Friday, December 5, 2014

Forbidden Love Round 2...Re-Read Review Example

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 355 pages
Publication Date: March 4th, 2014
Source: ARC provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review
Previous Posts: RSVP Early To... & The Winner's Curse Review
Goodreads Description

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.
Hey guys! So here is the example of how to format a re-read for a post. Of course, all you see above is how I format my regular reviews so for me that won't be changing. I did take out the quote at the top only because I want it to look a little different from the normal and already existing review. SO! Without further ado, my re-read post about The Winner's Curse...

WHEN I First Read
December 26, 2013...yes, that's one date, I read it in one sitting. Merry Belated Christmas to me.

WHAT I Remember
Epic storytelling. Forbidden Romance. Hair braiding. Angst. Chest pain. Betrayal with good reason. Hair braiding. Slavery. Dark. Hair braiding. And being utterly captivated and enthralled by this story.

WHY I Wanted to Re-Read
Well first, I got an ARC of The Winner's Crime and I used that as my excuse but really? Not only did I want to remind myself of the details but I had SUCH an amazing experience reading this book I wanted to re-live it. I remember being blown away by the story and the writing and I wanted to go back into the world of Arin and Kestrel...le sigh...

HOW I Felt After Re-Reading
I loved it even more! I thought it would be a less visceral read the second time around because I KNEW what would happen but no. My chest still hurt. My heart was exploding with feels and I still found myself re-reading (see what I did there?) several passages over and over again. I also felt like I appreciated the simplistic complexity of the writing more. Marie Rutkoski's writing is intricate and deeply layered in a way that while the words might be few, the meaning is plentiful. I LOVED this. I found it brilliant and poetic and found meaning in things I missed the first time around. 

WOULD You Re-Read Again?
YES! Yes yes yes yes hair braiding yes. Before each book that comes out and maybe just for fun in the interim. 


  1. Hi Belle, very nice review! I've been thinking about reading this one for a while... New follower here - please drop by my blog too and get in touch Thanks! <3

  2. YES! I love the way you did this re-read review, and I might just have to do it for some of the re-reads I have next year. Also, yay for mentioning The Winner's Curse!


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