Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted By Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly longing for and anticipating.
Author: The talented Marie Rutkoski
Date of Publication: 12th March 2015 (just around a month away!)
I read Winner's Curse (the first book of the series) during summer and I absolutely loved it! I was absorbed by it completely because it was everything I had craved for in a book. It had romance, historical drama (a rivalry between two nations, slavery and conspiracies) and fantasy all strategically and wonderfully mixed up into one YA novel- what's better than that?
I came across so many books which had insta-love (ewwww...) which was so annoying because it results in a frustrating lack of substance to such raw and supposedly beautiful feelings. But in Winner's Curse there was a slow-burning romance which was filled with forbidden love and so much conflict- even as a reader I felt shattered and emotional. The characters go through this perfectly paced transition from strangers, to reluctant friends to two people who are in love and scared by the big, bad and beautiful love. However this story was not consumed by love and just from the blurb you can tell the sequel will be focused on action and character development rather than dismissing everything else (including difficult topics such as slavery and duty) for love.
Arin held so much within himself- slowly the weary layers hiding the true Arin were unravelled so that the reader learnt more and more about him- about his passion and courage. While Kestrel was so intelligent and just had this spark in her eyes. I want to know how they grow as characters when the people around them, setting and decisions change.
The second book will probably focus more on the theme of sacrifice which I know Marie Rutkoski will explore in a tragically haunting way.
Also on goodreads a huge amount of people who have gotten arc's seem to adore this book-- possibly more than the first one which must make this fantastic! The last book ended on a cliffhanger that left me wanting more so here I am waiting and waiting for it;)
Thanks for reading:)