Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Released March 3, 2015
Won Hardcover from Goodreads Giveaway
Rating: 5/5


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 (Summary from Goodreads).

Jesus take the wheel. emotions.  I cannot put into words the pain that I went through reading this book - in a good way! I did it all - I flailed, I wailed, and I made dying seal noises.  After finishing the book I was left in a daze.  My parents simply could not understand.  When a book makes you experience the pain and anguish that the characters feel, you know you've read a good book.  Compared to the first book, The Winner's Crime is actually better.  Marie Rutkoski really stepped up her game - the writing was great and everything was much more believable.

Where to even begin! Holy shit.  I won't spoil anything for you, but if you read the first book I'll have you know that this starts off about a month after the end of The Winner's Curse.  Every single scene with Kestrel and Arin was so painful.  I yearned for Kestrel to tell him the truth! But of course she cannot, or she would be putting Arin's life in danger.  I've said it time and time again - the most painful ships are the best. This brought me back to the Will and Tessa feels from The Infernal Devices.

Kestrel has so many conflicts going on.  With her engagement to Prince Verex (unlike his father he's actually very sweet), she has to do what she can to keep up her false image while trying to help the Herrani and keeping it all a secret from Arin.  If Arin found out she agreed to marry the Prince to save Arin and the Herrani, he would do anything to save her.  Kestrel is definitely stronger than me like damn I could not resist Arin the way he pleads with her to tell the truth.  In addition, her old friends since childhood, Ronan and Jess, are snubbing her.  It's just so PAINFUL.  

That ending though.  It was INSANE.  I don't even know how I will survive until March.  I don't care how busy I am in March, I'm reading that book the DAY it's released.  It's happening.

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