The Winner's Trilogy #2
by Marie Rutkoski
Age Range: 12 - 18 years
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (March 3, 2015)
Narrated By Justine Eyre
Length: 10 hrs
Publisher: Listening Library
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Following your heart can be a crimeIf you don't know how I feel about this series by now, you don't know me at all.
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 series is just something special. The writing is a step above. It's just so rare that all the pieces of a novel come together the way this does.
The story is incredible, detailed, heartbreaking, and so, so smart. The writing is absolutely stunning. I don't know that I've ever read a series that I've wanted to quote as much as this one.
I absolutely love it. I just love it. What else can I say? This book is harsh, and tormenting, but beautiful and hopeful. The relationship between Kestrel and Arin is full of so much tension it's almost unbearable! Kestrel's compulsion to please her father is so frustratingly relatable. I love watching her manipulate the world around her like a chess game. She's so smart!! It's completely refreshing to read a female character that is a intelligent as Kestrel. She's my hero!
If you haven't read this series yet, I just can't beg you enough. READ IT! And after you do, you'll just want to read it again and again.
I read this book back in October, so I was absolutely chomping at the bit for the audiobook to come out. I listened to The Winner's Curse and loved it. Then listened to it again for the read-along that we're doing. I started listening to The Winner's Crime a few days ago, and just meant to listen to the first 10 chapters, but once I started I just couldn't stop. The reader, Justine Eyre, takes a bit to get used to because she kind of drags out her words a bit, and made up an accent for the Valorians (since they're a fictional people). But after you get used to it, it's absolutely amazing. I seriously LOVE her narration of these books. It's just SO cool!! This is a series I will listen to over and over again!
READ IT READ IT READ IT!!!