Sunday, March 8, 2015

"What's Your Winner's Curse?" - The @MarieRutkoski Blog Tour #TheWinnersCurse #Giveaway

The “Winner’s Curse” is an economics term that means you’ve gotten what you wanted . . . but at too high a price. In honor of Marie Rutkoski’s Winner’s Trilogy, Mac Teen Books asked bloggers talk about their own personal “Winner’s Curse!”

My Winner's Curse

I know a lot of bloggers chose their families as something they would pay too high a price for and other serious choices. I want to be a little lighter.

My "Winner's Curse" would be Diet Coke. I know there are lots of studies about how terrible it is for us, but I have to have it every day. I buy it every day. Have I gotten kidney and urinary tract infections from drinking too many? Yes, before I learned my limit. Do I know about Aspartame Poisoning? Of course I do - my family has staged intervention after intervention. I've even given it up before. However, it is my only vice, and I know there are many worse ones out there.

Many people would say that the supposed side effects of Diet Coke are too high a price to pay to drink the glorious nectar, but it is one that I'm willing to pay. In fact, I think I'll go have one now.

About The Winner's Curse

Title: The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy #1)
Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux (Macmillan)
Release Date: March 4, 2014

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.

You can read my review of The Winner's Curse HERE.

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About The Winner's Crime


Title: The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy #1)
Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux (Macmillan)
Release Date: March 3, 2014

Following your heart can be a crime.

A royal wedding is what most girls dream about. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin’s freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself? For Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. She’s working as a spy in the court. If caught, she’ll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet she can’t help searching for a way to change her ruthless world . . . and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret.

This dazzling follow-up to The Winner’s Curse reveals the high price of dangerous lies and untrustworthy alliances. The truth will come out, and when it does, Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

Stop back by tomorrow to read my review of The Winner's Crime.

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About the Author

Marie Rutkoski / Photo by Tobias Everke
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.

Find Marie Online
Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads.


Thanks to our wonderful friends at Macmillan, one lucky winner can win a finished copy of either The Winner's Curse or The Winner's Crime. All you have to do to enter is do the little tasks on the Rafflecopter form below.

Ends at 12:01am EST on March 22nd

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  1. this series looks and sounds awesome :) thanks for sharing!

  2. interesting looking series

  3. Thanks for the giveaway- I love this series!

  4. I've been dying to get my hands on this series!!! I'm on a book buying ban though. =((( Too many books! Not enough money!!!

  5. This series is awesome! I have a copy of the winner's curse, and have been waiting for the release of TWCrime for sooo looooong

    So I'm really glad to see this book tour :D Thank you


  6. I've been wanting to read this book! Thanks for the chance!


You are going to put words in my box?! *squeezes you* Now I shall stalk YOUR blog!