The Winner’s Curse (Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

 

Kestrel drew in a shaky breath. Her bones felt watery. What had she done? Jess slipped a supporting hand under her elbow. “You are sick.” “And rather light of purse, I’d say.” The pointy-chinned woman snickered. “Looks like someone’s suffering the Winner’s Curse.” Kestrel turned to her. “What do you mean?” “You don’t come to auctions often, do you? The Winner’s Curse is when you come out on top of the bid, but only by paying a steep price.”

Kestrel has just won at auction, what she doesn’t know is that her prize may cause her more trouble than it’s worth…

There was a rustle and the auctioneer returned. The slave walked behind. He lifted his gaze to meet Kestrel’s. His eyes were a clear, cool gray. They startled her. Yet she should have expected to see this color in a Herrani, and Kestrel thought it must be the livid bruise on his cheek that made the expression in his eyes so uncanny. Still, she grew uncomfortable under his gaze. Then his lashes fell. He looked at the ground, letting long hair obscure his face. One side was still swollen from the fight, or beating.

 

I give this book 4.2 out of 5 stars. I really liked this book because not only was it really interesting, but it was also pretty unpredictable. My favorite character was definitely Kestrel because she fought for what she believed in, wasn’t afraid to make sacrifices and she is wicked smart.  The setting that the author created was very vivid and she was really able to make me connect with the characters. When someone would insult Kestrel or Arin I would get angry or when something crazy happened I would freak out(read: start screaming at characters). I love the relationship between the characters and found myself depressed at times when they would do something that would end up pulling them apart. I really enjoyed this book and even though it is YA, it was still relate able to me (probably because she wasn’t just an angst-y high schooler).  I must worn you that this is the first book in a trilogy, so read at your own risk!

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