Fresh off a break-up with her boyfriend, Kadie's glad to be home from college for Thanksgiving. All she needs is a rebound guy, a box of chocolates, and some girl time with her best friend, Salome. Problem is, Salome isn't returning her calls, and her family won't say where she is. Feeling sorry for herself, Kadie ends up at Club Blade, a place filled with pumping music, dangerous guys, and promises of a good time. However, when midnight strikes, Kadie's fun turns into a nightmare as she's ripped from the human world into Faerie by a vengeful Winter Prince named Etienne. For the first time in her life, she realizes the monsters Salome always spoke of are real, and they'll stop at nothing to destroy her friend.
Salome thought the winter curse was behind her. But winter has left its mark. Not just on her, but on the whole summer court. The Kingdom of Summer is falling apart, and Nevin is hanging onto his throne by a thread. With war on his doorstep, he has no choice but to send Gareth into enemy territory, which means Salome will be left alonevulnerable in a world she doesn't understand. A place where beauty is deadly and humans are pawns in the macabre games the Fae play. Both Kadie and Salome will have to call on all their strength to survive in a world where humans aren't meant to be. With death and enemies all around them, it'll be a miracle if they can survive.
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|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
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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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The Summer Marked
By Rebekah L. Purdy, Liz Pelletier
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The white stallion ran around the fenced ring, tugging at the lead rope Gareth had tied around its neck. Sweat glistened on Gareth's brow, his billowy black tunic unlaced to reveal tanned skin beneath. With his shaggy golden hair tied back, he looked like a romantic hero straight from one of my mom's romance novels. And the galloping horse just added to the picture. I leaned against the gate and smiled. He was gorgeous even with the jagged scar on his cheek. The arrogant fae warrior was tall. Strong. Powerful.
And he was mine.
It'd only been a couple of weeks since I'd broken the Winter Curse and given up my life in the human world to join Gareth in Faerie. So far, I regretted nothing. Well, other than missing my family and friends. But I loved Gareth and wanted to be where he was. And his house on the outskirts of Faerie was perfect. Not too close to the danger, yet outside the boundaries of the human world.
I swallowed hard. My gaze traveled over his biceps, up his shoulders, to his way too kissable looking lips.
Might want to shut off the thoughts.
Gareth glanced up from the horse. His mahogany eyes met mine. I knew then he'd heard every thought through our bond. Trust me, a blood bond sounded great in theory. At least until you realized there was someone inside your head, hearing and seeing everything you dreamed, thought, or saw. Okay, so it didn't happen all the time, just when I got distracted and let my guard down.
"I can't concentrate with you watching me like that, Salome." He grinned, then gave me a wink. "Maybe we ought to go for a swim."
The horse whinnied and charged at him as if he didn't like his flirting with me. I stifled a giggle, but Gareth only glared at the beast.
"If I didn't know any better, I'd say the horse was jealous." He released the rope and stepped away from him.
I laughed. "Don't tell me you feel threatened by a horse."
He shut the gate, locking the animal inside. It snorted, pawing at the ground. "Hardly."
In two long strides, he was in front of me, backing me toward the house. I bumped into the stone structure. My heart thudded like a ball falling down the stairs. He propped his forearms on either side of my head then pressed himself against me.
His fingers brushed my cheek, his breath warm upon my skin as he leaned in.
"Have I mentioned what a distraction you've been?" he said inside my head.
"Why can't I get enough of you?"
"Because you're not trying."
"We'll have to fix that," he said, aloud this time. Gareth rested his forehead against mine, his fingers tangling in my hair.
I wrapped my arms around his neck, pulling him closer. "Kiss me."
He wet his lips, his breath already warm upon my cheek. His mind opened to me, and I could feel his love and passion and need. My heart pounded so loudly in my ears, anticipating the moment his lips would touch mine. I stroked the back of his neck, letting my fingers dance across his skin, drawing him closer.
"You have no idea what you do to me." He drew nearer, until his mouth brushed mine.
