The Winners Crime
by Marie Rutkoski
Book: The Winners Trilogy #2
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pub Date: March 2015
Genre: Young Adult
Following your heart can be a crime
A royal wedding means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. 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: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin’s freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself?
Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. she’s working as a spy in the court. If caught, she’ll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet she can’t help searching for a way to change her ruthless world…and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret.
This dazzling follow-up to The Winner’s Curse reveals the high price of dangerous lies and untrustworthy alliances. The truth will come out, and when it does, Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them.
My Review: So book two was much better than the first. I was sucked back into the world a lot sooner and couldn’t put this book down.
So Kestrel won Arin’s freedom, but he didnt know that came with a price. She is now in an engagement she doesnt want to be in. With a Prince she doesnt want to be near, a king with a hidden plan, and a wedding being put together too fast for her liking.
But Kestrel is smart. Shell do what it takes to put on a show. Shes smart, will play to the Kings ego, ignore the childish Prince and focus on taking over. Gaining power and getting to Arin.
Kestrel is tested even more this time. I loved watching her grow stronger. Never giving up. Never letting the enemy see her other than strong. I cant wait to dive into the next book.