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review 2019-08-26 15:11
Book Review: The Winner's Kiss
The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy) - Marie Rutkoski

Book: The Winner's Kiss


Author: Marie Rutkoski


Genre: Fiction/Young Adult/Fantasy/Romance


Summary: 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? -Farrar Straus Giroux Books, 2016.


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review 2019-08-23 14:02
Book Review: The Winner's Crime
The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy) - Marie Rutkoski

Book: The Winner's Crime


Author: Marie Rutkoski


Genre: Young Adult/Fiction/Fantasy/Romance


Summary: A royal wedding means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. 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: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin's freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself? Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. She's working as a spy in the court. If caught, she'll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet she can't help searching for a way to change her ruthless world . . . and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret. This dazzling follow-up to The Winner's Curse reveals the high price of dangerous lies and untrustworthy alliances. The truth will come out, and when it does, Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them. - Farrar Straus Giroux Books, 2015.

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review 2019-06-10 22:05
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy) - Marie Rutkoski


Book #2 of The Winner's Trilogy


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Lies & Betrayals
Crappy Narration
Book #1 Rating: ☆3.8☆



With Audio Performed By Justine Eyre




๏ ๏ ๏ My Rating ๏ ๏ ๏





๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏


I really need to quit listening to books narrated by Justine Eyre because I really do not like her voice inflections/tonality or whatever you want to call it. I thought I could get past it, but I can't. If I finish this series, I need to wait about a year to do it, maybe then I can listen to her narration without cringing.


Overall, it's difficult for me to say how I feel about this second book, I was hoping the story would wow me enough and make the lack of good narrator unnecessary, unfortunately, it didn't do that. I didn't really find the content exciting until the last half hour of the book. Otherwise, I just found it boring. This series is well-loved by many, so my experience shouldn't influence you too much, other than to the skip the Audio, maybe. This is one that should be read.



๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏


Plot⇝ 2.8/5
Narration Performance⇝ 1/5
Main Characters⇝ 2.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3/5
The Feels⇝1.5/5
Pacing⇝ 2.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 2.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 2.8/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3.5/5
Originality⇝ 3.5/5
Ending⇝ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Yeah...
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Book Cover⇝ Very eye-catching...
Setting⇝ Valoria...I believe.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-05-16 14:25
3.8 Out Of 5 STARS for The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
The Winner's Curse (Audio) - Marie Rutkoski


The Winner's Trilogy #1


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Heavy-ish on the Fantasy
Light on the Dystopian
Romance (of a sort)

With Audio Performed by Justine Eyre


๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏ 

With over 80,000 readers and an overall rating of 4.01 on Goodreads, you know that there are a few people who loved this, sadly, I'm not one of them...but I did like it, and I will more than likely keep listening to the series.  I might have liked it more if I had read it a few years ago...but reading it at this point...I feel like the writing and the overall story was there but I wasn't.

๏~ I found the world to be somewhat indiscriminent...it felt like a fantasy (with fantastical names and such) but also felt like a future dystopian-like society too.  Which does it want to be?  There is no magic system...but this I actually liked because I've been feeling like it's (magic) really played out lately.  The ending came out of nowhere to me...and I'm still a little confused about how it came about.
๏~ With the exception of Kestral and Arin, there is very little character development, but even they feel kind of wishy-washy to me.  It's as if the side characters were just inconsequential. 

๏~ The romance left me wanting more.  Do they like each other or not, is it enough that they do...this is what will keep me listening to series, ultimately.  I do love a good angsty romance, and I feel like the potential is there for that.  You know, with their people at war with each other and all.


My disappointment in this could stem from the fact that I listened to this right after listening to Daisy Jones & the Six (and I freaking loved that) and I couldn't really get into the right frame of mind for it...like a book hangover kind of feeling.  I don't know??? 

The Audio was okay but could have been better.  I can't seem to stress this enough...if you have pov's from both a female and a male character, then you should always have both a female and male narrators.

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๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 


Plot⇝ 4/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3.5/5
The Feels⇝ 3.7/5
Pacing⇝ 3.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.2/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.2/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Of course...
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Book Cover⇝  It's pretty
Setting⇝ Herran, a peninsula conquered by the Valorians  
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2018-03-18 14:27
#18 - The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
The Winner's Crime - Marie Rutkoski

I wanted to continue on with this series because I had enjoyed the first book and I thought it was quite a different YA experience. This one was not really my favorite though. Kestrel was really annoying sometimes; I was rolling my eyes at her stupid decisions. I was not captivated by the book and felt myself distracted a lot while reading.


However, the ending was really interesting and I was quite surprised by how fast it happened. I knew it was going to be bad because Kestrel was really careless and she put herself in really risky situations. Still, it was not expecting that and it was good.


I will read the last book in the trilogy because I really want to know what is going to happen. But I found this book a bit too slow and too long, some parts of it did not interest me at all and I was distracted a lot.


If you enjoyed the first book I still recommend you to read it because it was a nice continuation to the series, but it could have been a bit shorter in my opinion.

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