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Winterling
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Winterling reminded me of The Chronicles of Narnia (not the movie tie-ins) or Faerie Wars, but in a very simplified way: a portal between worlds, children having to save the day, and an array of fantasy creatures with supernatural abilities. The storyline did not, however, have the same depth, and it's a real shame because I liked the premise.

I enjoy reading YA Fantasy, which is why I chose this book....and when I read the prologue, I thought it was a great beginning, but the first two chapters were an incredibly slow build-up that almost put me off the story completely. I refuse to review a book that I haven't read in full (all of it, every detail - not just "skimming" through), and I had an obligation to review this book, so I continued reading to the end. I'm glad I did because the story definitely improves from the third chapter onwards, but those first couple of chapters could be deal-breakers for some casual readers, especially when it comes to young readers who might get discouraged or bored.

The story was revealed by the dual POVs from Fer, the girl with ties to both sides of The Way, and Rook, a supernatural creature called a Puck, but I thought the character Puck could have been a little more developed. I'm assuming, based on the ending, that there will be a sequel (if not, the ending was too abrupt for a stand-alone, in my opinion)...in which case, I'm hoping we will learn more about the world and the creatures from the other side of The Way. For as much time as Fer was there, not much was revealed about the other world.

***possible spoiler alert***

I need the author to clarify this for me, but the ages of Fer's parents were an issue for me. I understand that time moves differently between the two worlds, and, at first, I assumed that Fer's parents must have aged to adulthood in the other world, before having Fer. However, her father left a note, shown on pg 33 that says, in reference to Fer's mother, "she's just a girl, too, just like any girl," and in the same note, "Take care of our baby." It's very disturbing to think that Fer's parents were basically kids who had a baby, especially in a YA novel.

I think that some fans of YA fantasy might like this book, but I don't think I will be recommending it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2013
this was a good book if you like fantasy books about other worlds without all the gory bits just magic ,It was just a little too short but still a good read .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2012
I loved The Magic Thief and was eager to red this, but, although the plot was exciting the story felt less mature than earlier books, it was fairly predictable and the characters seemed less developed. It felt condensed. There were several sections whe I wanted more detail, explanation or closeness to the characters thinking.
Putting that aside, the pace was good and the events followed logically. The characters were interesting and fun. I particularly liked the wolves, whose characters shone through.
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on 5 February 2014
A most enjoyable set, but the final book was a little disappointing
in feeling that the problems facing the heroine were not as full as I
had expected.
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on 5 February 2014
I found it interesting and a brilliant book but in some parts it did babble on a bit and not so interesting but on the whole it was a fantabulous book and I loved it
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on 17 January 2013
4 stars because i want more! really good read couldnt put it down well written flows from the page a definate for fans of fantasy and magic!
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on 15 June 2013
Daughter wanted this book as a school reader, she thinks its fab and can't wait to read the 2nd part.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2012
I think this is a fantastic book full of mischief and magic, and perfect for anyone who is up for adventure.
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