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The Winner's Curse (Winner's Trilogy Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

5+ stars Before I really get into reviewing The Winner's Curse

5+ stars

Before I really get into reviewing The Winner's Curse I just want to say that I love the cover! I also love the way the hardcover book was made. It has those uneven edges like collector edition books do (such as my Sribner's Illustrated). I just absolutely lov...
5+ stars

Before I really get into reviewing The Winner's Curse I just want to say that I love the cover! I also love the way the hardcover book was made. It has those uneven edges like collector edition books do (such as my Sribner's Illustrated). I just absolutely loved opening it up, smelling that new-book smell, and feeling it's pages!! The book is pretty much a work of art itself. Yes, so I'm definitely a book geek. I claim it! Lol! It does bring back memories of growing up reading with my family and reading on my own when I first fell in love with books. Okay. On to my review...

Going in I was expecting a decent read because so many others, who were lucky enough to receive an ARC, recommended it. I was not expecting to be pulled in from the first page, not be able to put the book down, and love it so completely. This is my kind of book!!!

The writing style and pacing of this story were fabulous! I was immediately engaged and even though the story slowly builds towards the end, my interest never waned. I knew almost from the beginning what Arin was about. I knew that Kestrel would struggle with her relationship with him. I knew that things would change and that there would be dire circumstances. I just didn't know how it would all happen and what choices would be made.

I really loved the setting. It was an amazing storybook world with all of the society's gaiety and expectations. The servants, formal clothing, and social gatherings. It reminded me a little of Austen, especially some of the dialogue that was so well done. I loved that you see how the aristocrats live, but also get a small picture into the servants and slaves lives. It was a well developed world.

I LOVED the characters! Kestrel and Arin are both very intelligent, musically talented, and at the mercy of their stations. They both are vulnerable in different and similar ways. I loved Kestrel's friends. I loved that she wasn't perfect. Even though she is the general's daughter, she isn't the best fighter. She doesn't always make the best choices or see all that she should. Arin is also flawed. He tries to hide so much from those around him, but sometimes his anger flairs when it shouldn't. I loved Kestrel's father because he was a force in Kestrel's life and taught her so much. He has high expectations of her, but also loves her deeply.

The romance was absolutely perfect!! This was probably one of the things I loved the most! It isn't instant love. It builds slowly and against the two main characters' wills. They are friends first before anything. I loved that you could feel the tension and that the author let that tension grow. The romance wasn't ruined with too much and didn't take over the story even though it is a driving force for both of the main characters' choices. Then there is that ending. I can't say anything more, but I am dying to read the next book!!

This story had it all: strong characters, exciting plot, dangerous circumstances, difficult choices, grief, friendship, war, love, with a bittersweet ending that left me wanting so much more! This would be a book I would love to rate higher than five stars. I loved it that much!! I just wish I didn't have to wait for the next book!

Content: Clean (there is some innuendo and violence, one instance of intended rape, but I would still consider this clean)
Source: Purchased

posted by WishEnd on March 7, 2014

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Upon getting this ARC from the publisher I was intrigued by the

Upon getting this ARC from the publisher I was intrigued by the story line. I was ready to dive into the story but at the beginning the pool of excitement and suspense was shallow. I was looking for a story to wrap me up in fantasy, romance, and suspense and sadly the b...
Upon getting this ARC from the publisher I was intrigued by the story line. I was ready to dive into the story but at the beginning the pool of excitement and suspense was shallow. I was looking for a story to wrap me up in fantasy, romance, and suspense and sadly the beginning of this book fell a little flat for me. I kept reading until I was about 150 pages in and then I starting reading some reviews. I read many reviews that felt the same: the book was so-so at the beginning but definitely picked up after the 50% mark. 
I have to say that I agree with most of the reviews that mention sticking with this title past the middle. The story line definitely launched into turbo speed after the first 150 pages which I was very thankful for. The story became suspenseful to a certain extent and I was vested in what happened to the characters and how their relationships built, much more than I was in the first half of the book.
In regards to the characters, I found them believable and intriguing. I will say that I felt that Arin could be arrogant and a bit out of character at times, but when you consider his past it was a little understandable. 
The end of the novel was an interesting approach to the story line that I did not see coming but I enjoyed it. It kept me reading and the author finished off the novel in a way that has us wanting to read book 2 to see what happens next. Overall, not the best book I have ever read but I was definitely intrigued by the story and it kept me reading. For a story that was a little out of my usual reading matter, I think it was a refreshing change. 3/5 stars.

posted by CNUcrazy09 on March 4, 2014

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