Heyo book lovers! Today I’ll be reviewing The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty! This book came out a month ago in the US and it was only released recently in Australia – I’ve waited for ages for this book! Thank you so much to Pan MacMillan Australia for sending me a review copy in exchange for my honest review. This book is absolutely stunning – both on the inside and out. Now let’s get on with my review!
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.
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Publication Date: Jun 27 2017
RRP: $24.99 AUD
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fantasy, Romance
First of all I want to establish that I have seen quite a few of mixed reviews about it, so I went ahead and read it without expecting too much (as I had high expectations in a few recent releases but they were disappointing smh.) BUT MAN I LOVE THE TRAITOR’S KISS! I finished this book in one sitting (stayed up till 2am no jokes), and I have no regrets. In fact, I’m glad I did. And here are my reasons:
First thing: I absolutely adore the heroine. Sage Fowler is headstrong, brave, unique and intelligent. She loves reading, learning new facts and particularly enjoys teaching. Sage isn’t intimidated by the army or the rugged soldiers like her ‘peers’, in fact, she is enchanted by the army system and wants to learn more about it. Her curious mind and thirst for knowledge is one of the main drive of the plot. And it makes me so happy to see another YA female leads who cares more about seeking knowledge than ‘finding a marriageable match’ (*face-palm*). Sage is also a highly independent individual. I personally relate to her in many aspects. And, despite her up-bringing as her uncle’s ward – she is kind, loyal and passionate.
Second: the main plot and military terminologies. As an ex member of the Army Cadets, I really enjoyed reading the accurate terminologies and scenes involving military tactics. (FYI: The author has served in the US Navy.) The plot is greatly constructed in a way that gratified the story. The fun mix of aristocrat ladies and everything military balanced the book in a refreshing way – and it worked really well for me. The actions scenes flowed well, the POVs were done in perfect proportions, and plot-twists were brilliantly done and placed.
Third: the slow-burn romance subplot. At the start, I was shipping two people who don’t even know each other (yes I am just that hardcore). And then I thought my ship was gonna sink, and then SO MUCH happened (like WOOAH). But I can’t say much more, as I’ll leave it for you to find out. OH MAN SOME SCENES ARE SO HOT I CAN’T.
Fourth: the rich world-building. There is a bit of Jane Austen vibe with a dash of French X Russian Royalty (at least that’s how I imagined it). The gowns, faces and food were described in vivid detail. I can actually imagine what the room/place looks and feels like with the author only writing a few sentences – it was that well-done. I also appreciated the map very much.
Last but not least: the message of the book. For a good book, it needs a good message. For an outstanding YA novel, it needs a VERY good message, or messages, for young people. Like: girls can do what they want, be what they want to be, choose when they want to marry, choose whom they love and/or marry and most importantly – looking after, treasuring and being themselves. This book also narrates a love so strong that I felt so so much of that love just by reading and flipping the pages. Like can my love story be this epic? Please? Love conquers all right?
Bottom line, I was not expecting this book to be this good! I really love it to bits. Solid 5-stars! I highly recommend it if you enjoyed The Kiss of Deception, or just want a action-packed story with an epic slow-burn romance. Thanks for reading my review and I will catch you next time!
Happy Reading! x