Title- The Winner's Curse.
Author- Marie Rutkoski.
Publish date- July 2014.
RRP- $15.99 (AUD).
(A Brief) Synopsis:
In a fascinating and deadly world, where the people who used to rule are slaves of the conquerers, a young woman buys a slave, a young man, and it's the worst thing she could do, but she begins to fall in love with him.
Image Credit: Bloomsbury.
Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for this review copy!
What I thought:
The Winner's Curse. I believed I would love it. More than that, I was TOLD would love it. Many times. Even after I read a review where someone hadn't liked it, I still felt I would because it had such a world, such a synopsis and cover and beautiful writing.
Unfortunately, none of that left me speechless. Indeed, I was critical of it. There were only two things I really liked, in the end:
numerou uno- the design
numerou dos- the last 30 pages
I had loved the cover earlier on, but when I started reading and truly looked at it, I realised that there were too many things about it that I didn't like and that left me with the font and text design/placing. Those I liked a lot. The rest was rather anti-climactic.
The second point is rather a more difficult one.
I read the book in a couple of days, and whilst I found areas of it to be lacking and I certainly wasn't rivited, I got through it.
I didn't dislike the story- the world felt through, and it was a readable plot- but the fact that the romance, which I didn't feel at all, was such a massive part of the plot left it so lacking for me. The romance, I think, makes up the plot- that is what the story revolves around, with other things happening on what feels like the outskirts, and when I didn't feel it it left very little for me to grab hold of and enjoy.
Arin, who I much preferred calling Erin and turning into a female character, and Kesteral and their romance was not apparent to me, and had there not been such a bigness of it I wonder if I'd really have anticipated it; as it was, I found that aspect to be irritating, particularly Arin's half (and him in general), and I didn't feel it. Didn't understand it. It didn't do anything for me.
The moments, change of pace and twists of the storyline in the last 30 pages did captivate me, and I followed that avidly, but is 30 pages enough, when there are 320 on the other side?
I didn't dislike it, not apart from Arin and how frustrating I found him, and the romance that just didn't appear for me, but it didn't ever take flight and soar off into my imagination. Not once. So this is the end of the Curses for Winners, at least for me.