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Macmillan, 352 pages | Pub Date: March 29, 2016 |
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About the Author:
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.
What book is your favorite literary kiss in?
FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK by Melina Marchetta
Who is kissing?
Finnikin of the Rock and Evanjalin of the Monts
And when Finnikin grabbed her to him and buried his face in her neck and then bent down and placed his mouth on hers, the others pretended that there was something very interesting happening in the meadow. The priest-king even pointed at the nothing they were pretending to see. But Froi didn’t. He just watched the way Finnikin’s hands rested on Evanjalin’s neck and he rubbed his thumb along her jaw and the way his tongue seemed to disappear inside her mouth as if he needed a part of her to breathe himself. And Froi wondered what Evanjalin was saying against Finnikin’s lips when they stopped because whatever the words were it made them start all over again and this time their hunger for each other was so frightening to watch that it made Froi look away.
Why is it your favorite? (Mild spoilers ahead!)
I love so much about this kiss. It’s not conventional, because it’s from a third person’s point of view. Like Ron and Hermione’s climactic kiss in Deathly Hallows, the person closest to them as a couple (Froi) is witness to the intimate moment. Unlike Harry, he isn’t close enough to hear what they’re saying, but that makes the kiss even more impactful to him and to readers. It’s up to us to fill in the dialogue and guess what Evanjalin is saying to Finn that is making them “start all over again.” It’s a kiss of joy, gratitude, and relief. Finnikin thought Evanjalin and the priest-king had died. He had prayed and pleaded with any god who would listen to spare her. Seeing Evanjalin alive and beautiful and his — even if it’s just for a moment (of course we all know they’re destined to be together) — is so overwhelming that for the first time he can longer longer pretend he isn’t desperately in love with her. And she, of course, reciprocates. They’re all about the push and pull these two (they bicker passionately and talk about everything), and this kiss is no different.
There are so many detailed, swoon-worthy elements to this kiss: the way Finnikin buries his face in Evanjalin’s neck, rests his hands on her neck, rubs her jaw and generally can’t keep his hands off of her — because he can’t believe she’s living and breathing and there with him. I love the way the kiss itself is symbolic of their need to be part of each other (“as if he needed a part of her to breathe himself”). I love the way their emotions are so all-consuming Froi finally has to look away. It’s a kiss Froi will never forget, and in my opinion, it’s this love and his connection to it that influences Froi to become the kind of man worthy of his own epic love story in the next book. Basically, you must read the three Lumatere Chronicles after you’ve read The Winner’s Curse trilogy!
Bonus Question: What kiss do you hope will occur in Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner‘s Kiss?
Kestrel and Arin, naturally. This is THE ship of the book, and I think we fans all hope for a few epic kisses in it.
And just because, parting GIFs of a few favorite movie kisses:
Lastly, the folks at Macmillan are letting “Send a Kiss” to a friend, so I’m choosing our faithful TLR contributor and a dear friend Keely, who in addition to YA has a daughter she could share the book with too! Many thanks to Gina at Macmillan for organizing such a great blog tour.