Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Posted July 1, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 0 Comments

Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #1
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux on March 4th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 355
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Series Rating: five-stars
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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.

Hello, Darlings!

So, yes I know – I’m way behind on this love train. BUT! I’ve finally read it now and I am happy to say that I see the hype and I totally follow. This novel was a bit different than I was expecting (I’m trying this thing where I don’t read the back of the book if the title is familiar to me already, like book speed dating?) but it was fantastic in it’s own right. Basically it embodied everything about political – fantasy drama’s that make us binge watch shows like Game of Thrones and Viking with record dedication.

Kestrel, our amazing MC, is nothing like your average YA heroine. She is pictured on the cover wearing an epic dress, and that’s how she intends to stay. She wasn’t sarcastic or devilishly talented, but weirdly still has all the aspects that make up our favorite B.A.B’s. What this book lacked in the fight scenes we normally find in YA Fantasy it made up for in cunning plots and seriously crack worthy scheming. I don’t know if it’s just because I’ve been really focusing on my writing lately (Steph and I are collabing for July Nano!!) but I cannot wrap my head around how Rutkoski manages to form her plots. Nothing was predictable and everything was intriguing. The romance was a gorgeous simmer, the Royal Balls were full of soft silk and flowing dresses, and the banter was quick lipped and so very Austen worthy. Especially for an “old” find in my local library, reading this novel felt like returning to my root love of reading. It was attached to me for exactly two days, and I am already knee deep into the sequel. If you need something to get you out of a slump or feel like remembering why books simultaneously drive us crazy and fuel our hearts: go grab this!!


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