The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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4/5 stars! 

The Winner’s Curse has a rich, dynamic plot filled with cunning battle/invasion plans and political strategies. Where a society entails a hierarchical structure that includes slavery, rebellion is never out of the question. But of course in the heart of it all is a love story between a young man and a young woman, between a slave and his master and later vice versa, a love forbidden by their society and even by their own loyalties. I cannot imagine how they’ll ever let their hearts win. *sniffs* My hopeless romantic self is taking over me again. Ugh!

One of the many things I liked about the book is the writing which is not too embellished but still very captivating while the romance is beautifully portrayed as it started with animosity, familiarity and eventually developed into friendship. It’s also one not fueled by lust. (So yay!). The meaty actions take place almost near the end of the book but I didn’t mind at all because I enjoyed getting to know the characters, their thoughts and their background and of course that ending makes me want to read the second book immediately.

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