"Hope I'm not interrupting anything." A familiar voice ruined the moment.
I glowered when I saw my kind of ex-crush, Nevin, standing behind Gareth. To tell you the truth, there'd always been something missing with Nevin that I still didn't understand, which all went to say that I didn't have feelings for Nevin, and I was pretty sure he didn't have feelings for me. But that didn't mean there wasn't still a little tension between him and Gareth.
"You are. Maybe you should come back later." Gareth didn't unlock his gaze from mine.
Nevin's blue eyes hardened. "Is that any way to talk to your king?"
Gareth released me, his smile fading as he turned around.
"He was teasing, Nevin." I rested my hands on my hips, glaring at Nevin.
He stepped closer to me, grabbed my hand, and raised it to his mouth, placing a kiss along my knuckles. "Ah, Salome — as beautiful and outspoken as ever."
"And you're still arrogant." I jerked my fingers free from him. Just because I once thought I loved him didn't mean I wanted his lips on me. We'd shared one kiss the whole time we'd been together. And that one kiss had killed me. Literally.
If it wasn't for Gareth and our blood bond, I'd still be dead. Drifting in a sea of ghostly bodies. Though it was hard to blame him since my death broke the curse on Nevin and his people, allowing him to return to the Kingdom of Summer and take up his throne once more. But I'd never forget the fact that he'd used magic on me to try and make me fall in love with him. Almost like I'd been drugged. So yeah, Nevin definitely wasn't my favorite person.
His mouth twitched. "You'd do well to teach your girlfriend some manners, Gareth. If she says that to the wrong person they might not be as forgiving as me."
Manners? I'd teach him some. He might be Summer King, but that didn't mean he could just barge in whenever he pleased. Okay, so it did. Ugh.
Gareth shot me a knowing glance. "Don't let him goad you."
"As much as I'd love to stand here and banter with Salome — I've actually come here on business." His brow furrowed, while his grin melted away.
When I stared closer, I saw the dark shadows under his eyes. The worry that lined his features. Something was wrong.
"Why don't we go inside? We can talk in private." Gareth led us to the back door with the high stone arch.
Cool air caressed my skin as I stepped over the threshold. We came to the hallway filled with paintings of battles and tapestries of dancing couples. Deep crimson colors interwoven with gold, blue, and black.
Our footsteps echoed off the hardwood floors, the flames on the candles flickering as if a great wind blew through the house.
When we came to the library door, Gareth glanced over his shoulder at me and Felipe, his butler who'd joined us. "We should only be a few minutes. Felipe, bring in the pomegranate wine."
The dwarf bowed and scurried toward the kitchens. Nevin followed Gareth into the room, his dark hair falling across the back of his neck. I waited for Felipe to return with their drinks and watched as he disappeared inside the library. Moments later he came out and hurried toward the kitchen. The library door started to swing shut, but I caught it with my foot, leaving it ajar.
I pressed myself against the cherry wood wall, listening intently.
"What news from Summer?" Gareth asked.
"Grave tidings," Nevin said. "I wish I was here under happier circumstances."
The sound of a glass being slammed down echoed from within the room. I jumped, heart skittering against my ribs.
"The Winter Queen's poison is spreading," Nevin said. "Everywhere we look, winter leaves its mark. Trees are dying. Plants aren't growing. Our people grow weaker every day as this desolate season spreads." His voice faltered. "Gareth, I know I owe you so much already for all the time you spent keeping our kingdom running while I was imprisoned in the human world, but I must ask one more favor of you."
Gareth grunted, but he was a loyalist. I already knew that whatever Nevin asked, he wouldn't turn him down. And that terrified me.
"What is it?" Gareth said.
"You need to come back to the Summer Palace. Perhaps go into enemy territory and search for a way to defeat our foes. I trust no one else with this matter. All around me people are turning against us."
"No!" My thoughts came through loud. "You already ran his kingdom for three centuries because of his foolishness."
I couldn't believe Nevin would ask this of him.
