16069030Title: The Winner’s Curse

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA

Where I received the book: I borrowed the book from the local library.

Star rating:★

Summary: 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.

i’ve put of this review for a while because i couldn’t put how i feel about it in words. generally, it was somewhat boring. i felt no connection to the storyline or the characters. the only character that i liked is Jess and her brother. i didn’t like the main character, nor the love interest. i felt them boring and unrelatable.

the plot itself is even more boring than the characters. it’s a mix between politics/war planning and tea parties. from what i could get from this book, it’s loosely based on history in terms of cultures and immigration/colonisation. even the event at the end was boring and i felt disconnected from it.

not to mention the romance. i felt there was no build up. it was very sudden that they had a thing for each other. like, i knew it was going to happen but the characters didn’t express any feelings towards each other until they were suddenly a thing.

i originally rated it 4 stars, but i’ve taken it down to 3. based off the opinions of a friend of mine, i won’t be continuing the series seeing as i didn’t enjoy this book and it’s likely that i won’t like the others.


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  • Sorry this didn’t work out for you. It’s a popular series. I enjoyed this one more than you did but have yet to continue on with the series. I hope you’ll give the other books a chance.

    Happy reading!

    • unfortunately i don’t think i’ll be continuing the rest of the series, i just really didn’t connect or like it. i really wish i could’ve though. i’d heard so much (good) things about it. thanks for stopping by.

  • I absolutely loved this, so I’m sorry you were a bit ambivalent about it. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    • i was really excited to start reading this, and i’m sorry that i didn’t like it much either. thanks for stopping by (again), i love seeing your comments.

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