Review: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy, #2 | The Winner’s Curse
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Genre(s): High Fantasy, Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

my rambles

I don’t know if I’ll be able to write a coherent review for this beautiful, heartbreaking, book, because even after reading this book a few days ago from when I’m writing this review, I still feel like this:

*Yes this book requires gifs in my review. I cannot convey my feelings properly.*

 If you have been following me (whether it be on this blog or on Twitter), you will have probably seen me mention my obsession and love for this series at least once. I most likely made it well known how much I’ve needed this book for months, and I will 100% live up to the fact that I went to MAJOR blogger jealousy when it came to The Winner’s Crime ARCs. My review for the first book somehow didn’t showcase my emotions properly. I actually seemed composed, which was the exact opposite of how I felt after reading not only book two, but book one as well!

The Winner’s Crime surpassed my greatest expectations. Marie Rutkoski has crafted a world, characters, relationships, and story that will keep you entranced.

Everything about the world is so clever and sharp, from the game of Bite and Sting to the political intrigue. In this book we get to explore the world a bit more, travel to other lands, and the world building deepens.

There is also the addition of new characters, along with my beloved Kestrel and Arin. The development of the characters is also amazing. You get to see a new side of Kestrel and Arin, as well as people like Jess, Ronan, and Kestrel’s father.

And THE RELATIONSHIPS. Oh. My. Gosh. I think Marie Rutkoski is trying to break our hearts one thousand times over! The angst! I couldn’t handle it. Kestrel and Arin are my current OTP, and they are well deserved because their storyline in The Winner’s Crime is heightened to a whole new level. I seriously couldn’t contain my emotions or stop reading thanks to the happenings in the book, particularly involving the pair.

Just when you thought things were going to take a turn for the better, Marie Rutkoski throws us a cruel, evil, awful, sad, curveball that brings on the feels once more. And that ending will leave you with your mouth hanging open and then soon you find that you’re crying…

All in all, The Winner’s Crime was everything I hoped it would be. The wait was well worth it, and if you enjoyed The Winner’s Curse, then this book is a must read that will make you fall in love with the story all over again!

xo

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Early Excitement: March 2015

Early Excitement

I feel like I say this each month but: some of my most-anticipated reads of the year are coming out this month and OHMYGOSH I can’t contain my excitement!!! Okay, so there are only four books that I have on my list, but as I said, the excitement!

   

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski — March 3rd, 2015
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows — March 10th, 2015
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver — March 10th, 2015
Little Peach by Peggy Kern — March 10th, 2015

Both The Winner’s Crime and The Orphan Queen I’ve talked about before on the blog in old WoW posts, but Vanishing Girls and Little Peach I don’t think I’ve mentioned. These two have been quiet excitements for me. I’m particularly excited for Little Peach in that it sounds like Stolen, which tore my heart in a billion pieces, so DUH, I need another book to do the same thing!

What upcoming March releases are you excited about?

xo

Waiting on…The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

waiting on wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!


Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (BYR)
Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

why i can't wait

If you haven’t read my review of book #1, The Winner’s Curse, you can read it here!

Basically the first book was such an emotional rollercoaster for me as a reader. I was so drawn into the world, the characters, the romance, EVERYTHING. Marie Rutkoski is a fantasy genius. The cover for The Winner’s Crime was just released recently and isn’t just the most beautiful thing? I do prefer the cover to The Winner’s Curse over this one, but are both absolutely beautiful, you have to admit! And the covers definitely reflect the story and writing between the covers — beautiful. I am so ready for this book…


What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

xo

Top [Eight] Books with Great Friendships

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Top [Eight] Books with Great Friendships

Lately in YA there aren’t a ton of books focusing on just friendships. I think there should definitely be more out there. Romance is slipped into almost every place possible so I found this week’s topic to be a challenge. I changed it a little to fit my needs.

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Book Event: TBF Live 2014

On Saturday I attended TBF Live 2014 – a teen book festival featuring over 20 amazing authors. There were panels, sessions, book sales, raffles, signings and all over fun! This was my third time going to the festival, but my first time as a blogger. I’m super excited to share with you all about it!

Authors in Attendance:

Laurie Halse Anderson
Jay Asher
Jonathan Auxier
Paolo Bacigalupi
Charles Benoit
Ann Brashares
Cecil Castellucci
Joelle Charbonneau
Alexandra Coutts
Gina Damico
Simone Elkeles
Lisa Greenwald
Ellen Hopkins
A. S. King
Alethea Kontis
E. Lockhart
Alex London
Amber Lough
Michelle Madow
Lauren Myracle
G. Neri
Nancy Ohlin
Marie Rutkoski
Tess Sharpe
Neal Shusterman
Andrew Smith
Meagan Spooner
Aaron Starmer
Margaret Stohl
Cristin Terrill
Terry Trueman

Unfortunately, Margaret Stohl and Ann Brashares couldn’t make it due to extreme flight delays, and Lisa Greenwald and Alexandra Coutts were sick and didn’t attend either. Although I was hoping to meet them, it didn’t spoil how awesome the day was!

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