The Winner's Kiss Blog Tour

Thursday, 25 February 2016
I am so, so excited that I get to be a part of a wonderful blog tour to celebrate The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski, the third and final book in the Winner's Trilogy (which I adore). Before I begin, thank you to the amazing people at Raincoast and Macmillan for letting me be a part of this tour!!!


I've got some questions about kissing to answer so here goes nothing!

What book is your favourite literary kiss in?

In case you didn't know, one of my all-time favourite kisses is from the book The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall. It's very swoon-worthy. (I couldn't pick Kestrel and Arin, though I totally would have.)

Who is kissing?

Jack Bishop (*swoons*) and Avery West.

Why is it (one of) your favourite(s)? (Sorry. I can't pick just one!)
  1. I couldn't pick Kestrel and Arin.
  2. They were in the Louvre. (Very romantic place in Paris, the city of love.)
  3. It took ages for them to kiss. (They were too busy being chased around Europe.)
  4. It progressed into more than just kissing afterwords, so really that entire scene was very swoony.
  5. It made me blush. In public.
And yes, that Louvre. 

Bonus Question: what kiss do you hope will occur in Marie Rutkoski's The Winner's Kiss?

*chanting* KESTREL AND ARIN! KESTREL AND ARIN! KESTREL AND ARIN! KESTREL AND ARIN! KESTREL AND ARIN! KESTREL AND ARIN! KESTREL AND ARIN! KESTREL AND ARIN! KESTREL AND ARIN! KESTREL AND ARIN! KESTREL AND ARIN! KESTREL AND ARIN! KESTREL AND ARIN! KESTREL AND ARIN! KESTREL AND ARIN! KESTREL AND ARIN!

I really hope they both make it and get together because oh my gosh, they are a really great couple. 

I also really hope they do it in Arin's house in the garden in the rain. Marie, please make that happen for me. 


So I'm going to nominate my carat and book bestie Cat to get a copy of The Winner's Curse because it's one of my favs and I really just want to talk about it with her. (OH MY GOSH CAT THE FEELS!!!!!!!!! AND ALL THE KISSES OMG!!!!!) Thank you Raincoast and Macmillan for the opportunity!!!

Book: The Winner's Kiss

Author: 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?

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. 

She is also one of my favourite authors of all-time. Just saying. 

*blows a kiss*

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