The Winner's Curse

The Winner s Curse 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 jo

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 deWinning 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.

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  1. Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children s fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial Globe and The Jewel of the Kalderash Her next project is a YA trilogy that begins with The Winner s Curse, which is scheduled to be published in March 2014 Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois a suburb of Chicago , as the oldest of four children She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Harvard University Marie is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children s literature and fiction writing She lives in New York City with her husband and two sonscmillan author marier

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  1. So glad I picked this one up I loved the story especially in the second half, when we started to delve into politics and war strategies and larger scale conflicts I also really enjoyed what we saw of the world building, though I do wish we got a little depth there The societies of this world are so interesting, I m really looking forward to exploring that in the future books Characters were great, I loved the relationship and shifting dynamic between Kestrel and Arin, and I appreciated that t [...]

  2. A year ago when I first heard about The Winner s Curse, it was during the Fierce Reads tour where I had an opportunity to interview a few MacKids authors, including Marie Rutkoski It was a lot of fun and remains one of my favorite interviews I d ever conducted I really enjoyed The Shadow Society, Marie s YA debut novel, and loved her writing style, so I knew I d be than eager to check out any of her future works I asked what she and the other authors where working on and she mentioned The Winne [...]

  3. There comes, on occasion, those moments in the lives of readers when they find themselves putting a book down, pausing, looking around at all the glowing reviews and five star ratings, and asking themselves the question did I read the same book When it comes to language, dialogue and general storytelling of small events in The Winner s Curse, it s obvious that you are in the hands of a competent writer with a talent for description and a nicely spun phrase But this book is so tame Way too tame f [...]

  4. WARNING SPOILERS Very seldom do I give only a single star to books that I ve read from cover to cover Usually I reserve such a low rating for ones with such abominable writing, such shallow, one dimensional characters, such poorly constructed plots, that I can t bear to finish them The writing in this is good Sure, it s not the kind of prose that sweeps the reader up and transports them fully within the pages, but it gets the job done The characters are not one dimensional In fact, throughout th [...]

  5. Actual rating 3.5 A kestrel is a hunting hawk Yes The perfect name for a warrior girl Well His smile was slight, but it was there I suppose neither of us is the person we were believed we would become The second half of this book was exceedingly better than the first The first was plagued with a rather weak, insipid heroine, an asshat of a slave who, seriously, did not act like a fucking slave at all, like the king of a castle I disagree with slavery no shitke anyone in their right mind would e [...]

  6. This book is fucking awesome I m literally speechless and blown away by how enjoyable and gripping this book was I am so fucking shook, I can t even begin to describe how fucking amazing this book was The Winner s Curse was a book I thought was about ballrooms, kings and queens and it was a book was not expecting to love at all I never read the blurb of a book I literally just dive into it blind and take and see how it goes for me So I was so surprised when I found out this was about politics, I [...]

  7. 4.5 stars Love love love love love If you re a fan of Leigh Bardugo s Grisha trilogy or Diana Peterfreund s For Darkness Shows the Stars series, you need to get your hands on this one ASAP It has the feel of a historical fantasy without slotting neatly into either category, as well as a pensive mood and very romantic story.Full review on the blog, with a few quotes to give you a feel for the writing themidnightgarden 2014And we re giving away an amazing prize package book eyeshadow bookmarks sti [...]

  8. Reviewed by Rabid ReadsFantasy is one of my favorite genres, and it has been since I was old enough to make my own bedtime story requests My appreciation has grown and evolved as I have likewise grown and evolved, and as an adult, I ll pretty much take it however I can it, be it Dark, Epic, High, YA Fantasy, or otherwise These days, however, I mostly stick to YA Fantasy b c the books don t typically come in a series of 12 ish , 1000 ish page books, and are therefore less of a commitment any time [...]

  9. This may not be a SOLID 5 stars, like a 4.8, but it s SO CLOSE HEART IS BREAKING INTO A MILLION LITTLE PIECES.I had heard great things about this book, but not from a ton of people so it wasn t overhyped for me I didn t really know anything going in and I think that was for the best.Kestral and Arin are phenomenal characters and the story is really fantastic It really shines in the second half when things are set in motion and we ve got POLITICS and the like GAH just SO GOOD I can t handle it G [...]

  10. Kestrel thought about how this might be what hurt the most.That they had used something she loved against her Maybe I shouldn t judge someone or something by my first impression on them, but I can t help myself So it s official that Marie Rutkoski becomes one of my top favorite authors and The Winner s Curse my top favorite books of all time I can t stop admiring how wonderful her writing style and how incredibly well written this story is She tells the story in a pretty easy yet powerful way sh [...]

  11. That ending What are Kestrel and Arin going to do now I guess I will find out in the other books Kestrel is a Valorian and a very high ranked one as her father is a general Years ago the Valorian army defeated the Herrani people and turned them into slaves Why Because they wanted to and that s what jerks do These poor people had to live as slaves in their own town and even in some of their own homes RUDE Anyway, Kestrel was out gambling one day she s pretty good at it and her and her best friend [...]

