The Winner's Curse
by Marie Rutkoski
hitting shelves March 4th, 2014 from
Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Seventeen-year-old Kestrel is an aristocratic citizen of Valoria, a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers. Here, a girl like Kestrel has two choices: join the military or get married. Despite her skills in military strategy, Kestrel’s real passion is music.Which is why she feels compelled to buy Arin, a slave with a talent for singing, at auction. It’s not long before she finds herself falling in love with Arin, and he seems to feel the same for her. But Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for Arin is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Set in a new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of 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.
My thoughts: THE COVER. OMG. This will undoubtedly end up being one of the most gorgeous covers of 2014, truly I don't see how many could top it. It's stunning. Aside from that, some of my favorite book bloggers have already been lucky enough to read this one and given it glowing, 5 star reviews, so I'm definitely on board.