I was a little teeny tiny bit nervous* to read The Winner’s Crime (book 2) since I wrote an incredibly mediocre review about my sadness towards The Winner’s Curse (book 1). Basically I tiptoed into book 2 hoping hard.
Peoples! I WILL HAPPILY PROCLAIM MYSLEF A GINORMOUS FAN OF THIS SERIES! HUZZAH!
Book 2 absolutely changed everything. I went from “meh” to “OH OH I AM FANGIRLING ENTHUSIASTICALLY IN ALL CAPS NOW.” Although I promise this review will not be in all-caps. I will be sensible and logical.
Also there will be a lot of photos because LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS. It just screamed to be photographed.
You are so, so welcome.
* Also known as: A LOT NERVOUS.
There is a lot of Kestrel and Arin angst. I didn’t really ship them in book 1, but now? YES THEY BELONG TOGETHER. (I love messed up romances.) Basically whenever they’re in the same room, they hate on each other. Whenever they’re separate they concentrate on not thinking about each other. Adorable.
Kestrel is now betrothed to the Emperor’s son, Verex. (This could make it a love-triangle, but it really doesn’t.) I feel bad for Verex because everyone is using him. He plays with puppies and wishes he could be a doctor and his own father doesn’t like him. UM OUCH.
And Kestrel? I love Kestrel! She’s refreshingly feminine and super intelligent. I’m not saying anything against girls who punch and only wear pants. I love them too. But for once it was nice to read about a girl who didn’t loathe her beautiful dresses. I loved seeing Kestrel’s military strategies in play. She’s a smart little cookie.
Oh Arin, Arin, Arin, you KNUCKLEHEAD. Arin is totally smitten with her and he is so angry because he doesn’t want to be. He makes stupid decisions, he’s rash, he doesn’t listen. Basically I love this little knuckleheaded lad.
Although Arin and Kestrel really need to sort out their issues. They barely have any time together and, like I said, when they are THEY’RE MEAN TO EACH OTHER.
I do have a small spot of confusion about the differences between the UK and US edition.
Publishers change covers all the time, FINE. But in the book, Kestrel’s wedding dress is red. So, in the US edition (US is blue) is the wedding dress a different colour?! I’M SO CURIOUS NOW. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read the blue version.
Oh and just be warned: THERE IS A HORRIBLY WICKED CLIFFHANGER!! WHYYYY DO AUTHORS DELIGHT IN THESE ENDINGS?!! My brain is a puddle right now. I NEED TO SPEAK.
Do NOT open these spoilers unless you want the book ruined.
The author sure doesn’t spare her characters. There’s torture! Pain! Bleeding! Arin gets a ginormous permanent scar, which I approve of (NOT BECAUSE I’M A SADIST) but because it’s unrealistic when main characters get off without a scratch. And there’s a seriously unsettling torture scene. My skin crawled. I applaud the author for sparing no one, even if my inner fangirl weeps.
Basically I loved this book. It was everything I wanted and it was PERFECTION.
SO IF YOU NEED ME I’LL BE CRYING ABOUT THE CLIFFHANGER BECAUSE MY DARLINGS ARE ALL IN TROUBLE AND PROBABLY WILL DIE.
Thank you to Bloomsbury for the review-copy! The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski hits shelves on March 12th, 2015.
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.
which cover is your favourite, book 1 or 2?!! and if you’ve read the blue version let me know what colour her wedding dress is! ALSO: when was the last time you read a book where you preferred the sequel??
Cait @ Paper Fury
…is doing a lot of things to avoid editing. What is even wrong with her and this book?! Usually she never procrastinates, but now she’s even cleaned her room before writing. LE SIGH. She’s currently reading Talon which is her first Julie Kagawa experience and she’s quite enjoying it. DRAGONS.