Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie RutkoskiTitle: The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy #3)
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #3
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: March 29, 2016

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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?

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃


Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski is such a fantastic instalment to The Winner’s Trilogy! I was definitely not as prepared for this epic conclusion to the series 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 Winner’s Kiss right away. Continue reading

Blog Tour: The Winner’s Kiss

Blog Tour: The Winner's Kiss

I am super excited to be participating in The Winner’s Kiss Blog Tour organized by Raincoast Books and Fierce Reads! Throughout this tour we are celebrating Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Kiss and all the best kisses in our favourite books. I am reading The Winner’s Kiss right now, and let me tell you that it is everything that I hoped for! This book is so full of intrigue and is just such a fantastic conclusion to the series. Watch for my review soon! Continue reading

Teaser Tuesdays: The Winner’s Kiss

 

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s Teaser Tuesday: The Winner’s Kiss

Keep Forever Alexa KingaardTitle: Keep Forever
Author: Alexa Kingaard
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: March 28, 2020

Summary (from Goodreads):

Paul O'Brien's idyllic childhood in Southern California comes to a halt when his mother dies in the summer before his senior year of high school and a very different persona of his father emerges - isolating himself inside the house, turning to alcohol for comfort, and barely noticing his only child. Simultaneously, the war in Vietnam is sending shock waves around the world, young men from one coast to the other are being called upon to serve, and Paul enlists in the Marines before receiving his draft notice.

Elizabeth Sutton is eager to gain some independence from her father's old fashioned notions and looking forward to her first year in high school. At fifteen years old, tragedy strikes with the loss of both parents in an auto accident, turning her childhood into one of responsibility and worry overnight. The four siblings are scattered when her nine-year-old twin sisters are sent to live with their Aunt and Uncle on Nantucket Island, and Elizabeth is left behind in Boston with their grandmother. Her older brother, Sam, enlists in the Marines, eager to join the conflict a world away as opposed to dealing with the one unfolding at home.

A bond develops between Paul and Sam in Vietnam, and both are injured in a bloody battle that sets the stage for a lifetime of nightmares and sleepless nights for Paul. Matched by similar tragedies at a young age, Elizabeth and Paul's first introduction by Sam upon their return from Vietnam is the beginning of friendship and love that survives five decades.

After marrying, welcoming their first child, and inheriting a small beach house, the couple adapts to their new surroundings, but distant memories of Vietnam continue to haunt Paul. In an era when veterans refuse to speak of their pain and the government denies that thousands of soldiers are coming home irreparably damaged, he is left to deal with the challenge of caring for his loved ones amidst his erratic flashback episodes and moods. As their lives unravel from the lingering effects of PTSD, Elizabeth learns to accept the burden that Paul brought home, and together they make their own memories to keep forever.

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