Review: The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

Posted May 15, 2015 in review / 0 Comments

Review: The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Published by Macmillan on March 4th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Source: Purchased
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Winning what you want may cost you everything you loveThey were never meant to be together. As a general's daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can't help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other.Set in a new world, The Winner's Curse is a story of rebellion, duels, ballroom dances, wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

I have been looking forward to this book for so long, but since I had way too many eARCs, I had to push this book aside, but I am so glad that I finally got a chance to read it. This book is better than amazing. I can only say four words.

Kestrel and Arin, SWOOOOON.
HAHA. You’ll understand what I mean when you read this book. Basically. this book is about Kestrel, who’s the daughter of the chief general. She has two choices in life: either she joins the Army, or she gets married. But Kestrel wants neither of that. One day, she stumbled upon an auction where a young slave was being sold off. The thing that captured her attention was the fact that the slave held an air of defiance. He stood up for himself, even when he knew he was at the losing end. She surprises herself by buying that slave. Arin turned out to be different from every other slave that Kestrel has encountered, and soon, she knew that she was falling for him. AND THIS IS THE PART I DO NOT LIKE HAHA. Arin too had a secret. A secret that can cause him his life. I think what I loved about this book is that it shows us how completely different slaves and their masters are. Kestrel is strong-headed, but she is so different from other female heroines I have ever read about. For starters, she suck at fighting HAHAH. Like, horribly so. But what she lacked in her fighting skills, she makes it up with her intelligence, and that totally impressed me.
And then there’s Arin. *swoons* I could never imagine how a slave could be so dang hot, but mmmm, this dude is HOT. HAHA. He is everything a rugged guy is. He is defiant, quiet, and also charming when he has to be. What killed me was the last part of the book, because oh my God, the FEEEELS. I mean, WHY WOULD YOU END THE BOOK LIKE THAT? *screaming internally*
Everyone should pick up this book if you haven’t. REALLY.
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