Let's start with the Winner's Kiss. This novel is the final book in the Winner's Curse Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. (Review here) I was not overly impressed with The Winner's Curse, but I did enjoy it. The story basically follows two characters, Arin and Kestrel. They're born enemies. Kestrel's nation overtook Arin's, and now Arin and his people have become slaves. Kestrel buys Arin, and they fall in love. Blah blah blah. the writing in these novels is fantastic and the characters are very well written. Unfortunately, I came out of The Winner's Kiss feeling rather disappointed. It all felt too rushed, sure I was glad I didn't have to wait to long for a certain reunion, but the rest of it felt like it was all occurring just too fast. I didn't really feel very satisfied with the ending, and I definitely didn't like how they got there. It just didn't feel like a good way to end the story for me. I'd give this novel a 6/10. I didn't love it, but it wasn't horrible. Just not one of my favorites. (SPOILER FOR NOVEL: I also did not like how I wasn't really sure if Kestrel fully got her memories back or not)
Next, here's a short review of The Power, the second novel in Jennifer L. Armentrout's Titan series, the spin off of her Covenant series. Honestly, I was really excited when the first book in this series came out a year ago. It follows my favorite character (Seth) from the Covenant series. Unfortunately, like The Winner's Kiss, I found this book rather disappointing as well. It wasn't so much Seth in this novel, but more Josie. She annoyed the crap out of me and I really just couldn't stand her. Especially with some things that she said/did in the story. I'd give this book a 5.7/10 stars. It's not a story that I particularly enjoyed reading and I felt like I was dragging my feet through it the entire time. I actually only wanted to read this book because I wanted to see Alex and Aiden again. I was disappointed in that area of it as well. Sorry. I'm not even sure if I want to read the next book/s. (SPOILERS: It pissed me off the most when she called Aiden and Alex the 'microwave' versions. It's like, excuse me? They've done so much more and better than you. And they'll always be better than you, so please, stop trying to make yourself think you're better. You're not.)
Sorry for the short review, I thought I should probably just give my overlying impression of these two books.