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.
Top 5 Reasons You Should Pre-Order The WInner’s Curse
I'm not going to write my review yet - but here are my top 5 reasons why you should pre-order this book today.
1.) Winner's Curse deserves the hype.
I rarely, if ever, give into book hype these days. In fact, having 20 people tell me how amazing a book is, makes me NOT want to read it. I've been burned.
From the gorgeous publisher ARC & swag sent to bloggers to all the high praise I hear - this book and author deserve any and all hype. It's gooooood.
2.) The tension. THE TENSION.
There is action, there is romance but above all there is a delicious tension running throughout. What choices will the characters make? What will the consequences be? OMG THE TENSION.
3.) Black, white and shades of grey.
You think you know where you stand on something that happens on one page - but then rethink your position on the next. I LOVE that.
4.) The romance.
Now THIS is a forbidden romance. For about 100 reasons this shouldn't work out, but I still hope it does…but it might not. No insta-love but two VERY complex, evenly matched people in a battle for their autonomy and the future of their people. The stakes don't get higher than that. What will they choose? *bites nails*
This would actually be my #1 reason for loving this book so much. Kestrel is the best kind of book heroine. She's whip smart and observant but knows her limits. She makes mistakes, admits when she is wrong and learns from the experience. She's not super human or especially kick-ass but don't cross her. She has a tender heart but can be tough and calculating when she needs to be.
Kestrel has to make tough decisions over and over that have dire consequences for her and those she loves. And she does it.
It's only January but I already have my first 5 star read and can begin making the Best of 2014 book list thanks to Winner's Curse!