Review : The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski 

Following your heart can be a crime
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 dazzling follow-up to The Winner’s Curse reveals the high price of dangerous lies and untrustworthy alliances. The truth will come out, and when it does, Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them.  (From: Goodreads)

Title: The Winner’s Crime 

Series: The Winner’s Trilogy, #2

Author: Marie Rutkoski 

Genres: YA, high fantasy 

Publisher: SquareFish (US), 2016

Edition: paperback 

Pages: 402

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Winner’s Stars!!!

The memories were strange, they were a network of lashes, laid one on top kg the other, burning traces that might have resembled a pattern if it wasn’t clear that they had been left by a wild hand with no restraint.

I’ve just got this book yesterday.  It’s been two months since I read the first book.  (I have no idea why shipping a book from US takes almost two months.)  So here we are.  My review of the second book of this brilliant series.  I should just tell you that I can’t wait to read the third book!  But…I guess I’ll probably get my hands on it in June.  Lol.

Things I Like About It 

– the writing 

I enjoy Marie’s writing.  She’s really good at describing the scenes.  It made me feel like I was watching a movie.

– the character 

Every character is distinctive.  

*one thing I need to say: I don’t really like Kestrel’s thinking pattern.  She thought she was smart but she messed up a lot of things.  I don’t hate her or find her annoying.  I just…don’t agree on what she did.

Things I Dislike About It 

– the Moth 

People who have read this book please enlighten me here.  I don’t understand what the deal is with the Moth, that whole thing.


I recommend this book to anyone who liked the first book.  You should read it if you like high fantasy and schemes.  If you haven’t reached for those things, you still should try it.  It’s a great series so far.

That’s all for my review of The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski.  I hope you liked it.  Have you read this book?  Let me know what you think.

Have a nice day and I’ll see you next time.  Adios 👋

🇽🇴🇽🇴 Remi 


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