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Book Review: The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty, The Traitor's Circle #1

Updated: Jan 1

★★★★☆


I didn't know much about this book before I read it. To be honest, it was a bit of a cover buy for me, but I'm glad I did!

The beginning was a little slow, so it took me some time to get into the story. This series is set in a world that frustrates me, where a woman's only worth is what she can gain in marriage. Enter Sage - fierce, resourceful, independent Sage who refuses to conform to what society tries to demand of her. Instead she uses her brains and becomes the apprentice to a highly regarded matchmaker, essentially acting as a spy for her. I love a strong female lead who can physically defend herself, but it's equally refreshing to have one who can do so with her intelligence instead.


I like that the romance in this wasn't your typical 'love at first sight' love, those plot lines generally irritate me. Instead the building of Sage and Quinn's relationship felt very organic, which was refreshing. I'm so tired of these all consuming loves present in most YA books that stem seemingly from two conversations and a longing look.


The first three quarters of the book were a bit of a slow burn, but when the action kicked off at the end, it really kicked off. Despite seemingly paying attention, I did not see the plot twist coming, and it certainly kept my heart racing and my fingers flipping the pages!

Read the summary below:


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.

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