Happy Sunday! We have a really special post today for you guys, and we are excited and thrilled to be part of the Blog Tour for Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse and the sequel The Winner’s Crime. Heather and I are BIG fans of the books, it’s a such fantastic series — and the sequel is just as amazing as the first book!
The Blog Tour is truly a special one, as Bloggers are asked:
“What’s Your Winner’s Curse?”
The ‘Winner’s Curse’ is an economics term that means you’ve gotten what you wanted – but at too high a price. What would you pay too much for?
Danny’s Winner’s Curse:
Oh my goodness – what a tricky, difficult question to answer. When is the price too high? For what would I pay too much? Well, who defines when it’s too much? I guess this really depends very much on the personal situation. What might be too high a price for one, might be just very little for another.
If we take Kestrel – she really pays a high price to keep not only the man she loves, but also a country she loves, safe. She sacrifices her own happiness and her own heart. Is her price too high? I’m not sure I have the right to answer this question as only Kestrel could answer this. What means personal happiness compared to the freedom of a whole country, from the outside it looks like it’s a sacrifice that is worth it, yet Kestrel is unhappy as she has to push away and close off her heart.
So what price would be too high for me?
Maybe I could take my job. I teach Bachelor and Master Students in Biology at the university and I absolutely LOVE what I’m doing. I love my job. I adore working with students that are eager to learn, that are excited about the topics I talk about and that are just overly curious about science and biology. But… I know if I would leave university I would have a safe job where I have a contract longer than for only 2 years at a time, and maybe even a permanent contract that would give me much more security than I have now. Also, I would definitely have a higher salary, and who doesn’t like having more money than having less?
But, would more money and more security be worth it?
Personally, I answered this question already and I’d say no! I am absolutely happy with my job and I wouldn’t trade it for more money. I keep fighting for a permanent position and … who cares about extra money when I’m doing something that I love?
Heather’s Winner’s Curse:
There are few things that I would pay any amount of money for. One thing would be for a bracelet that you can wear that lets you eat whatever you want but stay skinny forever. Totally unrealistic as far as today’s technology goes, unfortunately.
My husband and were dating for eight years before we got married, and then almost immediately the questions of “When are going to have a baby?” started. It’s always awkward to speak honestly with these well-intentioned people when your answer is that you aren’t sure that you want children, but luckily I was still in graduate school for my chemistry PhD at the time and that was a convenient enough excuse to say that it wasn’t a good time to try. After I graduated, started my career, and the years marched on, everyone eventually stopped asking, and as I approached my early thirties–I changed my mind–and my husband was elated.
No one accurately prepares you for the price that your mind and body pays for motherhood, nor can you guess just how much all of those diapers, formula, and clothes and shoes that he’ll grow out of in such a short amount of time will cost monetarily. The price of disrupted sleep for middle of the night feedings are forgotten by toothless grins and baby snuggles, hearing “Mama” for the first time. And that period goes by all too fast, let me tell you.
My son is almost six years old now. He has the same sarcastic sense of humor that both my husband and I do, but he’s also sweet, caring, and has a curiosity that is insatiable with a great love of books too. He’s quick with a hug and an “I Love You,” just because you came home from a long day at work. Are the video games, karate lessons, clothes, glasses (seriously, 4 pairs in one year!), books, and dirt bike and gear expensive? Of course, but they’re just the high price you pay for raising your offspring the best that you can. I sometimes wonder if a girl would have been cheaper, but then I think about all of those clothes I’d have to buy…
Kestrel spends a bit of time wondering where her father’s loyalties lie. If it came down to it, would he choose her or Valoria? This question is answered in The Winner’s Crime, and Kestrel should be able to trust her father with anything. I want to be the kind of mother where my son never doubts that I have his back. I’ll always be there for him no matter what, through thick and thin. That’s what I signed up for by bringing him into this world, and I’d pay any price to keep him safe and happy–except for playing Minecraft with him. I just don’t get that game.
The Winner's Curseby Marie Rutkoski Series: The Winner's Trilogy #1
on March 4, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
And the sequel
The Winner’s Crime
- Coming March 3rd, 2015 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Marie Rutkoski is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Winner’s Curse (March 2014). She grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois as the oldest of four children and decided early on that she was Someone Who Loved Books.
After attending the University of Iowa and living in Moscow and Prague, she studied Shakespeare at Harvard University, where she honed her skill in referring to herself in the third person.
Marie is now a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance drama, children’s literature, and fiction writing. New York City is her home, and she thinks there must be birds of prey living in Washington Square Park; she can see large, wheeling wings from the window where she sits and writes. Marie has two small sons who try very hard to make friends with the family cat, only to be snubbed for the dark quiet of a closet. Marie can tie a double figure-eight knot with her eyes closed. She’s learning how to play the violin. She’s a sucker for fancy tea, and her favorite dessert is crème brulée. Or maybe sticky toffee pudding. Tough call.
Thanks to Macmillan, we can offer one winner either a copy of The Winner’s Curse or The Winner’s Crime – just enter via the Rafflecopter below!
So now of course the question – what is your “Winner’s Curse?”