Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

winner's crime

Winner’s Crime (Book 2 in the Winner’s Trilogy)

Marie Rutkoski

Genre: Epic Fantasy/Romance

Expected Publication Date: March 2015

Bang Bang Rating: bang

I received this title through Edelweiss.


Kestral makes a deal to the Emperor that she will marry his son for the freedom of the Herani.  Kestral now lives in the palace awaiting her wedding.  Important people, including Arin the governor of Herani, have been invited to live at the palace to attend events leading up to the wedding.  Kestral must decide to either help the Herani or stay loyal to the crown.

Dang, That was Good

  • Everything about this book was good hence the 10 star rating and the star is the writing.
  1. It’s Sexy! There’s nothing inappropriate but the way Rutkoski writes the romantic scenes; you feel like you’ve read something too naughty for a teen.
  2. Characters.  We’ve all read villains but Rutkoski creates a sadistic, manipulating villain-the emperor.  He’s not the chop your head off villain; he does little things which makes him quite frightening.  There are a couple of new characters including a menacing queen.
  3. Gray Areas.  This book is by no means black and white.  There’s war strategy, new characters, treason, and much more.  There’s a lot going on but it’s not convoluted or confusing.
  4. Extremely Intense.  I must confess; I was reading the end of this book sitting at the reference desk.  The faces I must have been making.  Patrons must have thought I was insane. The end of this book will have you screaming, gasping, and crying because you have to wait a year until book 3.
  • The cover is BEAUTIFUL!

That’s Too Bad, Dang

  • I loved all of it.


Winner’s Crime was suspenseful, exciting, romantic, and every other adjective you can think of.  The writing isn’t dumbed down however, I think it might be over the heads of middle schoolers.  I would recommend it for 9th grade and up simply because the writing is metaphorical and I think some middle schoolers won’t “get” it.

Winner’s Curse was my first 5 star of 2014 and in my top 3 books of the year.  Winner’s Crime is my favorite book of 2015, so far.

If you like epic fantasy and or romance, I HIGHLY recommend this series.


9 thoughts on “Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

  1. I absolutely loved The Winner’s Curse. I got an ARC of The Winner’s Crime and I’m super excited to read it. Apparently they changed the cover up between the ARC and final; I’m not sure why because I loved the ARC cover.

  2. Are you willing to loan it out? I have a lot of 2015 ARCs that I could swap you for on loan. I am just so desperate to read this, I don’t think I can stand the waiting. I have folks who can vouch for me, since we’re absolute strangers. But hey, this is a way to meet new friends!

    • I read an eARC on Edelweiss. As of now, you have to be white listed from the publisher to get the ARC. They will probably have ARCs available in a couple of months.

  3. Thanks so much for letting me know! It’s crazy, I’ve been STALKING both Edelweiss and Netgalley for this since last month. I’ve never seen it up there for request and I’ve just checked, and it’s still not there. Perhaps they took it down. Though, I’ve never known Edelweiss to do that. Netgalley does that all the time, though so perhaps they’ve joined the fold..

    It’s cool. I need to track down the copywriter I met at ALA. That’s my “in” with the publisher. Have you had a chance to meet Marie while she’s been out on tour? She’s really lovely. Another Fantasy story I enjoyed this summer in addition to The Winner’s Curse was Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. Can’t wait for its sequel either!


    • I didn’t go see Marie when she was in Chicago b/c it was so far and on a week day. I did meet Mary Pearson and I also loved Kiss of Deception. It is my favorite book so far this year.

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