Thursday, June 12, 2014

Book Review - The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner's Curse
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy
Released: March 4, 2014


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.


My. Heart. Is. Broken.

The world building was fantastic, the story felt unique and volatile, and the characters were strong and complex. I admired Kestrel for her cunning and street smarts, but loved her for her soft heart and ability to sacrifice for others . . . despite the fact that she was high society. 

Always a fan of the tortured bad boy, I admired Arin for his conviction and loyalty to his people, but loved him for the way he allowed Kestrel into his heart . . .despite the fact she was his enemy. 

The ending was so amazing and so crushing. Kestrel and Arin are one of those timeless sort of love stories, the kind where the lovers are willing to give up their own happinesses for the survival of one another. I'm desperate for the rest of this story.


"The sun loved the moon so much he died every night to let her breathe."

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