Book Review: The Winner’s Crime

WinnersCrimeThe Winner’s Crime

Marie Rutkoski

Goodreads 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.

My thoughts:

So… I loved the first book in this series.  This one, though, I felt like I was dragging myself through half the time.  It had that soap opera feel… where you just want to the characters to GET TO IT ALREADY.  Then, 3/4 of the way through the book, things finally got interesting enough that I couldn’t put it down.  THEN, I finished it, and seriously wanted to throw the book across the room.  What?!?!  Seriously, you’re going to make me wait for resolution in the third book, which is not expected to be published for ANOTHER YEAR?  I do not know why I start trilogies before all three of them have been published already!  


Would I recommend this to fellow book lovers?  I guess… but only after the third book has been published.
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter?  Yes, I feel it’s appropriate.  Again, I’d wait until third book comes out.


4 of 5 stars, but only because it redeemed itself in the last 1/4th of the book.

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