Series: The Winner's Trilogy

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Review: “The Winners Kiss” – Marie Rutkoski

April 11, 2016 Book Review 1

Review: “The Winners Kiss” – Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
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Published on: March 29th 2016
Published by: Farrar Straus Giroux
Pages: 496
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #3
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: eARC

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This book is part of the The Winner’s Trilogy. You can find reviews for the rest of the books below:
The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1)
The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)
The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3)

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Some kisses come at a price.

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?

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My Thoughts

I feel like I have been waiting for this book to be released FOREVER and it was definitely one of my most anticipated reads of 2016.

After the way Rutkoski ended The Winner’s Curse we were left absolutely desperate for the final book in this trilogy. I have always loved the way that she has weaved this story with all it’s different elements together and she really showed her talent in this final book which was full of the tension and the ‘almost’ moments which make this trilogy incredible.

“You don’t need to be gifted with a blade. You are your own best weapon.”

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Review “The Winner’s Crime” – Marie Rutkoski

March 27, 2015 Book Review, Initial Reaction 2

 Review “The Winner’s Crime” – Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
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Published on: March 3rd 2015
Published by: Farrar Straus Giroux
Pages: 280
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: eARC

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This book is part of the The Winner’s Trilogy. You can find reviews for the rest of the books below:
The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1)
The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)
The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3)

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The Story(summary 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.

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Review: “The Winners Curse” – Marie Rutkoski

March 25, 2015 Book Review, Initial Reaction 4

Review: “The Winners Curse” – Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
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Published on: March 4th 2014
Published by: Farrar Straus Giroux
Pages: 355
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: eBook

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This book is part of the The Winner’s Trilogy. You can find reviews for the rest of the books below:
The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1)
The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)
The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3)

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

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.

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