"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" (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16069030-the-winner-s-curse)
I'm not sure if I actually liked the book, or if I just liked the way the author wrote the book. The word choice was really good, the world was well constructed, and the events were logical, but still managed to have a plot twist towards the end. I wasn't as big of a fan of the characters, except for Kestrel's nanny, Enai, and she wasn't in there much. I have since read a bunch of glowing reviews for it, but I'm not really getting it. I'm sort of neutral towards it. I think that it was worth reading, but I don't think that I'll be reading the sequels.
How about you; Did you adore it? Did the characters make you want to throw something? Or did you just not care? I should probably go and study now, so I'm gonna sign off.