Tuesday, March 24, 2015

#TheWinnersTrilogy Read-Along + Giveaway: The Winner's Crime Week Three


The Winner's Crime Read-Along
March 10th - Chapters 1 - 10 (Catch up HERE)
March 17th - Chapters 11 - 20 (Catch up HERE)
March 24th - Chapters 21 - 34
March 31st - Chapters 34 - 46

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Chapters 21-34: My *SPOILER-FREE* Thoughts...

"It had begun with her. He could swear that she was the start of it all."

Hello, dear readers. Our travels through the twisty-turny maze of The Winner's Crime continue with our heroine, Kestral, at the center of it all. Her decisions are causing some grave ramifications, as decisions in these types of novels often do. And the gravest ramification of all? Finally driving a seemingly insurmountable wedge between her and Arin.

They part, each taking actions to secure a future for their people that they think is right. This is a not a love-sick romance. These characters each have strengths of their own that carry them forward. (However, I admit, I'm missing some of that kissing time. Alas, now is not the time, but I'm hoping for some pay off in the near future. PLEASE Ms. Rutkoski. Please.)

"There was dishonor, she decided, in accepting someone else's idea of honor without question."

There's a time while growing up when you begin to question everything that you know, what you've been taught, what you've been told. And that is an important turning point to knowing and being true to yourself. We see this pivotal moment coming into focus...

But is it too late?


As a general's daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin's eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him'with unexpected consequences. It's not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner's Curse is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

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.

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all the best, dear readers!


  1. Ugh, I totally wish there was more kissing and naughty stuff going on bt K&A. Sigh.

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