Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: 10th February 2015
Genres: Fantasy/high fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian
Pages: 400 (Hardback)
Buy: Red Queen

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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart . . .

My-Review

OH.MY.GOD This book is perfection! Yes it took me a while to get into but that was no fault of the book. I was in a reading slump and this book got me out of it. You may find that every book review (except Fangirl) that I have done on my blog is a Fantasy book, so no surprise to anyone reading that my favourite genre is Fantasy. This year I found that, more specifically my favourite genre is High Fantasy. For example, already this year I have discovered The Queen of the Tearling, Winner’s Curse and Winner’s Crime, The Sin Eater’s Daughter and Red Queen. Every one of these books have made it to the top of my list, and not just for 2015 (and I have read a lot of books) So to say the least Red Queen is ranked pretty high in my books. Anyway, enough of the babbling and lets get to the review..

Plot

The plot, characters, descriptions etc. everything just drew me in. She lives in a world divided – Red vs. Silver. But unlike our history it is not the color of your skin that matters, it’s the color of your blood. Silvers are “advanced;” they possess special abilities. They have different names based on those abilities and based on this, depends on their station within society. Reds are considered simple folk who are nothing more than servant material. Mare’s brothers have been conscripted and when she turns 18, she too will be conscripted. Until then, she is a street thief, providing for her family the only way she knows how and she is skilled at it. But one night she tries to pick- pocket the wrong person.

Cal is the Prince, heir to the silver throne but fortunately for Mare he doesn’t punish her, he does quite the opposite. He gets her a job as a servant. She is introduced to a life full of love, betrayal, and she gets to see how decisions she makes really can make a difference. Her new status as the second Prince’s (Maven) betrothed she has insightful information to help the Scarlet Guard (a militant resistance group)

Mare, a girl who happens to be a Red, can harness lightening and electricity which begins a remarkable lie. The royalty can’t have a Red with abilities, because it might give the Red’s hope. Also this damages the perception of how Silvers rule and that they might not be the only ones with power. To keep her under control, she is forced to marry Prince Maven and if she slips up on their lie about her being a Silver she will be sentenced to death by the vicious Queen. PLOT TWIST ALERT! Betrayals are a big part of this book, can’t go into any detail but some advice I have picked up from this book is “Anyone can betray anyone.”

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As a reader, I normally can’t stand love triangles. However, I think the author did a good job of making the triangle believable and it wasn’t cringey. Mare wasn’t “Oh, which one should I choose?”

You have the two princes, Cal and Maven each having their own viewpoint and strong views of their own and how society should be or what they hope to accomplish when and if they become King. You could actually believe that Mare could love either of them.

Mare shares the same beliefs as Maven, He tells Mare he doesn’t agree with this inequality between the Reds and Silvers but he won’t get chance to change this because his brother Cal will be King. This is another thing that connects Mare to Maven, she sympathises with him because he feels he is always a shadow, second best to Cal. Mare can relate to this because it’s how she felt with her younger sister, Gisa.

Whereas, Cal is strong and brave and extremely nice. (Not to mention very attractive) Also, she met him first (as immature as that sounds) she feels comfortable with him, before she met him she hated all Silvers. I think she only really liked Cal all the way through the book.

Can you guess who my favourite is? Cal is 100% the best of the two!

Now that I think of it, Kilorn (her best friend) may have had some feelings for her too, maybe even loved her but I’m not sure if that’s in a sisterly way..

Who is your favourite? Cal or Maven?

Overly excited for the sequel, I need to see what happens next!

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Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 461 (paperback)
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Buy:Fangirl

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Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She’s got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible . . .

I didn’t realise how much I enjoyed this book until I finished it! It was scary how much i could relate to Cath; We are both the socially awkward and less cool twin, we both spend way too much time reading or on the internet/ blog and did I mention socially awkward?
I especially appreciated this book because I was reading from a twins perspective, Rainbow Rowell clearly acknowledges the pros and cons to twinship. I found it extremely heart breaking when Cath and Wren became distant and I felt Cath’s pain when Wren was moving on without her and becoming more independent. It shocked me how they weren’t on speaking terms for months!  I couldn’t go a week without speaking to Sophie (My Wren). I was nice to see them happy and back to their old selves together at the end of the book.

Rainbow Rowell has a talent for creating relationships and the secondary characters themselves, which is rare for me because I usually find the secondary characters quite pointless and dull. I absolutely loved Reagan and her sarcasm, I also loved that she quite obviously cares about Cath but tries to hide it (not too well). Her dad was also a character I found extremely interesting, he loves his daughters but he seems a bit lost in the world and when the girls go to college he really struggles. But he’s also a funny character and he has a strong bond with Cath. I didn’t like Nick, can’t say why because that would be a spoiler. I just do not like him, he angers me. Grrr.

