Blog Tour INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Today I have the honor of being the last stop on THE WINNER'S CRIME Blog Tour.  This series has become one of my all time favorites and each novel tears at my heart. So, it is with much excitement that Marie has answered a few of my questions for the tour. Also I have a great giveaway from the folks at Macmillan at the end of this post. GOOD LUCK!!


A royal wedding is every girl's dream. 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 just to guarantee Arin's freedom — if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. She's working as a spy in the court. Kestrel's running a high risk, but she has always been tempted by a gamble. If caught, she'll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet even as the danger grows, she can't help searching for a way to change her ruthless world . . . and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret. .

My Interview with Marie Rutkoski and the Winner's Crime

RR I believe The Winner's Crime to have an ending that is not for the faint of heart, how do you believe that fans will react?

MR They will stay strong. They’re tough. I know it.

RR The forbidden moments between Kestrel and Arin were some my favorite scenes. Do you have a favorite scene in The Winner's Crime and if so what is it? and why?

MR It’s hard to answer this without giving anything away, but I loved the entire sequence when they’re both in the city, and I also love a certain dream Kestrel has on the palace lawn. That last scene was a newer edition to the manuscript, and I liked the poignant gentleness of it.

RR What is your favorite Quote in The Winner's Crime?

MR I like this one:

“It suddenly seemed that Kestrel had been an empty room, and that all of her wishes came crowding in. They thronged: delicate, full-skirted, their silk brushing up against each other.”

RR The Winner's Crime is expertly written calculating novel and where it's predecessor was based on war and rebellion this novel has a slower pace and is more of an intellectual read that allows for greater character depth and development. How did The Winner's Crime differ from writing The Winner's Curse?

MR Thank you! It was definitely trickier. The plot of the first book is was actually fairly simple: the first half leads to a revolution in the book’s middle that results in the reversals of many roles the characters occupied in the first half. The Winner’s Crime, however, has a more intricate plot, with a lot of small moving parts and strands that needed to be woven together. It felt more like writing a mystery novel where a killer is eventually revealed in a way that must feel right.

RR What was the hardest part to write in The Winner's Crime?

MR There is a scene when Kestrel’s father tells her what she was like as a baby, and it broke my heart a little for her. They love each other a lot, but it’s hard for them to share it.
RR What was your most memorable fan experience?

MR A young boy (a reader of my middle grade books) came to one of the Fierce Reads events and brought a card I had written to him in response to a letter he’d sent me. I was touched that the card had meant something to him. 
Thank you Marie, for stopping by Tales of the Ravenous Reader. It has been a pleasure having you stop by. I know that The Winner's Crime just came out but I cannot wait for the next installment in this series.

Blog Tour Schedule: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Wednesday, February 25 Bookish
Thursday, February 26 Fiction Fare
Friday, February 27 YA Books Central
Saturday, February 28 That Artsy Reader Girl
Sunday, March 1 Heise Reads
Monday, March 2 YA Book Queen
Tuesday, March 3 Consumed by Books
Wednesday, March 4 Love is Not a Triangle
Thursday, March 5 My Friends Are Fiction

Macmillan is generously giving away either one The Winner’s Curse paperback OR The Winner’s Crime hardcover by Marie Rutkoski - winner's choice (it's a tough choice because both are amazing)!

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Ends March 18, 2015

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  1. Thank you so much for this! I've been trying so hard to get my hands on this series without breaking bank at the moment! :)


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