(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Also by this author: The Winner's Kiss
Published by Macmillan on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Following your heart can be a crimeA royal wedding is what most girls dream about. It 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? For 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.
What are your overall feelings about this book?
Erin: Just like The Winner’s Curse, I loved everything about this book. It felt very different from book one though because Kestrel and Arin are on separate paths and although their stories intertwined, they felt very separate. In the end, I thought this added to the overall story and made it that much better!
Jaime: I did too… I thought I knew what was going to happen, but I was completely wrong. This story has everything, sacrifice, romance, betrayal and political drama … you just can’t go wrong. With an incredible cast of characters, Rutkoski will have you on the edge of your seat.
What was your favorite part?
Erin: Maybe the balcony scene…although the scene in the music room killed me. Just all the inner turmoil Kestrel had and seeing her struggle with what she had to do versus what she really wanted to do. OMG – I don’t even know how to choose.
Jaime: All of it? I did love the scene in the music room though… and yes the balcony… and well, let’s be honest each and every interaction between Arin & Kestrel had me dreaming of sappy romantic things.
What was your least favorite part?
Erin: That it ended…is that an acceptable answer?
Jaime: I have none. I mean, each and every part, even the heartbreaking and crushing parts were so amazing.
We both love Kestrel and Arin…what did you think about how their stories progressed in The Winner’s Crime?
Erin: AHHH – I just want these two to be happy and together. Obviously the choices they have made have brought them to where they are now but a number of things happened that I didn’t expect. I know that sounds pretty vague but Rutkoski sure knows how to create some angst.
Jaime: Happy and together would be lovely… how do we get that? Honestly though, their story is a rough one from the very start. Star-crossed and impossible, how could it possibly work between these two? I don’t even have the answer but I want … no I need it!
Everyone is talking about the ending of the book. Without spoilers…what did you think about it?
Erin: Seriously…I don’t know how we are expected to go through that and then have to wait another year for what happens next. I mean, UGH! I love this story and these characters so much and I will get on my knees and beg to whoever I have to in order to get a copy of the next book.
Jaime: Torture. Plain and simple. It hurts just to think about it.