The Winter People by Rebekah L. PurdyeBook, English, 351 pages
Debut: September 2, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Read First: August 18-21, 2014 | Snuck from: Netgalley -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn't forgotten their warning to "stay away." For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the "special gifts" that must be left at the back of the property.
Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she'll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.
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The Winter People was a most magical journey, with a cursed king, a vengeful witch, knights in shining armor, and not everything as it seemed. It was simple, but the effects were great.
As Salome slowly uncovers the truth about all the three men hot at her heals, she also learns about herself. It was a rather harsh story, I don't know how else to put it when your own family wants you to believe you've lost your mind, although they know the nightmare you live is all too real. The twist preventing the family from speaking about it was one thing, but I believe they should've raised her into it instead of having her live in fear for years. Sadly, this theme was a bit repeatative in the beginning, and came up once and again later when I felt Salome was already past that stage of denial. That's the hiccup preventing me to rate this awesome 5 stars.
It was a rather classic paranormal romance, as there is only one type of magical being, and a really romantic one, too. Yes, I thought this was awesome as far as romance goes, because it was all cuteness and no heat, and I think it's not easy to get that to work nowadays. Plus, all haters of insta-love will want to get their grubbies on this sweet story, because it's totally worth it in the end. Trust me on that!
I first thought it was a bit odd that there wasn't simply a triangle, but three guys involved, but they were all in it for different reasons, and THAT was awesome. Since we ususally don't believe all the insta, it's nice to know that the Fae in this story do what they do best -- they trick the heart. Well, not all of them, of course, but Salome sure didn't have it easy, but she made the right choice. Awesome heroine, after she was done being all fearful damsel.
The journey was pretty bumpy. At first, Salome was all fear and denial, but I thought it made perfect sense. However, it felt a bit of a drag after a while, before things really got to work. Then it was a mix of panic/action, calming down, and trying to solve the puzzle -- all a bit bumpy, but that was okay, I guess. It was no heart-wrenching rush until the very moment of the climax which I enjoyed immensly. It was a perfect fairytale ending! =)
Area Scan: Idea: 5/5 -- Flow: 4/5 -- Vocab: 5/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 4/5 -- Sidekicks: 4/5 -- Villains: 3/5 -- Romance: 4/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 4/5 -- Suspense: 4/5
Discovered: 4+ Hoods
Sequel: The Summer Marked
About the Author
Rebekah Purdy grew up in Michigan, where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. When not hiding at her computer and getting lost in her stories, she enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games and hanging out with her kids. She loves the unexplainable like Bigfoot, the Dogman, and the Loch Ness Monster (lots of good story material)! She admits to still having all the books she bought throughout her childhood and teen years, and she may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate…
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