The Winners Kiss Playlist

The Winners Kiss PlaylistI’m happy to share with you today my Reading Playlist for The Winner’s Kiss!!

B/c of the lyrical writing style, while reading  I mostly listened to video game OSTs like Final Fantasy XIII/XV & Kingdom Hearts!

Enjoy! ❤

+ Let me know your thoughts on the playlist in the comments below! 🙂

 

March 2016 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read:  6

The Crown And The Arrow1. The Crown And The Arrow by Renee Ahdieh (TWATD  #0.5)

The Crown & The Arrow Full Review

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books For Young Readers

Release Date: March 1, 2016

Pages: 9

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts:  It was a quick read, but I really enjoyed reading from Khalid’s perspective! Can’t wait for The Rose & The Dagger!

97800623807532. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (TGFE #1)

The Girl From Everywhere Full Review

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Release Date: February 16, 2016

Pages: 464

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: This was a lovely debut! Not only was the concept of traveling in this book so interesting, but this novel also has such a wonderful cast of characters! I will definitely be reading the sequel.

The Forbidden Wish3.The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

The Forbidden Wish Full Review

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Pages: 352

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: This retelling of Aladdin was so unique! Every element of this story from characters to world building made this book a blast to read! Highly recommend ❤

A Gathering Of Shadows4. A Gathering Of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering Of Shadows Full Review

Publisher: Tor Books

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Pages: 512

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star

Overall Thoughts: A spectacular sequel! While more character-driven, AGOS still dives deeper into the world and politics weaving them together perfectly with the plot!

Thanks For The Trouble5. Thanks For The Trouble by Tommy Wallach

Thanks For The Trouble Full Review

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Pages: 352

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: This contemporary has such an engaging plot, is very thought-provoking & has such a memorable cast of characters. If your looking for a new YA Contemporary to read I highly recommend this one! ❤

204432356.The Winners Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (Winners Trilogy #3)

The Winners Kiss Full Review

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Release Date: March 29, 2016

Pages: 496

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Writing style, characters, etc.came together perfectly to bring a spectacular end to The Winners Trilogy!

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Playlists:

Blackhearts / Rebel Of The Sands / The Girl From Everywhere / Unhooked

Waiting On Wednesday #5 / #6

March 2016 Releases

What Books Did You Read This Month? 🙂

The Winners Kiss by Marie Rutkoski Review

20443235The Winners Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (The Winners Trilogy #3)

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Release Date: March 29, 2016

Pages: 496

Summary: 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?

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts:

“No battle is won without a good gamble.”

An epic conclusion to an incredible trilogy!

First and foremost, what I love about this trilogy so much is Kestrel as a character.

She is powerful not in a sense of her strength as a fighter, but through her mind and development of strategy.

This final installment, as with the past 2 novels, is presented with an exquisite writing style!

Each and every sentence carries so much weight and meaning to overall story and is delivered in such an elegant manner.

There is immense character development in this novel and can be seen through the actions each character takes. With the 3rd person POV, we see just how important perception/strategy is and how its weaved into to the main characters personality.

In addition, politics/strategy plays a huge role and weaves in perfectly with the plot.

At the start of the book, Kestrel is sent to a prison camp and she reflects on all that has happened (from what happened w/ Arin, her father, etc.). Feeling guilty she does what she can to erase those past memories.

Arin is now plays an important role in the battle between the Valorians & Herrani, while still holding onto his moments w/ Kestrel.

An aspect to plot which I really loved, was the dynamic between Arin & his god of death (which later is reveled to be himself)

As the plot continues they reunite, but Kestrel has lost important memories and Arin no longer sees her as who she once was.

While forgetting some memories, she recovers but throughout this novel there is definitely growth to Kestrel. In addition to her incredible logic, she also develops her strength through combat.

Kestrel and Arin’s relationship while important, did not remain the focus and development for their relationship was definitely there when necessary.

In terms of world-building it is definitely there, with the descriptions during battle/strategy planning. And through the characters reflecting on past events.

*This novel also has a slower pace in my opinion than the previous two, but does not make the story drag*

While reading, what I also loved about this book was the character dynamics/interactions. From conversation to battles, the writing style really sets this final book up as a strategy game with the characters each playing their part.

Overall each element from plot to politics weaved together perfectly to deliver an action-packed and stunning conclusion to The Winners Trilogy ❤ ❤

March 2016 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

In Order By Date, Here Are The Books I’m Looking Forward To This Month!

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Publisher: Katherine Tegen Release Date: March 1

1.Burning Glass By Kathryn Purdie (Burning Glass #1)

Summary: Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

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Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Release Date: March 1

2.Dear Emma By Katie Heaney 

Summary: Harriet, the author of her college newspaper’s pseudonymous student advice column “Dear Emma,” is great at telling others what to do, dispensing wisdom for the lovelorn and lonely on her Midwestern campus. Somehow, though, she can’t take her own advice, especially after Keith, the guy she’s dating, blows her off completely. When Harriet discovers that Keith has started seeing the beautiful and intimidating Remy, she wants to hate her. But she can’t help warming to Remy, who soon writes to “Dear Emma” asking for romantic advice.

Now Harriet has the perfect opportunity to take revenge on the person who broke her heart. But as she begins to doubt her own motivations and presumably faultless guidance, she’s forced to question how much she really knows about love, friendship and well-meaning advice.

