Posts Categorized: Marie Rutkoski

Make Your Own Book-Inspired Tattoos + Free Winner’s Trilogy download

Make Your Own Book-Inspired Tattoos + Free Winner’s Trilogy download

Today we have a special Valentine’s week treat for you! We’re pretty big fans of temporary tattoos here at The Midnight Garden, so why not make your own and wear your favorite book quote? There aren’t nearly enough YA book products out there, and this is an easy and inexpensive way to get exactly what you want. Today I’m sharing a tutorial for creating your own temporary tattoos using quotes from a favorite book, in this case, the lovely, torturous The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski–so perfect and swooningly romantic for this week! This DIY project is super easy to do, and they make fun little gifts for your favorite reader, too. You could even make a little tattoo kit for someone using designs you printed–pack them up into a little glassine envelope with a printed label and they’ll be such a nice present. Make Your Own Book-Inspired Tattoos! Supplies:… Read more »

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The Winner’s Crime: review

The Winner’s Crime: review

Note: there are some spoilers for the previous book in the series. If The Winner’s Curse was about Kestrel beginning to understand the importance of the role she plays in Herrani-Valorian relations, The Winner’s Crime is where she takes matters into her own hands. There were already signs this would happen, particularly in sacrificing her own freedom at the end of the previous book in order to ensure Arin’s, but here you see the promise of her nature fulfilled. She is in an unthinkable position–separated from both her father and the boy she loves, cast as villain for accepting a union with the Valorian prince, and seemingly powerless in her gilded cage. But Kestrel is a young woman of intelligence, reason, and compassion, one who finds a way to further the cause she believes in, even though the odds are not in her favor…and even now that those she loved… Read more »

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Forbidden Love in The Winner’s Curse: guest post + giveaway

Forbidden Love in The Winner’s Curse: guest post + giveaway

  When we invite an author to do a guest post for The Midnight Garden, the truth is that we never know what we’re going to get. I was thrilled when Marie Rutkoski’s piece came through for the official blog tour, however–I asked if she would talk to us about forbidden love, since Kestrel and Arin have to overcome a great many obstacles in The Winner’s Curse. This turned into something of an impromptu Q & A from the prompts I sent, and the thoughtfulness of her answers reaffirmed absolutely everything I loved about the book. It doesn’t hurt that she also mentions several of my favorite books in this post, too! If you’re a romantic, I daresay you’ll want a copy of this book straight away after reading this post. ~ Wendy   Why do we find forbidden love appealing? Marie Rutkoski: You must choose: 1. Your very favorite… Read more »

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The Winner’s Curse: review

The Winner’s Curse: review

In the coming months, you’re going to be hearing a lot of people talking about The Winner’s Curse. The story of Kestrel, a general’s daughter who impulsively buys a slave from an auction, has the feel of a historical fantasy without slotting neatly into either category; it’s not directly inspired by any particular period, nor does it contain any magic. Rather, it is a perfectly self-contained, handsomely realized world of its own, and one that I found incredibly imaginative and thrilling. If you’re a fan of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy or Diana Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows the Stars series, you must get your hands on this as soon as it’s available! I loved so many of the memorable characters that live in this world. Kestrel must enlist in the military or be engaged by the age of eighteen; while she’s headstrong, her willingness to keep an open mind, her concern… Read more »

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The Shadow Society: review

The Shadow Society: review

The Shadow Societyby Marie Rutkoski Three words sum up my overall experience with The Shadow Society: I don’t know. I didn’t know what I was reading and I still am not quite sure. I do know that I didn’t like it very much. The plot was uninteresting, the world building was lacking, and the characters were mediocre. It’s about Darcy, a foster child of many, always being returned to the system, always needing a place to belong. Finally she’s found a place where she has a home, a school, and friends. The mystery to her is her past — she is missing the first five years of her life. Intriguing, non? Well, not really. As a character, Darcy was kind of undetermined for me. She had no solid personality with which I could identify her. I didn’t know if she was the sweet, vulnerable, sensitive type. Or the badass, take-no-crap… Read more »

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