Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Released May 5, 2015
Borrowed from Library
Rating: 2.5/5

Summary

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever (Summary from Goodreads).

Review

So I went into this book thinking it would be a 4-star read...turned to 3 stars after the first 30% and then I was flipping back and forth between 2 stars and 3 stars during the second half. I did like it in the beginning, but I just couldn't help but get really annoyed with the MC Feyre and Maas' writing in general. Apologies, this is going to come off more as a rant than a review.

First off, Feyre was basically Katniss and Bella combined. She is a huntress that is good with a bow and arrows supporting her family on her own (just like Katniss). Also, later in the novel there are faeries that kiss their hands and hold them out to her as a farewell. Tell me that isn't a direct copy of the three-finger salute from The Hunger Games. She is basically like Bella from Twilight since she, a human that can easily die, does the dumbest sh*t all for her IMMORTAL man, Tamlin, who she fell in insta-love with. Tamlin even nipped her neck at one point. Their romance scenes were major cringe worthy, as well (and you all know how I like a good ship so that says something right there).

I maybe could have stomached all of that if the writing didn't piss me off.  I already didn't care for her writing in the ToG series which was third person POV, but she should stay faaaaar away from first person after this series. Some examples of annoying phrases used multiple times throughout the novel:
-"my bowels turned watery" lmao like what??? 
-"he cracked a lazy grin" This was fine, except I think you can come up with a different way to describe Tamlin's grin after the 5th time of using this.
-"utterly [insert word]" use a thesaurus if you're looking for powerful adjectives!!!
-"my knees buckled" I swear Feyre's knees buckled like 10 times in the first half of the book. 
-lines that are said "softly" that I just could not imagine being said softly at all. This is me just being picky.

I mean, I should have known going in since I hated Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows from ToG series...for some reason I expected more. The story and characters had potential (I was even starting to jump on the Rhys train), but I just could not get over Maas' writing and I felt like Feyre was a mad whiney copy of Katniss. I've heard that the sequel is better written, but honestly I just think that her writing style isn't a good fit for me no matter what people say. I would try it out, but I don't think I could handle 600 pages of her writing without going into a reading slump. After reading this, I no longer feel like I'm "missing out" on this popular series.

I know that many readers LOVE her books, so please respect my disagreement.
Monday, May 30, 2016

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Author: Jesse Andrews
Released March 1, 2012
Borrowed
Rating: 4.5/5

Summary

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight (Summary from Goodreads).

Review

After seeing the film at a friend's house last year, I just knew I had to read the book. I loved everything about the film: the humor, the characters, and the honesty. I've had the book in my possession for quite a few months, and now I've finally read it - this must be contemporary books month for me or something.

Right from the first page, I had already started laughing. Greg has an interesting mind. He's a bit of a socially awkward character that survives high school by briefly mingling with every group, but not being affiliated with any particular group. He simply wants no friends or enemies. He is such a relatable character for me - especially when he says something stupid or insensitive and internally beats himself up for it (something I do a lot). 

However, he does have one "friend" - Earl. Earl is also a hilarious character, and has an interesting friendship with Greg. Greg calls Earl his coworker because they make terrible indie films together. 

Although this book is hilarious and seems somewhat pointless at the end, it does have some themes to take away from it. Like I mentioned above, I found Greg to be a very relatable character that represents all of us that have felt awkward in school and in social situations in general. Rachel's cancer affects Greg and Earl at the turning point of their lives. Greg, who had been avoiding thinking about college, was convinced by Rachel to apply to film schools. Earl decided he wanted to work and get himself out of his rough neighborhood, accepting that his family members can only help themselves.

While I preferred the ending of the film to the ending of the book, I still thoroughly enjoyed getting into Greg Gaines' mind.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Spotlight Friday (37) and Giveaway: Under My Skin by Laura Diamond



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Title: Under My Skin
Author: Laura Diamond
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Released April 12, 2016

Summary

Bookish Brit Adam Gibson is one wonky heartbeat away from a fatal arrhythmia. But staying alive requires Adam to become keenly focused on both his pulse and the many different daily medications he must take in exactly the right dosages. Adam's torn between wanting to live and knowing that someone else must die in order for him to do so. He needs a new heart. 