"Salome, he is my king, I need to hear him out. Regardless of how we feel about him, I owe him my allegiance." Gareth peered out the door then shut it behind him. "I promise we can talk about this later, but for now I need to give him my undivided attention."
"But it's not fair for him to ask this of you." My fists clenched at my sides.
"You must understand the position I'm in. I'm a warrior of Summer, Salome. When called on, I need to do what I can."
Furious, I marched down the hall and out the back door. If I was Kadie, I'd tell Nevin to shove it up his ass and leave me and Gareth alone. No way she'd take his crap. But I also didn't want to get Gareth in trouble with Nevin by running my mouth. And deep down, I understood why Gareth would do what Nevin had asked. He cared for his people and would do anything for them. That was one of the things I loved about him. If only Kadie was here so we could gush about him together.
Kadie. How long had it been since I'd seen her? I ticked off the months. And it'd been several weeks since we last spoke. I never got to tell her that I'd moved in with Gareth.
A sudden bout of homesickness washed over me. Maybe I shouldn't have come to Faerie. No matter how much I wanted to fit in here, days like today made it clear I wouldn't. There were always private meetings or talks that I wasn't privy to listen in on, although, Gareth usually told me what was going on. He didn't like keeping things from me. So even though he had a duty to Nevin, he trusted me enough to keep me informed on all things Faerie or Summer.
It just sucked that we always had to drop everything for Nevin. That he could come in and interrupt us at a moment's notice. I thought living on the outskirts of Faerie with Gareth would alleviate some of that, but apparently Nevin could magically poof himself to our house whenever he wanted.
With a sigh, I made my way to the training ring where the stallion stood. He eyed me a moment, then trotted over.
"Hey boy." I reached between the wooden planks to pet his head. "I'm beginning to think you're the only friend I have here besides Gareth."
Wow. Was I really talking to the horse? He sniffed my hand then bowed his head. The trees danced beneath the breeze. The scent of honey swirled around, making me heady.
Without another thought, I hefted myself atop the fence, throwing first one leg over, then the next until I stood inside the circled area. Once again, I held my fingers out to the steed.
"Steady boy. I won't hurt you."
Odd. He wasn't freaking out on me like he did with Gareth. Instead, he trotted right up and nudged my shoulder.
God, I might live to regret this. But I was sick of Nevin always butting into everything. He used people to get what he wanted — he'd used me to break his curse and he'd used Gareth to keep his kingdom running, and here he was again, trying to make Gareth go back out there and risk his life. And if Gareth got sent away, I didn't know what I'd do. He was my lifeline out here to understanding Faerie, to staying connected to my humanity. Right now, all I wanted to do was ride the horse. To get away from Nevin and his superiority complex. Because even though I understood why Gareth had agreed, Nevin never should have asked him to do this in the first place.
"Okay, I'm gonna climb on your back." Please don't let him trample me. He knelt down before me as if to help me up. Well this is kinda weird.
I took a deep breath and slung my leg over. Unsure of what to hold on to, I tangled my fingers in his mane. The movies always made riding bareback look easy, but I was certain I'd slide off any minute now and land in a pile of horse crap.
I gave his flanks a light tap with my feet. The animal walked slowly around the circle and I tightened my knees against his warm sides to keep from falling. It gave a toss of his head then pawed the dirt. Unfortunately, I didn't speak stallion, so I had no idea what he wanted.
After a second he picked up his pace. The small circles made me dizzier with each pass. Suddenly, I understood what he needed. More room to run.
"If you promise to be good we can open the gate."
I hoped this wouldn't tick Gareth off, but I couldn't stand to be around Nevin, and if I stayed here, I might say something to get us both in trouble. Besides, I wasn't a prisoner here, and if I wanted to go for a ride they sure as heck weren't going to stop me. Back home — well, what had once been home — I'd learned I couldn't go practically anywhere without worrying about being attacked. But here, there were so many guards and magic spells warding the land that I couldn't help but feel safe. As long as I didn't go far, I'd be okay.
