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Friday, July 4, 2014

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse 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."- summary from Amazon

I absolutely loved this book by Rutkoski (I keep forgetting it's not her debut, lol); I had heard and seen a lot of hype around it (there's 5 pages of blurbs in the ARC!) and was curious about it. I definitely think it lives up to the hype and I highly recommend it. Rutkoski did a good job going back and forth between Kestrel and Arin, and really making that sexual tension work. They match wits throughout the book and constantly surprise each other; it made the book such a treat to read. There's a lot of action in the book too, especially in the latter half of the book.

Overall, a fantastic start to a new trilogy and I cannot wait to read the next book!

FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.


  1. This actually isn't her debut! The Shadow Society is good too.

    1. I keep forgetting she has a debut, lol. It's weird when an author has a book or two out that was overlooked and then they have a hugely hyped book. They come out of nowhere. I kept thinking that about Ally Condie, but she'd written like 4 books before Matched.

  2. Every time I see this cover I swoon, its so gorgeous, nice to see another good review of it, I must pick it up soon.