Skip to main content

REVIEW: The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #1
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on 3rd July 2014
Pages: 368
Source: *Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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.
Incredibly unique and thought provoking, it was dated to an era not many authors dare to enter... And Rutkoski did it seamlessly! The cover is absolutely beautiful, so compellingly stunning and I love the way her hand is curled around the letter 'R' as though it is a weapon or a lifeline.

Kestrel, the daughter of the lead General has two decisions, to marry or join the military. Though she is not impressed by either. She is known to be somewhat heartless and above all those around her, though she is nothing but the opposite with great expectations looming above. However, when she purchases a slave called Arin mainly for his apparent talent of voice she is compelled to buy him, though such great purchases come with great consequences. As Kestrel battles with her expectations and her own desires, she is pulled into situations she never though she would ever encounter.

Kestrel is a strong and ruthless character in her own individual way, she is a protagonist who is highly independent and does not whinge or cry at anything. She is logical and intelligent, with multiple plans forming in her mind every second; she was a delightful protagonist to read about. Arin though was compellingly mysterious, his actions had motives though many are still unapparent even now.

The plot of this novel was continuous and fast pace, action and deadly games hid around every corner waiting silently to jump out at you. The direction of the novel was one of which I did not expect; it was ruthless and challenging, however Rutkoski pulled it off seamlessly! Rutkoski braved an era and their 'issues' brilliantly allowing the novel to instantly draw you in. And the conclusion… I did not expect it! Definitely unlike any novel I have read before.

A uniquely magical piece of work that highlights the strength of young love but how sometimes, even the strongest have to admit defeat.

Popular posts from this blog

[BLOG TOUR] Dead Jed: Adventure of A Middle School Zombie by Scott Craven

Title: Dead Jed: Adventures of A MiddleSchool Zombie
Author: Scott Craven
Publisher: Month9Books
Date of Release: December 1st 2013
Pages: 214

Dead Jed is Shaun of the Dead meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Jed's not your typical junior high geek. He is, to use the politically-correct term, cardiovascularly-challenged. And while his parents have attempted to shield him from the implications of being 'different' for as long as they could (Jed was 8 and at a friend's sister's birthday party when he blew his lips off onto the cake in front of everyone, finally prompting the “Big Talk” from his parents and an emergency SuperGlue repair by his dad), 7th grade at Pine Hollow Middle School as a target of Robbie the supreme school bully and his pack of moronic toadies is rapidly becoming unbearable.
From being stuffed in a filled trash can as “dead meat” and into a trophy case as the bully's “prize,” to literally having his hand pulled off in the boys' room (Jed's always l…

REVIEW: Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1) by Heather Demetrios

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
Series: Dark Caravan Cycle #1
Published by Corgi Children's on 9th October 2014
Pages: 480
A jinni of tremendous ancient power and Empress to Arjinna, Nalia was sold into slavery on the dark caravan, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their masters’ every command. She’d do anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raifthe enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother. But freedom comes at a heavy price and danger is everywhere.

In this gorgeous fantasy debut, Heather Demetrios brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light. Magical, thrilling and dark, Exquisite Captive was captivating and enchanting, yet dangerous and cruel, but certainly a uniqu…

REVIEW: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriendby Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on 5th May 2015
Pages: 346
When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.
The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.
Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn h…