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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

THE WINNER'S CUSRE by Marie Rutkoski, Blog Tour: Author Guest Post / Giveaway


Hello & Welcome to the third stop for Fierce Reads's THE WINNER'S CURSE blog tour! I'm so thrilled to be apart of this tour, and to have Marie Rutoski on Mundie Moms today. This is a book I've been anxiously awaiting to be released for close to a year now. I read this last year and have been head over heals in love with it since then. Here's a little bit about Marie's upcoming release (you can read my review shortly on Mundie Moms).



To Be Released on: March 4th, 2014
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Add it to Goodreads
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.
Read Marie's Bridge of Snow to get a look into her incredible world of The Winner's Curse



I am beyond excited to have Marie on Mundie Moms today. Normally when I have an author guest post spot light on a blog tour, the author selects one option from a variety of guest post topics I send. Today Marie has taken the time to not only send us one guest post topic, but all of them.

5 Books That Influenced Me in my Teen Years
  1. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  2. Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon
  3. JD Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
  4. Robin McKinley, The Hero and the Crown
  5. Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
If The Winner's Curse Was A Movie, I See These Actors Portraying My Characters
You know…I shy away from this question only because I don’t want to impose my idea of what the characters look like on readers. But I would LOVE to know which actors my readers think should play the characters. (Leave us a comment below and let us know who you think would be perfect for a The Winner's Curse movie role).

My 5 Favorite Moments from The Winner's Curse
In no particular order:
  1. the scene at the auction where Kestrel buys Arin
  2. An argument during a storm
  3. “He raked a hand through his short hair. ‘Where is my honor in all this, Kestrel?’”
  4. “The shirt had been sewn from the cloth of love. He felt the plush of velvet, the skim of silk, the resilient woof and weft that would not fray.” The scene in Irex’s library, where Arin is caught doing something he shouldn’t have done. 


5 YA Books I've Read As An Adult, That I Wish I Had As a Teen
In alphabetical order:

  1. MT Anderson, Feed
  2. Kristin Cashore, Graceling
  3. Melina Marchetta, Jellicoe Road
  4. Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races
  5. John Corey Whaley, Where Things Come Back


Advice I Wish I Could Go Back In Time & Give To My Former Teen Self
Be gentle to yourself.


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Thank you Marie for stopping by Mundie Moms today!

Want more?
  • Learn more at thewinnerstrilogy.com where you can read an excerpt and watch the book trailer.
  • Like The Winner’s Curse on Facebook!
  • Add The Winner’s Curse to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.
  • Join in on social media with hashtag #thewinnerscurse
  • Visit Marie Rutkoski’s website, follow her on Twitter, and “like” her onFacebook.

About The Author


Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society, about a girl who discovers that she’s not human and that her kind are terrorists in an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire never happened. The Shadow Society will be published October 30, 2012. Marie has also written the children’s fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of WondersThe Celestial Globeand The Jewel of the KalderashThe Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors. 

Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Iowa. After graduating, she lived in Moscow and Prague. Upon receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she held dual appointments as a lecturer there in both English and American Literature and Language, and History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and creative writing. She usually lives in New York City with her husband and two sons, but she and her family are now living in Paris for the 2012-2013 academic year. 

Find Marie via: Her Blog | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Tumblr

The Giveaway

Thank to our fabulous friends at Fierce Reads / MacMillan Teen, I have a fabulous prize package to giveaway today to 1 lucky reader!



1 lucky reader will win:

*  a FINISHED copy of The Winner's Curse
* The Winner's Curse bookmarks
* eye shadow
* stickers 
(seen in the picture above)

To ENTER: After you leave me a comment below telling me why you want to win, be sure to also fill out the form below (Standard Mundie Moms rules apply. Open to the US & Canada:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

GOOD LUCK!

65 comments:

  1. I looved the shadow Society. I had bought it on a whim during the tour Marie was on with Leigh Bardugo and Gennifer Albin two years ago and devoured it! I love her writing and I can't wait to see what else she comes up with!

