May 26, 2016

A Straight to the Point Review: The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (March 2016)
484 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Source: The library.
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | The Book Depository
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: 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?

My Review

I really didn't know what to expect before reading the final installment of the Winner's Curse trilogy. I didn't even read the jacket before I began, I just jumped right in. The final book was AMAZING!

Was there romance? Hell yes!

Was there a good amount of action? Yes. In many different forms.

Are the characters as awesome as you remember them being? Definitely yes.

Should you just go ahead and read this book? Obviously.

This series ended beautifully. I really couldn't have asked for a better third book. Fans of the first two books are going to love it. Those that aren't fans yet are going to be. Now that all three books are out, it is the perfect time to give this series a try because you won't have that dreadful wait in between books.


  1. I did really enjoy this one too, I did wish one little part was a bit different but overall I did love the series!

    1. I was really satisfied with how it ended! :D

  2. Arghh everyone has loved this series! I really wish I could have liked it, but I could barely get through book one.

    Your review makes this book sounds really good though, perhaps I will like the second book?

    Nice straight to the point review!

    Jordon @ Simply Adrift


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