Now, “Levi and his Ten Thousand smiles…”
Levi is the perfect example of a sensitive, loving boyfriend who is unconditionally supportive, funny, and a gentleman. He is the definition of a good boyfriend. I don’t know what else I can say about Levi, other than he is perfect and he is so sweet with Cath. *Swoon*

I won’t speak about the story itself because I think contemporary fiction is best to go blindly into. However, I will praise Rainbow Rowell’s beautiful writing. One thing I, personally wasn’t a massive fan of (no pun intended) was the fanficton, it was entertaining but in some parts I thought it went on a bit too long. Save it for Carry On. Also, Serious question.. Is the Simon Snow series based off Harry Potter?

For every fan girl out there who loves to get passionate about books, TV shows or movies, who sometimes prefers the company of books to people, who easily gets excited by the world of fiction: this book is for you.

I think it’s great that so many people have written fanfiction for Fangirl!
Rainbow Rowell says “It’s mind-blowing actually, to think that I’ve made something that’s inspired people to tell their own stories or make their own art.”

She also said “I love look at the fan art. I have fan art up all over my office.” You can check out her fan art on her Pinterest or her Tumblr.

This one is my personal favourite but i can’t find the artist’s name 😦 This was also my favourite scene and whoever drew it has captured it perfectly.

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Free Kindle eBooks that are worth reading

This post is to help other book addicts, like me (who might be lacking in the money department) to find a book worth reading, and save your money at the same time. Of course it might help if you have a Kindle!

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Angel Perez had a second chance at a new beginning. After the death of her Aunt Rosie, Angel followed the instructions of her aunt and packed up only a few of her belongings and headed to Florida. After moving into her Aunt Rosie’s small cottage on Siesta Key Beach, she was quickly adjusting to her new life.

After finding a job at an insurance company, Angel became friends with the two owners, Sara Roberts and Brea Kinsley. Sara and Brea made it their mission to fix Angel up on a blind date with their very handsome and single friend Mason Myles.

Afraid that her past would catch up with her, Angel lived a very private life. When she met the tall, dark, and handsome Dr. Mason Myles, she knew she wouldn’t be able to resist him. He swept her off her feet with his sexy, dimpled smile and charm.

Living on the run from a very abusive boyfriend, Jim Davis, Angel lived in fear that Jim would somehow find her. After she revealed her abusive past and fears to Mason, Mason vowed to protect her.

A New Beginning is a fantastic read and the fact that it’s free is a bonus.

“This is the first book that I have read from this author and she has quickly become a favorite. I could not put this book down!” ~ Amazon reviewer

Goodreads A new Beginning

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The Girl in the Box Series is about a teenage girl who develops powers far beyond those of a normal human, and her battles against those who would use her against her will.

Alone
Sienna Nealon was a 17 year-old girl who had been held prisoner in her own house by her mother for twelve years. Then one day her mother vanished, and Sienna woke up to find two strange men in her home. On the run, unsure of who to turn to and discovering she possesses mysterious powers, Sienna finds herself pursued by a shadowy agency known as the Directorate and hunted by a vicious, bloodthirsty psychopath named Wolfe, each of which is determined to capture her for their own purposes…

Untouched
Still haunted by her last encounter with Wolfe and searching for her mother, Sienna Nealon must put aside her personal struggles when a new threat emerges – Aleksandr Gavrikov, a metahuman so powerful, he could destroy entire cities – and he’s focused on bringing the Directorate to its knees.

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After six months of intense training with the Directorate, Sienna Nealon finds herself on her first assignment – tracking a dangerous meta across the upper midwest. With Scott Byerly and Kat Forrest at her side, she’ll face new enemies and receive help from unlikely allies as she stumbles across the truth behind the shadowy organization known only as Omega.

I haven’t read this series yet but I plan to, it sounds like an interesting plot and 3 books for free is an absolute bargain.

“A bit of a mystery, x-men , teenage reading and action mixed into one. Very good reading if you just want something easy.” ~ Amazon reviewer

Goodreads The Girl in the Box

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Sixteen-year-old Janelle never thought the gray spiral birthmark on her arm meant anything special. That is, until she meets Gary, a boy her age with a birthmark exactly like hers. Gary’s attractive, brooding, and perfectly normal…except for the fact that he materialized out of a dangerous hurricane right in front of her. Janelle’s certain of only one thing. Gary’s mark—and hers, too—mean something, but he’s reluctant to tell her what.

