Monday, March 2, 2015

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski [Joint Review]

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)5 out of 5 Robots!

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release: March 3, 2015
Hardcover:  416 Pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Julia and Shannon

Book Summary:
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.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Julia and Shannon's Thoughts:
1. Sum up your feelings in a sentence or two.
Julia: Wow. This book gave me so much anxiety! It is intense and perfect, one of the best I tead all year. 
Shannon: I agree!  This book was giving me panic attacks.  Kestrel is in such a tight spot and you know that s**t is going to hit the fan eventually.  I basically wanted to read while covering my eyes.

2. How does this sequel compare to the first book?  Was there anything you liked better?  Anything you liked less? 
Julia: I think both books are brilliantly written. If you loved the first, you will love the second. I liked that it had me on pins and needles the entire time... I didn't like anything less.
Shannon: I think this one moves a little more slowly and intricately than the first and there is less of an emphasis on the romance between Arin and Kestrel. But I didn't like it any less than the first!  As I mentioned, having read the first book, I was kind of expecting the other shoe to drop at some point so it was much of an anxiety-ridden read for me.  It was definitely a darker read than the first as well.

3. Arin and Kestrel have a hard time coming together in this book.  How did you feel about it? 
Julia: I didn't mind because it made sense for the story. It made my heart pound out of my chest when they were together!! Nerves!! I hope they find each other in book three.
Shannon: Arin and Kestrel have almost insurmountable obstacles to overcome and it really shows.  Kestrel is in such a tight bind and barely able to stay one step ahead of the sadistic emperor.  I desperately want them to be together, but I very much appreciate that Rutkoski doesn't make it easy.

4. Besides Arin and Kestrel, who are your favorite characters?  What do you like about them? 
Julia: I am very intrigued by Verex, I want to get to know him better. I also loved Arin's surprising new friend. He is funny and sharp and offered a lot to Arin's storyline.
Shannon: Verex, the emperor's son,  is a definite new favorite of mine. Even though he seems like a push over, I think there is a lot more to him than meets his eye.  I want him to an amazing ally for Kestrel.  I really enjoyed their scenes together. 

5. Without spoilers, how do you feel about the ending? 
Julia:  I loved it!!!!!!!!!! Ahhhh!!!! Cliff hanger. 
Shannon: Dude.  Like another certain author (ahem *Maas* ahem), after reading the first book's ending, I had a feeling that the ending was going to be a killer.  I did NOT see this ending coming through.  Holy.  

6. How many stars would you give this book?  Who would you recommend it to? Julia: Five stars. Anyone who enjoys young adult has to love these books!
Shannon: Five stars!  I think Maas fans would also really enjoy these books.  They remind me of each other:  blooming out of a romance-y fantasy into a full blown complicated plot complete with treason, murder, betrayal and secrets upon secrets.  

Books in the series:
1. Winner's Curse
2. Winner's Crime
3. Untitled #3 (publication unknown) 

Disclosure:  I reviewed a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

1 comment :

  1. Gaaahhhhhh I'm so excited!!! I mean, I was excited anyway. But now I'm ON TENTERHOOKS after reading this review



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