Well, assuming the horse didn't kick me off within the first five minutes ...
"Don't make me regret this," I muttered.
The horse whinnied and moved alongside the fence. I leaned over and unlatched the gate, opening it wide enough for us to get through.
I expected him to charge into the woods, but instead he took slow, hesitant steps forward. Once I settled myself back in place and held tight to his neck, he dashed toward the wood-line, galloping down the tree lined path.
We zipped by ancient oaks and maples, their green canopies blotting out the sun. Tiny wildflowers dotted the trail like a burst of rainbows. I ducked beneath low hanging branches, watching butterflies flit out of the way. My hair whipped behind me. What a rush — kind of like riding a motorcycle.
Beams of sunlight kissed my face as we raced wildly through the foliage. I smiled and tightened my grip when we neared a bend in the path. All of a sudden the horse came to a jarring halt. With a screech, I flew from my mount, landing on the ground a few feet ahead of him. I groaned, staring up at the sky. Crap. Had I even made it five minutes?
My head hurt. The horse let out a loud neigh and came to hover over me.
A frigid wind snaked around me like icy tentacles brushing my skin. I stilled. Goosebumps puckered my arms. Puffs of condensation escaped my lips as I breathed out.
I heard several crackling sounds. My gaze swept over the woodland as I attempted to sit upright. I gasped.
This can't be.
Panic gripped me, squeezing until I thought I might pass out. Ice crept across the ground, leaving a layer of frost on the plants and flowers; much like a slug leaves behind a slimy trail.
We need to go.
But before I could get up, a woman stepped from behind a great white oak. Her hair was white as a January blizzard. She wore robes of such a deep blue it made me think of frozen waters. A crystal crown sat upon her head. Her lips had a bluish-purple tint to them, reminding me of a drowning victim. Severe blue eyes narrowed as they took me in. Even though I'd never met her before, I'd seen enough drawings of her to be pretty sure this was the Winter Queen.
A slow sardonic grin spread across her pale face. "Ah, the human who saved the Summer King — alone in the woods at last. You can't imagine how long I've been waiting and watching you. They must not care enough to protect you."
I sat straighter, my pulse quickening as I slid closer to my horse. "I don't need their protection."
"Is that so?" Her mouth twisted. "Because of you I lost my stronghold on Summer. And for that, I want you dead." She moved closer, gliding across the fern covered ground. The once green fronds snapped off in her wake. "This time I won't send a petty witch for the job."
The horse moved up further like he wanted to protect me from her, convincing me even more that we had to get out of there.
Maybe if I asked her questions I could stall her long enough for me to get on the horse and ride away.
Yeah, that'll work. Just like in the movies.
"Kassandra? She worked for you?"
"And she failed me."
I bit my lip, trying not to think about the gnarled monster who'd nearly killed me in the human world. The witch who'd cursed Nevin and his troupe and had wreaked havoc on my family line for centuries. Until I'd broken the curse, destroying her.
My blood went cold. My body numbed as the queen's magic crept around us. Soon, all that remained green was the small patch of grass the horse and I were on. I sucked in deep breaths, my chest tightening. But I couldn't stop the images flashing through my mind of my childhood self. Drifting beneath the icy waters of the pond. Darkness. The cold. Death.
The queen raised her hands above her head. "I'm the one who gave Kassandra the means to set the curse in place — such a feeble girl couldn't even handle you." In one swift motion, she brought her hands down.
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Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review The Summer Marked by Rebekah L. Purdy, the second book of The Winter People series! The story opens with a taste of Shakespeare's writing. Salome is now living with Gareth in the Faerie realm and the opening of the book shows us more about her grandmother and her secrets. Kadie receives a message from Salome asking her to meet at a club. Kadie goes, but Salome is not there and she ends up being captured by the Winter Queen's helpers. They demand to know where Salome is but Kadie doesn't know, so they keep torturing her. I love the descriptions of the beautiful tattoos Salome receives as she becomes a part of each season and she gains power to help the Fae. The character pool grows in this second book of The Winter People series, making the story more complex and interesting. As people and their relationships evolve, the danger grows. I'm very happy there is a third book to this series because I am not ready to let these characters go. 5 stars for dialogue that matches and portrays the characters perfectly in this fantasy story!
