Thursday, 26 February 2015

Review - The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2) by Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Pages: 416
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Release date: 12th March 2015

Blurb from Goodreads:

Lady Kestrel's engagement to Valoria's crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust ...

While Arin fights to keep his country's freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.

Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner's trilogy.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK&ANZ) and NetGalley*

2/5 stars

Now back in Valoria and engaged to the crown prince, Kestrel's time is taken up with celebrations for her upcoming royal wedding. But Kestrel soon learns that she has made a cage for herself and that the Emperor is a dangerous man. Kestrel decides to help the Herrani.
Now governor of the Valorian controlled Herran, Arin struggles to help his people and keep the Emperor happy while his mind is overrun by thoughts of Kestrel.

The Winner's Crime started off well setting up Kestrel's life at court which I enjoyed reading about. Then Arin appeared. For me it went downhill from there - not much seemed to happen throughout the rest of the book and the angst between Kestrel and Arin really annoyed me. It wouldn't have been so bad if there hadn't been so many scenes that made me want to pull my hair out because of Kestrel's lies to Arin.
I like the writing style but the plot failed to hold my attention and after a while I started skim reading. 
I do like Kestrel and Arin but as I said above they really frustrated me in this book.

Overall this was an okay but disappointing read.