Jan 23, 2016

Blog Tour: The Winner's Kiss {The Winning Kiss}

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
(The Winner's Trilogy, #3)
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux; 352 pages
War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.

But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?

Sorry this post is coming to you so late. Jonas has been distracting me and it's still coming. When will this snow ever end? They originally predicted 16-24 inches but then I woke up to find out it was changed to 22-30 inches. Save me.

But anyway, that's not why you stopped by today. You want to know what my winning kiss is, huh? It was hard. There's so many amazing kisses but I decided to go with one that's special to me. I read when I was a child but not like I read now. I honestly can't remember 90% of the books I read when I was young so that's saying something. This, however, was the first series I read as a young adult and it will always be with me. Always. Therefore, it was the obvious choice (my close second was The Hunger Games, if you're curioius).

That's right. I'm going with Harry Potter (and the Deathly Hallows to be specific). This kiss has been building up for seven books (eight movies) and it was well worth the wait. To me, it was everything. Granted, Harry Potter was romance driven and it's much better that way but there were touches of it throughout the series but everyone knows Hermione liked Ron and Ron liked Hermione but did they ever do anything about it? No. Never. Well, not never but it took them all throughout school to and nearly dying for them to realize there's no time like the present. That was major, for me. To build something for as long as you JK Rowling did and then to have it play out the way it did. It was everything I needed, especially in that moment. This book was a lot of tears - it was dark so anything I could get to brighten up the darkness, I cherished it.

(I couldn't find my books (they're downstairs in the basement) so I found this online in which the kiss happened in the book.)


I'm also a big fan of the movies. The kiss is different but still held the same effect.

I can't tell you about what kind of kissing there might be in the Winner's Kiss because I've read it already; so I know. I will say, you will NOT be disappointed. The name is VERY appropriate for the content. It features all the swoons. ALL. OF. THEM.

Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders and The Celestial Globe. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors. Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Iowa, where she took Writers’ Workshop classes and studied with Pulitzer Prize-winner James Alan McPherson. After graduating, she lived in Moscow and Prague. Upon receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she held dual appointments as a lecturer there in both English and American Literature and Language, and History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and cat.

I would love to see my friend and newest co-blogger, Kathy, read this series. We agree on a lot of books and I know this is one she'd enjoy as much as myself. It's hard to choose when so many of your book loving friends have already read this series (because they got great taste, obviously).

Thank you so much to Macmillan for allowing me to take part in this blog tour. Again, I apologize it's late - stupid snowstorm.

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