Monday, January 22, 2018

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski - OPTIONAL

Rutkoski, Marie  The Winner’s Kiss (Winner’s Trilogy #3), 484 pgs.  Farrar Strauss Giroux, 2016.  $17.99  Content:  Language: PG (6 swears); Mature Content: R; Violence: R.  

Kestrel has ended up in a labor camp where they steal your memories and make you crave drugs to dull the pain.  Arin is trying to mount a defense against his enemies, and although he has convinced himself that he no longer cares for Kestrel, he thinks about her often.  As Kestrel tries to hold onto who she is, Arin comes to realize all that Kestrel has sacrificed for him, but will it be too late?  

Oh my, I love this series.  I love the characters and the setting, I love the believable story line and the covers are amazing.  All that said, they are hard to recommend to young adults because there is on page sex--it’s not overly descriptive, but it is there.  Also the violence is gruesome and gory-mostly it is war violence but the disgusting descriptions make my stomach turn.  

HS – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer: C. Peterson.      

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