Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine
  • “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m waiting on…
The Winner's Curse (Winner's Trilogy #1)

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

book one in The Winner’s Trilogy
to be published on March 4, 2014 by Farrar Straus Giroux
historical fiction | romance

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Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

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 by Marie Rutkoski 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.



1. I’m currently reading The Shadow Society, another young adult novel by Marie Rutroski. I’m enjoying the writing style and would love to read more from this author. I especially love how she seems to have endless ideas regarding all sorts of paranormal creatures and engaging plots. What I mean is, her novels seem quite unique to me, in terms of the ideas presented.

2. The synopsis of The Winner’s Curse makes it sound very, very intriguing. And I love that. Of course I would be interested in girls needing to join the military (or they’ll be forced to marry!), slaves for auction (this part of the synopsis just called to me) and forbidden rooooomance. I want.

3. The novel has received lots of four and five star reviews from bloggers and reviewers who’ve gotten advanced copies. There’s lots of enthusiastic-sounding praise such as:

  • “Amazeballs.” –Kat Kennedy’s review
  • “And then my feels all went and ‘sploded all over the place.” – Steph Sinclair’s review

4. That gorgeous cover–who can resist it? The photo is gorgeous. The font, colors and sizes are proportional and pleasing to the eyes. I want that on my shelf!

What are you waiting on this week?



29 thoughts on ““Waiting On” Wednesday: The Winner’s Curse

  1. It is verrry pretty! I’ve seen it all over the blogosphere, and the description sounds interesting…might have to add it to my TBR :)


  2. :o I never get tired of seeing that gorgeous cover. I like books that give you hard choices because I think “what would i do” in those situations… o.O P.S <3 you blog design and can't believe ive never been here, definitely will be following :)

    -great WoW pick Aimee,
    much bloggy <3 Lisseth [My WoW]


  3. I absolutely love your blog design! So adorable <3
    I agree, the cover is gorgeous and the blurb is definitely intriguing! I've never read anything from this author but I think it's time to check her out :)


  4. Ahhh, I NEED this book. I’m so excited for it ^.^ There’s been so much hype for it and I can’t wait to see what I think of it. It’s also historical fiction which is one of my favorite genres :]


  5. I totally agree with Kat Kennedy! The Winner’s Curse is totally amaze-balls! Loved it! I hope you enjoy it just as much when you get a chance to read it Aimee! I really want to read her other book now! I’ve heard really good things about it as well! Great choice! Hope you’re having a fab week, my friend!

    xo, Becca
    My WoW


  6. This is a book I’m Waiting on, TOO! I don’t see how anyone can bypass a STUNNING cover like that. I have yet to read anything by Marie yet, BUT this is for sure on my TBR. Nice pick!


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