The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About: Arin has put himself in the thick of the war. He’s doing everything in his power to forget about Kestrel. Little does he know, Kestrel has been thrown in work camp for betraying her country. For what she did for him that he never knew about. By the time he finds out and goes and rescues her, she has no memory at all.

Plot: I thought that this book went a lot slower than the first two books. I still enjoyed it. I just felt it was very slow. I feel like I liked Arin’s point of view in this one more than Kestrel’s. I think Kestrel’s point of view should have been shifted to Arin’s cousin. At least for part of the book.

Characters: I didn’t really care for Kestrel in this book. I get it. She had no memory at all. She didn’t know who she was. I just found it frustrating to read parts in her point of view. That’s all. I really loved some of the secondary characters in this book. I wish I wasn’t so horrible with names! Arin had a great transformation in this book that I really liked as well.

Narration: The narrator for this book is Justine Eyre. She narrated the entire trilogy. I both read and listened to all three. I checked out both the book and the audiobook from the library. I listened when I couldn’t actually read. She did a fantastic job.

Suggestions: Other than the point of view should have been temporarily changed at the beginning of the book for Kestrel, nothing.

Recommend: Yes!


I won’t play you because even when I win, I lose. It’s never been just a game between us.

As he spoke, it occurred to her that maybe he, too, felt like two people, that maybe everybody does, and that it’s not a question of whether one’s damaged, but of how easily or not that damage is seen.

Later, Kestrel wished she had spoken then, that no time had been lost. She wished that she’d had the courage that very moment to tell Arin what she’d finally known to be true: that she loved him with the whole of her heart.

It was the horror of someone who’d been dealt a winning hand, had bet her life on the game, and then proceeded (deliberately?) to lose.

2 thoughts on “The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski Book Review

    1. Yeah! She was new to me too. I won The Midnight Lie by her on Goodreads and found out that it takes place in the same world that The Winner’s trilogy did. I read and loved The Midnight Lie so I figured why not read the trilogy! Personally, I liked The Midnight Lie better, but the trilogy was wonderful too!


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