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Marie Rutkoski

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Marie Rutkoski is the New York Times bestselling author of The Winner's Trilogy, which begins with The Winner's Curse. She also wrote the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children's fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders. Her next project is a YA duology set in the same world as The Winner's Curse. The first in this duology is called The Midnight Lie and will be published in March 2020.

Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Harvard University. Marie is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children's literature and fiction writing. She lives in Brooklyn
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The Winner's Curse (The Win...

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“Isn't that what stories do, make real things fake, and fake things real?”
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“He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.”
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May 2019 Young Adult Book of the Month Nominations

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.
 
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Skyward (Skyward, #1) by Brandon Sanderson by Brandon Sanderson
Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.
 
  5 votes, 23.8%

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1) by Marie Rutkoski by Marie Rutkoski
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.
 
  3 votes, 14.3%

Ash by Malinda Lo by Malinda Lo
Cinderella retold

In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
 
  2 votes, 9.5%

Pride by Ibi Zoboi by Ibi Zoboi
Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.

In a timely update of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic.
 
  2 votes, 9.5%

Vendetta (Blood for Blood, #1) by Catherine Doyle by Catherine Doyle
When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.

When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell's life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys' dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties - the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.
 
  2 votes, 9.5%

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message 16: by Juliet

Juliet Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! I am DIEING to read THE WINNER'S KISS!!!! I can't WAIT!!


message 15: by Luke

Luke Taylor Thank you very much for being my friend, Marie! I can't wait to read the Winner's books and dive into your world! All the best to you!
Luke :D


Bernadette Lamb Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! I recently finished reading The Celestial Globe and am looking forward to reading Petra's final adventure, which is currently sitting on my nightstand. The Kronos Chronicles are my new favorite middle grade series!

I have been looking forward to meeting you for some time now at the Tucson Festival of Books this March, and was quite sad to see that you cancelled your visit. Is there any chance you will entertain visiting Tucson in the future? I would greatly appreciate your reply! Thanks.


Mariyyah I loved your books so much.I liked Arin alot but he is a bit unpredictable,like he was arrogant or conceited at first well may be his character will grow in 3rd book I am waiting patiently:D I hope it will have a fabulous end.Lots of love for you:)


Jennifer Horne Dear Ms. Marie Rutkoski,
Thank you for accepting my friend request.
Thank you for the two amazing books in this series. I enjoy reading great books. I Love Love Love this series you have created. March cannot come soon enough for me. Any chance of some sneak peeks along the way? Are you going to give any ARC's out? If so, how could someone go about trying to get one?
Your Friend,
Jen


message 11: by Marcus (last edited Apr 22, 2015 12:49PM)

Marcus Thanks for accepting my friend request!!! The Winner's Trilogy is AMAZING. I'm so attached to these characters. I don't think Romeo and Juliet had it as tough as Arin and Kestrel.


ʙᴇʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。. Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED The Winner's Curse! cant wait for the next one!:)


message 9: by Ivana

Ivana I loved the first three chapters from Winner's Crime!! I'm so pumped for March, and right after Dr. seuss' birthday, nonetheless.
Also, it's really cool that you interact with your fans, because a lot of writers don't take the time to do that, so... yeah thanks.


message 8: by Marie

Marie Rutkoski Miranda wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request! I'm looking forward to reading The Winner's Curse and meeting you at the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival in May"

Thanks, Miranda!


message 7: by Marie

Marie Rutkoski Rachel (Miss Perfection) wrote: "thanks for accepting my friend request!!!! I am so so so excited to read "The Winner's Curse" when it comes out :)"

I'm so glad!


message 6: by Marie

Marie Rutkoski Chryssa wrote: "Dear Marie,

Thank you for accepting my friend request...
I just finished The Winner's Curse and I am telling you I went through all stages of hating and finally ADORING ARIN (how sweet was he in t..."


Thanks so much! I know, Arin is complicated. There are plenty of reasons to both adore him and think he's kind of awful. I think the same is true for Kestrel. But I love them both.


message 5: by Marie

Marie Rutkoski Catherine wrote: "Thanks for accepting the friendvite! I absolutely love The Winner's Curse! :D Could hardly wait for The Winner's Crime.

Oh and you are one of my most favorite writer!

xx"


Thank you!


Catherine Siborutorop Thanks for accepting the friendvite! I absolutely love The Winner's Curse! :D Could hardly wait for The Winner's Crime.

Oh and you are one of my most favorite writer!

xx


message 3: by Chryssa (last edited Nov 03, 2014 02:09PM)

Chryssa Dear Marie,

Thank you for accepting my friend request...
I just finished The Winner's Curse and I am telling you I went through all stages of hating and finally ADORING ARIN (how sweet was he in the Bridge of Snow?) ...and Kestrel was a beloved heroine from the beginning!

I just voted for this as the Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction of 2014, here on Goodreads!

GOOD LUCK, from all of us Greek fans (yes, we are plenty!) of this amazing story!

Chryssa!


P.S: Those book covers...are truly awesome!


Rachel  (APCB Reviews) thanks for accepting my friend request!!!! I am so so so excited to read "The Winner's Curse" when it comes out :)


Miranda Thanks for accepting my friend request! I'm looking forward to reading The Winner's Curse and meeting you at the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival in May


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