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