Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

January 15, 2018 Review 3 ★★★★

Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Source: Purchased
Pages: 336
Release Date: March 29th 2016
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #3
Genres: Fantasy, General, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
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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?

Wow, this was a huge improvement from the romance-focused THE WINNER’S CURSE and the angst-ridden THE WINNER’S CRIME. I’m really impressed how everything came together to form an explosive conclusion. This review will be a short one because I don’t want to spoil anything.

I actually only have two qualms with this book, and one was the beginning. It was off to a pretty slow start before anything major really started happening, and then there was a small amnesia plot that I really only found frustrating. However, once things did start taking off, it was pretty smooth sailing.

THE WINNER’S KISS really delivered when it came to character development, especially in terms of side characters. Everyone showed different sides of themselves and came to terms with who they were, scars and all. I also really liked how even though there was a romance, each character let the other go off and do what they needed to do and trusted them.

There were plenty of twists and turns and a whole lot of scheming, and it was pretty glorious. The action and battles were also epic, and the stakes felt legitimately high this time. As usual, the writing was descriptive but not tedious.

In any case, THE WINNER’S KISS was a great conclusion and I’m glad I kept with the series. And as for my second issue: View Spoiler »

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Overall: 3.9

3 Responses to “Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski”

  1. Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    I’m so glad this book redeemed the series for you! I agree: this book is definitely the best out of the whole series. Normally, I enjoy the first book in a trilogy the most but Marie Rutoski really knows how to write a conclusion. Still, Kestrel’s father totally deserved worse than what he got. It’s been a while since I’ve read this (maybe 7 months or so?) so I really should do a reread sometime soon. Lovely review!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks
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