I tried to only listen to 10 chapters. Really, I did. BUT I COULDN'T CONTAIN MYSELF. This book, guys. It will rip your heart out and tear you to pieces, all while you're begging it for more.
If you're not sure about reading it, let me tell you I've read quite a few reviews that said that even though they didn't love the first one (HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?!), they're completely in love with the second. So definitely give it a shot!
TODAY IS CHAPTERS 1-10
I'm pretty sure this is the most quotable book ever. I want to quote everything that comes out of Marie Rutkoski's mouth!
This book starts with Kestrel living in the palace with the Valorian Emperor and Verex, Kestrel's betrothed, while Arin is trying to govern Herran. They spend quite a bit of time thinking about how they're not going to think about each other, and we spend an enormous amount of time wondering when they're going SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN!
Kestrel has decided that she can not tell Arin the truth about her engagement, or he will go nuts and ruin himself. I know it's a hard thing to read, but I absolutely agree with her. If she tells him, he will die (and then I'll die).
So Kestrel goes about her life at court. She has a rocky relationship with her fiance, Verex, but after a few talks, and a little help at Borderlands, they begin to appreciate each other.
And then there was the ball. O.M.Geeeeee!!! *sigh*
Tears and pain...
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ABOUT THE BOOKS
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.
Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.
As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.
The Winner's Curse Read-Along
February 3rd - Chapters 1 - 10
February 10th - Chapters 11 - 20
February 17th - Chapters 21 - 30
February 24th - Chapters 31 - 42
The Winner's Crime Read-Along
March 10th - Chapters 1 - 10
March 17th - Chapters 11 - 20
March 24th - Chapters 21 - 34
March 31st - Chapters 34 - 46