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Title: The Winner’s Kiss
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people-and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.
But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?
I was definitely not as prepared for this epic conclusion to the Winner’s trilogy as I thought. This book is filled with action and suspense and contains one of my favourite main characters in YA. If that wasn’t enough to sway you, the writing in this book is so gorgeous and will make you fall in love with the story right away.
The Winner’s Kiss is so action-packed! Of course, I would expect nothing less of Marie Rutkosi, but this was a whole new type of mind-blowing action. The plot is just so fast-paced and intense. This is definitely the kind of book that can be read in one day.
Kestrel remains the perfect main character in The Winner’s Kiss. The whole beginning of the book is just brutal for her, yet she remains strong and logical. What I especially admire about Kestrel is the fact that she is so focused and determined to get what she wants. She is exactly the type of character that I love to see in books.
The writing in The Winner’s Kiss is just so lyrical. Marie Rutkoski has such a way with words and captivates the reader. Even the dark and frightening scenes in the book sound so poetic. Though all the books in the Winner’s trilogy are so beautifully written, this book takes beautiful to a whole new level. The fact that the book is written so well makes it even more admirable.
The Winner’s Kiss is an intense and action-packed novel with a model main character. The book is written so well that you can’t help but admire it. If you haven’t read the first book in the trilogy, The Winner’s Curse, I definitely recommend that you do so as soon as possible!