Friday, January 31, 2014
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Type: Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction
Tea: Earl Grey White, a new take on the YA genre with very high end results.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
*I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
First off, do you see that cover? It's beautiful. The model, her dress, the font, the fact that she's holding the title? It just brings the whole thing together.
This novel is awesome. It's well developed, well thought out, the world building is fantastic, the characters are believable. The whole thing was just so good. And the scenes? Fantastic. Some books you just can't get through and want to put down. There wasn't enough of this one, it could've gone on forever!
Kestrel is a great main character, she's strong, but still a 17-year-old girl. She's very human in the sense that the reader is able to identify with her, even if they've never been in any sort of similar situation to any of her's. She's smart and cunning. Most of the time I couldn't figure out her plan until it was revealed. Finally! A novel that actually surprises me.
Arin is a great character as well. You want to dislike him, but then you start to get attached to him. Then you feel like "What's wrong with me?!" So really, Ms. Rutkoski did a great job making the reader feel exactly like Kestrel and Arin feel during the novel towards each other.
I enjoyed that there was a lot of tactical planning, war and politics in this, but was done in a way that didn't go over the readers head. And it wasn't boring. The history of the people is very interesting and it's nice seeing to very diverse cultures being shown.
The love story is fantastic. It's not obnoxious, not over done and it doesn't take over the whole story. It's actually what would happen in a situation like this. You don't feel like it's out of place here.
I don't want to say too much more and give anything away, but please read this beautiful novel. Everything in it is perfect, including the ending. It couldn't have been better.
Please hurry up and write the next one, Ms. Rutkoski!