Book Tuesday: The Winner’s Kiss and Giveaway!!

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Title: The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Pages: 496
Buy: Amazon

*****Spoilers for The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Crime in description***** 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?

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Book Tuesday: Top Books of 2015

Like last year, I thought I would try and narrow down my top ten favorite books of 2015.  And like last year, there was no way I could narrow it down to 10 books.

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What?! I read over 100 books this year! You try narrowing them down to 10…

I might also have grouped a series together and counted it as one…

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Book Tuesday: ARC – The Winner’s Crime

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Title: The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Pages: 352
Buy:Amazon

*Spoilers for The Winner’s Curse in synopsis*

Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

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Book Tuesday: The Winner’s Curse

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Title: The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Pages: 355
Buy:Amazon

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

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