Still loving this series! I had a slow start with it but when it took off, it did so at lightning speed and I remembered just how much I enjoy this world. I love how rich in detail the world building is and even more than that I adore the political manoeuvring. The sly little dances they are all doing around each other just reels me right in.The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc on March 12th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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Lady Kestrel's engagement to Valoria's crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust ...
While Arin fights to keep his country's freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner's trilogy.
First Line of The Winner’s Crime by Maria Rutkoski:
“She cut herself opening the envelope.”
My Thoughts on The Winner’s Crime by Maria Rutkoski:
I’m mixing it up a bit today and instead of a review; I’m going to show you my emotions during the book instead:
Impatient : I thought the book started off slow and I wasn’t feeling the love between Kestrel and Arin. Mostly because they are apart for most of the book. But given time, all my questions and concerns were tied up to my full satisfaction.
Horrified: There is a gruesome torture scene that turned my stomach and woke me up fully to what a dangerous world Kestrel and Arin are tiptoeing around in.
Hatred: The Emperor! A thoroughly scary bad bad man and what’s more frightening is how clever he is and how he instinctively seems to know what’s happening everywhere. *shivers
Thrilled : The strategy and game planning is my favourite part of the book and I love seeing Kestrel scheme and plan. Her cleverness makes me want to stand up and cheer! There is nothing like an intelligent heroine.
Interested : I really liked the new characters. Especially Risha, an Eastern Princess who was kidnapped as a child and raised in the imperial palace as a hostage. I know there is so much more to her story and I can’t wait for the next book where she’ll hopefully feature even more.
Scared : As much as I love Kestrel’s daring and double dealing, it also petrified me. See my thoughts on the Emperor above. Enough said!
Elated: There was a brief scene between Kestrel and Arin by a bridge and it reignited all my feels for this couple. How could I ever have doubted them! Their love is the real thing and I might have swooned a little!
Frustrated : Just shut up and kiss guys. You know you love each other!
Impatient : This time for a different reason! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough; I wanted action and action I got. When the pace got going, it was lightening fast and I loved it.
Anxious: Oh my gosh, is this really how this is going to end?! Someone pass me comfort food…quick!
Impatient: For the next book! The ending has set this up perfectly and I can’t wait to see where this series goes. I’m speculating furiously in my head but I can’t predict what will happen.
Overall this one dragged me though a field of emotions and I felt like a dishevelled mess afterwards. And I LOVED it!
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Who should read The Winner’s Crime by Maria Rutkoski?
I’d highly recommend this series to those who like Young Adult fantasy series with original worldbuilding, cunning characters and lots of romantic tension. If you enjoyed The Winner’s Curse I think you’ll equally enjoy this one but do be prepared for a slowish start.
Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.