**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review** 5+ stars! Now that Salome has broken the Winter Curse and decided to live in Faerie with Gareth, they believe that the worst of times are behind them. Little do they know that the Winter Queen has big plans for the rest of Faerie, which includes taking out the last remaining Kingdom – Summer. Being a Warrior of the Summer Kingdom, Gareth has held the Kingdom together while it’s King, Nevin, was back in the human world under the Winter Curse. So when the recently freed King of Summer Nevin and Salome’s ex-boyfriend in the human world comes to them at Gareth’s ranch and request their assistance – Salome is skeptical of Nevin’s intensions and wants to refuse his request. But being the diligent warrior that he is, Gareth gets Salome to reluctantly agree to being escorted to the Summer castle – under Nevin’s ever watchful eye. Of course with a vengeful Winter Queen on the loose, the journey is not without its hardships – they traveling pair of Salome and Gareth encounter many dangers and nearly succumb to some, but when they stumble upon the Ruined Court, a few ghosts help save them. Finally making it to the Summer Castle safely, Gareth is swept away almost immediately with war and scouting plans to try to defeat the Winter Court’s horrible hold on the rest of Faerie. He and Salome have no time to talk, but when King Nevin invites them to dine with him, he reveals what Gareth was so hesitant to talk to her about – Nevin proposes that he and Salome marry, to strengthen the Winter court, as Nevin can tell that Salome is getting powers. When Salome declines and chooses Gareth, the next day he sets off to defend the Winter boarders. As it happens, Gareth is mortally wounded while on the battlefield, and Salome knows that she is his only hope of surviving – but only if she weds Nevin, as their powers grow stronger when bound in marriage. Without Gareth’s moral compass to help her, Salome sorrowfully accepts – so she can save Gareth’s life. But when Salome learns that her best-friend is in Faerie working with the Winter Queen, will her faith be shattered or strengthened in humanity and the occupants of the Faerie? I must say that while I mildly enjoyed the first book in the series, I could not put this one DOWN! It was entertaining, gave a lot of detail and insight into the feud the Winter Queen felt, as well as how and why Salome was not just the beginning, but the future of the Faerie kingdom. I was thrilled at the twists and turns I was taken on throughout both Kadie and Salome’s adventures, as well as the roles that they both have been destined to take throughout each other’s lives – not just in the human world, but also in Faerie. I was REALLY looking forward to seeing what adventures lay ahead for them both, and if a little ol’ human girl has the power to save or annihilate an entire world!
