Series: The Winner's Trilogy
Published by Macmillan on March 4th 2014
Genres: fantasy, Love & Romance, YA, Young Adult
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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.
One of my favorite type of books to read is the kind where someone is someone else’s slave, captive, whatever, and they end up trading places through fate, and the other one becomes the captive, or they torture each other, and then learn to love through that. I know, I’m sick. Seriously, I know if I were ever abducted I would have like the WORST case of Stockholm syndrome ever! I don’t know why I enjoy these types of stories, but man I do! So realize when I read stories even close to that idea, I get a little giddy! This book sent my imagination reeling. Yay!
So Kestrel, she has that thing that I have, I can see the truth in things. I can tell when people are lying to me. I just KNOW, but it’s a really hard way to live, you want to trust people, you want to give people the benefit of the doubt, but you just know. You try to lie to yourself and tell yourself you’re just being paranoid, but in the end, you always end up correct, and then you kick yourself for days because you should have just trusted your gut. That’s our main character. I love her. I saw so much of myself in this book that it really just spoke to me.
This book is just fabulous! I really want to give it a 5, because so much awesome. There’s just a few things I wanted a bit more of. I wanted more detail in the descriptions of some of the scenes. Without spoiling too much there’s a big fight scene, maybe 70%ish in, which I thought could have gone further, after the fight, showing doting by one character for another, to ensure that the person who gets hurt, is taken care of, or more about how this scene brought out feelings. These were things that were alluded to, that I was imagining but I wanted to read them. When Kestrel is pacing in the garden, I wanted more of something, a love scene or something…just MORE. Because I heart it so much. I wanted the author to take me there, instead of taking myself there. However, I still love this book, it’s pretty fabulous as far as books go. I can’t wait for the rest of the story. And, the end. So many feels. So many, so many, so many feels. She makes a decision that is exactly what I would have done. Is it the right one? We don’t know yet. Oh, lovely drama! This is one of those books that needs to have an erotic counterpart. Like a teen version, and an adult version. Ha! That would be soooo awesome! There’s lots of room for it, to go to some wrong places. I don’t know what my problem is that I love it when books go to wrong places, but I OH, SO DO!
I’ll be participating in an Arc Tour of The Winner’s Crime, so look for it around next month!