by Marie Rutkoski
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance (Sweet)
Paperback– 384 pages
My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Synopsis: Winning what you want may cost you everything you love
They were never meant to be together. As a general’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can’t help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other.
Set in a new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of rebellion, duels, ballroom dances, wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart. (goodreads)
I really enjoyed the setting. I really liked Kestrel. And I loved Arin. I thought the tension and set up between Kestrel and Arin was perfect… until it changed. (No Spoilers so I won’t say why). She’s a slave owner, he’s the slave. She starts falling for him. Perfect set up for all this tension and drama. And the author was great at playing this situation up and making it worse.
What I didn’t really like is that after “the moment of change” I felt like the book wasn’t as strong and flip-flopped between good, bad, good, bad.
I chose not to read the rest of the trilogy because I’m afraid it will literally be back and forth until the moment the book ends when I’m assuming Kestrel and Arin get to be together. Finally. And I’m not sure my heart can take all that drama. And after “the moment of change” I wasn’t invested in the rest of the story enough to care what happened. So, it was a fun read. I enjoyed it enough. But I won’t read the next books.
What do you think? Have you read this book or the whole trilogy? What are your thoughts about it?