| BOOK REVIEW | THE ISLE OF BRIGADOON BY J.S. FIELDS

The Isle Of BrigadoonThe Isle Of Brigadoon
Author : J.S Fields
Series : The Source
Genre : Fantasy
Publication : February 1st 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Synopsis : After narrowly escaping the evil Source – Ambrose, discovering her mother was alive, and finally moving the Center of Magic. Reese finds herself on a floating island surrounded by yet another Source – Eva, with an ancient city of untold mysteries lying behind a magic wall. Still, for all she and her friends have found, they have lost their friend, Em to Ambrose, after a betrayal by one of their own.

Now, Ambrose intends to gather the forces of darkness to make a final assault on Reese and take the Center of Magic, the one thing he requires to destroy the world, and remake it as he sees fit.

Hope grows dim with every passing moment, and a strange prophecy warns of death, if Em is saved. What price would you pay for a friend’s life?

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I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you again !
This is the second book in The Source series. I read the first book a year and a half ago.

Plot

The first book was sometimes slow paced to allow the author to set the scene, the world and introduce the characters.
This book is far from being slow paced, it’s gripping, witty and really interesting !

If you dwell on the pain of the past you will find that it is the pain of your future.

I really enjoyed Brigadoon. I was particularly curious about this special place, I wished they stayed longer haha ! The eerie atmosphere, the new characters, it was really great ! I really enjoyed the chapters taking place at Brigadoon. And let’s be honest, I was dreading the next confrontation between Reese and Ambrose.

Said confrontation was far from what I was expecting ! There’s blood, betrayal and multiple fights.

All books are magical, whether they are enchanted or not.

I really enjoyed reading this book ! It’s well written and you can’t help but want to find out how Reese and her friends will survive the next obstacle life will throw in their way !

Characters

  • Reese is now way stronger than ever. But she needs to learn how to wield her power properly.
  • Erik is solely focused on getting Em back. It got on my nerves to be honest. I understand how difficult it must be but still, there’s so much to achieve and he needs to stay focused !
  • Eva is a strangely interesting character ! She is mysterious and a great guide for Reese and her friends.
  • Quinn was such a comic relief ! He is one of my favorite characters, he made me laugh so much !
  • Dani is such a fierce warrior. I really appreciate her.

4 stars

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About the author

JS FieldsJ.S. Fields is a YA author. He is from Kentucky – born and raised. He is an Engineer by day and fiction writer by night. He also has an unhealthy obsession with all things post-apocalyptic.

Author of debut novel: Center of Magic and now the sequel entitled: The Isle of Brigadoon.

| BOOK REVIEW | A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN BY SARAH J. MAAS

A Court Of Winfs and Ruin

A Court Of Wings And Ruin
Author : Sarah J. Maas
Series : A Court Of Thorns And Roses
Genres : Fantasy, High Fantasy, New Adult
Publication : May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

This is the final book in a trilogy. This review contains spoilers for the two previous books.

Synopsis : A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

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I really loved this book ! Even though I have to be honest, ACOMAF is still my favorite of this trilogy !

Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.

Plot

I was really afraid of this book, of how this journey would end. I adored the previous book, A Court Of Mist And Fury, and I was afraid of being disappointed by this finale.
The first part of this book is very similar to ACOMAF’s : taking place at the Spring Court and slow paced. But this time Feyre is playing a dangerous game of deceit.

If ACOMAF was more about Feyre’s journey and somehow more focused on the romance, ACOWAR is way more plot-centered. It’s less focused on the characters this time.

Night Triumphant- and the Stars Eternal.

I have so much to say about this book but I can’t because of spoilers ! How frustrating is that ! Anyway, this book was a roller coaster for my emotions ! I don’t know how Sarah J. Maas does this magic, but EVERYTIME I grow so attached to her characters ! It’s almost painful.
The plot is amazing, the author has crafted an intricate story that leads to these fabulous last 200 pages.

It’s terribly gripping and I really enjoyed the bonds, the relationships between the characters (old and new). It’s an addictive read and I had so many difficulties to leave the world when closing the book.

