Review: The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Curse #1)

Posted March 5, 2015 in 5 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!

winners curseThe Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Where did I get it? On BookOutlet of course! They had a really good deal.


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.


This cover did not help in my decision to read this book. It’s actually why I put it off for so long. It makes me feel like the book is going to be one of those dystopia book that pick your husband for you. Kind of like the Selection series. Don’t let the cover fool you!

Initial Thoughts

I heard TONS of good things about this book. So I was interested in reading this even though I didn’t know much about it. I’m glad I decided to pick it up.

My New BFF

I love Kestrel so much. First of all, that name. It’s strong and beautiful just like the character. She’s a general’s daughter so she’s crazy smart and is pretty good with politics. I love her because she didn’t just drop everything for a boy. She obviously falls in love with him but she still loves her family and her people even though they might have been wrong. She also makes these crazy plans that you’re never sure if they’ll work. She always surprises you and never does what you’d expect.

My Crush

It’s pretty typical to like the main guy character but oh did I ever. Another really strong character. He holds a lot of hate for Kestrels people but still doesn’t drop everything for her. Sure he’s falling in love with her but he has a job to do! I just loved his relationship with Kestrel. There was nothing simple about it or him.

Writing Style

This book has restored my faith in the YA genre. It was getting boring there for a while until I picked this book up. I haven’t seen anything like it! The writing was smooth and set at a good pace. We found out more things about the characters throughout the book so that we knew as much as the main character did. I liked how the author wrote the points of view because the transitions were really nice.

Closing Thoughts

Everything about this book was amazing. The characters, the plot, the world, and even the historical aspects. The world was set where slaves are still ok and girls go to balls and wear pretty dressed. But I’d still consider it a dystopia book with hints of fantasy which I thought was interesting. Usually dystopian societies are set in the future with fancy technology. That was not the case in this book.

Don’t go into this book with any expectations. It’s better to not know anything and let it sweep you away. Not very many books do that these days. I’d recommend this to everyone.


“Isn’t that what stories do, make real things fake, and fake things real?”

 5 out of 5 stars


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3 responses to “Review: The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Curse #1)

  1. Hi there!

    I just stopped by to check out your blog. I’ve signed up for yet another year of the A to Z Challenge and look forward to reading many, many posts next month…;~)

    Take care,

    Donna L Martin
    author of THE STORY CATCHER (Anaiah Press 2015)
    coauthor CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: ANGELS AMONG US (Simon & Schuster 2013)

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