This week's pick:
Publisher: Farrar, Strous and Giroux
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
In the tradition of Kristin Cashore and Cassandra Clare comes this brilliant, unputdownable, star-crossed romance about the curse of winning.
Seventeen-year-old Kestrel is an aristocratic citizen of Valoria, a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers. Here, a girl like Kestrel has two choices: join the military or get married. Despite her skills in military strategy, Kestrel’s real passion is music.Which is why she feels compelled to buy Arin, a slave with a talent for singing, at auction. It’s not long before she finds herself falling in love with Arin, and he seems to feel the same for her. But Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for Arin is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Set in a new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
Okay, not going to lie, what first drew my attention was the cover. GORGEOUS. One of my favorites of the year so far! Furthermore, I read Rutkoski's The Shadow Society last October and it was amazing! (review) The world sounds intriguing and I like the conflict of music/art/love vs. the military/duty/power that I see forming here.
What do you think of my pick, and what are you waiting for this Wednesday?