The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About: Kestrel is from an extremely important family. Her father is a general who has proven himself in the war. On an ordinary day out and about town, she finds herself at the auctions for slaves. Before she knows it, she’s betting on a slave who she feels a draw to. Little does she know that she is getting way more than she bargained for. Arin isn’t just a normal slave. He’s one full of spirit and ready for revenge.


Plot: This book was so easy to read. I started to read it and the next thing I know I was several pages in. The flow of the story is easy and entertaining. I also love that it’s told in both Kestrel’s and Arin’s points of view. It helps get a bigger feel of the story. With books like these, that’s very imperative.


Characters: I really adored Kestrel. She’s being pressured to enlist in the military, but she’s more interested in the arts. Even if everybody looks down on her for it. My only issue with her is that she lets predjudices cloud her better judgment. Arin has a great spirit as well. He also closes people go off and gets angry at random. With what he’s been through though, I totally get it.


Narration: This book is narrated by Justine Eyre. I’m not sure if I can really fully judge the narration. I half-listened to and half read the book. She did do an amazing job. I really loved her influx and tone. I loved her accents. She’s very talented.


Suggestions: I think the conversation flow between Kestrel and Arin could have been less choppy. It’s like they were talking at each other and not to each other. I also think there were scenes in the book that should have been actually shown in the book and not just referenced.


Recommend: Yes!

Quotes:

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

Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.

The truth can deceive as well as a lie.

The Winner’s Curse is when you come out on top of the bid, but only by paying a steep price.

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