Mini Review Monday | The Winner’s Curse


By: Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Trilogy #1 | 355 Pages | Pub. 2014

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Another Monday, another mini review! This time from our buddy read.

Rating: ★★★

Recommended for: Insta-love fans and those who are not angered easily

He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.


I love this buddy read. We are having tons of fun – even though I don’t think any of us love these books. As far as YA fantasies go, this is not going to be one of my favorite series. The world building and writing are solid. I have no issues there. The problem that I have is that I can’t connect with any of the characters. Kestrel is smart and I want to fangirl over her so much, but then she will do something that is so oblivious to the world. She doesn’t understand why the slaves would revolt or have issue with the fact that… you know, her dad TOOK OVER THEIR COUNTRY AND ENSLAVED THEM… Really Kestrel?

The other thing that killed my desire to read these is the insta-love. It’s ridiculous. Arin is aloof and impossible to connect with so Kestrel and his relationship comes out of nowhere.

We will see where the rest of this series takes us, but regardless we are having fun in the buddy read, including some ridiculous Ronan mini fan fic – coming in my next review…

Have you read The Winner’s Curse? Let us know what you thought in the comments!


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11 thoughts on “Mini Review Monday | The Winner’s Curse

  1. Loved your review! I have never read this one, and I’m not sure if I ever will, all the recent reviews are a bit mediocre..



  2. This is on my TBR list, ive read the first chapter but stopped because a more recent book became available at my library. But from the first chapter, I liked it. Could be a fun read that’s not heavy with world building or angsty pining teen love

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  3. Happy you guys are having fun! Wish I could have stayed on with you all ❤ And I can't wait for the Ronan fan fic xD
    I had the same problems with the book as you, but I ended up loving the book simply because I laughed so hard at times. Sometimes it gets so ridiculous;
    Arin locking Kestrel in and being all: "Why are you mad!? Love me!" (That had me laughing for weeks!)

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