Battle for Who Wore it Best Wednesday

Hello again dear readers!

It has been a bit of a spell since we last spoke and as you might have noticed I kind of spammed you with book reviews for my last post… WHICH MEANS I AM FINISHED BOOK REVIEWS!

I am about to start my own novel and am now anxious, BUT excited for the prospect of finding myself immersed within my own words.

I will still be bringing you my usual Writing Prompt Wednesdays as well as Who Wore it Best Wednesday red carpets and peppering in some other content as well.

So on to Who Wore it Best Wednesday, where I am looking at The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. This book was recommended to me by a fellow Bookstagrammer after I mentioned I was having issues with the names for my main characters. She mentioned that this book has an amazingly meaningful character name which intricately ties into the story.

Here is the Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


I was able to find a copy from (Oh Bookoulet! How you have my heart and my wallet at your disposal!) (I have since bought the second and third books in the trilogy as I really love this story!)

So here are our covers battling it out on our literary red carpet today:


I am going to approach this battle slightly differently than I usually do. I am going to describe the covers when I pick my winner for if I do not, I think it will be pretty obvious who wore it better in my opinion. Therefore our first cover is brought to us by Farrar Straus Giroux and was published in 2014, and our second cover was published by Square Fish in 2015.

Before I let you know my choice literary lovelies I would like to note how interesting it is that the covers use similar colours. I don’t think I have come across publications so close in age by different publishers who end up going with a similar colour scheme. Interesting to say the least.







2015 by Square Fish

Square Fish 2015

Firstly, this is the edition I purchased. Secondly, we all know how I prefer more abstract artsy covers over covers where a real model was used (as I sometimes find they don’t match up with the actual character or just look plain awkward).

What really got me about the Farrar Straus Giroux cover was how they depicted the woman (who I am assuming is the main character) on the cover. She looks like she is swooning! I can feel my blood beginning to slowly simmer as I look at it. If you read the novel, Kestral is in no way a swoon-type character! (Not that there is anything wrong with swooning. I once met a bunch of men from Australia, while travelling in Ireland, who I couldn’t talk to because of how attracted I was to them. I would open my mouth and this giggle would come from out of no where. Never had happened to me before, BUT I believe it was the closest my body could get to swooning.)

I think this is why I love the cover of the Square Fish book much more as it depicts Kestral how I feel she should be, as a the strong character she is. She might not be the top-notch fighter her father wants her to be, but she can handle her own and her strategical mind is really what carries her throughout the novel.

I will leave you here dear readers and look forward to your comments below. I feel like I got a bit more personal in this post than I usually do. May you have the best Wednesday possible and a great rest of your week!


Honestly Austen

Postscript: Was there ever a situation you found yourself in where your automatic reaction was one which shocked you?

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