At last she squeezes the truth from Gary about their markings. And the truth is utterly terrifying: Janelle and Gary are more connected to the destructive power of nature than she ever dreamed possible. And learning the truth about herself is only the start of her nightmare.

Another one I have not yet read but i’ll save it for a rainy day (back up if i have no books or money)

“This is a great new series for adults, young or otherwise. It has a twist to it that is refreshing and a storyline that will carry you through to the last page.” ~ Amazon reviewer

Goodreads Tempest

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For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she stopped talking, and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world.

Bullied at school, she has just one friend, Cole Benson. Cole stands by her, refusing to believe that she is not perfect the way she is. Over the years, they have developed their own version of a normal friendship. However, will it still work as they start to grow even closer?

When Oakley is forced to face someone from her past, can she hold her secret in any longer?

*Silence deals with sensitive issues*

Although this wasn’t the best book, it was still entertaining enough and left me wanting to read the second book.

 “Interesting story but somewhat predictable, half way through the book I just sensed what the storyline was heading towards.” ~Amazon reviewer

Goodreads Silence

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More than two hundred years into the future, human beings are an endangered species. The planet has been battered by war, its inhabitants plagued by disease and death. Few humans survived and remained unaffected. Most changed dramatically and evolved into something else entirely. Irrevocable alterations caused by chemical warfare have created a new species. North America is in ruins and has been overtaken. Humanity has fallen at the hands of mutants known as Urthmen.
Seventeen year-old Avery is alive and unchanged. But she has not been immune to the harshness of the new world. She has lived on the run for much of her life, in terror.
After losing her father, Avery is the sole guardian of her eight-year-old sister, June. Avery is now charged with June’s safety as well as her own, a nearly impossible task.
Forced to hide deep in the forest and away from the cities overrun by Urthmen, Avery and her sister are constantly hunted. Danger awaits them at every turn. They fear they are the only human beings left, that they are the last of their kind.
But are they truly alone?

Surprisingly, a good post-apocalyptic book. *On sale for limited time only!*

I recommend this to everyone who likes post-apocalyptic books and a good humor/romance.” ~ Amazon reviewer
Goodreads Planet Urth

Also, don’t forget the Classics! Amazon offers a fantastic range of classics that everyone needs to read. Here are 10 reasons you should be reading the classics. (not written by me)

If anyone has any recommendations for free eBooks please comment below! Also, what are your favourite classics?

Book Haul!

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I always have tons of books at home still waiting to be read but as soon as i enter a book store (intending to have a browse) I can’t help but splash the cash!

My excuse is that I was on holiday/vacation. My boyfriend and I visited Windsor (about 20 miles West of London) and after a fun day touring Windsor Castle, we did a bit of shopping. Most of which was in Waterstones. To begin with I was only going to buy 2 books because it was buy one get one half price, but then I remembered I have a loyalty card and ended up getting these beauties. This is unusual for me because I usually read fantasy but I’m looking forward to reading something (very slightly) different, not straying from YA books though other than Travelling to Infinity.

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First of all, I apologise for the bad quality of all of these photos (iphone pics)

I heard a lot of good things about this book and although it’s not something I would usually choose to read, I bought it. Another reason I wanted to read this book is because it is about twin sisters. I think i will find myself relating to Cath because my twin sister is also more outgoing and sociable like Wren and I spend a lot of time online and blogging.

I am currently reading this and I think i’m in a bit of a slump because I can’t even get past chapter 3! I’m sure it will get better though, judging from all the good reviews it has gotten.

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I watched the film of this, aka The Theory of Everything and then decided I wanted to read the book (a first for me) I usually read a book and then see the film but if I’m honest I had never heard anything about this book until the movie was released.

I haven’t yet read this but I expect it will be just as heart breaking as the film (cried my eyes out at the film) From little scams through I can see that Jane Hawkings is a very poetic writer.

Travelling to Infinity

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I read this book first and actually enjoyed it, despite me adding it to my blog post ‘Books with disappointing endings.’  I loved it’s originality; instead of the story being about the victim or the person accused of the crime, It’s about the brother and sister and it shows how it affects the family when these things happen. It is also a nice little romance alongside the drama. I’m thinking of doing a review for this, comment if you think I should!

You Against Me

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I bought this for my sister because she loves circus’s but I will definitely be reading it after she has finished!

