Welcome to Really Really Short Reviews were the name is long and the reviews are short! Because sometimes short is that much sweeter. (Also, because I’m really lazy!) And there might be quotes too (lots and lots)! (Because everyone loves quotes, right?)The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3) by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #3
on March 29th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Some kisses come at a price.
War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
At least, that’s what he thinks.
In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.
But no one gets what they want just by wishing.
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?
(I thought I had written a review for this, but apparently I didn’t…so here’s some thoughts about the book!)
I loved that this book had a whole bunch Kestrel and Arin cuteness that makes up for all the angst in The Winner’s Crime. The romance was just so lovely.
He struggled, knuckled his eyes, and let the words come. “I want you to be mine, wholly mine, your heart, too. I want you to feel the same way.”
I loved the hilarious trio of Kestrel, Arin and Roshar.
A smile tugged the corner of Arin’s mouth. The air was gritty with sawdust. “After everything,” he told Kestrel, “I wouldn’t let you be harmed by a tree.”
“Me,” Roshar said pointedly. “You mean me.”
Actually, I love them each on their own, too. I loved the development of their character. And be prepared to have the crap charmed out of you by Prince Roshar.
“Tell me little ghost: do you enjoy my company?”
She was surprised. “Yes.”
“I enjoy yours, too. I can see why you like me. I’m intelligent, charming – not to mention handsome.”
“And skilled at preening. Let’s not forget that.”
There’s battles, and plot twist, and psychological warfare. And it’s so well done.
Overall, a satisfying conclusion.
“I want better choices.”
“Then we must make a world that has them”
Of Roshar. Because he’s amazing:
“Leave her alone.”
“You underestimate my charm. Granted, she once pulled that dagger on me, but we’ve put that behind us. She likes me. I am very likeable.”
“I have a confession,” he said. “Sometimes I offend on purpose. It’s like my smile.”
“That’s not an apology.”
“Princes don’t apologize.”
And cuteness that is Kestrel and Arin:
“But you didn’t try to ride me down.”
“You wanted to.”
“What stopped you?”
“Fear,” he said, “of what it would mean for me not to trust you. I saddled a horse. I was ready to ride…but I thought that if I did, I’d be nothing more than a different kind of prison to you.”
His words made her feel strange.
He changed his tone. There was mischief in it now. “Also, you’re a little intimidating.”
“I am not.”
“Oh, yes. I didn’t think you’d appreciate being followed I’ve seen what happens to people who get on your bad side. And now you know my weakness, and will drop spiders down the back of my shirt if I cross you, and I’ll have a hard life indeed.”
“Hmph,” she said, but she had calmed.
And besties Arin and Roshar:
“Choose what ever suite suits you best,” Arin said. “But please: keep that tiger in his cage.”
“Arin’s a kitten,” Roshar protested. Purely for the purpose of annoying Arin, it seemed, Roshar had named the tiger after him. “He’s sweet-tempered and polite and very good-looking . . . unlike some people I could mention.”
a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.