Salome's boyfriend was Garret. He was a lawyer for the Summer King, Nevin, who was once with Salome. Salome was living on the outskirts of Faerie with Garret. I loved the twists and turns that Salome went through and yet triumphed over everything thrown her way. I almost stopped 1/3 of the way through the book. I didn't particularly care for the going back and forth between Salome and Katie, but I am very happy I went on. All of the characters were great, even the villains were well done. I highly recommend it. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**
The Summer Marked is the sequel to Rebekah L. Purdy’s Winter People. I never read the first novel, but I assume this novel picks up not too long after the first. I really enjoyed the idea of Salome being swept up into Faerie’s politics, while completely clueless to Kadie’s plight. The entire book left me anticipating the girls’ reunion, but their individual stories were well-developed enough that I didn’t mind Salome and Kadie being kept apart. While Salome was learning about the Fae political scene and her newly developed powers, Kadie was having a horrible experience as a captive of the Winter Queen. Aside from the girls’ divergent experiences in Faerie, I also enjoyed the new relationships they were forming with the people around them. Salome continued to interact with Gareth, but Kadie also met a handsome Fae, and even made a friend or two. It was apparent from the novel that Kadie never believed the stories Salome told her about Faerie, so reading about how she was perceiving this strange new wold was really fascinating. The story is told from the dual perspectives of Salome and Kadie. However, I found Kadie’s story way more interesting. Though Salome’s experience isn’t perfect, it was more like a fairy tale than Kadie’s situation. I guess this made Salome’s POV’s seem more “Been there. Done that.” Kadie’s experiences in Faerie made her grow as a character a lot more than Salome, and watching the change in her character holds more interesting complications for the next book in the series. The other reason I find Kadie more interesting, is because Salome spends the entire book either crying or whining. While I do understand the reasons in some of the situations, the over abundance of scenes with her crying made Salome come across as a weak character. How is she going to defeat Winter, when every harsh word makes her cry? Not to say I disliked Salome as a character, but she isn’t a strong enough heroine for me to root for. Despite how I feel about Salome as a lead character, I would definitely recommend The Summer Marked. The world building was really engrossing, the characters are well-developed and multi-dimensional, and the cliff hanger left me wanting more. I enjoyed the book so much, that I almost thought about picking up the first novel. I won’t (at least not yet), because Rebekah L. Purdy does a wonderful job of filling the reader in on previous events. So if you decide to check out this series, you can either start from the beginning, or just jump into the second book. The choice is yours. I would recommend this book for fans of Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series. I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Spirit of the Faerie Knows Ones True Heart Wa-wa-wa-WHAT?!! If it were raining right now I’d be out there singing. TALK about MAGIC!!! GAH! Rant, Rant, Rant, RANT! Okay um Purdy flipping kills it with this installment. There was so much action and Faerie horror but underneath it a strong message of hope. One thing I learned about the authors writing style is she likes to cleverly develop things. Once the truth is revealed or we get closer to finding out what’s happening it is like MIND EXPLOSION!! I did not want to put this book down. Any one that enjoys books involving Faerie will love this series. So far this is my favorite in the series Ms. Purdy set the bar high with this one my eyes are aglow with all of the awesomeness that is coming. Almost a perfect read for me I will be pacing seriously pacing until the next comes out and we get all the intricate beautiful fantastic conclusions this series is sure to bring. The Story, my oh me oh my. I want to spill my guts but I’m going to try and keep it vague for those that haven’t read this. Summer Marked picks up shortly after the end of The Winter People. Salome has chosen to live in love with Gareth! I love these two together pretty freaking hard. Well, although Salome has broken the curse from the previous book, the winter queen has decided not to take any further chances. The Winter Queen allowed a human witch to carry out the curse and failed. Now she will do things herself. Ruling all of Faerie with darkness and evil is her ultimate plan and she will stop at nothing to have her way. This is where Kadie comes in, through trickery she becomes a prisoner. Forced to face terrors beyond her wildest imagination she focuses on her strength to keep from breaking. Unfortunately the Queen has dark manipulative ways of getting what she wants, breaking people is one of her greatest joys. The story alternates between Salome and Kadie where we get to see two very different sides of Faerie. Kadie is surrounded by desolation and despair threatening to undo her very soul. Salome is surrounded with beauty and opulence but faces peril at every turn. All she wanted was to live with her love for the rest of her days but there is a much bigger picture than anyone could imagine. These girls are challenged to the brink and I hope its not too late. The Characters, I mentioned the challenges Salome faced it is these experiences within Faerie that help develop her character to one I admire fully. I typically