Author: Marie Rutkoski
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.
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.
There are these rare moments where I read a book and I'm left speechless and emotional and so damn happy that I want to jump around and scream in everyone face's to read that book. This was one of those moments.
This was wonderfully written book that had me turning pages till early hours in the morning. I enjoyed every second of it and the only thing I'd want is for it to be longer - or that there is a sequel at least.
The world building is done amazingly. That is a rare thing to find in most YA novels so I was pleasantly surprised by this. I could easily imagine every little detail and every little thing described as well. Like I said in one of my other reviews, I don't usually like historical fiction. I don't read it often but books like this one change everything I have ever thought about it and make me want to find more great historical novels. This is my second so far that I actually liked so maybe, my opinion will change soon even more.
Even a few days after finishing this, I still don't know what to say. It's one of my favourite books I've read and I just wish I was able to describe it properly but it's just not working. I am apologizing for this. I wish there were words to describe this the way it deserves to be described but right now, I can find none. I just hope this book will get success it deserves because it's truly one of the best YA novels written.