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The synopsis really gripped me for this book and I can’t wait to see what happens.

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I (very kindly) bought this book for my boyfriend while we were in Windsor because he likes post-apocalyptic books and to thank him for taking me on holiday. Then found out we idiotically bought the second book in a series, so he will have to buy Rain (first book) for it to make sense. Ignore my boyfriends mattress protector, I had to get him to send a picture of it and for a photographer he wasn’t very creative..

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I absolutely love the cover of this book! Another book I was drawn to (like Fangirl) because it is about twins.

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I don’t know what to expect from this book, which is quite exciting. It seems like it will be about forbidden romance which I am weirdly a big fan of!

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Thank you for reading and if anyone has any tips for book hauls for future reference please comment! (I’m worried that this was a boring post)

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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Author: Melinda Salisbury
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 336, paperback
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy/ High Fantasy, Romance
Buy: The Sin Eater’s Daughter – Amazon

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I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.
Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it’s price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla’s fatal touch.

Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla’s chilling role to the girl she truly is.

Yet in a court as dangerous and the queen’s, some
truths should not be told…

First of all: what a beautiful cover!

The Sin Eater’s Daughter was a very enjoyable read but I have mixed feelings about it. This may be because I heard such great things about it and had such high expectations of it. I kept reading and waiting for something big to happen and it did, at the end. While I wasn’t blown away by this book, I still enjoyed it and I am anticipating the next book.

It tells the story of Twylla, Daunen Embodied – a daughter of a god who brings life and another that brings death. Twylla’s touch is “deadly” and her skin emits a poison that kills slowly. She is Lormere’s executioner. I thought it was a great concept but this book was heavily romance driven and there was a hint of a love triangle. Twylla is engaged to the prince but she doesn’t really want to be with him. Merek starts to fall for Twylla (even though they don’t spend much time together) but Twylla is so caught up in Lief, her guard. Lief is Tregellian (from a neighboring enemy kingdom), so he’s an outsider and can relate to Twylla well and he makes her question who she is – or who she has been told she is.

I found Lief quite annoying for the majority of this book, he speaks out of term and insults her at times and then later apologises about it. I also found it weird that he delivers messages to her and brings her food on a tray when he is only meant to be her guard. He seems overly comfortable around her, he just struts in the room when he likes and he’s always “grinning” and “teasing” and “winking” at Twylla.  Though, I did like that he didn’t fear her and he treated her like a human being instead of a goddess or, worse, a monster.

Obviously I couldn’t stand the queen. She was so incredibly vicious, cruel and power hungry.. The King didn’t seem too bad but we didn’t get to learn much about him. I really didn’t like Merek (the Prince) at first but then he grew on me and I started to understand him a bit more, I am excited to see what he does in the next book.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter is one of those books where you keep saying “just one more chapter” and you can’t stop reading until you’re forced to put the book down. The writingwas wonderful; smooth and flowing. I think the world-building is very well done – probably the best thing about this book.The mythology about the Gods is superb. I thought it was such a neat way to showcase how Lomere (the kingdom) came to be.

I thought the title of this book was odd because Twylla (aka the sin eaters daughter) doesn’t actually eat any sins at all. Quite frankly, I didn’t like the idea of sin eating. I just don’t understand the idea of a sin eater eating different foods for a dead person’s sins. So even though the title is slightly irrelevant, I for one am glad that Twylla isn’t a sin eater and it doesn’t show much of it.

I was shocked at the ending, to say the least. The plot twist was completely unpredictable, for me anyway. (that betrayal though) *cries*

Despite the utter shock and betrayal, I loved the ending but the wait for the next book is almost unbearable. I cannot wait to see what happens next. I hope it’s not too long of a wait!

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I’d like to know what you guys thought of this book too, leave a comment!

Books with disappointing endings

brad cooper gif Just to clarify, I am not saying YA book should end with “they live happily ever after” and I truly appreciate endings that break the predictable and typical endings pattern in YA fiction. This blog post is simply about books that make me go ‘whyyyy?’ because the feels are too much.

WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD

allegiant1. At the top of my list is Allegiant, the final book of the Divergent series. Once young adults read the ending, the blogosphere blew up. Debates began about the ending and fans wrote alternate endings (fanfic) because they were so disappointed. I wasn’t at all disappointed by the end of this series but I was feeling the sadness but that’s what makes a good author isn’t it? Veronica Roth built up this world and made the character’s so real that we can feel the grief from Tris’s death. I just kept thinking “poor Tobias/ Four)

It took me a while to recover from the feels this book gave me and I was in a bit of a reading slump for a little while after. I wonder if there will be an alternate ending for the movie? I’m going to see the movie either way. However, I think this wouldn’t be fair to the author because she said this ending was foreseen by the end of the first book and that this ending fit with her character’s personality, and completed the lesson that she learned at the end of Divergent (book 1).