Nonetheless, there are a few things, two actually, that bothered me a little. First, it’s how much the word “mate” was hammered. I mean, we got it, there was no need to repeat it so many times !
Secondly, I was slightly disappointed with the final battle. I don’t know if this book is still considered YA or not (I would say the latter, regarding some scenes haha) but it was too “gentle” for my taste. Again, spoilers.

The stakes are much so much higher in this book !  I really enjoyed how the story wrapped and I cannot wait to find out who Maas will focus her next book on.

My rage had become a living thing inside my chest, an echoing heartbeat that soothed me to sleep and stirred me to waking.

Characters

  • Feyre is darker, deadlier but also more poised, more mature. She knows who she is, who her family is and what she’s capable of, especially to protect her loved ones. I really love her as a character. She is fierce, sometimes reckless but she has such a beautiful soul.
  • Rhysand is my precious baby ! He is definitively bookish boyfriend material. Kind of perfect. Devoted, kind, selfless and never deciding for the others.
  • Lucien surprised me in this book. I had pity for him, at times. He is in a delicate situation.
  • Tamlin changed so much, where is the lovely Tamlin from the first book ?! It’s difficult not to hate him !
  • Nesta is also another kick-ass woman ! I really enjoyed her banters with Cassian !
  • Amren is such a treasure. So deadly powerful, I know, but I can’t help but find her cute ! Her reactions can be so adorable !

It’s difficult to talk about every character, especially while avoiding spoilers so I’m gonna end it here.

Overall this trilogy will stay in my top 5 for a long long time !

5 stars

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About the author

Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

| BOOK REVIEW | A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT BY SABAA TAHIR

A Torch Against The NightA Torch Against The Night
Author : Sabaa Tahir
Series : An Ember In The Ashes
Genres : Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : August 30th 2016 by Razorbill

Synopsis : Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

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I’ve read this book back in January and just wrote  the review, so it’s gonna be shorter than usual !

So long as you fight the darkness, you stand in the light.

Plot

It’s the sequel to An Ember In The Ashes that I LOVED. And this sequel didn’t disappoint ! It starts right where AEITA finished. Laia and Elias are on the run while Helene tries her best to be the perfect Blood Shrike she’s expected to be.

I really enjoyed this book ! There’s a dash of supernatural and it’s a great addition ! This book is fast paced and so nerve-wracking ! The stakes are so much higher in this book. And it’s even more sinister than the first book.

Death, love, epic journey, plot twists ; I enjoyed ever minute of this epic ride !

Another thing I really enjoyed is Helene’s POV. I didn’t really like her in the first book, she was annoying, in my opinion. With this installment, I learned to appreciate her. She’s such a great character !

Your emotions make you human. Even the unpleasant ones have a purpose. Don’t lock them away. If you ignore them, they just get louder and angrier.

I also loved learning more about the world ! The world-building is really great. I was kind of afraid of reading this book to be honest. I really loved An Ember In The Ashes and I was afraid I wouldn’t enjoy this one that much. But it didn’t suffer from the “second book syndrome” at all !

The plot twists really surprised me ! Really, I was on the edge on my seat while reading this book ! Really nerve-wracking as I said earlier ! I must confess, some parts kind of crept me out !

Failure doesn’t define you. It’s what you do after you fail that determines whether you are a leader or a waste of perfectly good air.

Characters

  • Elias is so selfless ! It’s almost unbelievable how devoted he is to Laia and her mission, saving her brother.
  • Helene musts face loads and loads of dilemma now. I think I understand her more now. Her POV is very interesting ! Her situation, the choices she has to make, it’s unbearable. And yet she resists.
  • Laia, I liked her less than in the previous book. She is still stubborn and dedicated to her mission, but she lacks her fierceness at times ! Nevertheless I really enjoyed what we learned about her !

I won’t say more for two reasons : the first one, the obvious one is because I want to avoid spoilers. The other is that I read it months ago and that my memories are fading haha !

5 stars

Don’t lock yourself away from those who care about you because you think you’ll hurt them or they’ll hurt you. What point is there in being human if you don’t let yourself feel anything?

I totally recommend this book !

