The Traitor’s Kiss- Book Review
Title: The Traitor’s Kiss
Author: Erin Beaty
This book was addicting. I wouldn’t say it was great, but it was definitely addicting. I couldn’t put it down. It was about Sage, our main character, a clever, impulsive girl living in a world where matchmaking Ladies with Nobles is the regular, and she is a peasant living with her Uncles rich family. Unable and unwilling to be ‘matched’, by the matchmaker, she instead begins working for her, spying on the clients and gathering information. Meanwhile, Captain Alexander Quinn is trying to prove his worth as Captain and protect the kingdom.
Sage is tough, clever, and observant, and kind of annoying. I wanted to like her, and at some points, I did! But she also annoyed me a lot. She had a very ‘not like other girls’ vibe that I hate in YA. There was only one or two other female characters that actually had depth, and basically everyone else was viewed as shallow and looked down on Sage, which is a trope that I really hate. Let’s not fall into the stereotypes of the bitchy queen bee and the quirky outsider, shall we?
The Matchmaker was a character I really liked. She was manipulative and I was all about that, because she was so subtle at it. She was also single, and content, which is a rare thing to see in YA novels.
I also really enjoyed Captain Quinn and his relationships with his men, and the prince. And his younger brother, Charlie, who was adorable and precious.
The whole plot twist revolving one of the characters was something I called from the start, but I don’t think the author was trying to be subtle with it, so I enjoyed it all the same. Overall, I really liked reading this book. It was an easy read, and the plot was interesting enough that it made up for the stereotypical secondary characters and reliance on tropes. If you like fantasy-esque novels, you will probably enjoy this book.