Book Tour: The Winner's Kiss

As part of the blog tour for The Winner's Kiss, we're sharing some of our favourite kisses from books. I had a hard time with this one - something classic like Pride and Prejudice is always a good pick!

But today I have to go with Ella & Char in Ella Enchanted. It's one of my absolute favourite books and it has been for years. I still find it to be such a charming (pun intended) little read! And what I really love about this is that there's so much build up and development to the relationship between Ella and Char. They fall for each other slowly, and gradually come to truth each other. For that reason, there's plenty of emotion behind their kiss and it's heartwarming and sweet rather than purely sensual. (Although I always advise people to pass on the movie. It's a tragedy compared to the book.)

I've adored reading the first two books in Marie Rutkoski's trilogy so naturally I'm very excited for The Winner's Kiss. There's been a lot of tension in the first two books, and I'm hoping we can finally see how this will all be resolved.

The Winner's Kiss
by Marie Rutkoski
On Sale March 29th, 2016
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?

To read more posts in the blog tour, you can visit the list of participating blogs here.

And I'd love to hear more from you! Are you excited for The Winner's Kiss? What's your favourite literary kiss?

Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders and 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.

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