Book Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (The Winner’s Trilogy #3)

20443235The Winner’s Kiss
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy #3
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Publisher: Macmillan
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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?


While I wasn’t a HUGE FAN of this series like so many others out there, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. This last book was the best one yet, and all my expectations were fulfilled in the finale. It starts out with a slow beginning that reflected my frustrations with the second book. The latter half of the book was when it really picks up and when I started getting excited. And the ending – pure perfection. Continue reading “Book Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (The Winner’s Trilogy #3)”

Marie Rutkoski – The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)

20443207The Winner’s Crime
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy
Release Date: March 3, 2015

Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement… if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

This book made me physically in pain.

Other than that, the book was beautifully written with the most heartwrenching metaphors (Seriously! Never in my life have I been so emotional towards a goddamn moth!) that cut straight to your heart.

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Marie Rutkoski – The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1)

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

I am in love with the cover of the book. Although it would appeal more to the female audience, whoever designed it knew what s/he was doing. (Disappointed that the character never wore that kind of dress in the book though.)

This book was a big hit last year (and miss for some people), so I was always wary of it. I started watching booktubers (people who talk about books on Youtube) and seeing good reviews of it just kind of swayed me. (I don’t know, looking at a person reviewing just gives different vibes than reading it.)

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