Personal Opinion/Review #5: The Winner’s Crime By Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)

The Winner’s Crime is the second book in this trilogy and to be honest it wasn’t my favourite of the two so far. I had a hard time jumping into this book the character dynamics have all changed and there is now a new mix of personalities to acclimate.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Following your heart can be a crime

A royal wedding is what most girls dream about. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. 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: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin’s freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself? For Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. She’s working as a spy in the court. If caught, she’ll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet she can’t help searching for a way to change her ruthless world . . . and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret. This dazzling follow-up to The Winner’s Curse reveals the high price of dangerous lies and untrustworthy alliances. The truth will come out, and when it does, Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

Once I was finally able to get into the story line of this book, which took a while as it started out pretty slow, I couldn’t put it down. Unfortunately the love for the main character, Kestrel, that was had in the first book is lost in the poor decisions she makes throughout this book. Arin, however developed this new cute baby animal love that you just want to help him and give him all the answers he needs along the way. There are many new characters throughout this book as well; The Emperor (hate), Verex (verdict is still out), Tenson (love). That being said the rollercoaster of character love-hate makes this book an addictive read for sure.

Rating: 4/5

Starting The Winner’s Kiss, the third and final book in this series tonight.

I hope you enjoy my escape and find one of your own – keep on reading. 🙂


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