Today I'm very excited to help promote Marie Rutkoski's upcoming book The Winner's Kiss by sharing my favorite literary kiss. Also, I just have to say that am SO HAPPY that The Winner's Kiss will soon be out in the world. I'm usually a patient person, but waiting between each of these books has been a struggle!
So, while you count down the days until the release of The Winner's Kiss, pick up the book featuring my favorite literary kiss - which, unsurprisingly, is one of my favorite books of all time!
WHAT BOOK IS YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY KISS IN?
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
At age eleven, Taylor Markham was abandoned by her mother. At fourteen, she ran away from boarding school, only to be tracked down and brought back by a mysterious stranger. Now seventeen, Taylor's the reluctant leader of her school's underground community, whose annual territory war with the Townies and visiting Cadets has just begun. This year, though, the Cadets are led by Jonah Griggs, and Taylor can't avoid his intense gaze for long. To make matters worse, Hannah, the one adult Taylor trusts, has disappeared. But if Taylor can piece together the clues Hannah left behind, the truth she uncovers might not just settle her past, but also change her future.
My love for Melina Marchetta's Printz winner Jellicoe Road is no secret. Some books just feel like they were written just for you - for me, Jellicoe Road is that book. My hardcover is always safe on my shelf, but I keep multiple paperback copies on hand to give away. If you haven't read this book yet, you're dead to me. Just kidding! But you really should read it. I can give you a list of people that read it on my recommendation that will happily back me up!
WHO IS KISSING?
Taylor Markham and Jonah Griggs
The relationship between Taylor and is one of my favorites on many levels, one of which is their chemistry.
“If you weren't driving, I'd kiss you senseless," I tell him.
He swerves to the side of the road and stops the car abruptly.
"Not driving any more.”
Oh, wait, you wanted an actual kissing scene?? Well, if you insist...
“When I turn around, he cups my face in his hands and he kisses me so deeply that I don't know who is breathing for who, but his mouth and tongue taste like warm honey. I don't know how long it lasts, but when I let go of him, I miss it already.”
I rest my case.
WHY IS IT YOUR FAVORITE?
WHAT KISS DO YOU HOPE WILL OCCUR IN THE WINNER'S KISS?
Is this a serious question? I mean... Kestrel and Arin!!!
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About the AuthorWar has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
At least, that’s what he thinks.
In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.
But no one gets what they want just by wishing.
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?
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Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders and The Celestial Globe. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors. Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Iowa, where she took Writers’ Workshop classes and studied with Pulitzer Prize-winner James Alan McPherson. After graduating, she lived in Moscow and Prague. Upon receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she held dual appointments as a lecturer there in both English and American Literature and Language, and History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and cat.