The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3), by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Kiss - Marie Rutkoski - Le Book CornerSynopsis: 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.

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy


My thoughts: I read The Winner’s Crime a little while ago, and although it ended on a big cliffhanger -the kind that makes you need the next book- it took me forever to finally pick up The Winner’s Kiss. Not because I didn’t want to read it, but mostly because other books that I had been anticipating for months finally came out and took priority. So, I eventually picked up the last book in the Winner’s trilogy at the end of June, and I have strongly mixed feelings about this book.

I did love the overall storyline and really appreciated the conclusion of this series. However, I had a really hard time reading this book. I simply couldn’t get into it, and it seemed to drag on and on. The author has a beautiful writing style, but it felt to me like it was over done and so, more often than not, instead of pulling me into the story it kept me out. Every detail, every plot point, action scene, and dialogue is developed and sculpted up to the point where it was simply too much for me.

I enjoy a beautiful writing style as much as the next girl, but for me, it should always be a tool to intensify the stories and highlight the emotions. In The Winner’s Kiss, it simply overpowered everything else. Because when you are trying so hard to make each line memorable, in the end, none of them are.

This is, off-course, my opinion and my opinion only. And I’d like to point out that, it might be a scheduling problem that kept me from truly enjoying this book. It is totally possible I simply didn’t read it at the right time. And, if I focus solely on the story and forget about the writing, I have to say that this third book is an amazing conclusion to The Winner’s trilogy.

I love where the story went in this book, and the character development was really believable. Kestrel’s journey moved me, as she starts off this book completely broken and struggles to become the strong woman we know once more. As for Arin, he is still a fantastic and complex character. I adore him and felt the urge to protect him all throughout this book.

Furthermore, the last part of this book had on the edge of my seat, me holding my breath. The author perfectly uses the double point of view to create more tension and I love it. And, even though some questions are left unanswered, I still got the closure I was hoping for.

To conclude, I highly recommend this series. Because, even if I didn’t enjoy the conclusion as much as I had hoped for, the overall story is beautiful and unique. It’s actually what I love the most about this universe: is like no other.

My rating: 3/5


Enjoy your reads,

Gaëlle

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