Review: The Winner’s Crime

Dec •  1 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Winner’s CrimeThe Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Young Adult -Fantasy
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher

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.

This series is getting so good, I don’t know if I can even bring myself to read the next book! I can only describe this book in one word: AMAZING!!

Plot: If you’ve read the first book then you know that the book picks up where it left off. The main character, Kestrel has entered a very scary world, playing a game that is dangerous. One wrong turn and things could go bad. The plot never lets up on the reader. If anything, this plot keeps the reader well engaged in the story. The characters have a significant  growth on who they are. I can’t even begin to explain how wonderful this story is.

Court: Now that Lady Kestrel is in court its a whole new ball game. There is a lot at stake for Kestrel. She must watch her every move. I like how well everything is so descriptive yet powerful. The feel of court, the spying, the games, its all so enticing!! I could only wonder “what if” though out the story, holding my breathe till things smooth out a bit.

Ending: OMG. Seriously. O.M.G! That is not the ending that I expected yet it make sense. Right now all I could think is, how is Kestrel going to get out of it? What to do to turn the tables? With that dramatic ending, I can be sure that the third book is going to be crazy!!

This is a series you want to read. YES! GO and READ IT! It pure genius. The complexity of the plot with the powerful characters, The Winner’s Crime entails an immeasurable story. Riveting and dynamic, The Winner’s Crime is rock solid.

Happy Reading!



  1. Aoife
    Dec 1, 2014

    Thank you so much for this review! I am so excited for this book! I can’t wait until March!! I wish I could get an ARC!! ????????

  2. LOVED the first book and I haven’t gotten this one yet. SO need to read it and you have made me want it even more!

  3. Kathy L.
    Dec 2, 2014

    OMG YESSSS! I read the first book a couple days ago and even though I’d heard how good it was I was still totally amazed at how amazing it was! I can’t wait to read this one and then the next one! I’m really glad to hear The Winner’s Crime is just as fantastic as the first one.

  4. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Dec 2, 2014

    Eep — I am SO excited to read this! I don’t know how I’ve held off this long…
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  5. Jenny
    Dec 2, 2014

    I’m so nervous to read this Savy!!!!! I’m worried the ending is going to give me an ulcer from all the stress. I might have to wait until book 3 is out, but I so loved book one that I don’t know if I can wait that long. Probably better for my overall health if I do though 😉 Glad you loved it!

  6. Candace
    Dec 3, 2014

    I wasn’t totally in love with the first book but it did stick with me and and I’m curious to see where things go. I’ve been hearing good things about this one so far but I might wait until the third book is out and that way I won’t have to wait.

  7. Lisa (Fic Talk)
    Dec 4, 2014

    I really need to start this series. Everyone only has good things to say about it. Great review!