The pressure is getting to him. Adam stops talking to his friends back home, refuses to meet kids at his new school, and shuts his parents out entirely. His days are spent wondering if can cope with having a dead man's heart beating inside his chest, or if he should surrender to the thoughts of suicide swirling around in his head. 

And then a donor is found…

Outspoken artist Darby Fox rarely lets anything stand in her way of achieving her goals . Whether it’s painting, ignoring her homework (dyslexia makes a mess out of words anyway), kissing a hot boy she doesn't even know, or taking the head cheerleader down a peg , no one has ever accused Darby of being a shy. She also happens to be the twin sister to a perfect brother with good looks, good grades, manners, and the approval of their parents - something Darby has never had. 

Darby's always had bad timing . She picks the worst time to argue with her brother Daniel. In a car with bald tires, on an icy road in the freezing cold, the unthinkable happens. In a split-second, everything changes forever (Summary from Goodreads).


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ADAM:
I clutch my well-worn paperback of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein close to my heart. The doctor robbed graves, stealing body parts to create his monster. I suppress a shiver. In a way, the transplant surgeon does the same thing by harvesting a donor’s organs when they’re on the brink of death. If I get prioritized on the list, I’ll be waiting for that poor victim to arrive. Then I’ll steal his or her heart and with it, their life.
Then I’ll be the monster.


DARBY:
Images blur on a merry-go-round from Hell that spins faster with each turn. Sleet pounding the windshield. Daniel fighting with the clutch and brake. The truck’s headlights impaling us. Crunching steel. Daniel’s bloody face.
Pain stretches from my head, dragging its dirty talons down my neck and across my shoulders, ending in cold numbness at my chest. Something presses my body down. I can’t move. I can’t escape it. 

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Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found sniffing books and drinking a latte at the bookstore or at home pondering renovations on her 225 year old fixer upper, all while obeying her feline overlords, of course.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Title: Me Before You (Me Before You #1)
Author: Jojo Moyes
Released January 5, 2012
Borrowed from Friend
Rating: 4.5/5

Summary

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time (Summary from Goodreads).

Review

In an attempt to read books other than YA Fantasy, I have been getting into contemporary reads lately. I saw the trailer for Me Before You a few weeks ago, and when I saw that (1) My baes from Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games were cast as the main characters and (2) the film is based on a book, I knew I had to read this.

Just a warning: this book deals with  a few tough subjects, mainly suicide, but also rape was implied, though not expressly stated. Although these tough subjects are present, this book will also make you laugh, question the meaning of life, and make you wonder if you are living life to your fullest.

I thought Louise Clark was  relateable character; she is an ordinary girl with an eclectic fashion taste thrown into a caregiving position for Will Traynor, whose sarcastic, rude remarks (at first) make it difficult for her. Lou, desperate for a job, sticks through it. When she finds out his intention to end his life, her reluctance to work for him turns into newfound determination to make him see that his life is worth living. Will, on the other hand, is determined to make Lou see that she has the potential to get out of their boring hometown, see the world, and get a college education for herself.

Overall, this was a bittersweet book that will make you laugh and depressed at the same time. I'm looking forward to seeing the film adaptation next month!!
Friday, May 20, 2016

Spotlight Friday (36) and Giveaway: The Fairest Poison by Lauren Skidmore


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Title: The Fairest Poison
Author: Lauren Skidmore
Genre: Fantasy

Summary

Princess Bianca returns to her court to find it poisoned from the inside out. Faced with mysterious sicknesses, power disputes, and whispers of impending death, Bianca turns to an unlikely ally—a former assassin—to find the antidote that will save her kingdom. But Bianca quickly realizes that she might not even be able to save her own life in this Snow White story (Summary from Goodreads).

