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REVIEW: The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Kiss
(The Winner's Trilogy #3)
by Marie Rutkoshi
"You don't need to be gifted with a blade. You are your own best weapon."
It all began with a curse, which led to a crime and will resolve with a kiss.

The highly anticipated finale to the epic Winner's trilogy have arrived!

The author does not disappoint as she continues to take readers through a tale of  the star crossed lovers, whom have found themselves amidst a war. I really did not have much expectations coming into this book beside Kestrel and Arin as an end game. Indeed it was; yet it was so much more that it blew me away with how the author's ability to spin this story.

Intricate fighting scenes marked the Winner's Kiss more action packed compared to the previous books. More's at stake.

True to its title, there's kissing; actually a lot of kissing. Warning you would be overwhelm with the love between Kestrel and Arin that your heart might explode. The inner fangirl inside of me jumped for joy. I have been waiting for this since my heart got broken in the Winner's Crime. 

Their relationship turned a new leaf, especially with a psychological transformation of Kestrel. I don't want to reveal much, but it worked out well.

Trust placed a strain on their love before, but now it disappeared. In its place were cute comical bickering and bantering that simply made the inner fangirl in me very giddy.

Arin redeemed himself in the last book. A new side of him that charmed the heck out of me. No longer do readers get the cold hearted jerk, whom should be forgotten. In his place, a softer side of him, whom emotions.

Kestrel continues to be a total badass as always.

Aside from the romantic relationships, the author farther developed relations between Kestrel and her father, General Trajan. Readers do not have the fondest memories of this cold-hearted father. He might be an elite general, but obviously lacking in the world greatest father department. The author skillfully weaved in how strain these two are with each other. She does not disregard the important of family even in a state of war.

The Winner's trilogy became one of my favorite book series with the Winner's Kiss being my favorite book. Highly recommend reading this trilogy.

A beautiful conclusion to an amazing trilogy.

Rating: 5/5 stars


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