The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski


thewinnerskissBook: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy #3
Pages: 484
Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date Published: March 29th, 2016
Source: Purchased
Date Started: May 22nd, 2016
Date Finished: June 1st, 2016
Other Books Reviewed: The Winner’s Curse, The Winner’s Crime

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?

I always seem to have the hardest time writing reviews for the last book in a series. Its like I’m having difficulty finding the right way to say goodbye to something I really invested myself in. I guess what I’m trying to say here is that the Winner’s Kiss was the perfect ending to the series. It had heartbreak, sorrow, action, war, witty banter, and so much more.

Lets Take It Slow. 

One thing I’ve always liked about this series is the way the world building develops. This is like fantasy without the magic. Well, there is a part where Arin talks to his God, but thats something different here. I think because the world building has been set up in the previous two books, Rutkoski was really able to explore the characters a lot. I think both Arin and Kestrel went through significant character developments in this book, and it was nice to see that. To see them grow apart and together. The pacing in this book does feel a lot slower than the previous two books, but there was a lot to go through and process.

Emotions. Lots of them. Destiny’s Child style.

I went through a lot of emotions with The Winner’s Kiss. It started off so heartbreaking. I had no clue if anyone was going to come back from that much sorrow. After slowly putting the pieces back together (mostly of my heart), you begin to see the light, and then the action kicks in. Honestly, this book had me on the edge the entire time. I had no idea how things were going to turn out or who would make it out alive.

10/10 would recommend.

Honestly, I don’t have a single complaint about this book. The romance was great, there was plenty of action, and so much more. Really this review is just me gushing about this series. I highly recommend this one to everyone!

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