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Laure Skidmore grew up in Kansas, with stints in Ohio and New York, and currently lives in Utah. She attended Brigham Young University where she earned a BA in English Teaching with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language and Japanese. She then spent a year in Japan teaching and travelling. She hasn’t made it to Europe yet, but it’s on the list and has been to 30 states in the U.S. so far. When she’s not exploring new places, you can probably find her on the internet with fifteen windows open and looking at just one more thing before actually getting something done.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


Title: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Released September 29, 2015
Borrowed from Library
Rating: 5/5

Summary

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
 

Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first (Summary from Goodreads).

Review

First of all, we must all appreciate the beautiful cover of this book. The hardcover edition also has black on the sides of the pages, which gives the book a really cool appearance that matches the content. 

After just finishing a contemporary read, this book was difficult to get into at first, since fantasy novels sometimes have places and people with strange names that you have to remember. The characters felt like strangers at first, too, but I think it was all a part of the author's plan; information about each crew members' background was revealed as the book progressed. 

As you can tell by the summary, the main characters are part of a gang performing a complicated heist for a huge prize. It was interesting learning about what motivated each crew member to join in on this impossible task.  Our main main character is Kaz Brekkar, who has a particularly sad and interesting past.  I loved learning about his struggles the most. Keep in mind that the members of the crew are all teenagers. Even the toughest characters like Kaz, who has made himself into a myth, lets their vulnerabilities peak through. That really made them realistic for me, because although these are brilliant, accomplished people, they are ultimately teenagers.

This book was intriguing and exciting from the start, and kept up the adrenaline all the way through the last chapter with twists and turns. I would love to read Bardugo's Grisha series, which seems to be in the same world as this one and will help tide me over until the next book is released. I am SO looking forward to Crooked Kingdom, which comes out this September! I just wish it wasn't when school starts up again!
Friday, May 13, 2016

Spotlight Friday (35) and Giveaway: The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse


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Title: The Neverland Wars
Author: Audrey Greathouse
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
Released May 9, 2016

Summary

Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That's what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.

However, Gwen doesn't know this. She's just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn't know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she'll discover she's in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.

She'll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won't be the only one. Peter Pan's constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she's going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she's going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance (Summary from Goodreads).

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Excerpt

The last of them were Captain Rackham’s crew,” Peter began. “They flew the skull and stars flag high on their mast, sailing a great flagship called the Black Death. It was a massive ship, with a hundred or more pirates all aboard it!”
A hundred?”
Maybe only a dozen,” Peter amended. He continued, undaunted. “They swore that there was booty buried in our jungle, a chest, buried by the oldest of pirates, old Scarface himself, who was more like a god than a man to all the pirates who came after him. Rackham and his crew swore to find the rumored treasure.
They sailed three times ‘round Neverland clockwise, and twice counter-clockwise while they tried to make sense of their map. Finally, they came ashore and stormed the island. They found Blink and took her hostage, you know. They were convinced she knew where the treasure was buried.”
Bard delicately nibbled on the peeled apple, watching Peter like a movie as he bounded around their underground home. Spurt was still asleep in his little dog bed, but the other children were waking up, happy to start the morning with one of Peter’s stories. After a while, everyone but Spurt was awake and eagerly listening.
Hollyhock bounced up and down, adding her own commentary, seemingly for the sake of hearing her own singsong voice. Bramble listened, sleepy but attentive, to Hollyhock’s version, while Peter related the story to the children. Peter told it exactly as he remembered it, so very little of what Gwen heard was true. Still, he got the feel of the story right, and that was what was really important.
So then I flew up behind his first mate, who couldn’t see me on account of the patch on his left eye.”
I thought you said the patch was on his right eye,” Gwen interjected.
It was,” Peter replied. “He had patches over both of his eyes. That’s why he couldn’t see me.”
Gwen shook her head, getting fed up with his impossible story, but dying to know how it ended. “That doesn’t make any sense. Why didn’t you just say he was blind then? And if he was blind, why did you have to fly up behind him anyway?”
Because I had to strangle him!” Peter declared. Hollyhock flew up behind Peter, pantomiming this part, dragging Bramble along to be her victim. “With the very rope he’d used to tie up Blink, I flew up behind him and just like that! BAM! I pulled the rope around his neck and nearly popped his head off. He dropped to the deck, dead as a doorstop!”
Newt and Sal cheered at this part. Spurt was still sound asleep in his dog bed. It was amazing, really, that the one who was usually the most high strung and noisy was the soundest sleeper as well.
What about the captain, Peter?” Bard asked, smiling and chewing her apple. She had heard the story before, so she knew just which question to ask to get to her favorite part. She did love the part about what happened to the captain, mostly because it changed every time. No one could tell a story as well as Peter could, because no matter how many times he told it, and no matter how much it stayed the same story, the details were always radically different.
The captain?” Peter echoed, “The captain! Well, Captain Rackham came up behind me and nearly cut me in two. He would have, too, if I hadn’t seen his shadow creeping up. He jabbed his sword forward to stab me, but I flew up and out of his way, and his sword went right into his first mate.”
But his first mate was dead on the deck of the ship. He fell over when you strangled him,” Gwen objected. In response, Hollyhock pinched her. “Ow,” Gwen complained.
Shush,” Rosemary told her.
This was before he fell. Once he was strangled and stabbed, then he fell over and was dead as a doorstop.”
Newt and Sal cheered again.

