The Traitor’s Kiss (Traitor’s Trilogy #1) By Erin Beaty [Review]

The Traitor's Kiss (Traitor's Trilogy, #1)RELEASE DATE:  May 2nd 2017
AUTHOR: Erin Beaty
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Romance.

An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.


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Traitor’s Kiss is one of my anticipating reads of this month. I was very excited to read this book but sadly, I was left disappointed. I expected more from this book than what I’ve got. The plot is decent enough to enjoy but it failed to excite me and add to that the pacing is slow. I was very intrigued when I’ve read that there’s going to be some spying on the enemies thing but I was left disappointed in that aspect. I’m not saying this was totally a bad read because I did enjoyed some other aspects in this book such as the characters and the romance. To be honest, this felt more like a typical YA historical romance that I’ve read before. It’s one of those books that comes under hit or miss books. There’s also seems to be so much hate on this book. Many people tagged this as racist because some of the characters are described as  dark skinned and light skinned but personally, I wasn’t bothered with it because It didn’t feel like a racist thing to me. 

Sage Fowler is a commoner whose been living with her Aunt and Uncle since her parents death. She doesn’t know how to be a proper lady. Her temper, sharp tongue and unsubmissive personality makes her unfit for marriage. When her Uncle sets her up with a powerful matchmaker, it doesn’t go well instead she ends up as an assistant to her which is far better than getting married.  She spies on the brides and collects info to find best matches for them. When a group of soldiers are sent to escort them, she was tasked to find future potential matches among the soldiers where she befriends a young handsome soldier who gives butterflies in her stomach. On the other hand, the soldiers are also on a mission which is something to do with the new political uprising. After observing Sage’s impressive spying skills, the captain recruits her to spy on enemy soldiers and gather information on them. Even though Sage works for them, they haven’t been completely honest with her and when the secrets are finally revealed she doesn’t know whom to trust. 

I can’t seem to connect with any of the characters in this book but I really liked Sage, Ash and Captain Quinn. Sage is a strong female character who is feisty, stubborn, and smart. I really liked her fierce personality and I’m glad that she’s not another damsel in distress character. Ash carter is a good love interest. He is sweet, caring and gentle. The romance between Sage and Ash is swoon worthy and totally hot. I enjoyed how their relationship developed slowly from friendship to love. I also liked Captain Quinn.  He’s broody, arrogant and hard to understand. His personality really intrigued me. At the beginning, I really wished him to be the possible love interest but as the story progressed, I finally realized that it’s not gonna happen. But anyways, I enjoyed Ash and Sage’s relationship. As for the secondary characters I liked Clare and Charlie. Clare is sweet and innocent girl who doesn’t look down on Sage like all the other Concordium brides and they eventually become good friends. Charlie is captain Quinn’s nine year old brother who is kinda cute and very loyal to his brother. He is innocent yet smart. 

The plot is good but I really think it could’ve been much better. The pacing of the story is slow. Most of the story is focused on the romance between Ash and Sage and less on the story. There isn’t much spy action in this book and it also lacked all the tension and thrill for me enjoy it fully. The twist at the end really surprised me but it also frustrated me and it seemed a bit cliche. I wish I could share it with you guys but it’s a huge spoiler for this book. There’s also a heart wrenching killing scene at the end which left me shocked and angry. The writing style is not bad for a debut author and the whole story is told in multiple  POV[third person] which isn’t really my favorite type of narration. The world building is good but it isn’t amazing either. The world is set in a fictional place and there are no magical elements in it.

Overall, this was an Okay read for me! The story finally concludes with a bitter sweet ending. I’m not sure whether I would continue this series but if the premise of the next book piques my interest then I would definitely give it a try.

Recommend it?

Despite my issues, I recommend this book to everyone maybe you’ll love it more than I did. 

MY RATING: 4-stars14-stars1 4-stars1[3/5 Stars]

So, What do you think of this book? Have you read this yet? Do you like to read this book?
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21 thoughts on “The Traitor’s Kiss (Traitor’s Trilogy #1) By Erin Beaty [Review]

  1. TeacherofYA May 17, 2017 / 4:19 am

    I’m eager to read this!! I hope I get a chance to read it soon as the copy is calling to me, saying, “Read me!” 😂

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  2. Marie May 17, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    Lovely review! I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy this as much as you thought you would – it’s hard when you can’t really connect to the characters :/

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    • ravenblake99 May 19, 2017 / 2:50 am

      Thank you! Yeah, It’s always a bummer when you can’t connect with the characters.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. SERIESous Book Reviews May 18, 2017 / 7:51 am

    I absolutely love this cover! But this story sounds right up my alley–almost too much. So I was a little worried it might fail in comparison. I think I will still check it out though but maybe tone down my expectations a touch.

