Review: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

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The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

5 Stars

I’d like to be different from everyone who’s already said this and NOT say that the end of The Winner’s Crime destroyed me but I’d be totally lying. That ending was brutal! More brutal than The Winner’s Curse! SO much more brutal. But I hope this doesn’t discourage you from reading this sequel because it’s all about the journey! And the journey hurts, but I believe it’ll pay off in the end.

The Winner’s Crime picks up soon after the ending of The Winner’s Curse, and of course, nothing is really perfect. It’s definitely in a more delicate state, as is the “relationship” between Arin and Kestrel. Their relationship is certainly strained and broken throughout the whole book. It was painful to see these two characters hurt so much. And Arin really had it bad. He was so lost and confused and just plain ol’ angry. And those moments where Kestrel dreams him really tore my heart open. “Don’t wake up.” GAH!

There’s a lot of spying and scheming in this book. Kestrel is still helping the Herrani people and it’s a complete nail-biter because if she gets caught, who knows what the Valorian people will do to her. It’s all high stakes!! Which is the reason why the end completely gutted me.

I loved how Marie Rutkoski expanded on the world in this book. We get to see Valoria and the lands in the East. Arin spends some time in the East where he made some friends, but not so easy. He also invents a thing! A HUGE thing! That was surprising and unexpected.

I’m really intrigued by some of the secondary characters, specifically the ones at court who appear to be friends to Kestrel. I really want to know what their endgame, if any, will be. At this point, I can’t really trust anyone though. At the same time, it was really sad to see other characters from the first book completely hating Kestrel.

The Winner’s Crime is full of intrigue, high stakes, longing, and heartbreak. But there were some glimpses of hope! I’m sure the next book will bring more good times. :)

Book Info

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy #2
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux BfYR
Pub Date: March 3rd 2015
Pages: 416
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: FantasyRomanceYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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.

About Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society, about a girl who discovers that she’s not human and that her kind are terrorists in an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire never happened. The Shadow Society will be published October 30, 2012. Marie has also written the children’s fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial Globeand The Jewel of the Kalderash. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

3 Responses to “Review: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski”

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    Danielle @ Love at First Page

    Lovely review, Jess! I’ve already peeked at the ending and know what’s in store for me, so I’ll probably wait to read this book until Kiss is released – I don’t think I could leave things like that for a whole year, it would kill me! I need more hope!
    Loved The Winner’s Curse tho, and I am excited to see how everything will wrap up (and extremely nervous!)

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    Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    THIS BOOK WAS JUST TORTURE, WASN’T IT JESS?!? Not just the slow burn romance (c’mon Kestrel & Arin! Just kiss already!), but the ending too. Gah…we’re all going to have such a difficult time waiting for the 3rd book. *sobs* Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

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    Alexa S.

    I love how your review is both coherent and flaily! That’s exactly how I felt about The Winner’s Crime. While I wasn’t necessarily one of the biggest fans of the first book, this one, oh, this one definitely had me changing my tune. I’m now dying to know what happens next for Arin and Kestrel!

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