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Audrey Greathouse is a Seattle-based author of science-fiction and fantasy. Raised in the suburbs, she became a writer after being introduced to NaNoWriMo during her sophmore year of high school. Since then, she has drafted more than a dozen books, 100 sonnets, and 800 other poems, and a handful of short stories and one-act plays.

After dropping out of her university and beginning training as a circus performer on the aerial silks, she returned to school to study at Southern New Hampshire University College of Online and Continuing Education to earn her B.A. in English Language and Literature, with a minor in Computer Information Technologies.

Audrey Greathouse is a die-hard punk cabaret fan, and pianist of fourteen years. She's usually somewhere along the west coast, and she is always writing.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Released December 2, 2010
Borrowed from Library
Rating 5/5

Summary

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. 

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? (Summary from Goodreads)

Review

So you all know I'm not a fan of contemporary or first person POV. Well, this book has both and I still loved it! This book is light and fluffy romance, the kind one may remember from Meg Cabot's books. Don't expect it to be a literary masterpiece, though, since it is a light read. It took me a bit to adjust to the writing style, but after a couple chapters I was laughing at the little jokes and feeling all the feels.

From reading the summary, you might be thinking "Oh God, another book with a perfect guy?" But while St. Clair is every girl's dream guy, he does have realistic flaws and he is characterized in such a way where he comes off as a believable character. I felt that the relationships depicted were realistic (not that I have any experience whatsoever) because it highlights the difficulty of communicating your feelings to another person. Anna is every girl that wonders, "What is he thinking? Does he feel the same way?" She's a fun, quirky character that I think every girl can relate to.

I'll have to add her other books to my tbr. I need more light and fluffy contemporary in my life.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Spotlight Friday (34): Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers


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Title: Tone Deaf
Author: Olivia Rivers
Genre: Contemporary, Music
Released May 3, 2016

Summary

His world is music. Her world is silent.

Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.

When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved (Summary from Goodreads)

