Following your heart can be a crime.
A royal wedding is what most girls dream about. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. 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: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin's freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself? For Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. She's working as a spy in the court. If caught, she'll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet she can't help searching for a way to change her ruthless world...and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret.
This dazzling follow-up to The Winner's Curse reveals the high price of dangerous lies and untrustworthy alliances. The truth will come out, and when it does, Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them.
©2015 Marie Rutkoski (P)2015 Listening Library
I'm a midwestern girl that loves to travel, spend time with family and read a good book!
Yes I would. They have creative ideas, this book just wasn't executed as well as the first book. The first book of the series, while fast moving with and slightly unbelievable with the love between the hero and heroine, has a certain captivation to it. But this book drags on much slower. There needed to be development of other characters along the way, most of the book is in the heroine's head and still some of the actions don't make sense. But the ending is actually very good! And worth the wait through the rest of the book.
EOD wife and loving mother!!!
This book was written with the sole purpose of making it so you have to buy the third book. I hate when novels are cut off right in the middle of the story. I don't mind cliff hangers of some sort, but this ended so abruptly with more loose ends then I can count. It was extremely frustrating. The back and forth between the two main characters became very predictable and quite annoying. Two full books of the back and forth and I am completely over it. It's such a shame because this series has some real potential. Even the first half of this book was okay. By the time I got to the end I was fast forwarding just to get through it. It became painful to listen to. Maybe if I had waited until the 3rd book came out and listened to them together it wouldn't be so bad, but after the same repeating pattern of the characters and the terrible ending, I'm not wasting anymore time or money.
The entire book revolved around the two main characters not sitting down and having an honest conversation, leading to the infamous and terrible plotline that is the hurt and misunderstanding stemming from unnecessary dishonesty. In the last chapter when the main female character tries to open up, it is of course, too late. I have high hopes for the last book, because the first one was excellent and truly, the author MUST make the final book interesting because she exhausted all prolonging themes in this second novel. That said I would still buy the book, if only to be up to par on the third book.
I read a few reviews that were disappointed with this book so I almost skipped it. I'm so glad that I didn't. The main characters make mistakes and try to do what is right and loose people they love... Marie Rutoski uses the second book to enrich the characters of this story. They are real and relatable. Don't expect a happy fairy tale in this book and you will enjoy it.
As long as listeners recognize that this is the second act in a 3 act story and expect challenges to intensify.... They will like it. This book made me like the series so much more.
I admit that I did listen to the narrative at 1.5 speed bc I'm anxious for the third book.
Loved Justine Eyre's performance.
Great book in trilogy. I can't wait for the final book at the end of March. It's going to be a long wait. Love the narrator. I always pre-listen to them before I purchase a audio book and she is one of my favorites so much that I purchased two others that she has done.
I loved it! The heroine isn't a typical cry, or woe is me character.She's clever, refreshing and the author really made me as the reader care about her story. The cliff hanger is killing me I can't wait for the 3rd book!!!!
This series is one of the best YA series I have read in ages! The author has wonderful, believable characters and puts them in an impossible situation and has them make good choices. It is excellent storytelling and always unpredictable. Justine Eyre reads really well too. Can't wait for book 3!
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