling.
My Response: Loved it. You know....these books remind me of The Winner's Curse books... if you know and love those! And the ending of this one.. well both of them... AH!!! I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW! I love these characters and these boys and the conflicts and the craziness. I love the world and the writing and the story. This middle book moved a little slower and didn't have quite the mystery of the first book, thus the little lower rating. But still. Sheesh.
Bottom Line: A great series for historical fantasy lovers and lovers of intense reading!
Her character development is sky high in this book, and the manipulations and deceptions that she has to resort to just to stay alive and the protect the ones she loves are many in this book. From Bewitched Bookworms
High Expectations for Book 2: Met! From Edgy Inspirational Romance
One of the greatest bad guys EVER. Oh, he's creepy and much to intelligent and powerful and dynamic and devious... and self-serving. From Colorimetry
In the end, The Heart of Betrayal delivers another gut-wrenching story with an ending that is sure to make readers groan in frustration and wait impatiently for book three. From Ex Libris