Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Book review of The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

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.
The Winner's Curse has alleviated the YA-debut-book-in-a-series curse.
Holy amazing book!! Lately I've come upon a disappointing YA debut streak. A part of me was worried. Was it me? Was it the book(s)? I just ignored it and continued to trek through my YA continuing series, debut NA and contemporary romances. 

Then came The Winner's Curse... 

THIS BOOK has restored my faith in new YA series!! I honestly don't even know what sub-genre it would be but it somewhat reminds partially of shadow & bone, the infernal devices and crewel.  That's the type of kinda worlds I would associate it with.  According to my friends it is considered Fantasy.
The world building was just amazing and unique. And I absolutely LOVEDLOVEDLOVED Kestrel. And her name is awesome too. I love being in her POV but I also love the fact that we get glimpses into Arin's POV when it's needed. I'm so excited to meet Marie in her tour stop in Miami!!

Please excuse me while I melt in my puddle of feels over that ending.

The gods of the YA books rejoice today!

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