Earlier this year, I decided to join a nice challenge called #TheUnreadShelfProject and I even blogged about it because I was very determined to complete it (and I still am). It went very well (you can check my progress here), until last week, when I started loving more and more The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.
I’ve purchased the ebook in 2016 because many people recommended it to me and there was so much hype about this trilogy in the Bookstagram/Booktube community back then, plus I managed to get it for only 1,25€ on Amazon (the Kindle edition) and I was very excited about it. But then, I never felt myself in the right mood for it, especially because I didn’t actually know what to expect. If you’d ask me what’s my favourite genre, I would probably tell you it’s fantasy, when it isn’t actually true. My favourite genre has been mystery since I was a teen and I discovered Agatha Christie, but I would always say fantasy first because it happens that the books of my life are The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Also, I’m not actually into young adult and I no longer enjoy getting to know a new fantasy world everytime I read a book, I’m pretty comfortable in Middle-earth, thank you very much.
But, just before Christmas, I’ve been offered Broken Moon for free in exchange of an honest review and I enjoyed it so much that I thought it could be the right time for me to pick up another fantasy YA. And then the magic happened.
The Winner’s Curse has everything I love in a book: not too long (300/400 pages), a good solid plot, a great female main character (the one you read about and think GOALS), effective world-building through all the book, war, a nice love story, and a handsome boy to have a crush for (and he’s 19 so I’m not a weirdo…probably).
The first half of the book was great and I’ve enjoyed reading it every morning before breakfast, but then the story evolved and I couldn’t put it down. I even skipped a whole evening of Netflix in order to read this book (and if you know me, it’s A LOT!) and, after finishing it yesterday, I told myself that I would purchase the sequel after reading at least half of my TBR list. But this self-imposed rule lasted like 10 minutes because I reached for my Kindle and downloaded the second book before midnight.
I’m disappointed with myself for breaking the rules and also because I will probably break them again to read the third book of this trilogy once I’ll finish this second one, but not too much. I justify myself because it’s been ages since I’ve read a book that made me skip a whole evening of Netflix. I’ve read many great books during the last few years, but nothing that made me have ALL THE FEELINGS (maybe Fangirl went close, but not this way).
Many of my bookish friends enjoyed The Winner’s Crime even more than the first book, so I’m absolutely excited about it. Also, I decided to try to read it in 6 days because I’ll have to start Beren and Luthien in March and I want to fully pay attention to that book without being distracted by Rutkoski’s trilogy.
Have you read The Winner’s Curse trilogy? What was the last book that made you have ALL THE FEELINGS? I’d love to know. 🙂