Review: The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)

Posted July 16, 2015 in 5 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!

Review: The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #2
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux
Published On: March 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Maturity Level: YA - some violence
5 Stars
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Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

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.

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.


As much as I hate the typical pretty girl in a pretty dress covers I do really like this one. The sword might help.

Initial Thoughts

I was smart and finished the first book a week before this one was released so there wasn’t any intense waiting for me. For that I’m glad. My expectations were very high though because I thought the first book was amazing. That made me a little nervous going into this one because second books are almost never better.

My New BFF

I think if Kestrel continues being awesome then she’ll always be my favourite. I just can’t help but like her. She put herself in these tough positions and sticks with her plans so her loved ones don’t die. I think that’s very brave of her. I loved seeing her struggle with her emotions for Aaron too, it made her seem less of a character and more like a real person. I’m actually upset that she isn’t even real because I think I’d have a great time with her. Unless she gets herself killed which is always a possibility with her.

My Crush

Ariana easily kept my heart in this book. I wasn’t impressed with him sometimes but I think everything will work out with him in the end. Or at least I hope so. I mostly like him because of how interesting he is. I feel like I never know what he’s going to do next and he almost always surprises me. He makes for a really great character.

Writing Style

I’m really loving her writing style right now. I feel the need to read more from her. I find she’s really good at keeping my interested in the book. There isn’t always a lot of action but there’s always some sort of mystery that I have to solve. The character development is great as well. I’m especially loving the villains in this book because they’re extra creepy and smart. I can’t wait to see what happens with them next.

Closing Thoughts

I’m really happy with how this series is turning out so far. I hope that the next book is just as good but I think the author has a really good handle on what’s going to happen. Everything she writes feels like it has a purpose so there’s no irrelevant chapters. I’m seriously looking forward to seeing what will happen next.


“If you won’t be my friend, you’ll regret being my enemy.”

5 out of 5 stars

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