My 5 FAVORITE kissing scenes in YA, & enter to win THE WINNER'S KISS by Marie Rutkoski!!!

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I have a really exciting post to share with all my favorite bookworms today! Macmillan has put together a really fun tour for the upcoming release of THE WINNER'S KISS by Marie Rutkoski, the final book in The Winner's Curse trilogy!

So pretty together!!! I can't wait to have a physical copy of KISS,
so the three can stand side by side FOR REAL! ^.~

The book has KISS in the title. Sunday was Valentine's Day. So today's stop is all about love!!! ^.~

I decided to round up my top FIVE kissing scenes from books I've read in the last couple of years since I started doing a Best of the Year post in 2013, and thanks to a three-way-tie last year, I have FIVE kisses to share them with you. Who DOESN'T want to read about a good kiss, especially in February!?

Are you ready to see my choices!? 

(Sorry for the lack of color on TMD; it was the only way to get all five books in one shot since I
own two of them as e-books and only have two e-readers!!)

(in no particular order other than
how I threw them into the photograph...)

1) DEFIANCE by C.J. Redwine

I mentioned this kiss in my review...and if I need to stop and point out a kiss in a review, you KNOW it's a good kiss, right?

I said: "There's definitely a romantic tilt, though nothing happens for most of the book, just building tension. When these two do kiss for the first time? Definitely one of my favorite kissing scenes in recent memory. I love the unique setting and manner that C.J. Redwine used here, and forgot how much until I re-read it."

I STILL love that kissing scene and hold it up as an unusual kiss, not the usual sort!!

2) THE HEART OF BETRAYAL by Mary E. Pearson

This book was just in a three-way-tie for my Best Kiss of 2015 Award!!

 THOB is a sequel to THE KISS OF DECEPTION, and part of one my favorite YA fantasy series. I am SO EXCITED to get my heard on the final book, THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS, this summer!!!

This series is interesting because it has a double-blind, and it DOES have a romantic triangle, and there are people that on opposite sides of what ship the main character,  Lia, should ultimately go with.

SO I CAN'T TALK ABOUT THE KISSING or why I loved it and ahhhhhhhhh, SPOILERS. But needless to say, I really loved it!!!

3) THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows

This book was just in a three-way-tie for my Best Kiss of 2015 Award!!

This book. THIS BOOK!!! Ahhh, there is a kissing scene that just makes the fangirl in me SQUEE. It's a kiss of emotions despite not knowing one another's identity. Like when you watch the first Spiderman movie and watch that awesome upside-down kiss. Or when you watch the romance build in Kamikaze Kaituou Jeanne (I included pics in my review when gushing about this kiss!!!)

It just reminded me of so many awesome "superhero style" kisses, and I LOVED it!!!!

4) THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER by Melinda Salisbury

This book was just in a three-way-tie for my Best Kiss of 2015 Award!!

This is another book that's got a really spoilery kiss. 

But...this kiss is a little more surprising. It's not sweet. It's not easy. But man is it emotional!!!

5) THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd

This is the book that made me add a Best Kiss Category to the Best of the Year posts. I read and reviewed it RIGHT BEFORE I made my post and it's so geeky/nerdy/perfect, really. 

As my friend Kat said when I told her about it, "Oooo, a lab table. Nerd-raunchy! I liiiike it! You always know how to tempt me."

Okay, so tell me what your favorite kissing scenes are in YA!!!

Did any of these make your list?

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Author: Marie Rutkoski
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)  / Macmillan

War 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?


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.