The Winner's KissThe Winner’s Kiss
Author : Marie Rutkoski
Series : The Winner’s trilogy
Genres : Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : March 24th 2016 by Bloomsbury Children’s

Synopsis : War 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 more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In 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 her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As 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?


It’s the final book in The Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski ! I really enjoyed this trilogy and this installment ends perfectly this incredible story ! This review will spoil you if you haven’t read the two previous books.


It starts with Kestrel imprisoned. A lot of awful things happen to her during her captivity. Arin is told the truth and decides to go and save her.

You don’t need to be gifted with a blade. You are your own best weapon.

This book was a roller coaster for my little heart ! Deception, betrayal, friendship, romance, cunning strategies etc… You can find all of these and even more into this book !
I enjoyed everything in this story : how Kestrel came back stronger than ever, the war strategies, the cultural melting pot, the writing style… Really, this book is amazing !

It’s an epic story, and I got surprised more than once while reading it ! Although I really liked the plot, I LOVED how the characters were written ! And not just Kestrel and Arin, but also the side characters !

This book was everything I could have asked for ! It was mostly action-packed, surprising and so beautifully written ! Sometimes, the last book can be a little disappointing compared to the rest of a series, but I can assure you that it wasn’t the case at all with that one ! It was an amazing read and it ended perfectly this awesome and stunning trilogy !

The reason you enjoy my company is because I look like how you feel.


  • Kestrel is such an amazing character ! She is so strong despite everything that happened to her. She is fierce, and so smart, and follows her heart, no matter the consequences.
  • Arin is such a babe, a swoon-worthy character ! He wears his heart on his sleeve ! Kind, honest and so desperately in love with Kestrel !
  • Risha is another fierce female character ! I wish we got to read more about her !
  • Roshar is such an interesting and complex character ! He is eaten alive by his guilt about his sister’s condition ! He holds Arin in high esteem but is too proud to show it.
  • Verex changed so much through this trilogy. Now he fights with his weapons to protect and save the people he cares about.
  • The Emperor is another interesting character. Complex and cunning, I wanted to know more about him !

If I die, you’ll survive. If you die, it will destroy me.

5 stars


About the author

Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children’s fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial

Globe and The Jewel of the Kalderash. Her next project is a YA trilogy that begins with The Winner’s Curse, which is scheduled to be published in March 2014.

Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Harvard University. Marie is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and fiction writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.




Hello lovelies ! It’s time for my July wrap up ! I haven’t been reading a lot lately, I’m trying to enjoy the summer as much as I can. Unfortunately it also means I haven’t been blogging a lot either.

Back to our topic ! I finished 3 books this month !

  • I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. I had a hard time getting into this book but seriously, once in, it’s impossible not to love this book ! I gave it 5 stars !
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski. It’s the final book in The Winner’s trilogy. I loved this trilogy and this last installment is no exception ! I gave it 5 stars.
  • Feral Sins (Trey Coleman), the first book in the Phoenix Pack (La Meute Du Phoenix) by Suzanne Wright ! 4 stars !

That’s it ! What have you read in July ?



Hello lovelies ! It’s that time of the week ! TWIB is a weekly meme hosted by Lipsyy Lost & found ! (But you already know that, unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last months… or years haha)

Anyway, let’s start, shall we ?

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I am currently reading 2 books ! First, Les Talons Hauts Rapprochent Les Filles Du Ciel by Olivier Gay. I’m a little more than 50 pages in and really liking it so far.
I also started Feral Sins (Trey Coleman), the first book in a series called Phoenix Pack (La Meute du Phoenix) by Suzanne Wright. I’m almost half way through it and also really enjoying it !

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Last week I was reading The Winner’s Kiss, the final book in The Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski ! I LOVED it ! It ends perfectly this wonderful and amazing trilogy !

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Next I was planning on rereading The V Girl by Mya Robarts. But I suddenly decided to go away for a few days, and I will be traveling by train for hours. So bringing physical books isn’t the most practical… I’ll probably bring my kindle. Which is why my next read will probably be one of these two e books : Le Sang Sur La Lame, the first book in a series (duology?) called Les Epées De Glace by Olivier Gay or L’Héritage Des Rois-Passeurs by Manon Fargetton ! But first, I need to finish my two current reads haha !

That’s it, what are you currently reading ??




Hello lovelies !! This Week In Books is a weekly meme hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found. I know I’m not posting as much as I used to but I hope to get back to my normal rhythm very soon !

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Last week (and up until two days ago) I was reading I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. I LOVED this book ! It’s such an amazing read !
I am currently reading The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski ! I cannot wait to know the end of Arin and Kestrel’s story !
Next I’ll either pick The V Girl by Mya Robarts which is a reread or Les Talons Hauts Rapprochent Les Filles Du Ciel by Olivier Gay !


That’s it ! What are you currently reading lovelies ?



Hello lovelies ! We’re almost half way through July and I still haven’t posted my July TBR … Ahem.

So let’s start ! In July I plan on reading 5 books !

  • Les Talons Hauts Rapprochent Les Filles Du Ciel by Olivier Gay. I met him and he gave me his first book, it really made my day ! Anyway I cannot wait to start it !
  • I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. This book has been on my TBR shelf for more than a year now…
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski, final book in The Winner’s trilogy. I need to read it ASAP !!!
  • The V Girl by Maya Robarts. I’ve already read this book last year but the author was kind enough to send my a physical copy and I definitively want to reread it !
  • Lord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, the second bookin The Dark Artifices trilogy. I am both eager and afraid to read it. Because I know the last book won’t be out until 2019…


That’s it ! what are you planning on reading this month ?



Hello lovelies ! I am so sorry for my lack of posting, but I have been (and still am!) so exhausted lately !! Which means that the evening when I come home from work, I can’t find the force to write a post !

TWIB is a weekly meme hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found.

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Last week I was reading A Conjuring Of Light by V.E. Schwab. I freakin’ LOVED it ! It’s the final book in the Shades Of Magic trilogy ! I gave it 5 stars !

I am currently reading I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson ! I had some issues to actually get into the story. I’m almost half-way through it and really enjoying it so far !

Next I plan on reading The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski ! It’s the final book in The Winner’s trilogy. I am really liking this trilogy and the cliff hanger at the end of the previous book nearly killed me !

That’s it ! What are you currently reading ??




Hello lovelies ! I know I’m late but here is my June book haul ! Since I bought a lot of ebooks this month, thanks to a French publishing house, I will only talk about the physical books I bought in this post ! Don’t worry I’ll post the ebooks part later this week. I bought 7 physical books this month !

  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski, the third and final book in The Winner’s trilogy.
  • Slammed by Colleen Hoover
  • Marked Men #1 by Jay Crownover, the French edition.
  • Losing Hope, the sequel (I believe!) of Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
  • The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead the final book in her Bloodlines series.
  • After by Anna Todd
  • The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes, the second book in the Spirits And Thieves series. It’s a Falling Kingdoms’ spin off ! This one is one of my most anticipated releases for 2016 !

That’s it ! As you can see, I bought more contemporary books than I usually do. But the Summer makes me want to read more contemporary books than the rest of the year. Even though I’ve been in a fantasy mood for the last weeks haha.


Which books did you buy in the month of June ?


Stay tuned for the e books part ! I will probably post it this week end !