Review: The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Why I chose this book:
This book has been in my TBR since I finished The Winner's Curse last year. I have been dying to read it. I fell so madly in love with Arin and Kestrel, and I didn't care who knew it! So needless to say, I preordered the audiobook and devoured it in two days.

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Firrar Straus Giroux
Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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--unkown 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. (Goodreads)
My Bookish Likes:
I loved that this book took place in a different setting. I knew it would, but it was kind of a relief for me, because there was just so much meaning back in Herran where it was just Kestrel and Arin. So the Valorian Capital was actually a good change of pace for me. I thought it also made Rutkoski flesh out her world a lot more, and oh my gosh, it REALLY REALLY did! All the court intrigue and actions of other countries sucked me in. I loved the spying and secrets and sneaking around. It gave me such a rush!

My Bookish Loves:
Though I love Arin and Kestrel with all my crooked heart, I loved the fact that this book was not entirely about their love for one another. It was but at the same time it wasn't. It was about their people and what they could do to make everyone's lives better. I saw Kestrel's selflessness in this book so many times that it made my heart break for her. I also saw he trust in the people she loved, and I knew that it would only end in heartache, but I still completely understood her decisions.

I saw so much of myself in Kestrel. She had the biggest heart out of anyone in the Capital. She risksed everything just to save Arin and his people, and constantly tried to evade questions that would lead to people knowing about what she had been planning. Her intentions were so pure and honest even though they were to her ultimate downfall. But as theys ay, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions."

Final Thoughts: 
this entire book from beginning to end astounded me in every single way. I loved it and hated it because it both healed me and wrecked me. Waiting for the third book will be very difficult. I'm dying to know how Rutkoski is going to wrap everything up and where this series will end. I want it to end happily with peace, but right now, I have no idea how that could even happen.

If this book came with a warning label, it would look a lot like this:
WARNING: This book will simultaneously frustrate you, wreck you, and make you fall in love with these characters all over again.

I gave this book 5 stars.


  1. My thoughts exactly! I almost had a meltdown at the end of this book. Excited to see how Rutkoski ends this trilogy.

    1. I know right? That ending... oh, that ending!

  2. I so want to read this series. I have the first one waiting on my TBR for me. Now that I know you enjoyed it, I'm even more excited to read it :)

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

    1. Oh girl!!! GET ON IT! You won't regret, I promise! It's phenomenal! I highly recommend them on audiobook. The audio is excellent!


    1. OH THE PAIN!!!! You will surely pass out from feels!

  4. Great review! I was so excited by how much this expanded Arin and Kestrel's world (and so excited for book three now!)

    1. I know! This book really did a good job with fleshing out the world they live in! I think I liked that most!

  5. I was the same way! I loved it but I hated it because I felt so many things. lol Great review!

    1. Thanks! Yeah... this book gave me ALL THE FEELS!


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