Saturday, March 28, 2015

ARC Review: The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2)

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publication Plc, 2015
416 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Dystopia
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince is the event of a lifetime. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. 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. She's a spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

My Review:
With this book you have to read the first book to understand the second book. So before you pick up the second book look for the first book, I highly suggest you seek the first book out. But like the synopsis says, Kestrel is due to marry the Valoria prince and Arin has got just as much commitments himself trying to keep his newly free country a float. I do not know about you but the only I see is when I read this is that they weren’t together, and truthfully I thought that was sad fact of it is that for most of the book they aren’t together. But although it as lovely to read the stolen moments, once you get over the initial shock that they would not up close and personal for the majority of the book I actually started to like the idea. Yes I missed the romance and the banter between them but in the first book we saw them develop together, they grew perfectly around one another and it was just refreshing and interesting to see the type of people they were without one another at there side. It was a risky move but I honestly think it paid off.

Kestrel and Arin have seemed to lost their softy side and instead the situations they are put in and the things they must do to survivie have hardened them. Though we did have to sacrifice the romance to pave the way for noew characters, I was more than happy to. I love a romance as much as the next person and the romance in the first book was probably my favorite think about the story, I liked that even though Arin and Kestrel were separate we had some good character to fill the gap, we had Verex the prince and Risha the kidnapped eastern princess. They may never feel the giant whole left by our favorite Herrani, we are lucky enough to have the story spilt into a joint point of views so he is never really gone.

And overall like I have already said, I really did like this book. It was very different to the first because of the lack of romance but it really gives the rest of a story a chance to shine and Marie Rutkoski the opportunity to really build up everything else and that cliffhanger is going to have people climbing the walls until the next book is out.

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Author Bio:
Marie Rutkoski is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Winner’s Curse (March 2014). She grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois as the oldest of four children and decided early on that she was Someone Who Loved Books.

After attending the University of Iowa and living in Moscow and Prague, she studied Shakespeare at Harvard University, where she honed her skill in referring to herself in the third person.

Marie is now a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance drama, children’s literature, and fiction writing. New York City is her home, and she thinks there must be birds of prey living in Washington Square Park; she can see large, wheeling wings from the window where she sits and writes. Marie has two small sons who try very hard to make friends with the family cat, only to be snubbed for the dark quiet of a closet. Marie can tie a double figure-eight knot with her eyes closed. She’s learning how to play the violin. She’s a sucker for fancy tea, and her favorite dessert is crème brulée. Or maybe sticky toffee pudding. Tough call.

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