February 15, 2014

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski {Guest Post & Giveaway}

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Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by Farrar Straus Giroux

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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 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.




Which part(s) of The Winner's Curse did you find was the most fun to write? 

The KISSING.
And the fighting.

Tell us 5 Things about The Winner's Curse readers don't know.

1.     Valorian aristocracy is very new—and mostly trumped up. If the Herrani hadn’t been conquered and their own culture ripped apart at the seams, they would take one look at these “lords” and “ladies” and laugh and laugh. The Valorian emperor is the first of his kind; he didn’t inherit the title from anyone, he named himself emperor after decades of orchestrating the seizure of other territories. Lady Kestrel is a lady only because her father has been awarded lots of land and gold after his military successes.
2.     Kestrel’s father was born into poverty.
3.     Initially, I wanted this book to be a standalone. But I’d been planning on a different ending. When I realized the true ending, I also thought that readers might not like me leaving things in that way…
4.     Although Arin is physically formidable, he’s not at all comfortable in his body. It doesn’t fit the Herrani aesthetic of beauty he grew up with, and every day he is conscious that not only do the Valorians own his body, but they are also responsible for how it looks, from size to muscles to scars. In every way, physically and emotionally, he feels that the person he should have become died on the night of the invasion. Arin is perpetually living with the ghost of an alternate self.
5.     This is the first book I’ve written where I felt like I was truly writing in my voice.





BOOK TRAILER:




You can read the first 5 chapters HERE.


Also, check out my review of THE WINNER'S CURSE
5 STARS!





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83 comments:

  1. I've heard this book is really good! I can't wait to read it!
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/isabelstories/posts/249002421936495?stream_ref=10

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  2. Sounds awesome. Adding to my very long TBR list. LOL

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  3. Ohhhhh. This book sounds really interesting!

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  4. https://twitter.com/wanderingdaze/status/434763135660998656

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  5. LOVE these little facts!! It's so interesting that the conquered people would've laughed if they hadn't been so destroyed - and it must be very complicated for the General to have been raised poor and to be now so potent.

    LOVE the idea of the conquering people having changed his body as well as his mind and society.

    This sounds perfect!!

    Thank you:)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

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  6. I commented on your review as well ( Christina R. comment ). LOVE the review - it really shows how much you love this book!!

    ccfioriole at gmail dot come

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  7. Here's my tweet link: https://twitter.com/christinafiorio/status/434765574262886400

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

    Thank you:)

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  8. Here's my facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/christina.condomaros/posts/10200500510554991?stream_ref=1

    Thank you!! :)

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  9. I don't think I've ever been more excited to read a book before! I've heard nothing but amazing things about it! Thanks so much for the giveaway and I tweeted about it here: https://mobile.twitter.com/austenish/status/434767965003595777?screen_name=austenish

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  10. LOVE the synospsis for thi book and the cover art as well! I would love to read and review! My email is mcushing7@hotmail.com! Thanks for an awesome post and giveaway!

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  11. Been dieing to read this book, I Loved Shadow society!
    Elliemoreton at gmail.com

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  12. I can't wait to read this one! So many good reviews so far.

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  13. I'm reading this right now and let me tell you *internal screaming and jumping and swooning*
    https://twitter.com/NoBentSpines/status/434799479124787200

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    Happy reading
    Jackie

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  14. Sounds like such a great book and the cover is simply fabulous!

    Mary
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  15. Love reading the guest post! I have been wanting to read this one very badly! Have heard great things about it! Thanks for the chance! bhwrn1 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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  16. This book has been at the top of my must reads list! I can't wait to read it.

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    Thanks!

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  17. i cant wait to read this and ty for the giveaway
    angelrulez19@yahoo.com

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  18. Ha! Kissing and fighting are fun to write...and how exciting that she feels this is the first book she's written in her own authentic voice. I can't wait to read it! :D

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  19. https://twitter.com/ArtemisHi/status/434827445171003392

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  20. I am dying to read this book!!! Love the cover!!!
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  21. Very interesting tidbits! I would love to win a copy. :)
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  22. I am definitely adding this to my ever-growing TBR list. I can't wait to meet Arin and find out his secret. Thanks!
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  23. (This is Darith L)

    I definitely am excited for this book! The whole premise is intriguing and the buzz can't be any louder. :D

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  24. (This is Darith L)

    I tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/bookbrews/status/434856727863771136

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  25. I'm always impressed by authors who can create whole alternate worlds like this. It's such a wonderful talent. Thanks for the chance to win. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

