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The Winner's Kiss PDF ✓ The Winner's  PDF or Some kisses come at a priceWar 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 for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people and certainly than she did for himAt least, that s what he thinksIn 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 herBut no one gets what they want just by wishingAs 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 He didn t smile He cupped her face with both hands An emotion tugged at his expression, a dark awe, the kind saved for a wild storm that rends the sky but doesn t ravage your existence, doesn t destroy every thing you love The one that lets you feel saved I finally finished this series YAY I promised myself noreading until after my basic science exam, but I broke it Shame on me I have this hollow feeling after reading this book, I loved it and all, but the ending left me kind of d He didn t smile He cupped her face with both hands An emotion tugged at his expression, a dark awe, the kind saved for a wild storm that rends the sky but doesn t ravage your existence, doesn t destroy every thing you love The one that lets you feel saved I finally finished this series YAY I promised myself noreading until after my basic science exam, but I broke it Shame on me I have this hollow feeling after reading this book, I loved it and all, but the ending left me kind of devastated I honestly can t tell if it was because I wasn t ready to accept this series came to an end, or because Ive been in a weird mood these past few days This book felt like nostalgia, a melancholic touch of vague feelings Maybe better said a kind of chilly dejav She pressed her face into the pillow His scent was there She was stupid to have come, yet didn t have the strength to leave.The ghost of him between the sheets The shadow of her old self curled into the shadow of him This was my favorite part, truly It was so beautiful, I wanted to curl onto myself with raw emotion It was so intimate, a kind of intimacy born of desperation and need unfulfilled An illusion of intimacy per day At the begging I was so happy and overwhelmed with joy about the fact that instead of a pity party like I had expected, Krestel picks herself up no matter how many times she falls, I was further exhilarated when she lost all memory of Arin It was a second chance for them to fall in love, and for me to love them all over again For the first half of the book, the story is amazing, its unique, it s emotionally plundering, a true roller coaster The typical after becoming a couple drama that usually is the main staple of the final installment in trilogies was absent BUT, somewhere along the way, around the second half of the book I felt like I was reading a completely different book Maybe I m mistaken, but it felt like the writing style somehow changed, as if the author were someone else entirely The characters behavior, the fast pace and plotting, everything was the same yet different At some point the book had taken on a poetic stance Krestel went from clever and witty to, I don t know, somehow docile It wasn t bad, it was just different Kestrel felt a slow, slight throb, a shimmer in the blood She knew it well.Her worst trait Her best trait.The desire to come out on top, to set her opponent under her thumb.A streak of pride Her mind ringed with hungry rows of foxlike teeth This is why I love Krestel, why she became a YA protagonist favorite I love ambition, andthan that I love ordinary people who strive for their ambitions, they don t whine and ask it handed to them on a silver platter.I can t really word properly how I felt, and maybe it s just me, but it just felt changed I m not complaining, or okay, yes I am, maybe just a little I loved the winners crime so much, that honestly the second half of this book disappointed me a little The storyline ended amazingly, I couldn t even go near predicting how things would end It was beautiful and touching, a perfect ending to an amazing series I guess it s just the mindset that you read something in that determines how great you feel Overall this book was an emotional and thrilling, imaginative, and creatively expressed It had everything a YA novel needs It was a easy flowing book, and was powerful in terms of literary writing It also like I mentioned earlier, had a poetic drift to it Maybe it was perhaps that both the protagonists were artists in their own way One a creator of music and the other a player of instruments I felt the softness to the souls that were created on these fictional characters, and that was beautiful If I have the time to reread a series, I d probably choose this one again No battle is won without a good gamble This series has come a long way from its tame romantic beginnings in The Winner s Curse The final installment finishes the series on an emotional, action packed high, weaving ingame, winning and gambling metaphors to add to the running theme.A couple of years ago, I was disappointed with the much loved The Winner s Curse The author had a good writing style that engaged the reader, but it was so tame So much romance dampening the secrets, reveng No battle is won without a good gamble This series has come a long way from its tame romantic beginnings in The Winner s Curse The final installment finishes the series on an emotional, action packed high, weaving ingame, winning and gambling metaphors to add to the running theme.A couple of years ago, I was disappointed with the much loved The Winner s Curse The author had a good writing style that engaged the reader, but it was so tame So much romance dampening the secrets, revenge and betrayals However, I was so happy I gave in and tried The Winner s Crime, a farwell written, well developed book with a fantastic story and just enough romance.This book, though, is a near perfect ending From start to finish, it s a nasty, bloodthirsty tale with noniceties Hands get dirty, shit goes down, and people surprise you There s a constant pull of action and horror, forcing you to read just onechapter until suddenly you ve reached the end Combine that with some clever storytelling and intricate relationships, and you have one hell of a