Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week I’m Waiting on Wednesday for The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (Farrar, Straus & Giroux BYR):
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.
Why I’m looking forward to this book:
Even though forbidden romance can go SO wrong, particularly in YA, I am still a sucker for any book that includes this particular plot point. I can’t help but root for the pair, especially when their circumstances make it so clear they’re not supposed to be together. While the slavery angle makes me a tad cautious, I think overall this book sounds fantastic, and I can’t wait to read it. The gorgeous cover doesn’t hurt, either!
Release Date: March 4, 2014
What are you waiting on this week? Please link me!