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About the author

Sabaa Tahir

Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

| BOOK REVIEW | A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J. MAAS

A COURT OF MIST AND FURYA Court Of Mist And Fury
Author : Sarah J. Maas
Series : A Court Of Thorns And Roses
Genres : Fantasy, New Adult
Publication : May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Synopsis : Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world torn apart.

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I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book ! There’s everything I ask of a great book !  This is the second book in a series, this review will spoil you if you haven’t read the previous book. Also, the characters section can contain minor spoilers.

To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.

Plot

It takes place three months after ACOTAR’s ending.  Tamlin, Lucien and Feyre are back at the Spring Court, all wearing scars of their stay Under The Mountain.
But Feyre feels very alone in her suffering. She is broken inside. A new character appeared at the Spring Court, Iante a priestess, here to help organize Feyre and Tamlin’s wedding.

But soon, Rhysand appears to ravish her on a very important day, claiming his monthly week of their bargain.
The Night Court isn’t what she was expecting at all. She meets Mor, Cassian, Azriel and Amren.

This is the first part. Feyre is lost, doesn’t know who she is anymore. Treated like a doll at the Spring Court and like the High Fey she is, at the Night Court.
The second part is far more interesting in my opinion. It’s not that the first part is boring, but I found it slow paced, because Feyre wasn’t allowed to do much.
When she is staying at the Night Court, on the other side, it’s very different. As soon as she decides to treat Rhysand and his inner circle as allies, she is considered as a part of the team. Slowly she warms up and mends herself.

He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.

In this second part, we finally get the answers we were dying to get ! We learn about he different Courts, about Rhysand and his inner circle. We also get to learn why Rhysand acted that way, eventually.

How I loved this book ! It’s addicting and so full of surprises ! It’s obviously one of my favorite for 2017 so far !!!
It’s not suffering from the infamous second book syndrom, you know ? I found it even better than the first book !

I really enjoyed how Feyre was treated at the Night Court.  She was trusted and never lessened. She was listened to and making her own choices was an evidence, not a gift. She is her own person.

The plot is amazing ! It’s so well crafted and brought properly. It took its sweet time.
There are also betrayals, revelations and of course a love story, a steamy one ! I really loved the romance to be honest. It was so steamy and the tension kept growing and growing between them ! It was amazing !

Oh and let’s not forget the terrible cliff hanger ! I was so glad I already had ACOWAR on my TBR, waiting for me !

I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.

Characters

  • Feyre changed so much through this book. She is broken inside, thanks to what happened Under The Mountain. Broken, desperate and kind of alone despite being surrounded by the Spring Court.
    The Court of Dream is a relief for her. She learns how to think by herself once again, to fend for herself. She also becomes a strong and powerful fey. I enjoyed witnessing how she mended herself thanks to her new friends.
  • Tamlin also changed so much but not for the best, not at all. He disappointed me Under The Mountain and it remained that way through this book.  So selfish, unable to see Feyre’s despair.
  • Lucien is quite okay. He sees how bad Feyre is, and often acts as a tampon between Tamlin and her. But he cannot confront his High Lord directly.
  • Rhysand, oh my darling ! It’s not possible not to love him ! He is such a selfless Fey, a powerful and right Lord. He will always sacrifice himself for the sake of Velaris, and the Night Court. He deeply cares for his friends, his family and also for Feyre. He also thinks he doesn’t deserve happiness.
  • Mor is such a fierce woman ! She suffered a lot in her past. I enjoyed her banters with the two Illyrians warriors.
  • Cassian is such a comic relief ! But he can also be as deadly as his friends ! He is so loyal !
  • Azriel is quite a mystery. Shadowsinger it totally suits him ! His feelings for a certain Fey are painful to witness because he doesn’t think he is worthy of her.
  • Amren is both scary and friendly at the same time ! She also can be very funny ! I really like her character !

My friend through many dangers. My lover who had healed my broken and weary soul. My mate who had waited for me against all hope, despite all odds.

5 stars

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About the author

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

| BOOK REVIEW | DEVIL IN THE COUNTRYSIDE BY CORY BARCLAY

Devil in the Countryside - Cory BarclayDevil In The Countryside
Author : Cory Barclay
Genres : historical, horror
Publication : January 5th 2017 by CreateSpace

Synopsis : Devil in the Countryside is a story about the most famous werewolf investigation in history, brimming with intrigue and war, love and betrayal, and long-kept vendettas.

