The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski REVIEW (UK blog tour)

The Winners Kiss Book Cover The Winners Kiss
The Winners Trilogy #3
Marie Rutkoski
YA Fantasy
Bloomsbury Australia
Review Copy


goodreads synopsis:

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?

Why read the Winner’s Trilogy? You may ask.
Well. Allow me to sum up the series in just ten words:
Jaw dropping tension
Epic action scenes
Pretty dresses

Before starting The Winner’s Kiss, I was extremely worried that I wouldn’t remember what has happened in the previous books HOWEVER, after reading a quick recap on (bless their souls), I felt totally up to date, and read with almost no confusions. This is owing, in part, to Marie Rutkoski also. I really appreciated how easy she made it for readers to make sense of the current happenings if they hadn’t reread the previous novels. It picked up at the best possible spot.

Moving on, the actual plot.
Oh. My. Goodness. This book. I have no doubts in my mind that these books just kept inclining in detail, depth and wicked-awesomeness as the trilogy progressed. I will admit, I am SOOOO SAD THAT THERE IS NO MORE!!! *tears forever*

One aspect that I loved about Rutkoski’s writing in this one, was the point of view (POV) changes. This is not a new thing for this series, it has been consistent the whole way through, but I thought it worth mentioning. Unlike other books, the POV doesn’t change every chapter. I loved how Rutkoski changed the POV at the best time. For example, I would be really invested in an Arin chapter, and was scared to turn the page because I thought the POV would change again, but no! The change happened when the plot allowed. LOOOVVVEEEEDDDD. There was this chapter (my absolute favourite) where the POVs were flicking back so quickly and I loved it because it was so intense and thrilling. (If you’ve read it: think kestrel, bite and sting and Arin in battle)
(P.S. I’m super sorry if that made zero sense).

If you’ve read the previous novels in this series, you’ll know that the relationship between Kestrel and Arin is a complicated one… In The Winner’s Kiss, it evolved in a way that I was not expecting. It was truly beautiful. I loved the tension between them at the beginning, and how that subtly changed as the story progressed. Another character that I loved reading about was Roshar, the Eastern Prince. He was really great with an assortment of little quirks that really just made his character. A++ for him.

However, I cannot write a review for The Winner’s Kiss without mentioning the political/ war aspects. The tactics and perspectives and overall geniusness that occurred was mind blowing. I absolutely loved the progression of the war in this novel and how it resolved…

Which brings me, at long at last, to the ending. Death, despair Oh, wondrous despair. But also marvellous happiness. I won’t reveal any more than that though. GO READ IT!

In the final analysis: I have come to the conclusion that this series is one of my all time favourites. It is EPIC. AWESOME. SO MUCH FUN!!!!
I don’t know what else I can say to convince you…
Oh! Except the fact that I have a giveaway for you!!! TWO of you have the chance to win the ENTIRE trilogy!!!
To enter, head to my Instagram :) (@booknerdiganss)

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  • Reply
    April 21, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Yeah! I’m so glad you liked it as much as I did! It was such a great ending to the series and I love how everything wrapped up. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

    • Reply
      May 2, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Thanks Zoe!! So sad to see this series end :(

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