Mini Reviews // The One Where I Binged The Winner’s Trilogy

If one day I say I don’t love a book were the characters wear ball gowns, live in fantasy worlds and rebel against an dictatorship, call the police because somethings gone very wrong with me. I’m so flipping happy I finally picked up this series.

The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski // Incoherent Yelling About How Much I Loved This Book16069030


My friend Allie, who I co-run bookenthral (the insta account) with lent me her copy the other day because she recently read it and thought it was totally my thing! SHE WAS RIGHT! IM IN LOVE! I read it in two days which is practically unheard of me this year! I just couldn’t get enough!

Kestrel and Arin, were so Romeo-and-Juliet-forbidden-romance which is usually not my thing but with this book and this couple my heart was so invested. Me and Allie had a debate about this: she thinks this book suffers from a touch of insta-love but not me (I don’t know if I’m blinded but…) I think there relationship is the perfect slow burn. The obstacles in there way actually hurt my soul so bad! I now must read the rest of the series as fast as possible to make sure they get a happily ever after!

This is also my first Marie Rutkoski book and her writing style is right up my ally. It’s succinct, while still managing to be descriptive and able to paint a vivid scene in my mind. It actually reminded me of Sarah J Maas’ writing (which was automatically like 30 big ticks in it’s favour).

The world is beautifully created. Something that always makes books fantastic in my eyes is when the author has weaved in an intricate system of different cultures, politics and religions into a world. These elements always transform a a 2D world into an alive system with faults and marvels.

I couldn’t get enough of this first book and I’m hoping with everything I am I have the same response to the second and third books!!!

5 stars


The Winner’s Crime (The Winner Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski // Why Must You Keep My Babies Apart!

23276983This series HAS ME! I’ve gone straight our and brought myself the third in the series because I need to devour every single word Marie Rutkoski has crafted into these amazing books!

The Winner’s Trilogy really comes alive in this sequel where we get to see a lot more of this complex world and its politics, however these advances in the story come at the cost of Arin and Kestrel’s relationships. I feel like sequel suffered from a pretty common YA fantasy trope that the main couple are separated for majority of the book. It’s not that I don’t like this trope it’s just that I love  Kestrel and Arin so much that all the misunderstanding and distance between them was frustrating for me to read.

I love a lot of the new side characters introduced in this book as well, Especially Roshar the prince of the plainlands and the Emperor introduced so many new plot lines and intrigue into the story! Also talking about awesome characters, including my faves Kestrel and Arin… NOT. ONE. CHARACTER. HAD. ANY. SORT. OF. HAPPINESS. IN. THIS. DAMN. EVIL. BOOK. Like reading all the horrible shit that they all have to go through broke my poor little heart!

AND LASTLY!!!! THAT FUCKING ENDING DESTROYED ME! I don’t want to say specifically upset me (cause spoilers duh) but the Thing happens and I’m like WHY IS THIS HAPPENING!!!!?????? Why can’t my babies be happy! So much betrayal and heart break! I can. not. wait. To find out how it all resolves itself in the last book!!!

4 stars


The Winners Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski // Still Good Just Not What I Was Expecting20443235

The start of this book picks up right were the second finishes so it is packed full of excitement and action and romance and had my flipping the pages faster than I could read!! But… Then the middle hits… and the pace slows waaayyy down.

I’m kind of really disappointed that I have binged and enjoyed this series so much only for it to have (in my opinion) a pretty lacklustre concluding book. The middle and ending of this book just felt like one giant run on chapter. The book focuses mainly on war and war tactics and the heart of the book (Kestrel and Arin’s epic romance) is subtly left as a subplot. It was irritating to me who was entering this book expecting epic romance to give the first book a run for it’s money.

Don’t get me wrong, this book was obviously still very entertaining and full of all the amazing characters and emotion that I’ve grown to associate with this series. Kestrel is still a scheming brave kickass heroine and Arin is still adorable, humble and romantic af, The Emperor is still evil,

Yeah… so mixed emotions. I’m happy with it and was happy while reading it but I’m bummed that that’s how it was chosen to end. I am now a massive fan of Marie Rutkoski, though! Anything she wishes to write I shall read!

3.55 stars


So tell me… Have you read The Winner’s Trilogy? Did you love it as much as me? Where you disappointed in the third book as well or am I over exaggerating? Isn’t Arin the damn cutest?? Let me know below 🙂



About Amy

I'm an 20 year old uni student who majors in procrastinating. It's wonderful really - many a great read was read because of it.

5 Responses

  1. Great review, Amy! I’ve actually read this trilogy as well quite recently and thought it was TOO focused on romance, haha. I rather liked the warfare strategies and felt like those were the stronger points of the story, but admittedly I didn’t like Arin as a character or a love interest, so my feelings regarding the romance were quite neutral. 😛


  2. hopelessbookaddict

    I LOVED the strategic and warfare elements of this book! I thought it was so fascinating. And I have to say, I think I agree with you about the insta-love thing. There was certainly an element of insta-fascination on Kestrel’s part, but insta-love is pretty strong I think.
    Great review! 😀


  3. Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

    I agree with everything you said about every book! I LOVE Kestrel and Arin, and I think how their relationship started was done very well. I didn’t think it was insta-lovey either; I thought it was very slow-burn and well-paced. The second book was my favorite of the series, simply because there was so much depth in the politics surrounding the characters. Just seeing these two people be COMPLETELY in love with each other and not have a way to communicate and their relationship just completely shrouded in misunderstandings and complications- it was awesome. The last book did lack, you’re right. I had just been expecting more politics, not war-planning. Also, I was in a slump. 😦 But I still really love this series! So glad you enjoyed it. 😀

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks


  4. Zoe

    YES, YES, YES. I completely agree 100%. Kestrel was such an amazing protagonist and I loved how brilliant and strategic she was. And her romance was Arin was absolutely fantastic. ❤ Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❤


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