[Review] The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (Spoiler Free!)


ABOUT

Title: The Winner's Kiss
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #3
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: March 29th 2016
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Synopsis:
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?

#RiGoesOutside: Indigo Teen Summer Preview


So yes. I did indeed go outside. It's been a while since I did one of these, but this time, I went to the Indigo Teen Summer Preview!! It was so much fun!

Okay. So Wednesday was quite a day, so let me start at the beginning.

I started off the day going to a L'oreal warehouse sale, just out of curiosity because I didn't really need anything. I did end up picking up a couple things. Lemme just tell you, warehouse sale lines are crazy, even on a rainy Wednesday morning. There's so much pushing and shoving and a lady even tried to cut in line.

I had ramen for lunch and then it was almost time to head downtown!



v. dramatic lighting


So I strolled over to the area where the Indigo head office is and had a hard time deciding what to have for an early dinner. After finally making up my mind, I headed to Wvrst!




Wvrst, pronounced worst. 

Despite the name, the food was great. They have some delicious, famous, french fries fried in duck fat and a whole range of different sausages (hence the name, wvrst) and also a whole lot of different kind of beers too, if you're of legal drinking age!



Clearly, I had an Oktoberfest sausage, containing pork, veal and beer. They have vegetarian sausages too if you're not into the whole meat thing. Those duck fat fries were so good. I had to take them with me to go since I had to rush over to the head office, where the meeting was taking place. The fries were definitely much better hot.


ANYWAYS. Onto the thing that you're actually hear for, the teen summer preview!


Yay! Here's just the front-ish area of the space we were sitting in! Those chairs were for the #TeamTeen panel and they're super great. They welcomed the lot of us in and they were super funny too, with their introductions and in general.



Here's a picture of #TeamTeen for reference. They're awesome!




photo taken by @indigoteen.

Here's a picture of the whole setup there. You can just see the back of my head. That's me there, in the middle of the three female back-of-heads you see. LOL.

It was totally great to meet some local book bloggers and to make new friends. I definitely talked a lot to Jules, a.k.a JulesShaun on twitter and the same on youtube!


Here are just some of the books that they had for us! I think the only problem that I had with this event was that there was a disproportionate amount of some of the books and those who got to the table first were able to grab a copy of everything, while those who were behind the stampede, were unable to grab them.



These are the books that I nabbed. I wasn't able to grab copies of the two fantasy novels that were there, which were AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White and QUEEN OF HEARTS by Colleen Oakes. There were a lot of contemporary novels there and I don't read very much contemporary. I just grabbed the two that interested me. The Outliers is a mystery thriller novel, and that definitely had my interest. I also grabbed the Unexpected Everything, a Morgan Matson novel. I haven't read any Morgan Matson previously, but I've heard nothing but good things about her books and so I decided to give her book a try.

I also grabbed The Amazing Book is Not on Fire, by Dan and Phil of Youtube fame. I love them and I think they're hilarious, but I probably would never purchase their book. It was free and so I thought why not?


The team even fed us! I didn't realize there was going to be food, so I ate at Wvrst beforehand. They had pizza, apples and danishes there for us. And then later on there were cupcakes. I couldn't help myself and of course I had to grab one. This was delicious!



And of course, they gave us some swag! We got some buttons (an HCCFrenzy button and a The Crown by Kiera Cass button), a Scholastic bag, a Dorothy Must Die excerpt booklet and this awesome Simon and Schuster notebook.

I'm kind of in love with this notebook. The cover is a little flimsy, but the paper inside is delicious. Is it weird to say that paper is delicious? The paper is thick and smooth and my fountain pen doesn't bleed on it, which is a kind of accomplishment. I would like to know where I could possibly get more of either this notebook or the paper inside.

We did a lot of discussion on contemporary books that are coming out this summer and also some of the youtuber created books and social media based books. The discussion was interesting and I enjoyed listening to it, but I didn't have much to add, as a fantasy/scifi/paranormal reader myself.

I did add a contemporary novel to my TBR though, due to the great enthusiasm from both TeamTeen and Amanda of Brains Books and Brawn. Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston  got a lot of love and though this novel isn't typically in my wheelhouse, the way they talked about the novel and the great love for it definitely has me interested and brought the book onto my radar.

The entire event was super fun and interesting. The panel brought up a lot of thought provoking topics such as the stagnant english curriculum and also the influx of new contemporary novels in a post-Fault in Our Stars world. I look forward to hopefully attending the next one of these Indigo Teen events!






Happy Reading!

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[Blog Tour] The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski!!


Helloooooo my lovely people! I'm so excited to be a part of this blog tour because I'm so in love with this series and I'm so incredibly excited to celebrate this series, this novel and to spread the love.

When I first read the questions for this blog tour, I was sent into a momentary state of panic. I mean, how do I choose my favourite literary kiss? There are SO many swoony moments that I love (and I have a terrible memory tbh, so I don't remember specifics very often). However, I just decided to go with a kiss from one of my favourite books of all time.

Anyways, here's some info on The Winners Kiss and also the gorgeous cover. Let's just appreciate the beautiful cover of this book for a moment.


ABOUT

Title: The Winner's Kiss
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #3 
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 
Release Date: March 29th 2016
Synopsis:
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?

CAN I JUST WITH THIS SYNOPSIS. This series is awesome and if you haven't read THE WINNER'S CURSE yet, go do it!!!

Anyways, on to the questions!


What book is your favorite literary kiss in?

The book that I've chosen is Angelfall by Susan Ee! It's one of my favourite books!

Who is kissing?
Raffe and Penryn of course!

Why is it your favorite?
Those two just have this great chemistry and I adore their snarking at each other and course that chemistry and tension culminates in a kiss. ;) I mean. Just read this passage!

       I place my hand on his cheek. It's warm and pleasant. Maybe too pleasant. When his eyes don't open, I tentatively touch my lips to his.
       At first, I get no response and I consider backing off.
       Then, his kiss turns hungry.
       It is not the gentle kiss of a couple on a first date, nor is it the kiss of a man driven by simple lust. He kisses me with the desperation of a dying man who believes the magic of eternal life is in this kiss. The ferocity of his grip around my waist around my waist and shoulders, the grinding pressure of his lips, has me off balance so that my thoughts whirl out of control.
       The pressure eases, and the kiss turns sensual.
       A tingling warmth shoots from the silken touch of his lips and tongue straight to my core. My body melts into his and I'm hyperaware of the hard muscles of his chest against my breasts, the warm grip of his hands around my waist and shoulders, the wet sliding of his mouth on mine.
       Then it's over.

(p. 182)

Bonus Question: what kiss do you hope will occur in Marie Rutkoski's The Winner's Kiss?

Arin and Kestrel of course! Omygod do they need to kiss. And while I want them to kiss, I think I wouldn't mind there being no kiss and instead they have a happy ending together. I would be very very satisfied with that. ALL I WANT IS THEIR HAPPINESS.



I decided to share my love of this book with my friend, Areeba, from school! She's a book person and I just want her to understand my intense feels over this book because omygodOMYGOD. Thank you to Raincoast and Macmillan for allowing me to share this book with my friend! :D



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders and The Celestial Globe. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors. Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Iowa, where she took Writers’ Workshop classes and studied with Pulitzer Prize-winner James Alan McPherson. After graduating, she lived in Moscow and Prague. Upon receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she held dual appointments as a lecturer there in both English and American Literature and Language, and History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and cat.



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