Wednesday, June 26, 2019

#BookReview: The Traitor's Kiss (Traitor's Trilogy #1) by @ErinBeatyWrites

Synopsis: 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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About the Author: Erin Beaty was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, which means she can't drive a tractor, but she won't eat veggies that come from a can. She graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in rocket science and somehow always ended up writing her study group's lab reports. After serving in the fleet as a weapons officer and a leadership instructor, it still amazes her when other people want to hear the stories that come out of her head.
She and her husband have five children, two cats, and a vegetable garden and live wherever the Navy tells them to go.
The Traitor's Kiss is her debut novel.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: 
This book was so GOOD!!  Though part of it I thought there was a major typo but it all ended up being part of the story.  This one has a lot of intrigue and spy work going on.  So just because you think you know you don't!  At least not for a little while.  One person, I had pegged as a spy wasn't so there's that too.  The ending summed up very well and left us with a slight cliffhanger.  I am very happy that this is a series as I am so not done with this world and these characters.  The setting was pretty straight forward which was nice.  No pesky magic, millions of weird names, etc to remember how everything works.  It's here are the people, here is their world, and this is the situation. It was all done very well and I enjoyed the world the author created. 

The characters were also very good.  I loved the banter between Sage and Ash as well as their romance.  I also loved the Matchmaker and I wish would have had a bigger part in the story as a whole.  She was one character that I so SO want a prequel story too! The side characters were also great although we only get to see/read about a few of them. I hope this gets expanded in the next book. 

The story/plot of this one will make you laugh, cry, laugh, and then cry your eyes out as you will never be happy again.  Then just around the corner, you are bursting with the feels of happiness. So to say this book will take you on a rollercoaster of the feels is an understatement. This one also has something for everyone. It has a very nice historical setting, war, action, romance, and a very interesting hierarchy that parts of it will make you roll your eyes until you figure out what it all means. 

I really enjoyed this one and I can't wait for the next two books!

Praise for The Traitor's Kiss:
"One of the most hotly anticipated young adult fantasy reads of 2017.” ―Bustle
"Marital and martial matters collide when brides and spies become ensnared in a treasonous plot. . . . Sage is a clever, contrary female protagonist who remains realistic and likable, while her fellow protagonist Ash is enigmatic enough to require a second read. . . . Both epic and intimate, a semi–old-fashioned alternative to the wave of inexplicably lethal superheroines and their smoldering love triangles." ―Kirkus Reviews
"This is an action-packed, expertly plotted story, drenched in double crosses and intrigue, with an irresistible heroine and a sweet and sexy romance. A late-breaking twist gives way to a final act that will leave readers eager for subsequent books in this planned trilogy." ―Publishers Weekly , starred review
"Complex characterization, deftly layered adventure story, and [a] balanced blend of political maneuvering, romantic interludes, and action scenes." ―Kirkus Reviews 
"Beaty balances a taut web of deceit . . . readers will be carried away by the mystery." ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB)
"A debut novel that blends fantasy, romance, and battlefield action. . . . A slow burn YA fantasy with clever genre mixing." ―School Library Journal

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