Title: The Traitor’s Kiss (The Traitor’s Circle #1)
Author: Erin Beaty
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: May 9th, 2017
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.” (Goodreads)
I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. A couple friends I follow on here and Instagram have gushed about them but I didn’t want to fall into the hype. Well guys, the hype is real! I’m glad I didn’t wait any longer to dive in!
Usually I talk about the characters but I am going to change it up. Let’s talk about the plot first. It’s different and one that I have never read before. The MC, Sage, works for a matchmaker and when she first met her it honestly reminded me of Mulan. Of course, this book doesn’t have her pretending to be a boy but she does do some spying and is pretty much a tomboy. There are tons of plot twists that involve mistaken identity and it was shocking and quite enjoyable to read about. If you are a fan of multiple point of views, this book has that too. I loved getting to know the characters through their views and we even get chapters from the villain’s perspective! What more can you ask for?
Sage is a girl who knows what she wants. She is smart, loves to learn, and is really good at reading people. I enjoyed getting to know her throughout the pages and seeing a romance between her and another blossom throughout. It was perfect, sweet, and I loved that they both never knew what they needed until they started to get to know each other. Aaahh, pure bliss!
The minor characters don’t feel minor at all in this one. They are always present and sometimes even stealing the show! This hardly happens for me and I am glad this book didn’t disappoint when it came to the characters.
I will say that this one took me a bit to fully understand and connect with the characters but the farther I got into it, the more I found myself not wanting to put it down. It is also rare for a book to give me all the feels. This one took my heart and smashed it a couple times at the end and did have me becoming quite teary-eyed.
Overall, I loved this book and its rare for me to continue a series back-to-back but this one must be continued right away! I am sure by the time I publish this one I will have already read through the second book and be in love but only time will tell! If you haven’t picked The Traitor’s Kiss up yet I would highly suggest doing so!