like the bad “A” firecracker character that comes with a punch. However, Salome brings a quiet, humble, innocence that is fueled by love. Her steadfast commitment to Gareth never wavers but becomes stronger through their many challenges. Gareth loyal and strong his heart belongs to Salome but he is bound by honor and duty. He is willing to sacrifice his own desires for the good of the people especially during these times of darkness where danger looms close by. We learn so much about Faerie and its inhabitants it was wonderful. Things are not as they seem and we find out more about the history behind why Faerie is on the brink of destruction by the hands of the winter queen. Kadie always so strong broke my heart and I don’t see how she will come out of this but I’m not worried I know the author will do what is best regardless of which way it goes. The Queen is vile and disturbed, there are few brief moments when we see glimpses of loss and pain. My heart wanted to go out to her but I can’t help an
All of my initial reservations about this book disappeared as soon as I started reading it. I loved seeing immediately in to Salome's life with Gareth in the Faerie realm. It was like a glimpse at "happily ever after" until Nevin had to show up and burst that beautiful bubble. But before that, we see a glimpse of the past where Salome's grandma is actually hiding a girl for the Faerie Queen that the queen bestows all of her powers in. Your inference that the girl is actually Salome isn't ever actually confirmed, but it's almost as good as confirmed over the course of the story and, especially, that first chapter where Doris (the grandma) is telling the real stories to little Salome and little Kadie, but the stories are actually based in truth. Read more here: http://covertocoverreviews.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-summer-marked-by-rebekah-l-purdy.html
This series continues to blow me away! I purchased The Winter People on a whim and absolutely loved it. It was steeped in romance, mystery and the supernatural. I wasn't sure about this book since it was dual POV from Salome and Kadie. Soon, it grew on me and I liked knowing what was going on in the two locations. It gave the audience insight about the other side. It was hard to stop the tears in this sequel. It was so clear how in love Salome and Gareth were. Yet, they continued to overcome obstacles, each time the price was steeper. I'm still on the fence about Gwenn and Nevin. We'll see what comes to pass in the next book. I did enjoy learning about Etienne and Salome's new best friend. If you love fairies and haven't read this series, you MUST read it! So far, this is quickly becoming one of my favorites. It's a crossover from YA to NA, but tame, so there aren't any scenes to make an age requirement. Overall, this installment from Rebekah Purdy gets five glittery stars for being just the read I needed. I can't wait for the next book!
I truly enjoy this series! I loved The Winter People and I love this sequel just as much! The author creates characters that are so complex and so realistic. Even as dark as the story is, it is beautiful with its weaving of our own reality and the dark reality of the Fae world. It is a far cry from the Disneyfied version of faeries and that is something I look for in fae novels. The Summer Marked picks up not long after The Winter People ends. Salome, Gareth, and Nevin have returned to the Fae realm and it quickly becomes obvious that it is not going to be the eternal bliss that Salome had believed it would be. This is compounded by the fact that she is struggling to find her place as a transplanted human in a faerie world that most don't even believe exists. I love the mythology that the author uses to build her world and the unique ways in which she uses it. The realm was traditionally ruled by a single monarch that came from one of the four courts: Summer, Winter, Spring, Autumn. The idea is that a rotating court of control keeps power in check. However, things happened in the past that took down three of the four courts and now the last, Summer, is in danger. And it is this history that comes back and threatens to ruin the Fae world. Many of the characters from the first novel are back in this one, with some surprising twists that truly change everything. I love that Salome grows in this book, coming into her own and not just being there because of love. She takes on the problems of the Summer court and makes them her own in surprising ways. She is faced with decisions that no one should have to make, but she makes them. Even as things seem to be happening to her, unexplainable things, she puts aside her worries in order to be there for her new people. There is a strength in her character that is beautifully written and rather inspiring. This installment is told from the alternating points of view of Salome and her best friend Kadie. It is almost as much Kadie's book as it is Salome's. Kadie is the epitome of a complex character. It is difficult to get a true reading on her and that is why she is such a realistic character, even in a supernatural world. In realitty there is really no black and white in humanity and Kadie's character embodies this. There are themes of love and forgiveness, trust and betrayal, sacrifice and second chances, I loved that the strongest theme was that of sacrifice for the greater good, the selflessness that a decision like that requires. This is an important message and it was clear without being at all "preachy." My Recommendation: I highly recommend this book! It is a beautifully written book with a story that is extremely engaging! This review originally appeared on my blog, The Caffeinated Diva reads.