Monday, June 1, 2015

Recently Read: The Winner's Crime

Author: Marie Rutkoski
Status: Second Novel in the Winner's Curse Series
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: 2015
Page Count: 400
Rating: 4/5

I always find it so hard to review sequels because it's a struggle to keep them spoiler free. Just giving a synopsis can often times give away details from the first novel, but I will try my best to keep this one spoiler free. Here is the Goodreads Page if you want to read the synopsis.

The first book in this trilogy left off on a quite a cliff-hanger, and this one was no different. I loved that my favorite things about the first book were continued and even more fleshed-out in this one. I loved the politics and strategy of this series, and I love how smart and tactical Kestrel is, although sometimes she is a little too tactical and I just want to yell, "Listen to your heart, girlfriend!"

I really enjoyed that this book had a change of setting and took us to the palace and capital. I wish I would have reread the first book before starting this one, because I forgot almost everything that happened in it, but I reread the last few chapters and thought I would be good to go. Thankfully, Rutkoski did a great job of weaving in reminders of what happened in the first book.

Arin and Kestrel have a very frustrating but addicting relationship, and I think that it was continued perfectly in this sequel. Both characters acted true to themselves for the entirety of the book, even though that was extremely frustrating at some points, and I'm really not sure where their relationship is headed in the final book, which is really intriguing. I also loved that this novel didn't introduce a love triangle!

This series is really refreshing with its romance and political elements and I'm pretty excited to read the final book in the trilogy, I just wish it was coming out sooner because now I will forget everything that happened in this book as well as the first one! I highly recommend giving this series a go if you haven't started it already. 

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