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Stars I Gave:
1 Star - Arin
I really enjoyed reading about Arin, though his character does a 180 out of nowhere.
1 Star - The World Building
This book has some serious world building! I honestly don't think world building has ever been a "thing" for me, not to this degree, but nevertheless this book has some very good world building! I really feel like I know the lay of the Herrani and Valorian land!
Stars I Took Away:
1 Star - The Pacing
Sometimes this book is extremely slow and other times it's too fast. For example, the game Bite and Sting never made any sense to me. Why? Well, it was never explained. It was literally rushed through like it's checkers; like everyone knows how to play it.
1 Star - Kestrel
I really enjoyed Kestrel during the first 60% of the book, but then she (also) did a 180. She went from considerate, a little self-conscious, but strong, to completely annoying and condescending. Just, no.
1 Star - Should Be 50 Pages Shorter
The last 50 pages of this book are completely worthless. All the extra stuff they put in to stretch the book just made me start to hate it lol.
I do, however, recommend this book. I will be honest, though; it took me a day to read the last 50 pages of the book. I read the first 300 in a few hours. That's saying something.
Marie Rutkoski has created a brilliantly complex world in this series. Not only the countries and politics but histories and religion. Customs and stories. Each piece playing a part to create this elaborate setting for The Winner's Trilogy. In the recent history of this world, Valoria has conquered Herran. Herran had two options: fight and die or surrender and become slaves. Herran chose the latter. Kestrel is the daughter of the General of Valoria. The General's strategic mind is the reason why Valoria won the war, and he wants his daughter to follow in his footsteps. He's taught her about fighting and strategy her entire life. But a key factor also influences Kestrel. Since her mother passed when she was young, she's been raised by her Herrani nurse. She couldn't help but develop the love of a child toward the one who took care of her needs and raised her as her own since her father was more often off at war than at home. Whether it was the nurse's intention to instill a sense of the wrongness of slavery in Kestrel or not that's exactly what happened.
Kestrel never intended to end up at the slave auction that day. But she does. And hearing the auctioneer's description of Arin, seeing some unnameable quality in his expression, Kestrel decides to buy him. It wasn't her desire to own a slave, but since she's the General's daughter, nothing she does is secret. She has to act according to society's rules even though she's breaking those rules every chance she gets. Even if she doesn't say it out loud, Kestrel wants to be better than what she sees. She makes an odd decision to be honest with Arin. And honesty--especially when it is costly--binds together.
Arin is angry. He's a slave and slaves are rarely treated with common human decency. He can't seem to just obey without acting out in whatever ways he finds. He can't bring himself to believe that Kestrel, the daughter of the General who conquered his nation and forced his people into their current positions, could possibly not be the same as every other Valorian who's owned him before. He's done what he has to do to survive and he's going to do the same now. Yet he gets these glimpses of who Kestrel really is. And despite not wanting to be, he finds himself drawn to who she is and what she's done for him.
I really enjoyed Marie Rutkoski's writing style. The world building, the characters, the emotion, how quickly she had me invested in the story and the characters, how she didn't need to use cursing to write a fantastic book, the sentences every now and then that I found beautiful in and of themselves.
-"The Winner's Curse is when you come out on top of the bid, but only by paying a steep price."
-...people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.
-"Everything in war hinges on what you know of your adversary's skills and assets," he said. "Yes, luck will play some part. The terrain will be crucial. Numbers are important. But how you negotiate the strengths of your opponent is more likely to decide the battle than anything else."
-A feeling flowed into Arin, something like sleep or the sudden absence of pain.
-Happiness depends on being free, Kestrel's father often said, and freedom depends on being courageous.
-There was a silence as long as a smile.
In the end The Winner's Curse gets 4.5 Stars from me. I was invested in what was going to happen. I felt for both characters. They were each in an impossible situation at times where I could only agree that each was making the only moves they could make. Yet those moves served both for and against what they wanted. The ending of The Winner's Curse had me using a long lost and recently found gift card to snatch up The Winner's Crime so that I could know what happens next. Have you read The Winner's Curse? What did you think? Let me know!
There was honestly not one thing I did not like about THE WINNER'S CURSE! It was amazing in so many ways! The writing was elegant and engaging! Marie Rutkoski has crafted the most beautifully captivating, forbidden romance, that had me reading until the wee hours of the morning! I didn't want to put this book down for fear of what was coming next!
