Book review: The Traitor’s Kiss, by Erin Beaty

Beaty, Erin. The Traitor’s Kiss. (Traitor’s Circle series, #1). Imprint, 2017. $18.99. ISBN: 978-1250117946. 352p. Gr.9-11.  P6 Q7

This is the first book in a trilogy, and I am really looking forward to reading more. It’s about a young woman who is an apprentice to a matchmaker, but who really is a spy. She’s sort of a smartass and doesn’t fit the mold that society wants her to.   It is almost historic, not fantasy, and I caught myself thinking “this could’ve happened” more than once.  The characters were really rich and very human and the plot was full of twists and surprises.  There was just enough romance to spice it up, but not enough that I felt it was a story motivator.  The one criticism I have is that it was hard to follow sometimes, a map would’ve clarified things a lot, because I couldn’t tell how the settings related to each other and where everyone was.

May 2018 review by NHS student.

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