The Winner’s Curse Book Review/Discussion

Check! Another book checked off of my Fall TBR that i promised myself. Wooh!

There’s a story to this one too, check out my P.S. at the bottom to see it *

…I just downloaded A Winner’s Crime onto my phone, so that’s what i’ll be reading next! Then hopefully Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, because have you heard that there is going to be a movie? (I think)

(Edit: I finished A Winner’s Crime and i LOVED IT! Also, i’m going to be reading Winter next cause duh)

Title: A Winner’s Curse

First in a trilogy

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Publication Date: March 4th, 2014

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

Pages: 355

Synopsis: (Off Goodreads)

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

I swear, i feel like sometimes Goodreads makes these boring synopsis’s to dissuade people from reading the book! Sheesh, let me break it down.

Basically Kestrel is this high class Valorian lady who stumbles into the slave market with her best friend Jess and Kestrel ends up leaving with a Herrani slave named ‘Smith’ who later tells her his name is Arin, and they have a connection but maybe Arin isn’t being exactly truthful.

My Thoughts:

So i had mixed thoughts on this book. The feels really hit me and stuff, but it made me so anxious and stressed out. Especially that ending! Ugh! Cliffhangers!

I loved how the book started, that first chapter was such a great way to start and hooked me right in. I’ve said this before, but i don’t like when books start off really complicated because then i get confused and want to stop reading.

That being said, i really thought that the book hooked you in right from the beginning and i had an easy time reading it.

When reading the Winner’s Trilogy, i have to keep reminding myself to not trust anyone or anything that i hear or see because anything can deceive you.

Moving on to the love dovey stuff. I can’t deal with this romance thing. Like Arin and Kestrel are made to be together but they never can! It’s sooo frustrating.

I really can’t wait to see what happens in the next book because that ending has a lot to work with.

What’s going to happen with Arin and Kestrel’s relationship? I need to know!


I need to read the second book now! A masterfully crafted book that keeps you on your toes and makes you want to know what happens next! Immediately! I NEED to get my hands on the Winner’s Crime!

My Rating: 

I can’t quite decide, but 4 stars it is. 😉

Side note, i recently just read On the Fence by Kasie West. Um what!? Is it a novella or a novel?! It was like 100 pages long, i finished it in several hours! There won’t be a review though because i have nothing to say about it. I just can’t seem to get into Kasie West! 😦

Anyways, please share your thoughts below! Do you love this book? Hate it? Need to talk about a scene that i did not? Do you have a review on it already that i can read and gush about?

Thanks for reading!


*P.S. I was halfway through this book, up to the part when Kestrel orders Arin to be locked up by the guards so she could go duel, when the book expired on me! I checked it out online overdrive a while ago, and just got around to reading it and forgot to renew it, so then i had to request it all over again and the wait was sooo annoying!

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