Monday, July 10, 2017

Review: The Winner's Curse

Title The Winner's Curse (The Winner Trilogy 1)
By Marie Rutkoski
Genre YA Fantasy
Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kestrel lives a highly privileged life as the daughter of a General. Her people revel in war and enslave those it conquers. As is tradition, Kestrel can marry or join the military but Kestrel dislikes both options. Music has her heart, that is until she inexplicably buys a slave who might love music too. Kestrel's life is about to be thrown into upheaval and she'll have to choose between her people and love.

First Sentence
She shouldn't have been tempted.

All my friends have been raving about this series....Like all of them. This made me very nervous. Usually when all my friends love a book or series I end up hating it. Luckily, this time was different. I adored this book. I got sucked in from page one and managed to inhale it in two sittings. Considering how crazy my life has been, it takes quite the book to steal what little downtime I have.

In fact, this is only the second book this year I've given 5 stars too. I'm very stingy with my stars, as you know, but this one deserved all 5 of them.

So, what did I love so much? I love these political intrigue books where much conniving and strategizing is going on but it's kept light enough for my little mind to wrap around. I also loved how the romance didn't take over the story and was very slow burning. I liked that there was resolution to this book but also a lot of setup for the books to come.

This book reminded me of old favorites like The Blue Sword by Robin Mckinley.  Perhaps that's why I really loved it so much. Whatever it was, love it I did and I can't wait to read the rest.

Should you read it
If I'm not the last person on the planet to have read this one, I'd highly recommend you go pick it up. You won't regret it.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

June Wrap-Up 2017

June is over. And so we begin my worst hated month of the year. With all the craziness going on in my life I'm impressed I even managed four books. And to top it off, I liked all of them.

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway, Heartless by Marissa Meyer, Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han and The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Favorite of the month was definitely The Winner's Curse. That book blew me away! I didn't have any books that I disliked this month (Yay!) but if I had to pick one I'd say Always and Forever, Lara Jean. I liked it but I prefer the first book in that series.