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  2. I loved this book so much it's actually painful. I just read The Shadow Society and her short story for TWC. All written beautifully. I can't wait to read book 2. The wait will be oh so painful

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  3. Seriously, everything about this book sounds epic!! So cannot wait to read it.

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  4. I love the cover and it sounds pretty interesting.

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  5. I don't know how this wasn't already been on my official GR TBR, I've known I wanted to read it for AGES. The cover is gorgeous and I would love to hae it on my shelf. (: It sounds so great!

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  6. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    I'd love to read it because all the little quotes on the blog tour have been awesome!!

    Love her previous book too:)

    Thank you:)

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  7. That cover is gorgeous and it sounds like an interesting YA fantasy novel! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  8. My gosh I've been waiting for this book for such a long time! It sounds absolutely amazing and I'm so excited for the book to come out. The cover is stunning, the summary sounds captivating, and it looks like an all around great read! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity and giveaway!

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  9. This book looks so amazing, plus the cover is so gorgeous! I love fantasy novels and discovering these new worlds the author has created.

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  10. Oh goodness, I love this post! Your questions are so interesting, Katie, and Marie's answers are just lovely. I literally got a little shiver when I read the five scenes that were her favorites from this book--I loved those too, and now I want to reread them!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  11. I've heard so many amazing things about this book already. It has fantasy, romance, a magical feel. It sounds exactly what I'd love to read. :)

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  12. I would love to win because I've had this book on my wish list for ages!! I am so excited for it!! I already read the 5 chapter sampler and can't wait for more!

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  13. I want to win because I want to read this book SO BAD! And the author and I share a first name. How cool is that?

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  14. It sounds like an incredible love story.

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  15. I have been interested in this book since seeing the cover. I think it is so pretty! And of corse the story sounds great, I haven't read any books like it before. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  16. This book sounds awesome! And the cover is gorgeous! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  17. I've been hearing so much good about this book. I'd love to win. It sounds fantastic from the blurb.

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  18. I read an ARC and really liked it! I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy. :) Also, I love that Marie is a fan of Jellicoe Road! I love that book to pieces! <3

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  19. It sounds like it would be a good read and I'm in love with the cover

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  20. This book sounds so amazing! I would love to read it because it sounds so different from any book that I have ever read :D

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  21. The Winner's Curse sounds SO utterly amazing! I love the idea about buying a slave and then falling in love with them, truly touching! :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    My rafflecopter name is: Vannah Batista

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  22. I have heard nothing but awesome things about this book! I have a friend that says it is her favorite read of 2014 and will remain there! That' s a reason for me to want to read it! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  23. First and foremost THE COVER, (hehe) but really I have heard so many amazing things about this book from author bloggers and twitter. I love the concept of The Winners Curse and so excited to read it.

    - Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

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  24. Sounds like a great book, like everything I've read about it so far.

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  25. It has some very good reviews and a strong endorsement from Kristin Cashore who's opinion I respect a lot. I think it sounds like an excellent story.

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  26. this looks and sounds fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  27. The cover pulled me in, the synopsis hooked me! I love the idea behind this book. I've heard it has a forbidden romance (which I can't ignore) and will be a great "replacement" once The Grisha series ends

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  28. Why? Because when I saw the cover of the book when it first appeared, I thought to myself "This must have a serious cool badass female character. I might want to read it when it comes out." I'm a sucker for books with awesome main characters. When I got the free 1-5 chapter samples, I read it and wanted to it so badly that I never had before.

    That is why I want to win. I hope I do.

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  29. I've heard great reviews of this book and it sounds very interesting. I've added it to my tbr list and can't wait to get my hands on it! On a side note, the cover is gorgeous.

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  30. I would love to win this book. The buzz around it has me jonesing bad. That final blurb line, "the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart." So good!

