Welcome to the Pre-Squee, a new weekly feature here at the Bookworms and at The Book Swarm. Some books, though they might not be coming out for a few months, need an early squee — we just can’t hold in our excitement about them! Sure, we’ll do full reviews closer to the release date but this feature gives us a chance to share a little bit of our love, whether it be for the story, cover, characters, or whatever. We’re quite flexible in our book love.
Since Danny’s on vacation, It’s Heather here to do the Squeeing. So today I Squee about
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
March 2015 by Farrar Straus Giroux
Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.
As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.
This sequel to The Winner’s Curse has been staring at me from my book shelf for over a month now, and I’ve been forcing myself to wait until it’s closer to the release date before I crack open my ARC. The cover art is simply stunning and the synopsis promises much intrigue and subterfuge! I loved this fantasy realm that Marie Rutkoski created, and she stoked an interest for this YA genre that I’d never really read before until this series. I just might have to reread and enjoy The Winner’s Curse before I start The Winner’s Crime.