Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty ARC Review + Giveaway!


Publisher: Imprint/Macmillian
Pub. Date: May 9th, 2017
Pre-Order: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
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.



Looking at the cover of The Traitor's Kiss, you're given a false sense of security. You're probably thinking this is a nice and innocent book. I mean, look at the pretty roses! Well, let me tell you . . . it's actually guilty of conspiracy, several counts of murder, and not to mention, my pain and suffering—in a good way! 


In the first half of the story, you're made to believe that this is mostly an adorable, slow-burn romance. THEN, the second half hits, and all of a sudden, there is utter chaos, murder, and angst.

Let me tell you—I was not prepared.


That being said, this book is truly charming and incredibly well-developed. Every single plot element and each character has multiple layers and overlapping details—all of which seamlessly come together and contribute to the story. This book was masterfully planned to the point where I had to read it slowly, just to be sure that I didn't miss any of Erin Beaty's crumbs and intricacies as the story unfolded. 

Overall, I immensely enjoyed this book, and I'm so excited to see how this trilogy will develop and unfold in the future. 


1) I adore the slow-burn romance between Alex and Sage. They start out as unlikely friends, hit some speed bumps and hurdles, and then slowly—their romance develops. Their relationship gradually unfurls as the story goes on and for me, it's truly the heart and soul of the book—despite all of the other intriguing things going on.

2) I looove Darnessa! She's like a cross between the matchmaker in Mulan and Galina from The Crown's Game. She's fierce, kind, knowledgeable and elegant, and the way her presence is constantly "hovering" throughout the story (even when she isn't necessarily in the scene) was fantastic. It's truly brilliant, because Darnessa is introduced in this "nothing gets past me" manner, and you absolutely feel that as you're reading.

3) It is no secret that I have a thing for soldiers, and Erin Beaty brought us a very dashing one in the form of Alex.


He is the Captain of the Royal Guard—loved and respected by his men, the female (and probably some of the male) characters, and most importantly, by me. I liked his brooding and serious nature, and especially how deeply he cares for his loved ones. Thankfully, this book is the first in a trilogy, so I'm indescribably excited to get more of Alex in the next two installments!

4) The plot of this story is executed phenomenally. There are so many layers to it, so many intricate details woven throughout—some that you might think are insignificant, but then they pop up later and I was like . . .


I had to pace myself while reading, just to catch all the little tidbits that proved to be significant later, and it was an experience!


1) The first half dragged a bit, but that's mainly because I'm impatient. In retrospect, it's clear that it was setting the groundwork for the intense part of the plot.

2) At times, I found the code names to be confusing. For example at one point, the main guy Alex, is known by a different name, which is actually the name of another character in the book, and at the same time, Alex, also has an undercover code name. My poor little brain had trouble keeping up with who's who from time to time.





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29 comments:

  1. This sounds amazing. I've seen the cover around but I didn't really know what it was about until now. It seems like it would be right up my street. P.S. - love your use of GIFS <3 Great review!

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  2. i am so excited to read this book! it is defs on my TBR and i really loved your review! good to hear you enjoyed it!

    xx Anisha

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  3. "it's actually guilty of conspiracy, several counts of murder, and not to mention, my pain and suffering" SOLD SOLD SOLD!!!!! This sounds phenomenal!!!! *adds to TBR*
    Amazing review you literally made me crave this book :P
    Kariny @kariny's boox frenzy

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  4. This book sounds amazing, I love the cover it does look cute! I'm pretty sure if you never mentioned it, I'd be a victim of thinking this book is going to be cute and flowery xD

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  5. This one sounds really good! I do love that cover! I definitely would have thought the story would have been a much sweeter read just from looking at it tho. lol! Sometimes those kind of surprises are nice.

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  6. Ah, I've been so looking forward to this one! The cover is gorgeous and it sounds amazing! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. :)

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  7. This chat was so much fun! Cannot wait to read this book!

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  8. I enjoy reading your reviews :)
    And this book sounds fantastic!*run to add The Traitor's Kiss on GR* :D :)

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  10. I love how you divided up your review into strengths and weaknesses. I also enjoy the gifs :) I'm going to Goodreads right now to add this exciting book.

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  11. I am so excited to read this! When I got an ARC of this in the mail I pretty much started jumping up and down right there! I'm glad to hear you liked this one, and you're right about the cover - it's definitely the kind to lull you into a false sense of security! Awesome review!

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  12. The traitors Kiss sounds awesome! Added to my TBR and would love to read this book. Thank you

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  13. This book sounds so good! And the cover is beautiful (it actually matches your blog quite well, so flowery and lovely :) ) Thanks so much for the chance!

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  14. I am so excited for this book, the cover is gorgeous! Thanks for the chance :)

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  15. I really love a good book that makes you want to slow down to savour and enjoy all of it! Also, I think that I am drawn into this one for that beautiful cover alone. I am definitely looking forward to reading this one and I am so happy that you loved it. :)

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  16. Ah, yay, great review, Brittany! You make me want to read this book (because I actually wasn't so sure before). I love the sound of the romance, but I think I would have the same issue as you with all the codenames and real names and such. Confusing!

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  17. I loved this review! I've been eyeing this book for some time, and have heard great things about it, so I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  18. This sounds AMAZING! I've been interested in this book since it first announced, so I'm glad it doesn't seem to disappoint. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  19. You got me really excited for this book, it definitely sounds like my type.
    I totally agree with you about being impatient for books to pick up pace, I thought I was the only one.
    Great review. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  20. Just added this to my tbr list!! I absolutely love the cover. It sounds great!

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  21. Yay :D Lovely review Brittany. <3 So glad you enjoyed this book so much :D Suffering and pain is the best thing, haha :D Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this one. <3 I'm curious.

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  22. I loved your review, and I'm excited for The Traitor's Kiss now. I love the title, and it sounds like the books lives up to it!

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  23. I'm so excited to read this book! The cover is gorgeous, and your review is amazing as usual!

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  24. I only recently saw this one around thanks to its gorgeous cover. But it sounds REALLY good, and that cover is lovely. So glad you liked it (great review). I'll have to keep it in mind for future reading. :)

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  25. I love the cover of this one, and it sounds really good! Great review!

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  26. I just finished reading The Traitor's Kiss the other night and really enjoyed it too! Not too much seemed to happen in the middle, yet I was still oddly captivated and intrigued. lol, as soon as I read matchmaker, I kept thinking of Mulan too! And I really liked Sage. Stubborn and clever and the kind of heroine I'll always cheer on to succeed. Definitely excited to read book two!

    Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads

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  27. Great review! This book is at the top of my TBR. I've been dying to read it for ages now!

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  28. This has my favorite cover so far this year. It's gorgeous!

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