It’s 1588, the height of the Reformation, and a killer is terrorizing the German countryside. There are reports that the legendary Werewolf of Bedburg has returned to a once-peaceful land. Heinrich Franz, a cold and calculating investigator, is tasked with finding whomever — or whatever — the killer might be. He’ll need all the help he can get, including that of a strange hunter who’s recently stumbled into town. Though they’re after the same thing, their reasons are worlds apart.

And through it all, a priest tries to keep the peace among his frightened townsfolk, while a young woman threatens his most basic beliefs.

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I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review.

Plot

I learned so much while reading this book ! It’s based on real facts about a famous investigation involving a werewolf.

This book transports you to 1588 in a city called Bedburg. A series of atrocious murders is terrorizing the population. In a time when Christians and Protestants are opposed, these murders are even more concerning.

It follows the investigator Heinrich Franz, who is helped by a hunter, Georg Stieghart. It also follows father Nicholas Dieter, who is questioning his superior’s orders. And let’s not forget Sybil Griswold, daughter of a farmer.
All these characters are crossing paths, evolving in this city, hiding things from others.

I had troubles getting attached to any of these characters. I read this book like I would have read a post about an history event. It’s the first time I read a book based on facts.
It’s a dark and somber book, the only light is brought by Nicholas and Sybil’s relationship.

I really enjoyed reading this book ! What I found pretty original is the fact that it’s loosely based on facts. It doesn’t mean it’s too slow paced or lacking action, not at all ! The mystery is gripping, I really wanted to know the truth hidden behind this beast !

Characters

  • Heinrich is strange guy. He wants to find out the culprit of these murders but is ready to make everything, tell every lie, just to close this case. He is cunning, lonely and also cruel in his own way.
  • Georg has a gruesome past. He has an history with the werewolf already and is ready to slaughter anyone standing on his way.
  • Nicholas is the only character trying to do what’s right. He has a cute crush on Sybil which leads him on doubting is religion and more precisely its representatives on earth.
  • Sybil is like a lamb sent in the middle of a pack of wolves. She is candid for she has always been overprotected. But now, she has so much to endure.

Overall I enjoyed this book and found it really interesting !

4 stars

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About the author

Cory BarclayAs far back as he can remember, Cory Barclay has always loved the “big picture” questions. How much knowledge did humanity lose when the Library of Alexandria was burned down? Why has the concept of Heaven remained intact, in one form or another, throughout most of human history and how has it impacted life on Earth?

And even before that, when he first began writing stories in grade school, he’s been fascinated with histories and mysteries. Whether Norse mythology, the Dark Ages, or the conquests of great leaders, Cory’s been that kid who wants to know what’s shaped our world and write about it. Especially the great unsolved mysteries.

So Devil in the Countryside was a natural for him.

Born and raised in San Diego, he graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied Creative Writing and Modern Literary Studies. He’s also a songwriter and guitarist, and – no surprise – many of his songs explore the same topics he writes about – the great mysteries of our crazy world.

Devil in the Countryside is his second novel and he’s hard at work on its sequel.

| BOOK REVIEW | A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J. MAAS

A Court Of Thorns and rosesA Court Of Thorns And Roses
Author : Sarah J. Maas
Series : A Court Of Thorns And Roses
Genres : Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Synopsis : Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

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Sometimes I want to kick myself. Hard. Like when I don’t buy a book because I’m afraid of the hype. And when I finally do, I realize how great the book is ! That’s the case with this book !

Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.

Plot

It’s a Beauty And The Beast retelling. It follows Feyre who is living with her father and her two sisters, Elain and Nesta. She is the only one bringing money to the family. She hunts so her family can survive. They live near the wall separating the human world from Prythian, the Fey’s realm.
One day, her world is turned upside down.

The story took its sweet time to get settled. To be honest I found the first part quite slow. But it allows us to meet properly our main character Feyre, and to fully understand her situation. To see how badly things are for her and her family.
Feyre has too many responsibilities for her age.
Somehow, the treaty, it’s like a sort of freedom for her.

