Synopsis & Review:
Ever read a book that is amazing per se but you hate it so much at the same time? No? Read The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski, the gripping sequel to The Winner’s Curse, then. It’s wonderfully cruel and delightfully frustrating plot makes you want to stab the characters repeatedly.
The Winner’s Crime follows Kestrel as she tries to balance both her duty from being engaged to Valoria’s prince and her love for Arin. Games and secrets are all over the place in this title and the complicated plotlines will definitely have the readers’ attentions.
Regarding the plot of The Winner’s Crime, it is extremely painful to no end and each page is absolutely agonizing to read. That is not to say that it is poorly written or anything. In fact, Marie Rutkoski has skillfully written what all readers do not wish to witness and avoided all sorts of plot that readers who love a good ol’ romance would sought for.
This ploy makes it even more addicting than ever as readers race to find what they want to read. For all of these, I definitely applaud Rutkoski for being brave enough to stick to this plot, even if it is clear that this is not what the readers want.
When compared to The Winner’s Curse, I would say that the writing in The Winner’s Crime is slightly less gripping. Marie Rutkoski’s style is still very apparent here but somehow the many conversations in this book kind of dampen its mesmerizing effect.
Overall, I am immensely pleased by the heartache that this book has presented. Even if the characters are being incredibly stupid and blind, I still believe that this is an astounding book.