For the First Book In A New Series Challenge, I read The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski. It was an epic, dramatic, moving start to what I'm expecting to be a freaking awesome trilogy. I'm so happy with the fact that it's a fantasy world, with invented country names and royalty and duels and fictional cultures, and no unnecessary magical stuff. I'm usually bored to death by books that kind of copy Rome's situation of invasion and prejudiced bullshit, but The Winner's Curse played that situation really, really well. There's also a ton of tension in this book. For some reason, she writes a romance that's really easy to feel for, and keeps the suspense and risks going with it while also making it wholly satisfying. GAH!