Oof. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski was a tough book for me. The first 38 pages took me 7 days to read. That is how much I wasn’t into this book. I then read probably the next hundred pages, and realized that life is too short to read bad books, so I skimmed the rest. And I don’t think I missed anything.
I skimmed it instead of DNF’ing because I’m super behind on my Goodreads quest to read 100 books this year. And darn it – I had already wasted enough time on this book, I was going to count it as read! So I skimmed the rest of the book and have no desire to go back and read it later.
Here’s why I started skimming:
- nothing was happening. There was tons of dialogue, but the same thing was being discussed and argued about in every conversation. Time to move along!
- Too much back and forth with Kestrel and Arin. Again, same conversation/argument every time. And this was basically the same as in the previous book.
- Kestrel was drugged and lost her memories. I really dislike this plot device, so I was done once this happened and she didn’t immediately regain her memories. You’re telling me that she just happens to remember a certain memory at the right moment? Riigghhtt.
- The book felt too young for me. This is a YA series, and while I like that YA typically is not graphic and just has younger characters, this particular series felt like it was actually written for a younger audience. Now, there are heavy themes in the book (rape, slavery, drugs, warfare), but the characters felt a bit flat and one-note. I want a bit more from my characters. If I would’ve read this say around age 12, I think I would’ve really loved this series. But as an adult? There are better books out there.
I actually feel really terrible that I didn’t enjoy The Winner’s Kiss. Marie Rutkoski has put a lot of effort into this series and the books aren’t badly written, I just couldn’t get into books two and three. I did enjoy book one however! Read my review of The Winner’s Curse (Book One) here and The Winner’s Crime (Book Two) here.
Bottom Line: Not for me.
Have you read The Winner’s Trilogy? Do you ever skim books? What is worse: skimming a book or not finishing it? As bloggers do we have an obligation to finish what we read?
And is anyone else having difficulty with these titles? I can’t remember which title goes with which book.