I loved the main characters, Kestrel and Arin were so addicting, and perfect in so many ways! They were both so full of life, yet flawed with restraints, by being forced to be tide down to their positions in their very different worlds, and it was so heart breaking. They were able to hold onto their strength, even though they both had to endure the pain and heartache of not having control over their lives! They knew what they wanted in life, but also knew that it could never be!
The romance was unlike ANYTHING I have ever read! I appreciated the romance in this book. And to be honest, there really wasn't that much, yet their was tons of emotions, chemistry, and plenty of desire. But not a lot of actually acting on it. And I really enjoyed that. It was not rushed one bit. It was more then halfway through the book before something actually happened between Kestrel and Arin, but, we didn't go without the romance feels! You could feel the pull and chemistry they had for each other, but also the strong resistance they clung too, for they both knew a Valorianns and a Herrani can never be! This book portrayed a romance as a romance book should. The feels were more real and the desire was stronger then anything I've read, and it felt honest and pure, and not rushed and tainted! Does that make sense? Anyways, I just loved Kestrel and Arin together and they made me want to reread this book as soon as I was done reading it! Seriously, I was thinking about it, but I had too many review books on a deadline, if not for that, I definitely would of reread it immediately! It was just THAT GOOD!!
In the thriving, yet ruthless empire, the Valorianns rule over the Herrani. They have been to war and succeeded on taking all the Herrani captive, but instead of killing them, they have enslaved them. Forcing them to be they're maids, cooks, weapon makers, farmers, and whatever else the Valorianns can see useful for them. The Valorianns believe them the superior of the two, and have proved that by taking away their freedom and forcing them to do their bidding's.
The Herrani have no choice but to be they're servant, for it is that, or be tortured and murdered until the Herrani race is extinct! And the Herrani can not allow the Valorianns to murder all of them until there is no more of them left! Because the Herrani have a plan! They have been biding their time, waiting, and slowly building their resistance among the Herrani people, waiting until all is set, and for the perfect time to strike! The Herrani want their freedom, and they're ready to take it back, one way or another!
Kestrel, the daughter of stern General Trajan, the leader of the Valoriann army, is on a routine visit in the towns market, with her best friend Jess when she finds herself at her first auction. It's not just any auction, it's a slave auction! Where Valorianns
Kestrel can't help but to feel drawn to Arin, the slave she bought. Something about him is overpowering and mysterious, and Kestrel is intrigued and curious by his rough around the edges, yet softer, more gentle side, and feels there is more to Arin then what meets the eye. So she slowly starts finding reasons to show him attention, getting to know him for him, and not as her slave. But before Kestrel realizes how deep she's gotten in, she finds herself caught up with feelings she doesn't understand, and definitely doesn't want to admit, for she is Valoriann and he is Herrani. She is the superior of the two, and it is unheard of for the two races to become one. But that's exactly what Kestrel wants, at least deep down inside!
But their is a war brewing within The Herrani and The Valoriann, that will change the world as they know it. One side will have to either succumb or give-in. The Herrani are determined to get their freedom, but The Valoriann are determined to keep them as they are, enslaved and conquered! But when the table turns, and everything they've know is changed, The Herrani will have to decide how far they're really ready to go, while The Valoriann will have to decide what is worth fighting for. And Kestrel and Arin will have to decide where their heart lies and how far their willing to go for what they really want!
Will The Herran win their freedom back from The Valoriann? Will The Valoriann give-in a decide it's not worth fighting for, or will they go to war and risk killing lives on both sides? Will Arin finally see what's most important in life? And will Kestrel see where she really belongs? Well, READ THIS BOOK TO FIND OUT, because it is SOOOO worth it!!! It's a 2014 THAT'S NOT TO BE MISSED!!!
The WINNER'S CURSE is truly hypnotizing with it's originality and magical blend, it's historical background, political intrigue, and a romance so utterly breathtaking and captivating, that it will leave any YA fan or even adult fan, captivated and craving more! You'll be screaming for more of Marie Rutkoski astonishing story telling, heartbreaking situations, with enchanting characters unlike anything that's ever graced the YA gender!!
I will be painfully holding my breath until the next book is released!! The ending was enough to make me scream and rant more then a few times for not having the next book in the series. THE WINNER'S CURSE is something I think ANYONE, no matter what their genre is should read! It's just that freaking AMAZING!!!! Marie Rutkoski, I will be waiting impatiently until the next book arrives in my needy little hands, but until then, I will be banning my head against the wall in anticipation!!!
NOTE: I received an ARC from the Publisher for review. All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way!
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