The Coffee Book Tag

Another day another tag.

I may not drink coffee, being more of a tea person myself, but I had a lot of fun completing this tag and I hope you all enjoy the answers I came up with as well. I was tagged by Jesse at Books at Dawn, so thanks so much for the tag Jesse, you should all definitely check out his original post as well as his blog while you’re there.

The Coffee Book Tag

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ARC Review: The Winner’s Kiss

The Winner's Kiss

Title: The Winner’s Kiss

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Series: The Winner’s Trilogy, #3

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

Release Date: March 24th 2016


Five Stars

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?

– Blurb courtesy of

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Winner’s Crime

The Winner's Crime

Title: The Winner’s Crime

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Series: The Winner’s Trilogy, #2

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

Release Date: March 12th 2015


Five Stars

Lady Kestrel’s engagement to Valoria’s crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust…

While Arin fights to keep his country’s freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.

Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breath-taking Winner’s trilogy.

– Blurb courtesy of

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The Winner’s Curse

The Winner's Curse

Title: The Winner’s Curse

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Series: The Winner’s Trilogy, #1

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Release Date: July 3rd 2014


Four Stars

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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2016 To-Read List

As well as all the new 2016 releases that I have highlighted in Top Ten Tuesday posts and in the Waiting on Wednesday tag there are quite a few established series which I have been meaning to start for a while now. Most of them I meant to get through in 2015 but since that never happened I’m going to try and get through them all before June is over.

There are some series on my to-read list, which have also been there for a while now, that I haven’t highlights; Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. Instead the books below are either series that have been on my to-read list for a long time now, have been recommended to me over and over again, or are just books that I am excited to get started on.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass

I have had this series on my to-read list since before the first book was even released. I have read some bad reviews for the first book, and the general consensus is that it isn’t the best of the series which is probably what’s been putting me off starting. However every review I’ve read says that the series improves with the second, third and fourth books. A lot of people seem to be really excited for the fifth book so I’d like to have the first four read by the time it’s released in September.

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