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    • ravenblake99 May 19, 2017 / 2:51 am

      Me too! Some people loved this book maybe you will too! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! 🙂

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  4. Kelly May 18, 2017 / 9:35 am

    Awe, what a bummer that you didn’t like it more…I’ve seen a similar pattern with other bloggers feeling the same way, though. I have a copy but have yet to read it, but it was one of the books I was most looking forward to this month, too. It sounds like such an amazing read – a bummer it’s a tad disappointing!

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    • ravenblake99 May 19, 2017 / 2:54 am

      Yeah, it’s always a bummer when your most anticipating reads leaves you disappointed. Anyways, I hope you enjoy it more than I did! 🙂


  5. Candid Cover May 18, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    Awww! I haven’t read this one yet, but I have been interested mainly because of its gorgeous cover. Connecting with the characters is really important and it affects my enjoyment of a book as well. I hope that you enjoy your next read. 🙂

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    • ravenblake99 May 19, 2017 / 2:57 am

      I hope so too! If you want to read this book then definitely give it a shot. This book will mostly appeal to YA historical romance readers.


  6. LairOfBooks May 19, 2017 / 2:00 am

    Sounds like it was a bit underwhelming Raven, excellent review though. Pacing/Characters are a deal breaker for me, I don’t mind a slow paced book as long as I’m connecting with the characters but that seems like it’d be an issue here as well. I saw this one in Strand wayyyyy before it was even released as is typical of that store lol but steered clear because of all the negative feedback it was getting. I still hadn’t fully taken it off my TBR but it may be time. I’ll keep an eye out to see if you p/u the next one & how it fares with you though 😉

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    • ravenblake99 May 22, 2017 / 1:57 am

      I would recommend this to you if you like historical romances otherwise I don’t think you would enjoy it much. I hope the next one is good.
      Thanks for the visit! 🙂

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      • LairOfBooks May 22, 2017 / 11:23 pm

        Ahhh! Good to know Raven, thank you 😃💕


  7. Summer @ Xingsings May 20, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    Is it just me or has 2017 fantasy novels been quite a flop? I don’t know, there have been so many that I’ve been disappointed in… (Ever the Hunted, RoseBlood, etc.) (Actually those may be 2016 releases; I can’t remember, lol.) Anyway, I’m sorry to hear that this was more underwhelming than you expected. (I’m also not a fan of slow pacing when it comes to fantasy novels… I get that world building needs to be done but it can still be engaging.) Hopefully your next anticipated release lives up.



    • ravenblake99 May 24, 2017 / 2:39 am

      Most of the hyped fantasy books turned out to be a flop this year but there are also some books that totally lived up to it. There is also an increase of fantasy books this year. Being a fantasy lover, It’s hard for me choose which book to read among lots of interesting reads.
      Anyways, thanks for the visit! Hope you have a lovely day! 🙂

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  8. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate May 21, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    Oh what a shame! Why did they have to make it all about romance and forget about the actual story? It definitely had space for both!
    Ugh. At some point, I think most YA historicals do sound the same… But it’s one thing to sound the same and another to *be* the same, which this one totally was.
    I might still read it but, from what I’ve been reading so far from other bloggers, it’s not that great anyway. I appreciate the fact that there’s not a love triangle going on and instead, Sage and the Captain maintain a nice friendship. Which is nice, for a change.
    Another wonderful review, Raven! 🙂

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    • ravenblake99 May 22, 2017 / 2:24 am

      Thank you Sophie! When I picked this up, I was hoping for a plot with lots of action and a forbidden romance. Despite so many negative reviews, I wanted to give this a shot. When you get to read this book, I hope you enjoy it more than I did.

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  9. Lashaan (Bookidote) May 23, 2017 / 5:46 am

    I have to say the cover caught my eye instantly! So sorry to hear the disappointment you felt upon reading it. Slow pace and characters you have a hard to connect with are definitely a recipe for disaster. It’s good to hear you were still able to enjoy it though! 😉

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    • ravenblake99 May 24, 2017 / 2:06 am

      The cover is the first thing that grabbed my attention and when I read the intriguing synopsis I was totally sold. It’s a bummer that it wasn’t as amazing as I expected it to be. But I still don’t regret reading it. 🙂

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