| 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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About the author

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.

| WRAP UP & TBR | MAY 2017 TBR

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Hello lovelies ! Here is my May TBR ! I plan on reading a lot of books this month ! Let’s start, shall we ?

  • A Court of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas, the second book in the A Court Of Thorns Ans Roses series. I finished the first book last month and I loved it so much !!
  • A Court Of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J. Maas. The final book in the ACOTAR series. It has been released yesterday and hopefully it won’t take too long to come home, or get lost like my preorder for ACOL…
  • Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor. It’s one of my most anticipated reads for 2017 and I cannot wait to dive into her new story !
  • A Conjuring Of Light by V.E. Schwab. Yep. I finally got it and I cannot wait to read it, even though I’m kind of afraid ! It’s the third book in the Shades Of Light trilogy.

E books :

  • The Isle Of Brigadoon by J.S. Fields. I am currently reading it. It’s the second book in a serie called The Source.
  • The heartbeat Hypothesis by Lindsey Frydman.

That’s it ! It’s a very ambitious TBR and I know I won’t be able to read all these books but I hope to read as many books as possible !

| WRAP UP & TBR | APRIL 2017 WRAP UP

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Hello lovelies ! Here is my April wrap up ! I finished a total of  3 books in April and I also read 1 manga.

Physical books :

  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. This one is a reread because I first read it back in 2015. I gave it 5 stars, again.
  • Scythe (La Faucheuse) by Neal Shusterman. It was an okay read. Until the last 50ish pages. It became wayyy better ! I gave it 4 stars.
  • A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Oh boy I am so glad I decided to read this book ! I totally get why it’s so hyped ! I gave it 5 stars !

 

Manga : I decided to start rereading Nana. I read the first one this month.

That’s it ! What did you read this month ?

 

| BOOK HAUL | MY MARCH 2017 BOOK HAUL

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello lovelies ! I know, I know… I am so late that I’m posting my March haul when I should be posting my April one. Shame on me, shame on my cow ! (ten points for you if you get he reference !)

Anyway, let’s start ! I got 4 books in the month of March, 3 physical copies and one e book.

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  • A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I cannot wait to dive back into this world ! I finished ACOTAR a few days ago and I freakin’ LOVED it !
  • Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor. This book is one of my most anticipated read for 2017 ! Another book I cannot wait to read
  • Scythe (La Faucheuse) by Neal Shusterman. I already read this book ! Hopefully I will post the review sooner rather than later !

e book : I got The Heartbeat Hypothesis by Lindsey Frydman !

That’s it ! Which books did you get in March ?

| BOOK REVIEW | WINTER BY MARISSA MEYER

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Author : Marissa Meyer
Series : The Lunar Chronicles
Genres : Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication : November 12th 2015 by Puffin

Synopsis : Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

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This is the final book in The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. If you haven’t the previous books this review will spoil you.

Plot

It takes place right after Cress’ ending. They have a plan, and Kai is taking part in it. But the plan doesn’t go as planned.

I really loved this book ! It’s a hefty one but in the end, I was craving for more. Still, I think some parts could have been shorter.

Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.

Cinder is now a real leader and is decided to take her throne back, to end Levana’s reign, whatever the cost. I really enjoyed the alchemy between all the characters. You can feel their bonds, it feels so real ! They got close to each other, like a family. That’s beautiful to witness !

The world building is really exquisite ! They are so many descriptions, I was really able to picture Luna !
I was kind of afraid that with so many storylines, the whole thing would feel like a big mess. But that wasn’t the case at all !
To put it in a nutshell this book is so action packed but there’s also a lot of romance and let’s not forget the comic relief thanks to oh so funny situations and dialogues !

This installment is also focused on the Snow White retelling and I loved all the references :

  • the jealous stepmother
  • the huntsman
  • the poisoned apple
  • the glass coffin
  • oh and let’s not forget the true love kiss.

The characters’ development is amazing. It’s one of the things I enjoyed the most in this series !

“You’re the only person in the galaxy who would ever call me lovable.”
“I’m the only person in the galaxy crazy enough to believe it.”

Characters

  • Winter is one of the characters this book is focused on. She seems weak but it’s quite the opposite ! She’s slowly becoming crazy because she refuses to use her “special” gift.
    But she’s determined to put Cinder on her throne !
  • Cinder suffered a lot in this book. But she does what needs to be done; she’s creating a powerful revolution.
    She is fierce but also she cares so much for her trope. She doesn’t want to lose any of them.
  • Scarlet is probably my favorite female character, with Iko. She is sooo strong-minded ! And I love her romance with Wolf. She endured a lot but it only made her stronger, sharper.
  • Wolf is less present in this book. But I really admire his will to stay good, faithful to Cinder’s cause.
  • Cress is such a cutie ! I love her candid reactions ! She acts like an amazed child. She is less mature than the others most of the time but it’s not bothering at all. And she is sooo gifted when it comes to computers.
  • Thorne made me swoon in this book. I love his hesitant, shy side ! And he is such a comic relief !
  • Iko, ah Iko ! This series wouldn’t be the same without her ! She is soooo amazing ! She made me laugh so much !
  • Jacyn was such a strong character in this book. I won’t say too much, but I appreciated him way more in this installment !
  • Kai is more present and involved in this book. Even though he’s not taking part when things become really nasty because he has to keep his role, he is really helpful !

That’s it ! Overall I really loved this book and the whole series ! I’m gonna buy Fairest and Stars above ASAP because I’m missing this world so much !

5 stars

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About the author

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I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my husband and beautiful twin daughters. Represented by Jill Grinberg. Learn more about me and my upcoming books at http://www.marissameyer.com.

| MEMES | THIS WEEK IN BOOKS #33

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Hello lovelies ! It’s time for another TWIB ! This Week In Books is a weekly meme hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found !twib 33

Last week I was reading A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas. And I LOVED it ! I totally get why this book is so hyped !

I am currently reading The Isle Of Brigadoon by J.S. Fields ! It’s the second book in The Source series !

Next I’ll probably read A Court Of Mist And Fury, sequel to ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas !

That’s it ! What are you currently reading ?

| MEMES | TOP TEN TUESDAY – TOP TEN THINGS THAT WILL MAKE ME INSTANTLY WANT TO READ A BOOK

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Hello lovelies ! How are you ? It’s time for another TTT. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

Today, I decided to make last week’s TTT. I know I know… Sounds silly right ?! But I haven’t been able to write it for last week and this week’s topic isn’t as appealing.

So here it is : Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

  1. A beautiful cover. I know it’s shallow. But a pretty cover will more likely catch my eyes.
  2. If people that I follow here and on bookstagram are praising a book. It will have my interest !
  3. A new book written by one of my auto buy authors !
  4. when it’s compared to one of my favorite books/series ! I know I will probably end up loving it !
  5. An interesting and out of ordinary synopsis.
  6. When I watched the screen adaptation before reading the book and that I enjoyed it. Most of the time I read the book first though.
  7. When it’s a sequel to a book I really enjoyed. Generally I’m pre ordering it !
  8. When a quote catches my eyes.

That’s it ! It’s a top 8 this week ! I hope you enjoyed it !