Personal Opinion/Review #5: The Winner’s Crime By Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)

The Winner’s Crime is the second book in this trilogy and to be honest it wasn’t my favourite of the two so far. I had a hard time jumping into this book the character dynamics have all changed and there is now a new mix of personalities to acclimate.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Following your heart can be a crime

A royal wedding is what most girls dream about. 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 in exchange for Arin’s freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself? For Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. She’s working as a spy in the court. If caught, she’ll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet she can’t help searching for a way to change her ruthless world . . . and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret. This dazzling follow-up to The Winner’s Curse reveals the high price of dangerous lies and untrustworthy alliances. The truth will come out, and when it does, Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

Once I was finally able to get into the story line of this book, which took a while as it started out pretty slow, I couldn’t put it down. Unfortunately the love for the main character, Kestrel, that was had in the first book is lost in the poor decisions she makes throughout this book. Arin, however developed this new cute baby animal love that you just want to help him and give him all the answers he needs along the way. There are many new characters throughout this book as well; The Emperor (hate), Verex (verdict is still out), Tenson (love). That being said the rollercoaster of character love-hate makes this book an addictive read for sure.

Rating: 4/5

Starting The Winner’s Kiss, the third and final book in this series tonight.

I hope you enjoy my escape and find one of your own – keep on reading. 🙂



Monday Melancholy

I am absolutely loving seeing all the bookish posts from book con/expo; however, this has become my go to time killing past time over the last few days and is putting a HUGE damper on my mood.

I live in Canada and am yet to find anything comparable to the book con/expo here. This is super depressing, as a self proclaimed book-addict, I would love the opportunity to attend something of this nature and share my love of books with other like minded people.

I’m wondering if any of my Canadian Bookish People know of anything of this nature in our neck of the woods. Comment below and let me know …

Personal Opinion/Review #4: The Winner’s Curse By Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

This is the first book in The Winner’s Trilogy, again this book was a recommendation. I seem to have a hard time choosing my own reads, if left to me I would be buying one of everything in the bookstore.

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

I am not usually interested in the fantasy genre, however a sales rep convinced me to buy several recently. I started with Rutkoski and this was a great choice, her writing style and character development tells an amazing story. The main character is the daughter of the general, who accidently flips her world on its head. The girl who can read everyone just couldn’t read the one person her friends and people need her to, you spend the whole book questioning how she will fix this new problem she has gotten herself into.

I am very happy I had already purchased the second book in this trilogy when I finished the first and I will be running out to purchase the third and final book very soon. I have been in a reading rut and this series seems like just the thing I needed to get me out. The romance and suspense keeps me up late with an inability to put this series down.

Rating: 4.5/5

I will post about the second book The Winner’s Crime soon.

I hope you enjoyed my escape and find one of your own – keep on reading. 🙂

Personal Opinion/Review #3: Wallbanger By Alice Clayton

Wallbanger (Cocktail, #1)

This is not of my normal young adult genre, it was a recommendation of a sales rep and the book store. I am not usually a reader of adult books, I more enjoy an easier quick read that doesn’t require much thinking. I didn’t expect much from this book when I picked it up, it has been on the TBR pile for a long time. I picked it up off the shelf recently and read the back of the cover, the comments and synopsis made it out to be a fun read. THAT WAS JUST THE ESCAPE I NEEDED!!

I want to start by saying this book was a huge shock, it was the best of both worlds, it read like a trashy young adult but the characters made you actually feel like the adult I truly am. Clayton has an amazing writing style and I looked the cheesy romance from the beginning. Caroline the main character was a strong independent woman, with Simon being your typical bachelor; together they make a story that was very difficult to put down.

Clayton left my face sore from the smile plastered on my face throughout the read and it will probably take years to undo the laugh lines she has added to my face. Wallbanger is a great read and everyone should add it to their TBR piles or shelves and get to it when they need a good laugh or a cheesy romance story.

I should mention a warning that the later half of this book does contain a more graphic telling of adult content, that the first half makes humorous and shies past.

I hope you enjoyed my escape and find one of your own – keep on reading. 🙂

Personal Opinion/Review #2: Unhooked By Lisa Maxwell

    This book … wow. Unhooked is an amazingly captivating retelling of an age old tale we have all heard, Peter Pan.

    Maxwell takes this age old tale of good, bad and wonderment; turning it on its hat. Leaving the reader questioning good vs. evil throughout this dark retelling. The story is written from the pov of Gwendolyn a young girl with a mother who has kept her from having a stable home by moving from place to place for Gwen’s entire childhood, running from these mysterious monsters on she can see. Gwen questions her mother’s sanity and then her own as she ends up questioning her memories and self as the story progresses. She is left to determine what she considers to be right and wrong, and when it comes to it who she can and will save.

    The Peter Pan you grew up with is no more after reading this gripping tale. The writing leads it to be a fast read with the inability to put the book down for long. I cannot sing enough praises for this book. It made for a grand escape from reality and a great addition to my personal library. Be sure to pick it up at a book store near you and let me know what you think.

I hope you enjoyed my escape and find one of your own – keep on reading.

Opinon/Review #1: TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY By Jay Asher 

    This book was a recommendation from the sales associate at my local book store, I was hesitant to pick it up as it is out of my usual genres but I needed another book from the 2 for $20 shelf with one of my larger hauls recently. I am going to do my best to right my opinion and review the book without including any spoilers.

    I was informed this was a quick read of a teenage girls recorded suicide note written to the 13 people she felt lead her to that point, the pov of the story is told from both the girls and from one of the young men she is speaking to in the tapes. I was in a down in the dumps mood and I thought that reading this would help put a different spin on the mood I was in and it did, in a roundabout kind of way.

    It took me two tries to get into the flow of this book, but when I finally found the escape in it all was lost. The story wrapped itself into my every emotion and feeling while reading and still after finishing the book it leaves me thinking. It  really gave me a new perspective on how we may believe our interactions with others mean very little in the grand scheme of life, however this is really a poor way to think and if we all changed this we could help ourselves and many others.

    The way the author writes leaves you gripping the book wanting/needing more. I found it very difficult to put down this book even with the endless tears streaming from my face, this is a  story I feel I needed and I personally am of the belief we all need to read.

    I hope you enjoy my escape and find one of your own – keep on reading. 🙂

The Beginning of My Escape

​    Reading to Escape is my beginner blog. It will contain book hauls and my personal opinions and reviews of books I have read. Bare with me as the beginning will be rocky as I find my groove and finally my escape.
    My escape; reading is just that for me an escape, a way to release from the stresses of life to places better or worse. The books I read will depend on which place I need to escape to, a happy place or a place to remind me it could be worse.

    I am open to recommendations, at the moment my book recs come from Booktube (youtube book vloggers), other blogs and the sales reps at my local book store. I am pretty stuck on the young adult/new adult genre at this time, but open to anything super catchy that will suck me in.

    Yes; I am aware my writing is not perfect and please do not expect it to be, I did not go to school to be a writer or even close to the field. I am however a biotechnology technologist working as an environmental tech/ waste water operator in the private sector. With that said I will do my absolute best to keep everyone happy and myself sane. 

    I hope you enjoy my escapes and find some of your own – keep on reading. 🙂