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The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy) Hardcover – March 4, 2014
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The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Book One of the Winner's Trilogy
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Copy borrowed from a friend (thank you, Jess!)
Summary (from Goodreads):
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love
As a general's daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin's eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him--with unexpected consequences. It's not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
What I Liked:
Let me be clear: I most likely will NOT be doing this book justice, with this review. I loved this book so much, and I already know that I cannot express just how much I love this book, or everything that I love about this book, in one review. But I'll try.
This is more of a fantasy novel than anything. I saw on Goodreads that there are labels such as "science fiction", "dystopia", and "historical fiction". The first two are really off, but this book does have historical elements - like, medieval elements.Read more ›
Rutkoski excels at painting a vivid picture within her readers' minds – the characters, the world, the culture, everything proved to be easy enough to envision and imagine. But, it was the characters who stole the show. From Kestral's observant and strategic nature to Arin's subtle intelligence and sharp personality, it was easy to root for both of them. Even the side characters were wonderfully developed, and continually intriguing. I went into this expecting a good story, but Rutkoski delivered a quiet, stunning tale that pleasantly surprised me. The Winner's Curse is a surprising, captivating tale of family, love, and honor. This book? It should be on your to-read list. Or, better yet, your bookshelf.
Highlights: The romance is slow, subtle, and almost barely beginning. This story focuses on the intelligence of main characters, rather than their ability to be physical threats. I loved how this story was written in a 3rd person POV, because it allowed Rutkoski to go into detail and really show off the fantasy world she crafted.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This book was SUCH a trial to get through. If Valium was a novel, it would be this book. So many teeny, tiny details about things that have ZERO bearing on the story. Read morePublished 6 days ago by C. Hampton
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book, but it was fantastic. Read it, you won't be disappointed.Published 7 days ago by E. Lenox
In this fantasy novel, Kestrel is a general’s daughter who, after a day at the market, buys a male slave named Arin. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Marybeth P.
Fantastic book, super well-written, dare I say even poetic? It's not fantasy, not really, there's no magic (so far) but it takes place in another world. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Katherine Wachter
I don’t get the hype about The Winner’s Curse. Seriously, I don’t. I wish I could find one thing, just one thing, that intrigued me about this book, or that I thought was even... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Majanka
I love when I'm able to go into a book completely blind. You guys, I don't think I ever even read the description of this book...at all. I never read any reviews. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Sandra Renee Farmer
More like 2.5 stars. Review posted on Page Turners Blog on 7/7/2016.
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