Google+ Reading Teen: Read-Along: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski & Giveaway! #thewinnerstrilogy

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Read-Along: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski & Giveaway! #thewinnerstrilogy

The time is now!

Welcome to day one in the THE WINNER'S TRILOGY by Marie Rutkoski read-along! Don't forget to enter the giveaway below!

I am super excited to be a part of this read-along since this is one of my favorite series ever! I've already read both books multiple times because they were so awesome, and I just couldn't wait to read them again! If there is ONE BOOK that I could make you read this year, this would be the book!

Make sure to stop by the following blogs to read their thoughts!

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 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.

  The Winner's Curse - Chapters 1-10.

I love getting into this world again. Kestrel is one of my absolute favorite heroines of all time. In the beginning of this book, you begin to get a sense of who Kestrel is. She is confident and strong, opinionated and compassionate. She may not be an amazing fighter, but that doesn't keep her from trying to become better. She has an interesting relationship with her father. You can tell that even though she doesn't agree with all of his beliefs and practices, she still wants his approval.

When Kestrel first sees Arin at the slave market, my pulse starts racing every time. I love that it is her compassion that drives her to buy him, and the fact that he can sing. His hatred for her is palpable, but it just makes the tension between them even more intense. I love that you get both of their perspectives. I think it really adds so much to this story, and their mind-sets are so different, even though they're both telling the same story. 

When Arin finally speaks to Kestrel, he starts to see that there is more to her than he originally thought. Of course this just makes the tension between them even heavier. I LOVE IT! Arin is just about the swooniest thing ever invented, that's for dang sure!

If you haven't started reading, it's not too late! Get your copy and join us for chapters 11-20 next week!

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  1. I cannot wait to read Winner's Crime. I love the dynamic between Arin and Kestrel and can't wait to read more about them

  2. The Winner's Crime is break-your-heart Awesomeness! I can't wait to torture myself again! haha

  3. I want to read The Winner's Crime so bad! Thanks for the giveaway and good review. :)

  4. I haven't read these, but they sound good. Thanks for the tour, and the giveaway chance!

  5. The author approaches this novel in such a unique way, which is very apparent in these beginning chapters. Kestrel and Arin's relationship is incredibly complex, and their individual character development is very well done. Kestrel's world is also fascinating- the political and social aspects in particular. In many ways the society is progressive (women are allowed to hold positions of power), and in other ways entirely un-evolved (the nonchalant use slaves).

    The Winner's Curse is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2014, and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of The Winner's Crime!

  6. I've been seeing this a lot lately and I want to try it. Omg

  7. Would love to read these. I've heard nothing but great things about this series.

  8. Off to dig out my copy.

  9. Cannot wait for the second book!

  10. Thank you so much for inspiring me to FINALLY reading The Winner's Curse! 😉

  11. I read the winner's curse and loved it. So excited for the next book!


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