The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski ( Book #3 in The Winner’s Curse Trilogy)

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Goodreads : Link
Buy the book : AmazonBarnes and Noble
Buy this trilogy: Book 1, Book 2
My Rating: 5 stars.
To be Published: March 29th 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 
Format: I got an Arc through Netgalley for an honest review.

Summary :

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? 

My Review:

“He thought about how sorrow limns the places where parts of you join. Your past and present. Loves and hates. It sets a chisel into the cracks and pries.”

Let me start with saying that I wanted this book really bad and when I got an ARC through Netgalley, I was in paradise.
And then I started reading it. And i found an adventurous, action packed book with a bit of Romance. The conflicts outside between nations and inside the characters just made it more enjoyable.
It was so frustrating to see Arin and Kestrel struggling in their own lives with no hint of the other.
Kestrel who has been taken to the prisoner camp suffers everyday trying to hold on to her memories, hoping she’ll be saved.
And Arin who has no idea about what’s going on tries to erase her from his mind.
And then the real story begins. There’s war and love and treachery. It’s an adventure reading this book. Another thing I liked was being in the characters mind in such a way. The chapters shift from Kestrel’s POV to Arin’s POV leaving us wondering what’s happening to the other. I flew through the book and yes it was a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.

Love, Alex 🙂

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