Monday, 29 May 2017

Review: The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty

by Erin Beaty
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: May 9th, 2017
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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.

When I was first introduced to The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty, I was captivated with it's pitched premise - a tale about a girl that society deemed to be ill-fit for marriage. How so? Her snarky remarks, her "less than lady-like" mannerisms, and her views on the world around her appeared to make her stand out more than socially acceptable, and thus I was eager and curious to discover what made protagonist Sage Fowler an inspiring enough character.

Unfortunately, I failed to fall for Sage or the premise in The Traitor's Kiss. It always hurts to say that I did not enjoy a book, especially one I was so desperately eager to read, but I felt like Erin Beaty's first title in the Traitor's Kiss trilogy fell shortly for me. Though, that is not to say that the title was poorly written and was not enjoyable in the slightest. In fact, it was the contrary. Erin Beaty's writing was lively, fluid, and highly descriptive, and additionally the general idea behind the story she had planned for protagonist Sage and for her surround supporting characters, was quite interesting and was, in fact, one of the things that first pulled me to the story. It was unfortunate, however, that the first few chapters were what inevitably lost me as I felt there wasn't a substantial amount of development between Sage and her fellow supporting characters in order to keep me interested. Even so, I will most definitely be reading the next installment in Erin Beaty's series. I am curious enough to discover what Erin has in store next for the series. I also highly encourage readers to put The Traitor's Kiss on their to-read lists. Although it fell shortly for me, it does not necessarily mean that it will do the same for you. The title had many positive aspects, and I highly encourage all young adult readers to give it a try!

3 / 5 Cupcakes

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1 comment

  1. I really liked Sage! I thought she was gutsy and different from all the other girls who just wanted to marry and I liked how she treated the little kids.

    I really liked the ploy with the guy(s) and how she was deceived.

    Lovely review! :)