The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski | Review

     The first book was good, but this one is even better! The plot is so heartbreaking and I found myself yelling at the characters through practically the whole book!  You know the story line is great if you're yelling out "NO!!" every couple of pages.

"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—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret."
     It's one of those stories that you hate, but you love.  The choices that Kestrel and Arin make throughout the whole story causes them so much pain and they're both conflicted about whether they've made the right choices.  And Arin can just not catch a break!
     I'm usually not a huge fan of anything that has to do with politics.  It's just not my cup of tea, but the way that Rutkoski writes doesn't make that aspect of the story boring at all.
     Another aspect that I enjoyed about Rutkoski's writing was the way that she alternated between points of view.  It wasn't split up chapter by chapter, but it was just seamless throughout each chapter and that is my favorite way to read multiple points of view.
"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."
     I'm not going to say that I don't like the character of Kestrel because I do actually really like her, but I got really frustrated with her in this sequel.  She had so many lies, especially with Arin and I just wanted her to come clean about everything.  When she finally decided to spill the beans it was too late and everything got messed up!
     That ending, why don't you just rip my heart out Marie!  Gahh! Nothing is okay, not at all! Although everything is in a crazy place, it sets the story line up for an amazing third book and I cannot wait to read it!

~ Jacey

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