THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski (WoW #163)

Waiting On Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about!


Winning what you want may cost you everything you love 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.

THE WINNER’S CURSE will be released March 4th, 2014 from Macmillan.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


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    Shelley @ Gizmos Reviews

    August 28, 2013

    Excellent choice! Especially since it’s mine as well!

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    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

    August 28, 2013

    We’re waiting on the same thing!! But can you blame us, really? I’m in love with that cover, and I’ve heard only good things. :)

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    August 28, 2013

    This sounds aaaaamazing! I can’t wait to read it! :) The cover is gorgeous!

    My Waiting on Wednesday!

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    Martina Koleva

    August 28, 2013

    I haven’t seen this one before but I like the sound of it. I hope you enjoy reading it when it comes out.
    Come check out my WOW post.

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    Aleksandra @ Aleksandra's Corner

    August 28, 2013

    Sounds really, really interesting, thank you for sharing :) Great pick!

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    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

    August 28, 2013

    This sounds like a very interesting book and I really like the cover! :)

    My Haul!

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    August 28, 2013

    How come I’ve never heard of this awesome looking book? My WOW          

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    Georgie @ What She Reads

    August 28, 2013

    Oh wow, great choice! first i’ve hear of this actually and it sounds to exciting. I love the cover too :)

    Georgie @ What She Reads

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    Georgie @ What She Reads

    August 28, 2013

    P.s new follower :D

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    Joy (Joyousreads)

    August 28, 2013

    Great pick! Adding this one to my list.

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    August 28, 2013

    Great choice! I’m really excited for this one :)

    Also, I’m a bit late, but congrats! on your own book!

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    August 28, 2013

    This one sounds really interesting! haven’t heard of it before now. I’ll be adding it to my TBR list.

    See what I’m waiting on.

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    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

    August 28, 2013

    I can’t wait for this one too! It sounds amazing.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever’s WoW

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    Jessie @ Jessie Marie Reads

    August 28, 2013

    Wow! I have recently seen this cover popping up all over the place but hadn’t really taken the chance to read the synopsis. I think the plot sounds even more enticing than the cover – and that’s really saying something! I love that it’s sort of got some historical-ness tossed in but still sounds incredibly unique. Definitely looking forward to this! Great choice and thanks for featuring!

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    August 28, 2013

    WOW is right. That cover is stunning. I love the angle. This sounds interesting too. I hadn’t seen it before. Great pick!

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    Heather@The Flyleaf Review

    August 28, 2013

    Whoa. This book looks awesome and is totally new to me! Thanks for the heads up:)

    my WoW

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    Becca @ Nawanda Files

    August 28, 2013

    I love Macmillian titles, and I have a feeling this is going to be a winner! (pun intended) Totally want to read this and ogle the cover on my shelf.

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    Jen @ Almost Grown-up

    August 28, 2013

    Yesss, this one wasn’t my pick this week, but I’m definitely waiting on it too! I read the sample chapter that went up this week and it was really well-written!

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    August 28, 2013

    What a pretty cover! I haven’t heard of this book before so thanks very much for sharing!

    Chel @ The Procrastor’s Corner

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    August 28, 2013

    Great pick! This one sounds like it will be a great read. :) Thanks for sharing.

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    Amber @ Fall Into Books

    August 28, 2013

    I LOVE that cover and synopsis. I’ve added this to my TBR list!

    Great pick! :)

    Check out my WOW at Fall Into Books

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    August 28, 2013

    What a pretty cover! Sounds like something that I would like to read.

    Check out My Waiting On Wednesday

    Xoxo. Daisel @ Owl Always Be Reading

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    August 28, 2013

    I can’t believe I have never heard about this book!The cover is gorgeous. Great pick and thank you very much for sharing.

    Check out My Waiting on Wednesday

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    August 28, 2013

    This book is so pretty! Great choice!
    My WoW

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    August 28, 2013

    Definitely looking forward to this. I love her book, The Shadow Society.

    Safari Poet

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    Sara (of The Page Sage)

    August 28, 2013

    This one sounds incredible! I love fantasies, plus this cover is amazing.

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    Maura @ The Whimsical Mama

    August 28, 2013

    This sounds very interesting! I’ll have to check it out when it releases. Here’s the link to my WoW if you’d like to check it out:

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    August 28, 2013

    Gorgeous cover. I don’t have a WOW post of my own, but I am looking forward to reading THE WIFE, THE MAID, and THE MISTRESS.

    THANKS for sharing.

    GORGEOUS BLOG!! I don’t believe I have ever visited.

    Going to follow if I can.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    August 28, 2013

    Yes-Yes-Yes!! I’m so on board with this one. And LOOK at that cover!!

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    August 28, 2013

    I saw this book and just fell in love with the cover! Already added it to my TBR list! Great choice!

    My WoW:

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    August 28, 2013

    Haven’t heard of this one, but I really like the cover! The angle the picture is taken at is unique! I’ll have to check this one out!

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    Margaret @ Just One More Chapter

    August 28, 2013

    Love the cover!

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