Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Book Review: The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Kiss is the concluding book in the Winner's Trilogy, so if you haven't read The Winner's Curse and The Winner's Crime, you may want to stop reading this review, although it is spoiler free.

The Winner's Kiss brings Kestral and Arin back together (eventually) but their relationship still isn't solid.  I can't say why, but it's heartbreaking. As they are trying to build a relationship, they are also trying to win a war, so that complicates things.

I really don't have much to say about the plot, but if you enjoyed the first two books, you will certainly want to pick up The Winner's Kiss. As I said in my review of The Winner's Crime, things would go a bit smoother if they would just tell each other the truth about how they feel, although that wasn't as much of an issue in this book.

I did feel that The Winner's Kiss dragged a bit, especially after Kestral and Arin are traveling together and the war has begun.  The plot just seemed to be in limbo there for a while.

I loved the ending.  Sometimes you just need to have all the loose ends tied up and a least some people need to be happy!

The Winner's Kiss is a satisfying conclusion to the series, and if you want to know more about the world and the characters, read my reviews of the earlier books linked above. A great series that I've been recommending to a lot of my teens.

Published by Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, March 29, 2016
Copy obtained from the library
484 pages

Rating: 4/5

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  1. I finished this recently and I was pleased with the end. But I remember thinking afterward - what ever happened to Jess (her best friend)? Great review!
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  2. I really enjoyed this series (although I agree that the 3rd book dragged a bit). I still remember reading the first book in the series, and how within a few pages I could feel that bit of magic you get from reading a really great story. :)


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