The Winter People

The Winter People

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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. No. No. Salome discovers she's a key player in a world she's tried for years to avoid. At the centre 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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 145 x 210 x 31mm | 484g
  • Entangled Teen
  • Fort Collins, United States
  • English
  • 1622663683
  • 9781622663682
  • 1,010,208

About Rebekah L Purdy

Rebekah L. 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 a gazillion pets.
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732 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 29% (213)
4 30% (222)
3 25% (180)
2 12% (89)
1 4% (28)

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Where to start this? I love the cover. It reflects the concept of the book perfectly and that quote in the middle sends chills down my spine. Absolutely foreboding. Yeah, the cover is good. I love the cover. Okay, down to the serious business. One thing that captivated me in the book (apart from the cover :P) was the writing style. It was probably the book's strongest point, something that sucked me in. Salome has the narration and she does it with a wide variety of words, still managing to not make it overly difficult to read. But what I liked the most in it was that it was the farthest away from monotone. In fact, it was one of the most living writing voice I have ever had the luck to encounter. The mystery was another well-solved aspect. The curse and the cult around it was built up secretively and slowly, though a little too slowly at times I might add, hence it was interesting until the very end of the book. Voices from an unknown evil were haunting Salome all along, and she met boys centuries old. And why was it so important to keep the gates locked and the bird feeders full of distinct - not much fitting - things? To my sadnass, it only lasted for about 2/3 of the book. When the main part of the world building was done and the winter was coming to an end, Salome felt better, too and it all morphed into a little entertaining love story with occassional action scenes. Speaking of love, it totally disappointed me. Right in the beginning, it became a love quadrangle which also seemed insta-love. I felt embarassed that Salome was drawn to three guys at the same time. However, later on it all got explained and I let the affair go, the romance still wouldn't click. She kept shuttling back and forth between Nevin and Gareth, the full-of-himself guy, who made a habit of deceiving her and lying to her and the guy, who was always there to save her and cheer her up. Am I the only one who doesn't see the question? If you're not convinced, there's one last crucial factor that's unfortunarely a spoiler as well, so peek with caution. She excuses herself saying the old feelings die hard. What feelings? The bloak seduced her with magic... On the whole, it's a shame for the slow pacing and the lacking romance. It would have been a great book. - See more at: more
by Boglarka Kenedi
Oh my! I can't believe what a whirlwind of a ride I've just been on. This book kept me captivated from the very beginning. It's starts with a mystery that lasts just about the entire book. I had an idea of who and why but the how totally evaded me. Well done Rebekah, Bravo! This is a book of suspense and mystery, mixed with magic, horrific creatures of the woods and fairies. This is quite unlike most magical books that I've read, and that's a compliment. Salome sticks to her morals and although several times she could have been corrupted, she never gave in. A strong heroine, sometimes a damsel in distress, but not one that played the role. When she asked for help, she indeed needed it. There is a whole collection of different people in this story, each with their own wants and ways. Each are portrayed in ways that it makes it very easy for the reader to discern who is who. Nevin, the mysterious boy in the snow, Colton, the school boy she's crushed on for ages, Gareth, the bodyguard who seemed to appear at a moments notice. What are their agendas? Who will Salome choose? How will the curse be broken? Will Salome live to see 19? Amazingly, this book gives you all the answers you need, not in a rushed way, and leaves the reader satisfied. This book had me on the edge of my seat. Between being creeped out and feeling scared for Salome and trying to put the pieces together too, the author has totally proven herself to be an amazing storyteller. Did I have issues? Yes, but not with the book itself. The characters at times really ticked me off. Salome's grandmother really could have given her some more info before they left for the winter, her father was a bit underdeveloped but he served his purpose in the story and her mother could really have snapped out of her own shell and faced reality sooner. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good suspense story filled with mystery, magic, and the unknown. There are Fae in this book, but to me the story is so much more than them, it's the story of the curse and how Salome finds her way during times of uncertainty. I look forward to reading further books from this more
by Marni Jarman
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