  12. The Winner s Curse is when you come out on top of the bid, but only by paying a steep price.Where do I even begin with this review This I did not expect this.Honestly, this was never ending, to say it s not the biggest book in the world SO much happens There were parts where I was like how is this even happening The building of the storyline was so well done, and forever had me guessing what was coming next Not only that, but we saw different difficulties coming in to play and how not everything [...]

  13. wooAAHHHHHH that ENDING i m still SOBBING.I bought the entire series last summer knowing NOTHING lol I don t really know what got into me that day but I m so glad that it was a blind purchase because I loved this book so much I was hooked from the first chapter and nothing ever felt slow to me The political aspect of this book and the plot s emphasis on using strategies to get what you want was quiet refreshing to read about I also didn t mind the fact that this book didn t focus on world buildi [...]

  14. Why do I feel like I just read something out of the Spartacus fanfiction reject pile To be perfectly honest, I thought I d seen the very bottom of bad young adult historical fantasy Not gonna name names, but even among such esteemed company, The Winner s Curse is a new low However you want to measure it, plot, setting, character development, Marie Rutkoski s latest book fundamentally fails at being anything other than bland, shallow, cliched, and predictable Maybe I m being spoiled by fond memor [...]

  15. So I finished this book a few days ago now, and can I just say, I don t remember the last time a book hit me so hard This was a book I wanted to give my full attention to and couldn t wait to review I ll try to grow this review into my trademark ranty sort soon, but for now, this will have to do S ALL MY EMOTIONS WILL LET ME DO.So here we have it Reasons to Read The Winner s Curse Because Emotional Death is Fun The author s name is Marie Clearly a name of legend cough cough so you know She must [...]

  16. 2.5 starsI cannot put my finger on what didn t work in this book The writing was enjoyable, but something about the plot or characters or I don t even know what just lost me I wasn t necessarily bored, I just didn t care It may have been because I listened to this on audio, but I could not connect to the story The characters were meh, the plot was meh, and most of the book was just war plotting, which was so confusing because we got barely any backstory about the different kingdoms or whatever t [...]

  17. Precioso Una narrativa que juega con los sentimientos de los personajes y de los lectores hasta el punto en que un suspiro, una mirada o un simple encuentro estremecen hasta el alma y ruegas por encontrarlos en la siguiente p gina Una historia muy dura, que me ha hecho sufrir como pocos libros lo han logrado, no tan s lo por lo imposible de la relaci n de los personajes principales, sino por la triste realidad de un pueblo sometido.La trama nos sit a en la imaginaria pen nsula de Herr n, que die [...]

  18. Isn t that what stories do, make real things fake, and fake things real THIS WAS SO GOOD OMG I LOVE KESTREL AND ARIN AND OH BOY MY HEART IS TORN Regret not picking this book up ages ago, it was just so damn intriguing y all I m not really into politics much butKestrel is literally a queengosh she has definitely become one of my favourites in just one book Can t wait to see where this story will lead and the extent to which it will wreck my heart A certainsomeonewho loves tim tams and Dorian s ph [...]

  19. Y all think I won t reread this god given masterpiece again for the eighth time Well I m trash and you re wrong byeHow do you even make a review of your favorite book in the world You just fucking don tMy soul is crushed and broken on the floor bye I need to smoke a pack of cig and cry like a baby adios.

  20. Wow this book exceeded my expectations I am blown away I loved Kestrel and Arin I loved the strong political aspect of the book as well as the connection with music between the characters Best book I ve read so far this year

  21. I can t wait to review and share the absolute amazeballs that is this book Steph and I still sit on FaceTime and gush about a couple of the scenes over and over again.

  22. She reminded herself bitterly that this was what curiosity had bought her fifty keystones for a singer who refused to sing, a friend who wasn t her friend, some one who was hers and yet would never be hers.The Winner s Curse is now one of my favorite books I ve been meaning to read it ever since Marie Rutkoski accepted my impulsive friend request Har har And now that I ve devoured her book, I m so happy she indulged my audacity I m normally a polygamist reader, but I just cannot let any other bo [...]

  23. This book was an amazing read Ahem, if I may add, quite different from the last two books.This book had a strong, mature female character And ya see, people who actually know what they re doing besides living off ramen noodles when they grow up are MY MODELS.Cause honestly, screw grades Screw school Screw old teachers who smell like a dusty closet.I PLAN TO READ AND EAT JUNK FOOD FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE But anyways, Kestrel, the MC and my teacher when I grow up is a pristine, wealthy lady.And OB [...]

  24. But when you are faced with only two choices the military or marriage don t you wonder if there is a third, or a fourth, or , even than that I liked this book way than I expected to I was instantly hooked with the writing style and plot but it did take me a little while to love the characters For example, I originally didn t ship Arin and Kestrel and I didn t even like Arin at all But now, I love them I m so excited to see where this goes in future books and I high key hate that I m on a book b [...]

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