 

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Publisher: Katherine Tegen Release Date: March 1

3. A Study In Charlotte By Brittany Cavallaro

(Charlotte Holmes #1)

Summary:  The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

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Publisher: Viking Books For Young Readers                    Release Date: March 8

4.Rebel Of The Sands By Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel Of The Sands #1) 

Full Rebel Of The Sands ARC Review

Summary: She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

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Publisher: Little Brown Books For Young Readers      Release Date: March 8

5. Iron To Iron By Ryan Graudin (Wolf By Wolf #1.5)

Summary: Once upon a different time, there was a boy who raced through a kingdom of death.

Sixteen-year-old Luka Löwe has one goal in mind: Win the 1955 Axis Tour and become the first Double Cross victor. If he can accomplish that, maybe his father will finally see him as a worthy son. He’s completed the grueling trek from Germania to Tokyo before, but this time is different. Luka never expected to meet Adele Wolfe, another racer posing as her twin brother and with a singular dream—to live life on her own terms.

When Luka and Adele form an alliance, an unlikely bond forms, and even possibly love. But only one person can win the Axis Tour… Can everything Luka and Adele built together survive the race?

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Publisher: Candlewick Press Release Date: March 8

6.Hour Of The Bees By Lindsay Eager

Summary: What does it mean to be fully alive? Magic blends with reality in a stunning coming-of-age novel about a girl, a grandfather, wanderlust, and reclaiming your roots.

Things are only impossible if you stop to think about them. . . .

While her friends are spending their summers having pool parties and sleepovers, twelve-year-old Carolina — Carol — is spending hers in the middle of the New Mexico desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge. But as the summer wears on and the heat bears down, Carol finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by the crazy stories he tells her about a healing tree, a green-glass lake, and the bees that will bring back the rain and end a hundred years of drought. As the thin line between magic and reality starts to blur, Carol must decide for herself what is possible — and what it means to be true to her roots.

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Publisher: Philomel Books  Release Date: March 15

7. The First Time She Drowned By Kerry Kletter

Summary: The beautiful struggle of a girl desperate for the one relationship that has caused her the most pain

Cassie O’Malley has spent the past two and a half years in a mental institution—dumped there by her mother, against her will. Now, at 18, Cassie emancipates herself, determined to start over. She attends college, forms new friendships, and even attempts to start fresh with her mother. But before long, their unhealthy relationship threatens to pull Cassie under once again. As Cassie struggles to reclaim her life, childhood memories persist and confuse, and Cassie must consider whose version of history is real, and more important, whose life she must save.

 

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Publisher: Dutton Books For Y.R.  Release Date: March 15

8.Exit, Pursued By A Bear By E.K. Johnston

Summary:  Veronica Mars meets William Shakespeare in E.K. Johnston’s latest brave and unforgettable heroine.

Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don’t cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team—the pride and joy of a tiny town. The team’s summer training camp is Hermione’s last and marks the beginning of the end of…she’s not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.

In every class, there’s a star cheerleader and pariah pregnant girl. They’re never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she’s always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The assault wasn’t the beginning of Hermione Winter’s story and she’s not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.

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Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR) Release Date: March 29

9. The Winners Kiss By Marie Rutkoski (The Winners Curse #3)

Summary: 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?

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Y.R. Release Date: March 29

10. The Great American Whatever By Tim Federle

Summary:  Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before Annabeth was killed in a car accident.

Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy—a hot one—and falls hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

Winners Kiss Cover Re-Do

Remember a little over a week ago when I posted this:

Winner’s Curse Trilogy Cover Change?

Well I’m happy to announce that the publisher will bring back the original cover! ❤ ❤

Its nice that the publisher considered how the readers felt and changed them back! 🙂

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However, for the paperbacks, those will be re-released with the new covers!

Its b/c of readers/fans, that the original  covers are coming back!

I’m so happy ❤ ❤

With that said, if you haven’t read this trilogy yet, what are you waiting for? Pick it up! ❤

The Winners Kiss (The Winner’s Curse #3) will be out March 29, 2016!

Winners Curse Trilogy Cover Change

Fierce Reads (Imprint of Macmillan) had news for fans of The Winners Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski today.

1.The Winner’s Kiss excerpt

& 2…..

Cover changes.

On twitter, people expressed their anger and disappointment over the cover change.

I was more an observer, but I too was disappointed.

The original covers portrayed this story and Kestrel (the main heroine) much better than the new covers!

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Also, the style/presentation of the original cover is what drew me to the trilogy in the first place.

People also compared the new covers to a now, quite popular fantasy series:

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Overall this cover change is a big let down 😥

Well there are many reasons for cover changes. Maybe the publisher wants to find a new/wider demographic? Or maybe the series wasn’t selling as much? Who knows :/

But looking at the positives, the story obviously isn’t changing so maybe a cover change isn’t so bad & I’m sure I can buy the books w/ the original cover online! 🙂

I would love to hear your thoughts!

How do you feel about this cover change??

Are you a fan of this series & have thoughts on it??  🙂

***UPDATE: The publishers have kept the original cover for The Winners Kiss, but do plan to re-release The Winners Trilogy w/ the new covers!

**For The Winners Curse/Crime, the new paperbacks can now be found in stores