The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About: Kestrel wishes that she could tell Arin the truth. She wishes she could fill him in on everything. She must keep silent. Many lives will be in danger if she doesn’t. She did what she did to save Arin. Now she must face the consequences every single day. She must pretend to be happy and in love at every single event.

Plot: I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I feel like there were parts that kind of fizzled out a bit. Not too much though. It was still very intense and action-packed. There were parts of the book that I would have liked to see a bit more to have some questions answered.

Characters: Both of the characters I was totally rooting for didn’t have very good luck in this one. It almost gave me a Game of Thrones moment! The two main characters needed a slap in the face. They were acting more on emotion than they were on logic. I mean, I get it. When you’re in love, you’re in love! But still. Lives are at stake people!

Narration: This book was narrated by Justine Eyre. The first book was as well. I loved her narration so much that I wound up just listening to the second book fully. The first book I listened to part of the book and read part of it. I may listen to all of the third book as well!

Suggestions: Some of the events that happened should have been drawn out a bit more. Some should have been shown instead of referenced.

Recommend: Yes!!!


If you won’t be my friend, you’ll regret being my enemy.

I don’t mind being a moth. I would probably start eating silk if it meant that I could fly.

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

She’d felt it before, she felt it now: the pull to fall in with him, to fall into him, to lose her sense of self.

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