Welcome to the blog tour for The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski! I'm thrilled and honored to participate in this tour, and to help promote this AMAZING series. Want to know what MY winner's curse is? Check out my response below, and enter to win The Winner's Crime!
About the Book:
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Book Two of the Winner's trilogy
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads):
Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. 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…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.
As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.
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What Is Alyssa's Winner's Curse?
My education. Hands down, no further questions. I attend Johns Hopkins University (#11 in the country), as an environmental engineering and Spanish double major. This is a private university (not a state school). It was difficult enough getting into the school, in terms of academics. Let's talk money. Want to see the breakdown of costs? This is my budget, according to the university (this is what shows up on my student account to be billed):
Matriculation Fee: $0.00 (It's $500 for incoming student)
Room: $8,168.00 (Ha! My housing is more like $10,000.)
Board: $6,078.00 (Food.)
Personal Expenses: $1,000.00 (Like laundry.)
Books & Supplies: $1,223.00 (My books are more expensive than this - yes, to rent them used.)
Travel Expenses: $0.00 (I'm in-state.)
Loan Fees: $0.00 (No fees to take out loans. Yay.)
(Let's not get started on the physical and mental demand of an engineering major. Or engineering major + second major.)
I literally copied those numbers straight from my student account. I don't pay this all though (neither do my parents). The financial aid program at Johns Hopkins is pretty great (and I'm not just saying this because my family is super poor, or because I happen to work at the Financial Aid office). But still. Even paying $20,000 or $10,000 a year is a lot (whether via payment, or loan).
But, you get what you pay for. A degree from this school is worth it. Especially an environmental engineering degree - the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins is one of the best worldwide, and environmental engineering isn't offered at many top universities anyway. I work hard and earn good grades and I know that paying what I pay for (may it be in money, blood, sweat, tears, neurons, sleep, social time, etc.) is totally worth it. Also, like I mentioned before, my family is poor, so my financial debt won't be 4 x $64,000 = $256,000 (thank goodness). But it will be a chunk. Yay loans.
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