Month: April 2016

Five Reasons You’ll Love The Winner’s Crime

Posted April 29, 2016 by Hannah in Reviews, Young Adult / 4 Comments

Five Reasons You’ll Love The Winner’s CrimeThe Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Published by Bloomsbury ANZ on 12th March 2015
Pages: 406
Format: E-Book, Paperback
Source: Bought

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 breathtaking Winner's trilogy.

Have I told you how much I love this series? No? Then let me sing my love for this trilogy from the highest trees.

The Winner’s Trilogy is sublime. It’s everything a non fantasy reader like myself wants in a fantasy book, with a fantastically crafted and engaging world modelled on Greco-Roman society (the Author’s Note in the back of The Winner’s Curse is a must read for ancient history lovers!) and perfectly flawed characters you can’t help but fall in love with. Every page, every word, leaves you breathless and hanging. I’m not usually one who is a fan of third person point of view, but like her fantasy compatriot, Sarah J Maas, Rutkoski executes it perfectly. So rather than bore you with big words and lengthy paragraphs, here’s five reasons why you’ll love The Winner’s Crime.

  1. Move Over, Romance

So there isn’t really a lack of romance, because the whole trilogy is about the effects of the relationship between Arin and Kestral, but in The Winner’s Crime the romance really takes a step back and focuses more on developing the characters and the world – for obvious reasons you’ll know about if you’ve read The Winner’s Curse. It’s quite refreshing to read a YA novel where the romance isn’t the centre focus of the story. And if you think that the ending of Book One would lead to a love triangle, you’re totally safe.

  1. Political Intrigue, Betrayals, Murder, Oh My!

I love books where everyone is betraying everyone. A bit weird, I know, but I think it makes for better plot twists. The Winner’s Crime is just full of it. There’s so much tension, with the threat of war between the Herrani and the Empire and beyond. Political intrigue intensifies as Kestral struggles to make clear of the Emperor’s actions and twisted plots. And that ending. OH THAT ENDING!

  1. The Winner’s Crime Takes You Beyond the Empire

Another reason I love this trilogy so much is because Rutkoski has created such an intriguing fantasy world that one just wishes she had time to explore it all. Sadly, because of plot, we don’t have time to be tourist, but unlike other novels where the world isn’t fully developed enough to make it feel like you’re in an actual place, this trilogy actually takes you beyond the fantasy veil and transports you to into the setting.We get to see past the Empire, where the majority of the action is happening, and see how other nations and kingdoms have been affected by the atrocities that the Empire has wreaked upon the world.

  1. Secondary Characters Aren’t Just Background Noise

I love when secondary characters are more than just their name. Every single one of the secondary characters in this series is totally justified, and I love seeing the different relationships grow and evolve or fray as Kestrel and Arin learn the consequences of their actions around them. It all makes for pretty heady stuff to be honest. And my new favourite? The King of Sass, Rosh. I just love the growing bromance between him and Arin.

  1. Arin & Kestrel’s Growth & Relationship.

I don’t know two people more doomed than these two! Talk about not cutting a break. I love it! One of the things I love about the books is that Kestral is such a different heroine than what we are usually given, and that is completely refreshing. These two are literally the opposite sides of the same coin, and it’s interesting to watch (read?) them learn and grow within their actions, and how the different circumstances of their birth have led to those actions. And of course who can’t deny that that slow burn chemistry between the two of them is just sizzling?

Have you read The Winner’s Crime yet? Let me know what you think in the comments, and stay tuned for my review of the final book in one of my favourite fantasy series!

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Ten Brilliant Bookstagrammers I Love To Stalk

Posted April 5, 2016 by Hannah in Features, Top Ten Tuesdays / 2 Comments

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I love Bookstagram, but I never have enough time to sit through and properly scroll through my news feed. I’m also a terrible Bookstagrammer, mainly because my phone sucks and I don’t have a proper camera, so my photos are few and far in between. That being said, there are some people on Bookstagram I absolutely adore, and I’m going to share them – and some of their awesomeness – with you today. If you love as much as I do, I highly recommend giving them a follow!

If you haven’t found Cait’s amazing instagram yet, then I don’t know what you’re doing with your life. Cait gives me total photo envy – every one of her photos are perfection, and on top of that she’s completely amazing and down to earth (read: she’s a big book nerd at heart, just like the rest of us!) and always seems to say what I’m thinking. Her book collection is on point too!


Taneika and I have such a similar taste and thought in books it’s scary! Aside from being a wonderful West Aussie and generally awesome in general, Taneika’s Bookstagram is what got me started. Her photos are divine, and she does it all through her phone camera and they still come out looking absolutely gorgeous! I love hearing what she has to say about books as well, and my TBR pile is always growing from her recommendations!

I absolutely adore Kat’s photos. I don’t know a lot about photography and filters, but I love whatever Kat does with hers. Photos like the one above, where she combines quotes and books are my favourite.


Another person who has such a beautiful bookstagram account! I love the softness of Casey’s photos, they’re so gorgeous. And she’s also West Australian, I believe, which is awesome enough!

#celineannajillmarch16 | bookish reflection ✨ i’m reusing a different angle of an old photo (because i failed to take pics once again, whoops 😂). i promise i’ll take some tomorrow… · on another note, i managed to buy 1) a pair of shorts 2) a candle 3) a candle holder 4) a wooden crate, and 5) a mug from @bookwormboutique all in the past day and a half… help i have a shopping problem 😂 (although let’s be real, it’s partially bookstagram’s fault… i bought 4/5 things mostly because i want to take pictures of them 😖 ugh what has my life come to 😂 i should stop spending…. butbutbut AESTHETICS. there’s also that tiny part of my brain that’s just like *books! books! books!* and all of me that’s like *props! candles! mugs! lights!* and i CANT HAVE BOTH BUT I WANT IT ALL IM SO BROKE HELP). · okay wow there was no coherent thought to the caption, but you know what, we’re gonna role with my mini rant/whatever that was (because i’m sure you can all relate 😋) ·

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Talk about stunning! I could stare at Anna’s photos all day. I love the way she uses pastels (especially in this photo!). There’s something feminine and so beautiful about her photos.


Ella’s bookstagram is simple but really eye catching. I love the way she uses a white background to make her books really stand out.

Kelly deserves a place on my list for the sheer fact that I have no idea how she manages to get her black and white photos to have that colour pop, and she always does it in such a striking way too!


I’ve been following Lisa’s bookstagram for a long time (read: stalking), and I adore her photos. Even though there’s a lot going on in them aside from showcasing the books, she always manages to make them look so beautiful and striking. And I love the way she uses those flowers too!

Emily’s another bookstagrammer who always seems to have the most beautiful flowers on hand! Her photos are so colourful and bright.


I love how understated Paula’s photos are. She always has fantastic backgrounds but the main focus is the book, and it’s never over the top too.

Do you have a Bookstagram, or follow someone on Bookstagram that I should know about? Let me know in the comments!