good book But nothing is ever simple between the gods, and the stories of the gods of war and games were many Each page flows into the next with perfect dialogue and tension Rutkoski uses quickly changing perspectives in the most dramatic scenes, setting up a cliffhanger with Kestrel before jumping to Arin and leaving you desperate to knowThis has failed in other books, but the author manages it expertly here Because of this, the big battle scene is perfectly told, with plenty of heart stopping moments.In The Winner s Kiss, the romance ismature Kestrel and Arin are no longer simply blushing teens from different sides of the track They ve been through so much, grown as characters, and I think this final chapter of their relationship will satisfy romantics and non romantics alike.More importantly, Rutkoski doesn t neglect secondary characters and the protagonists relationship with them Special attention is given to Kestrel, her father and the complex dynamics between them, as well as the comical relationship between Arin and Roshar that involves a lot of banter and bickering.Entertaining, dark, and completely worth pushing through the first book for.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store Final books are hard Readers dive in with so many expectations, hopes and fears, and let s not forget the ships I suspect it must be at least a little daunting for an author to want to give their readers everything and stay true to their story Friends, for me, Marie Rutkoski has done just that This story has taken me on a remarkable journey, capturing my heart and and melting my emotions in one fell swoop The Winner s Kiss is a perfect conclusion to an expertly crafted series And as always Final books are hard Readers dive in with so many expectations, hopes and fears, and let s not forget the ships I suspect it must be at least a little daunting for an author to want to give their readers everything and stay true to their story Friends, for me, Marie Rutkoski has done just that This story has taken me on a remarkable journey, capturing my heart and and melting my emotions in one fell swoop The Winner s Kiss is a perfect conclusion to an expertly crafted series And as always there are many familiar reasons to love the final installment as much as its predecessors while containing quite a few twists that kept me anticipating the turn of each page Our protagonists, Kestrel and Arin, experience a lot of growth as previous choices finally reach shocking, climatic consequences, many of which I was unsure how they d move past I definitely didn t expect the changes Kestrel underwent she is both the same and vastly different, exploring physical and mental strength of female characters You don t need to be gifted with a blade You are your own best weapon The unpredictability of this novel is its greatest weapon as Rutkoski clearly shows she s not afraid to make you beg for your favorites survival She s heartlessly brilliant like that What I didn t expect was how much I enjoyed Roshar s character I give his sarcastic, witty remarks an A and loved how he reminded me of a rougher version of Sturmhond from The Grisha series It was smart for him to have as much page time as he did since The Winner s Kiss contains romantic tension to the max with a few scenes causing me utter desperation moments where I was throwing buckets of water out of my ship, lest it sink, screaming Noooooooooo fiercely at my ceiling I still admire the writing and how it manages to convey so muchthan is actually written It s made me re think my stance on 3rd person narration, usually my least favorite But the fact that I, too, now feel as though I can translate Kestrel and Arin s Epic Starring Contests, Roshar and Arin s Bromatic Body Language among a host of other tells, just goes to show you the quality of writing No words are wasted, and always feel so carefully deliberate while still maintaining its raw honesty Perhaps what The Winner s Kiss succeeds at the most is its ability to straddle that fine line between a character driven and plot driven novel Neither side took over the other, out shining or lacking in development The relationships were given the proper amount of time and dignity Not only is there a focus on Kestrel and Arin s, but also of another that s made very clear it s just as important, and maybe evenso And, yes, in case you were wondering, this book does indeed pass the Bechdel test, something which I m always pleased to see in a YA novel The plot was excellent Surprisingly detailed battle scenes, strategies and political maneuvers are at the front without making my eyes glaze over with confusion And I loved that Arin s cultural religious beliefs along side Kestrel s disbelief was handled with a great amount of respect and love It really highlighted an ongoing theme of tolerance and respect of others differences, and that is so incredibly relevant And, of course, I really enjoyed how the novel began and ended with A Winner s Curse, bringing the entire series full circle Nice touch I am fiercely in love with all things Kestrel and Arin Their relationship struggle in the novel was so real Finally a YA book where it s not the fantasy world keeping them apart, but actual real relationship bumps that plagues us all break down of communication, acknowledgements of individual changes and growth, trust issues, accepting faults along with strengths, understanding personal struggles, guilt of hurting the one you love the most, forgiveness, and above all, mutual respect Favorite quoteHe changed us both She seemed to struggle for words I think of you, all that you lost, who you were, what you were forced to be, and might have been, and I I have become this, this person, unable to She shut her mouth Kestrel, he said softly, I love this personIt s sad for me to come to the conclusion of a favorite series, one that I never expected to adore so much But I loved every minute of this ride and can t wait to revisit Highly recommending Excellent series is excellent An ARC was provided by the publisher No monies or favors were exchanged.More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery Gods I love this series Flawless.

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