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  26. I also tweeted a link to this post. https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/434860398886416385

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  27. I also pinned a photo of the cover on Pinterest. Could that be an entry? You decide, maybe a point for creativity? http://www.pinterest.com/pin/336573772123796104/

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  28. That's interesting it was supposed to be a standalone
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  29. Ok hopefully I didn't just do 4 of the same comment

    I think it's interesting it was going to be a standalone
    Jenbook4 at gmail.com

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  30. I been dying to get my hands on this book because I heard and saw so many great reviews about it plus it looks and sounds amazing thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  31. Fabulous post! I'm so excited for this book, you have no idea. I has easily become one of my most anticipated of the year! The cover is gorgeous as well. AND the reviews have backed up the hype so far. So excited!

    Vivien
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  32. Tweet:
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    Vivien
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  33. Nice trailer

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  34. Great, i can't wait to read this!

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  35. Great, can't wait to read the book!

    peppiedoodle@gmail.com

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  36. I really want to read the Winner's Curse, I have only heard great things about this book!!! My email is drewblythe2004@yahoo.com

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  37. I shared on Facebook! ;)
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  38. I shared on Twitter! ;)
    @drewblythe2004
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  39. Kissing and fighting- awesome combination! I've been dying to read this!
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  40. Tweeted too! https://twitter.com/NightBookThief/status/434916828549095424

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  41. And shared a link on Facebook!
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  42. The book sounds amazing and I LOVE the cover. :D
    Thank you!
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  43. I tweeted too!
    https://twitter.com/Tayte5/status/434922820900888576
    @Tayte5

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  44. Sounds like an amazing read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  45. This book sounds so amazing! I can't wait to read it. Thanks! :D

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  46. sounds like a read I would enjoy!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!
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  47. shared giveaway: www.facebook.com/cyn209

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  48. I've heard AMAZING things about The Winner's Curse and can't wait to get my hands on it!

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  49. There have been so many glowing reviews about this book! I really want to read it >-< Thanks for the giveaway! snowpup832 at gmail dot com (I don't know if I'm doing these entries right. If I'm not, feel free to delete them)

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  50. Shared on twitter!
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  51. count me in! looking forward to reading this! :)

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  52. Shared on Twitter https://twitter.com/jerseysweety/status/435216362881822720

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  53. Shared it on Facebook:
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  54. I want to read his book. Period. Because politics & a aristrocatic society in a world with war PLUS forbidden love is just the kind of read that undoes me.

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  55. I want to read this so badly! I love the idea of Arin living with an "alternative self". I can relate. A lot of people probably can.

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  56. Tweeted
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  57. Facebook share
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  58. Cannot wait to read this book! It sounds just beyond awesome! :)
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  59. I have been dying to read this for so long! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  60. I can't wait to read this book I have heard so many wonderful things about it!!!!
    @Bridget_DFT

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  61. I tweeted:
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  62. Very interesting to hear how the book almost became a standalone! I can't wait to read this! Thank you so much for the giveaway! sarabara081(at)aol(dot)com

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  64. I cannot wait to read this! I read the first few pages on Amazon and they were amazing:)

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  65. I cannot wait to read this! I've heard such good things!

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  66. I tweeted about the giveaway:
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  67. Ive been seeing teasers for this book all over social media. Can't wait to read it. And stare at the cover, amazing details! Great five facts!
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  68. I'm so excited to read this book! Alternate worlds and political intrigue are my jam!

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  69. Tweet: https://twitter.com/ScribblesHere/status/436582509925892098

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  70. I can't wait to read the rest of this book. Sounds amazing!
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  71. Can't wait to read this book!
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  72. Thank you so much for the giveaway! I preordered a copy, but I'd kill for one of those gorgeous bookmarks!

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  73. I've heard so much about this book! I really want to read it! :D
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    I tweeted @booknerd_kathy

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  74. I read the first 5 chapters for free on my kindle the other day... I can't wait to read the rest of it!!

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  75. This book sounds so very lovely. I love that it has fantasy elements in it and betrayal and romance! cannot wait to read it, thank you for sharing.

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  76. Tweet: https://twitter.com/lilypondreads/status/438116802573258752

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  77. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LilyPondReads/posts/10152091597534272?stream_ref=10

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  78. I read the first 5 chapters and already I'm hooked!

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  79. The Winner's Curse looks and sounds all the way around GORGEOUS! I can't wait to know everyone's feelings once it releases. Giveaway Hugs *crossing fingers*

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  80. The cover of this book is gorgeous!

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