Because I wouldn’t want to die alone,” I said, and my voice wobbled as I looked at Tamlin again, forcing myself to meet his stare. “Because I’d want someone to hold my hand until the end, and awhile after that.
That’s something everyone deserves, human or faerie.

When she arrives at the Spring Court, all her beliefs are shattered ! All her deepest convictions about the feys are broken into a millions little pieces. They’re not the monsters she always thought. At least not completely, and not all of them.

In the first part of the book, she’s living a life worth of a princess. But all is not pink. She can sense that so many things are hidden from her, and that some feys are really dangerous.

The second part of the book, well, the part Under The Mountain… OMG it changes the game !
Amarantha wants to torture her, to break her. What she’s making Feyre face is inhuman ! But in her suicidal mission, she will find some unexpected allies.

The plot is really amazing ! I was on the edge of my seat while reading the last part. And that ending !

Everything I love has always had a tendency to be taken away from me.

I loved the plot but the interactions between the characters are also amazing !
The world-building is good, but I want to see more of Prythian !

Characters

  • Feyre is only a human barely surviving with her family. She finds herself propulsed in a dangerous and unknown world ! She changed so much through the whole book. I enjoyed witnessing it.
    Feyre is fierce, stubborn and loyal to death.
  • Tamlin is such a sweet High Lord. So Swoon-worthy ! He is quite difficult to understand though. But when you see the whole picture, you understand why he acted that way.  Nonetheless, I must admit he kind of disappointed me Under The Mountain.
  • Lucien is a great character in my opinion ! I like him so much ! Angry and distant at first, he softens when he gets to know Feyre ! He becomes an ally !
  • Rhysand, ah Rhysand ! I don’t really know what to think of him ! I started to appreciate him, to be honest !

I love you,” he whispered, and kissed my brow. “Thorns and all.

5 stars

Overall I really loved this book ! It’s so gripping !

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About the author

Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

 

| BOOK REVIEW | THE WINNER’S CURSE BY MARIE RUTKOSKI

the winner's curseThe Winner’s Curse
Author : Marie Rutkoski
Series : The Winner’s trilogy
Genres : Fantasy, Historical fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : July 3rd 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Synopsis : 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.

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I decided to reread this book before reading the rest of the trilogy. I first read it back in 2015 ! I enjoyed this book as much as the first time I read it !

Plot

The story is very intricate. I really enjoyed the historical aspect even though I wished it had been more developed. Maybe in the sequel. The Herrani, The Valorian, it deserves more ! It’s really captivating !

The beginning is very slow paced and I had trouble getting into the story. It takes like half of the book to actually get some action ! But let me tell you, it’s worth the wait !

A thing I particularly enjoyed is how Arin and Kestrel got to know each other. Their relationship wasn’t forced on us at all ! They genuinely care for each other and they can’t bear to make the other one suffer. Yet they can’t help it. I just wished their relationship wasn’t that central.  It sometimes outshines the whole plot which is a shame because I found the plot particularly great !

Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.

Characters

  • Kestrel could have been such a spoiled young lady ! Her father is a rich and popular general and she gets whatever she wants !
    Instead I see a strong minded young woman, fierce and who doesn’t want to be a housewife or work for her father. She is also very kind and has a special ability. A pretty interesting one !
  • Arin is an enigmatic character ! He is stubborn and so withdrawn and is willing to sacrifice himself for the Herrani’s cause !
    But he softens when it comes to Kestrel !
  • Jess is Kestrel’s best friend. But in my opinion, her character lacks of personality. It’s as if she’s here to make Kestrel speak her mind.
  • Ronan is Jess’ brother. He loves Kestrel or at least cares enough for her… or her legacy !

Survival isn’t wrong. You can sell your honor in small ways, so long as you guard yourself. you can pour a glass of wine like it’s meant to be poured, and watch a man drink, and plot your revenge.

Overall I really enjoyed this book ! I gave it a 4.5 stars !

5 stars

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Marie RutkoskiMarie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children’s fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial Globe and The Jewel of the Kalderash. Her next project is a YA trilogy that begins with The Winner’s Curse, which is scheduled to be published in March 2014.

Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Harvard University. Marie is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and fiction writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.