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  31. The blog tour for Winner's Curse is making me more and more excited!! I'm really curious to read a forbidden romance that involves slavery. And I hear there's a duel scene!

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  32. Why would I like to win this book? Why wouldn't I?! The cover is absolutely stunning and it sounds like a great read. I'm also kind of obsessed with eyeshadow and that little eyeshadow that comes with the giveaway sounds right up my alley...

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  33. I want to win The Winner's Curse because it sounds unique and because I've heard a lot of good things about this one.

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  34. I wish to win because for my whole life I've stuck to one genre, and I believe that this will change my outlook on different genres, reading new books, and the most important of all...change. I hope I win because this novel will change my point of view about certain genres. Thank you for this amazing chance of a lifetime!

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  35. I've heard great things about this book and I can't wait to read it! It sounds really interesting and unique. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  36. Fallon Vaughn - joefallon1@yahoo.com

    I loved this book. I would love a finished copy. It was so different then other YA books I have read lately. I cant wait for book 2.

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  37. I've read a lot of glowing reviews on this book, and from what I've read, it sounds like my type of book!

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  38. I want to win because the book sounds amaaaaaaaazing, and I'm always hunting for more YA fantasy.

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  39. Yes, Graceling is amazing! And everything about this book screams amazing- I can't wait!

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  40. I want to win this because the cover is gorgeous, I love dystopian books and I haven't seen a single bad review.

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  41. this book sounds like one I would so thoroughly enjoy!!! thank you for the giveaway!!

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  42. Because of the love story it promises. Granted, my books don't always have to have a romance for me to fall for them, but, since this book apparently has (Action, right) mostly love, I like my characters to be afraid of it.
    Not to know what they feel.
    To deny it...
    So, yeah, that's why I want to read this book.

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  43. I've been reading a ton of teasers for this book and it sounds so good. Full of romance and action and I can't wait to get my hands on it! :)

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  44. I have to be honest! I would buy this book just because of its gorgeous cover! lol! But the summary and all the teasers I have seen make it even better! I cannot wait to read this :)

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  45. I want to win because I love YA Fantasy and this book just sounds fantastic.

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  46. I've heard about this book and it sounds amazing! I cannot wait to get my hands on it. Thanks a lot of doing the giveaway!

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  47. I've read nothing but great things on this book and the story sounds just amazing so I'm definitely dying to read it!

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  48. I want to win because I'm dying to read this book. I have heard nothing but good reviews for it which makes waiting for this so much more harder :D

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  49. I've been so wanting to read this book for quite awhile, especially knowing the author would be attending a local event this spring too! Can't wait to finally read it!

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  50. First of all, this cover is beautiful! And then every single review I've read of it talks about how beautifully written it is and how wonderful the story. I'm fascinated to see how these characters progress throughout the story, especially as it begins with one purchasing the other. How will they learn to live around that?

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  51. Yeah, I'm not going to lie, that cover is purdy. But it sounds like a good fantasy too.

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  52. I heard this book is amazing!!

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  53. (This is Darith L)

    I want to win because the story about a girl of an upper rank forming a bond with the slave she bought (because he claimed to be able to sing) has me intrigued!

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  54. I'd love to win this book because 1) gorgeous cover and 2) books with strong heroines, fighting, and romance are my kind of books!

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  55. I'd love to win this because I've been looking forward to it for a long time, I love the concept of star crossed lovers from different social classes, and the cover is to die for. I've been following the blog tour along and can't wait for it to release!!!!

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  56. Her writing looks so beautiful, I would love to see it. New author for me all together but with so many people loving her I cannot wait to see her work!

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  57. I love the premise and I've been seeing great reviews for it everywhere! I've never seen another book with a similar premise and it just looks so unique.

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  58. This book looks awesome. I was so sad to miss out on the ARC at ALA-midwinter.

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  59. Sounds really amazing! I would love to win!!

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  60. I want to read The Winner's Curse because it sounds like an interesting mix of fantasy and adventure.

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