- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Entangled Teen (19 Sept. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1622663683
- ISBN-13: 978-1622663682
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3.3 x 21.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,753,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Winter People (Entangled Teen) Hardcover – 19 Sep 2014
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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 may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate...Rebekah currently resides in Michigan with her husband, kids, and gazillion pets.
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Although I found the story to be a little slow moving to start, it is well worth sticking with. It picks up pace rapidly within the second third as it begins to develop into a competent mystery that I simply could not put down. Salome’s three suitors are all very interesting and showed and impressive degree of development as the story unfolded and the wintry setting helped to add visual emphasis to their magical natures.
My only real problem with the story was the character of Salome herself as she just seemed to be a little too helpless. While I don’t mind females being rescued in fantasy novels, it gets a bit frustrating when it happens over and over again within a short period of time.
Although I'm not generally a fan of paranormal romance novels, I did thoroughly enjoy reading this one and look forward to reading more by this author in the future.
Salome isn't completely alone. One of her grandmother's friends, Nevin, helps her with the gifts she's supposed to leave on a daily basis and she considers him a friend. At school Colton, her secret crush, wants to go out with her. Salome's best friend Kadie regularly takes her to a coffee shop where they meet Gareth. The guys have all promised to protect Salome, but are they speaking the truth and why does she need protection? There are secrets she has to uncover for her own safety. Who can she trust and why does she keep seeing strange and dangerous beings others can't see, is she going crazy again or is something more sinister going on?
The Winter People is a great winter story. Salome is a bit naïve. She's always been protected and she does what people order her to do, because she's been told she can't trust her own ears and eyes, but is that really the case? I couldn't wait to find out who or what was behind the awful things that keep happening to her. Slowly she starts to believe in herself and during that process she also becomes more confident and eventually she can be certain of her own judgment, that was amazing to see. Salome has a lot to overcome and she transforms from a scared little girl into a strong woman who can make her own choices.
Rebekah L. Purdy writes about an intriguing magical world. I loved the way she uses the seasons. When the weather changes, Salome's life changes as well. Because of Salome's fears the story instantly gets a cold and creepy atmosphere when she's outside, which is something I liked very much. She needs protection, but who can give it to her? I enjoyed reading about the guys, who are all interesting and I loved finding out more about their characters. Salome has a lot to learn and she doesn't have a long time to figure things out. I was fascinated by her story and the lovely fitting ending made me smile. The Winter People is a wonderful romantic first book in a series and I look forward to reading the rest of the stories.
Salome is left to see to the woods surrounding her grandmother’s house whilst she’s away for the winter – filling animal feeders, leaving trinkets in tress and the likes. This is a massive deal for Salome because she fears everything about winter; the snow; the cold; the ice and most importantly, the pond in which she nearly drowned in as a child that caused her phobia of winter. She never forgot being saved, hearing voices and she never forgot the image of a monster than warned her never to come back, never to venture into the woods again. So, for eleven years she stayed away….. until now.
As Salome allows winter back into her life, 3 boys come along with it; Nevin, who always seems to be around her Grandmothers property but gently coaxes her into being comfortable there; Colton, the boy from school that she has a major crush on and again someone who would help her with her fear, never judging; then there’s Gareth who always seems to be there when she needs someone to protect her – but why does she need protecting? Everyone seems to be keeping secrets from her but then again….it’s not every day you find your family is cursed and that most of the women die in their eighteenth year, which for Salome…is vast approaching.
So, I really enjoyed this book. I liked the characters a lot and connected with them well. I could really connect with Salome because I have experience with phobia and anxiety and I liked how she handled herself, it is very easy to be crippled by fear the way she was and it was portrayed well, even when she is trying to coax herself to do the things she feared, it all resonated with me. There was no shortage of love interests here and they each had something good to offer her although she looked on them more as friends for the most part, the relationships weren’t rushed as most often are and that’s a good thing in YA for me.
Most of the storyline is devoted to Salome, her relationships and also overcoming her fear…. But the rest was the reason that makes this book different. She is stalked by voices, by ominous messages and visions of things that can’t possibly be there and with her phobia, it makes her think she’s going crazy but one of the boys will let her know she’s not. That’s not all though because as I mentioned, there is a curse and that is very mysterious because no one is allowed to talk about it but it has caused many of the women in Salome’s lineage to die on the same day at 18 yrs old and that is the threat that follows her throughout the book. She must unravel the curse and work out whom she needs to unravel it for and why forcing a life or death conclusion that could mean the downfall of all she has come to care about. There is a lot more to the story than this, of course there is a supernatural element as well but I don’t want to spoil that for you so I will just leave you by saying – give this a go, it’s an incredibly sweet read of a girl who after leading a sheltered life due to a crippling phobia is just starting to experience life again and the taste of first love is making it that much sweeter, who is then thrust into an unknown situation where her life is at stake and there are more people on her side than she realises so maybe, just maybe, she can beat this thing.
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