The Winner’s Kiss Review

**Minor to Major Spoilers**

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Title: The Winner’s Kiss

Series: The Winner’s Trilogy

Number in Series: 3

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Flap copy: “War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people―and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?”

I actually read this a while ago, but just was too busy to write a post.

Anyways, you all know, KNOW, how much I love this series. This last book was so good, until the ending. If you don’t have the time to reread the first two books, don’t worry; through a plot devious, Rutoski actually made it okay not to remember that much.

I do love how Arin gets more time in the book. I remember reading, not sure where, that Rutoski deliberately made Arin have more page time as a way to show that since he was free, that balance of power is now shared between him in Kestrel. That woman is brilliant!

My only complaint was how quickly the ending wrapped up. A lot of people read this book differently, but for me it was always a complex romance series, so I was really disappointed that the ending of the book felt rushed and hurried.

I love this series and will probably try to convince my mom to read it, so if that doesn’t tell you something, I don’t know what will. Read this series!!!

The Winner’s Crime Review

Winner's Crime

Warning ***Massive Spoilers of the First Book***

Title: The Winner’s Crime

Series: The Winner’s Trilogy

Number in Series: 2

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Flap copy:

“Lady Kestrel’s engagement to Valoria’s crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust …While Arin fights to keep his country’s freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner’s trilogy.”

So the last book left off with Kestrel making a HUGE sacrifice to save Arin and his country from sure destruction. The feels were everywhere! And this book just picked up where the previous one left off.

Overall, I felt this was a sad book. I loved it, but it didn’t have many easy moments. Between Arin’s constantly waffling on whether he could trust Kestrel or even if he wanted to love her, to Kestrel having to deceive him to save him, I just felt the one-two punch on every page.

But Rutoski is a bona-fide genius. She has perfectly captured the essences of what a trilogy should be. So far both books in this trilogy have not disappointed, and kept the energy and intensity up. I need to read the third book, because with the ending of this one, I have NO idea how our two lovers are going to make it back together.

As I said before, I would have done ANYTHING in my power to acquire this series. I feel so jealous of her editor.

Side note: Check out the redesign of the first book in paperback! It is gorgeous!

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