The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy #3), by Marie Rutkoski
Publication: March 29, 2016, by Farrar, Straus and Giroux BFYR
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
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?
Here are the splendid questions that I would love to answer. Before we get started, I'd like to let you all know that they are all about kisses!
What book is your favourite literary kiss in?
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, definitely. If you know me, I bet you'll definitely know whose side I'm on for Cassie Clare's ship here.
Who is kissing?
Tessa and Will, of course! I cannot help but freak out and go crazy when I see quotes that relate to their romance years after I finished the series.
"He bent down to her; their mouths met again, and the shock of sensation was so strong, so overpowering, that she shut her eyes against it as if she could hide in the darkness. He murmured and gathered her against him."
Why is it your favourite?
To this date, I have always called Tessa and Will my favourite literary couple. Will is the uttermost sexiest fictional male character to ever hit the shelves, and I cannot help but be on his side of the love triangle. (Sorry, Jem). Clare put their relationship in the readers' hands from the beginning and I guess that our hope and fangirling kind of made this relationship rise to another level. I HEART THEM TOGETHER.
Did I ever talk about the time when I spoiled Clockwork Princess for myself? If you have a special edition version of the novel and have not read it yet, do not look inside the dust jacket. DO NOT.
Bonus Question: what kiss do you hope will occur in Marie Rutkoski's The Winner's Kiss?
I do not even know what to expect! Arin and Kestrel have to have that life-changing, *fans go crazy* kiss that I will beg for. It's the final book (sadly) and I need a change and climax in their relationship! They are perfect for each other, honestly. *blushes*
Look at this amazing opportunity! I wish I could be able to send a copy of the amazing first novel of this story to everyone! Thanks to the publishers, I am able to nominate my friend Victoria to get a copy of The Winner's Curse! Thank you so much Macmillan/Raincoast! *sends kisses*
Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wondersand 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.