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2. I really wanted to like Matched, I was drawn in by the cover and it’s unique summary but it let me down. I found it very slow paced but kept giving it a chance, I was determined to finish it (despite the love triangle) I did think it was a good idea that in this world they were matched to somebody.

Unfortunately though, I finished this book and my first thought was ‘what did I just read?’ seriously, there were so many questions unanswered; Who runs the Society? Who are these people fighting a war with and why? The whole book pretty much revolved around Cassia’s obsession with Ky.

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mockingjay3. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love this trilogy and once had an obsession with it. Suzanne Collin’s is a fantastic author but I wasn’t satisfied with the epilogue, it seemed like she wanted a happy ending for Katniss and Peeta, which I wanted too but it just didn’t feel like her writing. We are left with the hero of the series, Katniss living a secluded, ordinary life who doesn’t seem particularly happy “It feels impossible to take pleasure in anything because I’m afraid it could be taken away.” In all fairness though, after all Katniss has been through she is going to have nightmares and worries. I wouldn’t necessarily call the ending of this book a disappointment, I just don’t think it quite did the trilogy justice.

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 4.  What’s so moving about this story is, not only do we get to see the victim’s story but we get the accused story too. This book left me guessing all the way through, I was intrigued from the start to find out which story was telling the truth.

Although we do get to find out the truth of what happened, we didn’t see how the trial went. I would have been happy with an epilogue set after the court hearing to have all of my questions answered. Was Ellie’s brother found guilty? do Ellie and Mikey work out? How is Karyn moving forward?

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5. They find out they are cousins, need I say anymore?


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Has anyone else read a good book with a disappointing ending? or just a disappointing book all together? Comment if so!

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)

WINNERS CRIMEWritten by: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genres: 
Fantasy, romance, young adult
Pages:
280 pages, ebook
Buy:  The Winner’s Crime- Amazon 

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Lady Kestrel’s engagement to Valoria’s crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust … While Arin fights to keep his country’s freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.

Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner’s trilogy.

Prepare your hearts because you’re in for some heartbreak!

Book 2 of the Winner’s trilogy  was everything i was hoping for and more. I was pleasantly surprised to find I was wrong about the synopsis making the plot of  Winner’s Crime predictable. I was expecting  Kestrel and Arin to have a secret affair but what happens is quite the opposite, they barely even have any encounters; let alone romantic meetings. Although I missed the romance between them, there was still a noticeable spark of passion between the two.

 I loved how it alternated POV between Arin and Kestrel, even though it did that in the first book it seemed more in depth on Arin’s part this time and I felt I could understand his character a little bit more. We get to experience his frustration and confusion with Kestrel because i’m sure other readers, like me just wanted to reach into the book and bang their heads together! There is so much deception, guilt, despair, and way too many lies. They are both equal in betrayal but can’t help their feelings for each other and through their cunning plans they still protect each other.They are so well-matched–they both sacrifice for their countries, and they hold their honor dearly.

Kestrel is in a very tricky position in Winner’s Crime, (I will try my best to talk about this without revealing spoilers) her loyalty is constantly tested by her future father-in law, her betrothed doesn’t want to marry her (I am liking this character though) and she is trying to do the right thing but what is right in her fathers and the emperor’s eyes has consequences. The politician and patriot inside of her wants to support the empire, even at all costs, and the loving daughter inside of her wants to prove her military worth to her father. She must face the consequences for the secrets she keeps and the decisions she makes. Despite her trying to convince herself that she was doing what was right and not directly harming anyone, Arin causes her to question her motives. (sorry if this doesn’t make much sense, it’s so difficult to not give the plot away!)

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I don’t know about you guys but this map definitely made it easier for me to envision this wonderful world that Marie Rutkoski has created. It was very necessary for this book because Arin travels between Herran, Valoria and Dacra. It’s a beautiful map but i’ll admit I don’t understand the insect/animals in the corners?

The ending of this book is was truly heart- wrenching, it is as far as betrayal goes and you feel Kestrel’s pain. Then we are left with a cliffhanger, of course.
5 stars from me again, Marie Rutkoski never disappoints.

The Winner’s Kiss is expected to be published March 1st 2016. So far away! *cries*

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