Hype or Like Friday: Review of The Winners Curse

Happy Friday to you all,

For this weeks Hype or Like Friday it is a review of The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

Summary

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 by Marie Rutkoski 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 Review 

I first read this book  last year, when I heard nothing but good things to say about it especially from the booktube community. Everyone saying how great and epic the series is and how you should read it. I read the book and I did not finish it. The book really disappointed me and it was one of the first time a book let me down.

I recently read the book again and while I actually finished the book, I still had many problems.

One of the problems I had was the characters. I just felt the characters was bland and uninteresting. I know the story was suppose to a  “Romeo and Juliet”  retelling but I felt the story and characters didn’t warrant it.

I was also disappointed in how they handled the subject of slavery. I know it is a YA book, but slavery is a tough topic and if the book handled the topic better, I felt the book would have been better.

I also didn’t feel transported into the world the book is set in. I also blame the poor world building for it.

While I felt towards the end the book gotten better I found myself bored with the story, and it didn’t get me enthusiastic about reading the next book.

Now if you liked the book that is fine, the book just wasn’t for me.

So my grade is Hype.

Did you like the book? If so should I continue with the series. Let me know in comments below.