The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski

19 August 2018

Book Reviews With Tabitha #1
Good morning all! I hope you are all well. I have a full day at work, which to be honest I'm gutted about as Matt's family is meeting up for a big family meal and it sucks that I can't be there! Today, I'm going to be sharing with you my thoughts and opinions on a book I have recently read. This is my first book review I have written in a while so sorry if it's not the best but hopefully over time my reviews will become a little more in depth. However, I'm really excited to share with you my opinions on this book so let's begin! 

Well, firstly, what a book! I have been in a reading slump for quite a while but this book definitely got me out of that! It was so good, I loved every minute of it and I can't wait to continue on with the trilogy. This story follows a general's daughter in an empire that conquers in war and enslaves who they conquer. This young girl is called Kestrel and she has a choice to make, get married or join the army. Kestrel however doesn't want to do either but play music. One day she accidentally stumbles across a slave auction and she ends up buying a slave and this slave changes everything. However Arin (the slave) has other plans. 

Kestrel and Arin at first are very cold with one another however as the story goes along you witness them warming to one another. I absolutely love the friendship between Kestrel and Arin as even though you can clearly tell that they both care for one another, there is an underlining tension which just makes their relationship so real and believable when considering their circumstances. I also loved the whole slave and master love trope as it creates a kind of danger and uneasiness to the relationship. Marie Rutkoski did a fantastic job with this trope as she made it quite subtle and didn't make the relationship seem really unrealistic. I can't wait to see where Kestrel's and Arin's relationship goes in the nest two books. I am definitely a shipper of this pair!
This book wasn't heavily filled with world building however I didn't mind that. It had enough for me to be able to visualise the setting. Sometimes I really don't like overly detailed settings as it can be a little boring and I can occasionally loose interest. What I especially loved was seeing Herran through Arin's eyes as he once lived their freely, so I enjoyed seeing his views throughout the book, especially when they visited different buildings and areas of Herran. It gave the book an even more emotional feel to it, as you feel sad that Arin lost his home. This conflicts with your feelings towards Kestrel though, as she's such a bright character but her people our the ones who stole away Arin's home. It definitely gave the book more depth as you were dealing with two different characters but love them equally.
Overall, I absolutely loved reading this story and I can't wait to pick up 'The Winners Crime' to see where Arin and Kestrels story goes. I hope it ends happy but somehow I have a feeling that it won't be so cheery! But lets keep our fingers crossed! Have you read 'The Winners Curse'?

I'm not sure if I will review the second or third book like I did with this one as I think I would struggle to not give any spoilers away! However, I will let you know my brief thoughts on them in future wrap ups, which I hope you will enjoy equally! 

I have really enjoyed writing this review. Hopefully over time my ability to review books will improve and I can't wait to review more books. I have started to annotate my books so hopefully my reviews will become more in depth and I will be able to share with you my favourite quotes and moments more often! 

Until next time, Tabitha ☕️📖🎠