Blog Tour- The Winner’s Crime Interview & Giveaway

WinnersCrime BlogTour

I am honored to have Marie Rutkoski on the blog again to answer my questions about her next book, The Winner’s Crime. I absolutely adored The Winner’s Curse and this next installment. If you are a fan of vivid storytelling, lush, elegant prose and complicated characters these books are for you.


The romance between Arin and Kestrel is realistic as well as heart-breaking. Are you a fan of star-crossed lovers and who would you say is your favorite couple?
I love all kinds of romances. Star-crossed romances can be particularly delicious, but I really need for the reason the lovers can’t be together to feel real, not arbitrary, and made distinct. I love that Karou and Akiva from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone are star-crossed not just because of their difference in species (if that’s the right word to talk about humans, angels, and chimeras), but also because Akiva does something for which there seems to be no possible solution ever.

Some other favorite star-crossed couples: Gen and Irene from The Queen of Attolia. Sunshine and Constantine from Sunshine. Maud and Sue from Fingersmith. Eldric and Briony from Chime. Kaye and Roibin from Tithe and Ironside. Marcus Flutie and Jessica Darling.

Both couples from I’ll Give You the Sun (Noah and Brian, Jude and Oscar). Nelson’s writing makes the attraction so alive, but it’s also the fear that all four characters have of love that really puts the knife in me, I suppose because we all know what it’s like to want what we think we can’t or shouldn’t have.

What was the strangest thing you’ve found in your research for this series?
The loveliest thing I’ve come across lately is Socrates’s explanation for how cicadas came into existence. It’s in the Phaedrus. The most fun has been learning about forging and smithing weapons. I’m not sure I’ve come across anything strange, exactly….

This is a common question but I’m always curious about- in developing your characters are you inspired by people you know, read about, etc?
Roshar is based not so much on a friend but on a kind of friendship I have with certain people, where we tease each other and also try to be clever, and out-clever the other in a loving way. I think there’s a common thread between Eugenides and Kestrel—they’re very different people, but one of the things I’ve always loved about reading Gen in Megan Whalen Turner’s books is his fierce intelligence, his cunning ways, and how he can be emotionally undone by his scheming. I wanted to write a book about characters who are too smart for their own good. Kestrel and Arin both fit that bill.

If you could time travel would you go to the past or future? Why?
The past. Because then I could meet Jamie Fraser. Oh wait? He’s fictional? You could have fooled me! But yes, definitely the past. The future worries me, and as someone who has spent a lot of time reading about the past (Shakespeare’s England, in particular), I’d just have to see how what I imagine matches with what really was.

Thanks for having me!

About the Book

TheWinnersCrimeCoverFollowing 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.

About the Author

Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Winner’s CurseThe Shadow Society, and the Kronos Chronicles, which includes The Cabinet of Wonders. She is a professor at Brooklyn College and lives in New York City.



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Review of The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)The Winner’s Curse
By: Marie Rutkoski
Release Date: March 4th 2014
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Source: ARC (won in giveaway)

My Rating:

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

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Stacking the Shelves

Last week I took some time off from posting here so I could use the time to read and catch up on writing reviews. I would say it was a success! I am only one book behind my reading challenge on Goodreads and I wrote eight reviews. I hope I can keep this momentum up since it feels great to be a bit ahead of the game.

This last week I read In the Shadows, Say What You Will, Free to Fall and The Murder Complex. I’ve written all but one of these reviews and will be posting them soonish. The Lego art is coming together beautifully. The Kiss of Deception is more than half done and should go live this week! Heir of Fire will take a bit longer, I’ve started but still haven’t photographed the Lego figures.

Now for the new additions from this last week. Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

For Review (via publisher):


Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

For Review (via Edelweiss):

The Jewel

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

Gift (Thank you Krys from Bibliopunkk!!):

The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas



The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Which books did you add to your shelves?

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review. So excited about this book haul:

For Review:
Thank you Macmillan, Disney, Random House and Two Lions

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson, Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly, Burning by Elana K. Arnold, The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson, The Blood Guard by Carter Roy

The Kiss of Deception has been one of my very most coveted books coming out this summer. I was delighted to receive a review copy and had to start it immediately. I’m half way through it and really enjoying it. So far, it’s the type of book that refuses to be put down. Burning and The Tyrant’s Daughter are completely random since I’d not requested either and have never gotten anything from Random House before. I received an ARC of The Blood Guard so have made good progress in it as well. I don’t typically read MG so was a tad hesitant about reading this but am enjoying it.

I forgot to add this a couple weeks back. Thank you Macmillan!

I know nothing about this author or book but I love that cover and the summary is superb. I’m very excited to start it.

Last week’s Posts:

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Lego Cover Art- The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse took little time to capture me in its grasp and not let go. I have fallen head over heels in love with this book especially the characters. Of course, with any beautiful cover and story I love I immmediatly consider the cover remade in Lego.

My husband and I are a team when it comes to the Lego covers which we’ve been featuring for a while now. We knew early on this would be one we’d attempt. Going in we knew there were some challenges with the position of Kestrel’s body and her hand holding the ‘R’ I think Kestrel looks amazing as a Lego and I only wish I could add her to my mini-figure collection.


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I was honored to be one of the stops on The Winner’s Curse Blog Tour, be sure to check out my interview , playlist and to enter the giveaway!