Title: The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Published: March 3rd 2015
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.
Okay, so I’ve officially decided that this is going to be one of those series that give me so many feelings and it’s literally a roller coaster from start to finish. This book was so sad for me to read, mainly because my babies were all sad and separated and I just hated it.
Note: I didn’t actually hate the book, I just hated that my precious angel child Arin was upset like, the entire time.
It’s going to be a bit hard for me to actually review this without putting in what might be considered spoilers, although they’ll probably only be mild. Basically, I’m just using quotes from Arin and Kestrel encounters, that’s all.
But I’m just warning you now that they will be in here, so if you haven’t read the book, don’t pass go and don’t collect the $200. Go read the book first.
Alrighty, lovelies. Now, lets talk about how utterly depressing this book was. I mean, honestly, I hated seeing Arin and Kestrel apart, especially because the entire time Kestrel was trying to convince Arin that there was nothing between them, when all the readers know that is a damn lie. I hated seeing his heart break over and over again, it was seriously so sad. But that balcony scene.
“Do you want him?”
“Prove it,” Arin murmured into her ear. The heat of him settled against her. His palm squeaked against the glass by her head.
His lips caught at the base of her neck, slid upward. “Prove that you want him,” he said into her hair. His kiss traveled across her cheek. It brushed her forehead, then rested right on the golden line that marked her engagement.
SO MANY FEELS.
Thankfully, this book did not fall prey to the whole ‘second book syndrome’ that a ton of trilogies suffer from.
Look at me, talking about this like I’m a book doctor. This book was definitely sad, but it was for sure interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat every time I picked it up!
I’m already onto the next one, and I’m so in love with these characters. But also, I’m terrified. I always fall in love with the characters that end up dying, so I’m very nervous to read on, especially since this is the last book.
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!