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Excerpt

The vibrations of the crowd die down a little, and Jace repeats, “Ladies and gentlemen! Thank you for coming tonight and helping to kick off Tone Deaf’s summer tour.”
More cheers. More crazy jumping and blown kisses.
“Tonight a special fan will receive a special prize,” Jace says. “Tone Deaf is giving away a backstage tour, so one of you can come meet us right after the concert.” The subtitles are quickly replaced with a tiny legal disclaimer, and even though the text is too small to bother reading it all, I get the gist of it—crazy fans can win a half-hour meet-and-greet with the band, but the tour is of the stage and not anything in Jace’s pants. Then Jace announces, “Everyone in the audience has received a wristband with a raffle code on it,” as if every girl wasn’t already aware of this.
I stare down at my own band: A632D9. I wanted to rip it off as soon as the ticket guy at the entrance put it on, but Avery had started freaking out, signing frantically that the code was defunct if I took off the wristband. I kept it on, just to please her, but not before arguing back a little.
“In ten seconds, the winning code will appear on the main screen,” says Jace. He points upwards, and all eyes turn to the huge LCD screen I’m already staring at. A large “10” appears on the screen, quickly followed by a “9,” then an “8.”
A chant goes up in the crowd, and whatever else Jace wanted to say is drowned out as the concertgoers count down. At the “1,” a roar of sound hits me, even more powerful than before. I clutch my arms to my chest and turn to the side, trying to ward off the sensations.
Something slams into my shoulder, and I yelp, glaring at Avery. She excitedly clings to my arm as she jumps up and down, and a huge, shocked grin spreads across her face.
Which can only mean one thing.
“You won?” I scream, hoping I’m loud enough to be heard over the crowd.
“Ali!” she shrieks. “Ali! It happened! Oh my god, I told you it’d happen!”
A bubble of excitement rises in my chest as I watch her smile grow even wider. Avery babbles a long string of words, but no amount of lip-reading skill could help me interpret what she’s saying. Then she points eagerly toward the screen, and I turn, grinning as I read the code. I have Avery’s code memorized; she’d been chanting it like a good-luck charm before the concert started, drawing out all the O’s like she was practicing for a kiss.
My grin falls from my face. I blink, hoping I’m seeing things wrong. But every time I blink, the screen just grows clearer.
It’s not Avery’s code. Not even close. Instead, the bright screen proudly displays: A632D9
Well, shit. I just won myself a date with a rock star.

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Olivia Rivers is a hybrid author of Young Adult fiction. Her works include the independently published novels “Frost Fire” and “In the Hope of Memories,” along with the traditionally published novel “Tone Deaf” (Skyhorse 2016.) As a certified geek, she enjoys experimenting with new publishing technologies, and her online serials have received over 1,000,000 hits on Wattpad.com. When Olivia isn’t working as a writer, she’s a typical teen attending college in Northern California. Olivia is represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary, and nothing thrills her more than hearing from readers.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy #3)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Released March 29, 2016
Bought Hardcover
Rating: 5/5

Summary

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? (Summary from Goodreads)

Review

Since this is the third book in a series, even my non-spoilery section will have spoilers for those that haven't read the first two books yet. Now, onto my review!

I reread the first two books before this one to refresh my memory and experience the feels all over again. While my feelings were not as intense as they were the first time around, I could still feel so much emotion from Marie Rutkoski's writing. I have never been so emotionally connected with characters before. I have read books were I can certainly understand the characters and feel worried about them, but never have I felt what I imagine the characters to be feeling with such intensity. It is something about Marie's writing that gets me.

I must say that the ending was completely satisfying.  After the ending of The Winner's Crime, I thought I would never see the light of day with how all hell was breaking loose for my babies. We see Arin completely broken up inside, ready to forget about his past and become a killing machine, while Kestrel is locked away in a slave camp losing herself.  I can't say much more without seriously spoiling.

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After finishing The Winner's Curse the first time around, I literally dreamed about what the scene would look like when Arin rescued Kestrel and all would be right in the world again. I definitely did not expect our heroine to completely lose her freakin' memory!! ARGHHH! 

At first, I was worried that I would get annoyed, because it usually annoys me when writers make characters lose their memory and then having to read through a character explaining everything that we already know. It just seems like a waste.  HOWEVER, I felt that Arin's reaction and the way he helped her despite her trying to push him away was beautiful. Overall, I thought it was well handled by the author.

As Kestrel started being reminded of her father, I felt my anticipation building for a scene when she would face the man that cast her out to the slave camp. While Arin was thirsty for blood (and Kestrel before her feelings started changing), I secretly wanted her father show guilt over what he had done. I wanted him to beg for an apology and for Kestrel to forgive him. He didn't end up begging for an apology, but for mercy instead which is probably much more like his character. Although we know at the end that he sits comfortably in jail, I wish to if he is ever released. 

It was nice that Kestrel thought about Jess at the end of the book, and whether or not Jess would ever forgive her. I find myself wondering the same thing, but I don't think that would ever happen.

Dang I got pretty deep into this review (for me anyway)...I think that shows how much I have emotionally invested in this series. The ending was bittersweet, and I had a lot of feelings after closing the book.
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