— BLURB —
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.
— MY REVIEW —
I died. This book killed me! I exceeded my amount of feels each time I opened it to read more chapters.
My rating for the first book in the series (The Kiss Of Deception) was almost perfect and although I’m not giving this book the full 5 star rating either, I would say it did surpass the first one. I think it’s because this is the “heart” of the storyline now (see what I did there!?) 😄 The first book, was still new to us readers. We were still getting to know this world, the characters and the situation. The Heart Of Betrayal definitely delves into each character and how they came to be.
I love how the book transitions from character to character when you read a new chapter and very well written – It tells you at the beginning of the chapter which character’s point of view you’ll be reading but the way it’s written you can already imagine that character in your head saying those things. It doesn’t get confusing and I love how well Mary E. Pearson has structured it.
Now let’s get to the feels..
If you read my review on the first book, you’ll be aware that I found Lia to be a little frustrating with her choices. Well. It hasn’t changed lol.
⚠ WARNING WARNING WARNING ⚠
Read at own risk!
If I didn’t make it clear in my review of This Kiss Of Deception, I’ll make it clear in this one. I am Team Kaden. I was rooting for Kaden the millisecond he revealed his true identity. I was seriously hoping and praying and wishing for Lia to pick him. I wanted them to be “it”. The first book ended in a cliffhanger with Lia, Kaden and Rafe, so when I finally started reading this book I was still so hopeful! I wasn’t going to think any bad thoughts until I officially read it on the page.
Let me paint you a picture: It’s the final rose ceremony. Only one rose left. Who does Lia choose? Rafe or Kaden?
WHY LIA, WHY!!!?!?!?!?
The seconds before I read it, I knew where it was heading and I wish I had the strength to close the book. She confessed her love to…the wrong freakin’ guy!! Whyyyyy!!??? I’m still questioning it. I’m still confused. I’m still in awe of how stupid she’s being. How can she not see how perfect Kaden is for her. I mean yeah.. sure, he’s a bit of a dumbass when it comes to Venda and the Komizar and their ways. And there’s times you wanna slap the back of his head to get him to wake up.. but whenever he’s around Lia, and whenever I read his points of view in the book, I cannot for the life of me hate him. Grrrrr!
Quick Question: To those who’s read this or the first book — Do you feel the same way? Did you pick Kaden too and root for him? Sigh.
Lia frustrated me since the first book and she has frustrated me in this book, so I doubt it’ll change in the third and final book in the series. I can’t wait to get my hands on it though and see how it all goes down with each of the characters.
Besides the whole love triangle and adding the Komizar into the mix, there’s still the story of her having the “gift”, the war between lands, vengeance and having power.
It might sound like a whole lot is going on and yes there is but it all ties in together very well. I found it to be an easy read and easy to get hooked on.
There is a certain sad part in this book that I did see coming but by all means did not stop me from getting teary-eyed. 😞
I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book. I recommend the whole series. If you’re into YA fantasy fiction with love triangles thrown in then this is for you.
Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo