The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy
Salome Montgomery fears winterthe 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, he takes Salome's 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.
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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The Winter People
By Rebekah L. Purdy, Robin Haseltine, Liz Pelletier
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2014 Rebekah L. Purdy
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Winter, Eleven Years Later ...
"Come on in, Salome." Grandma ushered me inside on Friday afternoon. She gave me a warm smile that crinkled the edges of the blue-gray eyes we shared and wrapped me in a tight hug. "Nasty stuff, Michigan in winter and this snow."
"Yeah, tell me about it." My short drive over the icy two-track had been hell, only colder. Even now, I couldn't get into the safety of the house quick enough.
Grandma's intense eyes focused on my face. "I've got a couple of things to finish up. Why don't you go on into the living room with Grandpa?"
She disappeared behind a concealed door into the hidden room. This was the first time I'd seen it unlocked since I was little. The scent of old books drifted from the room, and I took a step forward. When Grandma saw me trying to glimpse inside, she shut the door. I wondered as I always had why they'd never allowed me to go in there.
With a frown, I ambled into the living room. "Hey Gramps. What'cha reading?"
He held up an Arizona travel brochure. "Trying to see what's in this blasted state," he grumbled. "Damn doctors, sending me away from my home."
I flopped on the couch beside him and leaned my head on his shoulder. "Wish you didn't have to go."
"Me too, pumpkin. But winter won't last forever, and then we'll be back. It'll be summer before you know it, and you'll be over here stealing my ice cream."
"I don't steal your ice cream." I laughed. "Grandma gives it to me."
"A bloody conspiracy. That woman is always giving away the good stuff."
"I heard that." Grandma joined us in the living room. She had on a long gray coat, black boots, and carried a knotted walking stick that reminded me of a staff. She gestured for me to follow her toward the door.
"I'm all set now. I'll show you what you need to do."
I stood up, nice and slow, like my legs had forgotten how to work. Worry tightened like a noose around my neck.
So much for therapy.
God, I was such a freak. Most kids loved winter. It meant sledding, ice-skating, snow angels, and snowballs. Even the badass guys enjoyed whipping donuts in the school parking lot. But for me it meant nightmares of icy dark water and skeletal trees heavy with snow.
Chills ran up my spine as I glanced toward the backyard. Eleven long years I'd heeded the warning that whispered around in my head and the hideous face that went with it. I'd stayed out of the woods and away from the pond. Eleven years of avoiding winter, or at least trying to. And now, I had no choice but to face it head on. At seventeen, you'd think I would've outgrown my fear of winter — of the voices I'd heard.
"Salome." Grandma grabbed my mittened hand in hers. With a gentle tug, she led me forward. "I'm sorry we couldn't afford a caretaker. I know how hard this is for you. But with your mom on crutches and your dad on the road driving his truck, we had no one else to ask. No one we could trust to take care of things."
"It's okay," I lied. If Mom hadn't gotten hurt then I wouldn't have to do this. She could've handled it, and I'd just stay inside where it was safe.
Gusts of wind billowed into the house as she threw open the door. Snowdrifts covered the stairs, deck, and path looking like small mountains. In the distance, I saw the gazebo my grandpa had built a couple summers ago. It, too, was coated in white like a frosted cupcake.
My eyes drifted to the pond. No ice yet, but it was only a matter of time. The water rippled, lapping against the shore and dock, the breeze tracing invisible fingers over the surface.
Grandma led me toward the burgundy-colored shed. Producing a key from her pocket, she released my hand and unlocked the door.
"This is where I keep most of the supplies." She gestured to the large bags of seed. Small trinkets and gadgets I'd never seen before littered the shelves. Water jugs, animal food, shovels, rakes, and piles of sticks took up close to every inch of space in the shed.
Turning to Grandma, I slid my hat out of my face. "You've got a ton of stuff in here."
Her gaze became serious as she produced a list for me. "Yes, and it's all needed. You've got the seed to feed the squirrels and birds with. There's some feed to put out for the deer and the other — um, animals." As Grandma peered away from me, I caught a nervous glint in her eyes.
"Nothing child. You just listen closely, okay?"
I shrugged. That's why I was there.
"Every day you need to check the food and water supply for the feeders. After you've finished, you'll take one of these trinkets and place it in the trunk of the oak tree, near the pond." She pointed to the shelves of jewelry, silverware, bits of string, and shoes. There were old watches, scarves, cups, plates, and even picture frames.
Maybe Grandma lost her mind? Who put things in a tree? Seriously?
"Why do we have to leave stuff out here?" The hair on the back of my neck stood on end.
She stared in the distance. "Our family has always done it. Call it superstition or what have you — but we've done it forever and need to continue to do so. Don't forget."
Not quite the answer I was looking for. If anything, it put me more on edge — as if I needed more things to freak out about right now. "Okay, so feed the animals, put things in the tree, what else?"
"Most importantly, you must make sure the back gate stays locked. Once a week, take a couple pieces of this rowan wood and entwine it in the fence." Grandma bent down and picked three twigs from the pile.
My grandparents had several acres of land, all of which were fenced off from the rest of the forest, and they were adamant about keeping the gates secure. Private property signs were posted along the perimeter to ward off any unwanted guests. Like they were scared someone might actually drive all the way out here just to snoop around or steal something. Somehow though, it felt safer on this side of the fence, other than the pond, of course, which unfortunately sat right down the path from the house.
"Go ahead and grab a bag of food and come with me."
Picking up a partial sack of seed, I stumbled after her. We came to the first feeder, which was close to the house. I emptied some of the contents into the container, and then on we went. I filled four dishes, until we ventured toward the pond.
My mouth went dry, my grip tightened on the containers. A scream lodged in my throat as I remembered the cold dark depths. How my lungs burned for air. The voices and the glowing beings in the water as I fell deeper and deeper. Beings that I knew now were just a hallucination, but still held power over me as though they were real. I could almost feel the bitter bite of the ice on my back as I lay on top of the frozen pond.
Grandma stopped walking and whirled around. "Salome, it's okay. You're safe." She covered the distance between us and clutched my shoulders.
I let her pull me into her arms. Her hug warmed me and her soothing murmurs calmed me as tears slipped down my face.
"S-sorry. I haven't been out here in the winter since ..."
Grandma kissed my forehead. "I know. But you're strong. The sooner you get this part behind you, the sooner you'll be able to move on with your life."
My body trembled, but I continued to follow Grandma to the last feeder.
"I see her. She's back. After all this time, she's come back."
I spun around, glancing over the yard. Who said that? My hat fell from my head when a low hanging branch caught hold of it and knocked it from my head. My hair blew about my face, like small snapping whips.
"And a danger to us all."
"The old lady is with her ..."
I leaned down to retrieve my hat from the ground, but a current of air blew it across the yard, toward the water's edge. Pushing past my grandma, I raced after it, snagging it right before it went into the pond.
For a moment, I was face to face with my reflection. And just below the surface, a pale hand reached up to touch it. The water rippled as if stroking my image. No. This isn't happening. The voices were back. I glanced at Grandma, but she didn't seem to notice them. No one else ever did. It was just me. Crazy. Psychotic. Me.
What was I doing this close to the water? Panic set in, my feet rooted in place.
"Just as I remember her."
"Come away from there." Grandma jerked me back. "You nearly walked right in."
Puzzled and scared, I stared at the pond but I didn't see any hands or strange people coming out. God, I was losing it. The psychiatrist said I might have relapses from time to time, but it'd been a while since I'd heard the voices. And what about the hand I'd seen in the water, had I made that up or had it really been there? Was I losing touch with reality, again?
"Salome, are you listening to me?" Her forehead creased with more wrinkles.
"Yes, I'm fine. And I didn't nearly walk into the water. Not even close." I shuddered because this was the second time something had led me toward the pond. This time, I didn't feel any sinister presence, though.
"Just be more careful next time."
When we got back to the house, Grandpa had suitcases and boxes sitting in the living room. His coat hung over the back of the chair, and he was locking the windows.
Everything had been picked up. No magazines on the coffee tables; remotes were on top of the television. The dishes were washed and put away, no dust clung to the pictures and knick-knacks that lined the large shelves.
Suddenly, it hit me. They were really leaving. And they entrusted me to keep an eye on their house.
Grandma changed out of her yard clothes, then came back wearing a jogging suit and heavy winter coat.
"Well, I think that about does it. Make sure you come over to clean out the fridge and freezer. I don't want any food going to waste." Grandpa's keys jingled in his hand. Grabbing two suitcases, he headed into the garage.
I picked up some of their things and followed him. I hated good-byes. It was only for a few months, but their house was my second home. At least during summer months, when I stayed nestled inside with Grandpa on the couch, eating ice cream in front of a fan.
"Don't look so forlorn, Salome. We'll be back before you know it." Grandma tucked me into her arms, wrapping me up like a blanket.
I took a deep breath, filling it with her peppermint and floral scent. "I'll miss you."
"I'll miss you too, sweetie." She pulled back then handed me the ring of keys. "Take good care of things. If anything comes up, call."
A nervous edge had entered her voice, making me question what she was worried about. I waited for her to elaborate, but instead she turned away.
Grandpa jerked me into a tight hug, making my ribs feel like they might pop through my back. "Be good, kiddo. And try to stay warm." He released me and climbed into the car. I locked the side door then went onto the porch to watch them pull away.
I wondered if their leaving meant bad things to come. Things that could change my life. And I was scared.
Tomorrow I'd be on my own. Alone in the woods.
Once they disappeared from view, I drove over to my friend, Kadie's. She'd understand.
I explained about my grandparents dropping the bomb after school today. That I'd have to watch their house all winter. Be in their backyard alone.
"You've got a little time before your date tonight, and I know just what you need: Perky Joe's," she said when I showed up at her door. The local coffee shop, home to all the high school degenerates. She liked the disturbed guys she met there, most of whom had various piercings and tattoos. Me, I tended to veer more toward the light.
She grabbed some cash from her purse and steered me toward her car. It wasn't long before we'd pulled into a spot near the coffee shop.
The bell above the door jingled as we pushed inside. Coffee and hot chocolate overwhelmed my senses as I stared around the room. Maybe this would help.
The small tables had glass mosaics on top of them and chairs that looked more like bar stools. Dark cherry wood lined the walls, gothic figures carved into the wooden molding. The floor-to-ceiling scarlet curtains, swaying beneath the forced air blowing from vents, looked like waves of blood. Or maybe not.
"I think I know why people might be perky after coming here. Check out the new baristas." Kadie nudged me in the ribs, pointing to the two guys behind the counter.
The first one didn't look much older than us with his shaggy golden hair and skin that seemed to have a natural bronze glow. His brown eyes would make a cup of coffee jealous. I gasped and my stomach took a tumble, like I was falling off a mountain. A smile tugged at his lips when he saw us staring. As if he'd expected us to notice him.
Next to him stood a guy with curly dark hair and eyes the color of topaz. His gaze did a head-to-toe sweep of Kadie then he gave her a smile that lured her right up to the counter.
"Afternoon. What can I get you?"
"I'll have a mocha-latte." Kadie sounded sultry. "With a cherry on top."
She was a complete seductress. Poor guy, he didn't have a chance. But he nodded, unfazed by her in the least, and went to work preparing her drink.
"And for you?" The blond guy's voice sounded like warm, rich chocolate. He stepped closer and turned his deep brown eyes on me. For a moment it felt like he knew my every secret; the way he watched me made me think he recognized me. My insides twisted and churned, and I shifted my gaze to his tattoos, following the strange looping design up his arm. The intricate green and gold strands changed into vines around his bicep, like a cuff.
Vines? Since when did tats change shape in front of my eyes?
Oh no, not now. Not again. I really was crazy.
I reached for the counter as my legs grew weak.
"Salome, hey, are you okay?" Kadie gripped my arm, urging me to sit down.
I buried my head in my hands for a few seconds, attempting to push the images away. I had to get it together or Mom would send me to the shrink if she found out I had had another episode. She'd been on the verge this morning.
I forced myself to clear my mind. Keep calm.
"S — sorry, I'll have a caramel cappuccino," I said, as the blond guy leaned toward me.
"Coming right up." He stood, his nametag catching my eye.
"Gareth?" I said aloud.
"That's an interesting name." I shot Kadie a glance in an attempt to shift their attention from me.
"Well, this here is Simeon." She grinned, gesturing to the dark haired guy. Kadie took a sip of her latte then said, "Gareth and Simeon, your names sound like they belong to medieval knights."
"And doth the damsel need rescuing?" Simeon leaned against the counter, his arms folded at his chest.
"Always." She batted her eyes at him.
"How does Saturday work for you?"
"Perfect," Kadie said.
I watched the two exchange numbers and turned to see Gareth peering at me, his long golden lashes making me envious. He closed the lid on my cup, but kept staring. Did he know something?
Shit. If I kept this up, I'd be questioning everyone's motives for even glancing at me. This guy was just a barista, although he looked more like someone who ought to be a bodyguard or a bouncer.
Gareth handed me a napkin. "Try and take care of yourself." His fingertips brushed mine, and I was filled with sudden warmth, like sunshine hitting you on a summer day.
I stared at the tattoos once more — the shapes looked different now. Instead of the spiraling loops, they seemed more gothic, almost pointy. Had I imagined the vines?
Chills raced up my back, making my scalp itch. I managed a shaky smile. "Um, thanks."
"I'll see you around," he said as we headed to the door.
"Yeah, maybe." I glanced at him one last time as we walked out of the café. Would I see him again? Better question, did I want to? Yet another person who'd learn how crazy I really was. And of all people, I didn't want him to know. That sounded insane, right? I shouldn't care what this virtual stranger thought of me. But I did; I deeply wanted him to accept me, befriend me, and love me even.
"Get over yourself, Salome," I muttered to myself, shaking my head, "He's just a barista."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy is an enjoyable read and, first of all, the cover is gorgeous! So cover love definitely drew me into the book along with the promise of a frosty supernatural read. The poetry of Lord Byron sets the tone of icy winter and opens the story. The prologue describes the accident Salome survived when she was six years old. She fell into the frozen pond on her grandparents's property and she heard voices. Since then, Salome has been terrified of winter. Now at the age of seventeen, she has to be the caretaker of her grandparents' house and property in the middle of the dreadful winter. Colton and Salome have been secretly crushing on each other since elementary school and they finally begin to date. While she's enjoying her new relationship with Colton, Salome meets Nevin, who mysteriously appears when she's on her grandparents' land. Salome is drawn to both guys, but unsure of both of them. I thought it was so cute when Colton took Salome on a sleigh ride to help her feel more comfortable with the cold weather. Salome's safety is endangered when she believes a woodland supernatural creature attacks her several different times. Colton shows too much aggression in protecting Salome and scares her off. Nevin blurs reality and makes Salome doubt her feelings for him. Gareth, who she met at the local coffee shop, makes her feel the safest. For each season represented, a famous author (such as Edgar Allan Poe) is spotlighted with a piece of their writing. This romantic winter fantasy, full of the Fae, is an entertaining read and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Summer Marked. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, setting and characters but there are a few grammatical errors, so I'm rating the book 4 stars!
I'm actually speechless. I didn't know what to expect of this book. It's the first in a series by Rebekah Purdy. This young adult fantasy romance was fantastic. The mystery weaved into this story kept me at the edge of my seat until the very end. Even as secrets were revealed, the author left just enough to have you guessing and intrigued. This book is steeped in the supernatural and fantastical. Even though you figure out what the aspect is during the first chunk of the story, the description gives nothing away. The whole concept of winter and Salome being terrified of it, was a new spin on an old subject. The author was highly creative with this book. I am also a huge fan of love triangles. This one, though, had three boys vying for Salome's attention. She's so confused about what is going on. It took me a bit to figure out what I wanted to happen, but the ending was perfect. Even though there is another installment, the author wrapped this book up in one neat package.This book deserves nothing less than five glittery stars. It was the perfect read for me.
To keep this review simple and to the point, I really enjoyed this 298 page book. However, the ending was incredibly rushed and left me confused because when the main character figures out what she needs to do, its literally "I have no idea what to do but it has something to do with this..."she does it and says she knew what would happen. Very silly. The book was rushed at the end. The story starts off setting the scence for a good 230ish pages then, as I said, suddenly rushes to an end. Worth the read but not quite the money.
Its a clean, well written novel that was suspenseful and fun.
At age six, Salome Montgomery fell into the ice-covered pond at her grandmother’s estate and almost drowned. Since then, Salome dreads winter and also starts having strange hallucinations. The YA story begins when Salome’s grandmother (Doris) and grandfather need to leave the estate during winter and ask Salome, now 17, to return there to perform daily tasks. On the first day at the estate, Salome meets Nevin, a beautiful pale boy, who tells her he has a key to the gated property. Nevin’s strange allure attracts Salome and she hopes to meet him everyday at the estate. Meanwhile, Colton, a boy Salome has crushed on since kindergarten has started dating her. Later, she meets handsome Gareth, who works at a coffee house. Salome learns that Nevin needs her to break an old curse. As Salome becomes more involved with all three boys, she starts to wonder which boy really has her best interest at heart. Pros The Winter People has all the makings of a great fairy tale. Beautiful heroine, handsome hero, evil witch, and a curse to break. And, the storyline is interesting. Who can resist a young girl who needs to break a curse to save herself and others? Salome is an anxious feisty heroine with trust issues. Salome’s trust issues are caused by people not believing her and this in turn makes her needy and an easy target to be manipulated. However, she is a likeable strong character, who will not give up on breaking the curse. The storyline keeps your interest with touches of romance, mystery, and betrayal. However, this story is marred at times by flat characters and lack of logic. Cons I felt Colton, Nevin, and Gareth were not fully developed characters and so did not engage me. Colton: I didn't understand Colton’s behavior or thinking until near the end of the book. Also, I would have liked to know more about Colton and why he made certain decisions. Nevin: Nevin was the most developed character of the three boys. At least, with Nevin, you get a little history that tells you more about his personality and his reasoning. Gareth: Gareth was difficult for me to connect with at all, since I knew nothing about him. What was his connection to Nevin? Why did he and Colton not get along? Having these three boys all interested in Salome made the story more complicated and confusing for me. Here are a few more sticking points for me: Doris making Salome come to her estate and perform the chores. Why would she do this if she was trying to protect Salome? Also, the strange behavior of Salome’s father. Why did he suddenly change and become abusive? This was never explained in detail. Conclusion This book is for YA readers who like magical romantic stories with an over abundance of hot boys.
Publication: September 2, 2014 Publisher: Entangled Teen Source: Publisher I began reading The Winter People without much expectation except for an interesting story. That is exactly what it was...interesting and unique. I don’t believe I have ever read a story quite like this one. Years ago, when Salome was a little girl, she had a tragic accident and almost died in a frozen lake but was miraculously saved. Fast forward seventeen years later and not only is Salome afraid of winter, but she also keeps hearing voices. Sometimes there is a voice that is speaking directly to her. That would make anyone feeling as if they were going crazy, and Salome is no exception. There is a mysterious boy named Nevin that Salome meets one day. She begins to feels a connection develop between them, but Salome has an additional two love interests in this story, Colton and Gareth. I wasn’t a big fan of the love triangle. It was okay. It seemed to work well enough in the story; I just don’t always like them. Salome’s grandmother could have been more upfront with her about what was really going on. I know there was a reason for everything, but still. The Winter People is filled with Fae, magic, romance, secrets, and mystery. It was a fun and original story to discover and get into. And it definitely got me in the mood for all things winter. Especially with all of this crazy humid heat we have going on in California.
I was really eager to read this book, happy to let myself get enchanted by the world building and…I was confused. To say I had some trouble getting into the story with the prologue would be almost an understatement The writing, however, improved rapidly (mostly because the POV quickly changes back to Salome’s) and I quickly found myself engrossed in the book. The first 40 pages or something were just magical — I was mesmerized by the winter theme in the book, the danger and yet fascination it posed. I did not even know yet that faeries would play a role in the story — I was simply intrigued with Salome’s curse, the strange voices in her head and I even grew to accept the love triangle in the book (I am not saying I was not annoyed by it…it is just that you quickly figure out with whom she is more likely to end up with.) Then the apparently inevitable thing happened: A love quadrangle. It was an annoying twist to the story. It caused unnecessary fuss in the plot. It made me realize that the romance so far was actually really sweet, in all objectivity, however, really cheesy. Here’s the thing: All three love interests were just so…mundane. That Nevin guy mentioned in the synopsis? He was like a girl on period and if not, acted like a woman in her menopause. In fact I sometimes even wondered why Salome did not just slap his face because his ambivalence…no thanks. Colton? Please, he was just such a vanilla person — rich, attractive, wannabe-alpha. And the third mysterious guy? I really wish I could have liked him but I just came to simply not care about him. Salome’s character development since then was like nada. I really hoped she would at least learn from her mistakes, to not always trust her “The eyes of love are blind”-heart. She was just another love-crazed character, unable to perform a reasonable action because love solves all problems, right? NOO, I’m not such a naive reader! I would not even dream to sacrifice myself for a boy I only meet a couple of weeks per month. Also, I often felt that the plot was missing some action. I know the book is more about love and romance, but yet I was hoping it would focus more on the curse / paranormal aspect; that we would learn more about The Winter People or the faerie folk in general. I mean, we do get a lot of hints who Salome’s mysterious attacker could be, but in the end, the character only appears for ten minutes or something in the final showdown. You see, underdeveloped plot line with badly-elaborated curse. And that’s when I realized that the paranormal aspect in the book basically sucked. Purdy basically just picked up on the classical faerie theme in A Midsummer Night’s Dream that many many authors have already used before, without augmenting it or something. You might expect a bad rating now, but actually, I did enjoy reading The Winter People. Blame it on Purdy’s writing style, but I actually read the book within a day. I guess the author has got some talent in depicting the fascination for winter and the invisible tug towards it everyone has certainly experienced before. To be honest, if I had written the review right after I finished the book, I would have definitely given it 4 or even 4.5 butterflies…but I guess my immediate excitement has just cooled down since then. In the end, the book was more of a so-so read for me since many of Salome’s decisions were just too unrealistic for my taste, considering she is only eighteen years old by the end of the book..but well.
The Winter People is a fascinating story with a terrific mix of mystery, suspense, magic, and romance. Purdy's writing style is engaging, the plot is well paced, and I was unable to put this book down once I started reading it. All of the twists and turns and never knowing for sure which characters were good and which were bad makes this a thrilling read. The author offers a captivating, eerie, and unique take on the Fae that is sure to keep readers' attention in this teen paranormal romance. While there are many things I enjoyed about this novel, the characterization was not one of them. I did not feel any of the characters were fully developed, which made all of them difficult to connect to. Salome's naiveté, as well as her penchant for being a damsel in distress made her difficult to like at times. Too little information was provided about Nevin, Colton, and Gareth, and I did not feel as though I had the chance to get to know any of these characters well. However, despite this flaw, I still found this a very entertaining, creepy paranormal romance that I think teens will enjoy. Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for providing me with an ARC!
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review** 3 ½ stars When Salome Montgomery fell through the ice of the pond behind her grandparents’ house at the age of 6 and almost lost her life, she was permanently scarred and completely terrified of winter. And now, 11 years later, she is still trying to convince herself that what happened that day – more specifically, who saved her and the voices she hears during the winter months are nothing but an illusion brought on by her childhood trauma. Thought of as a freak to everyone accept her best-friend Kadie, she tried to just get along in life – without a social life, or boyfriends, or being in the popular crowd. That is until Colton – the captain of the basketball team – asks her out. He seems to really try to understand her “quirks” and fears about wintertime, and she is oddly drawn to him. But when her grandparents are forced to spend the winter in Arizona, due to her grandfather’s health issues, it leaves her to care for their home. And the woods and pond around their home brings up the memory of the day she almost drown and the voice she heard that lured her there. Faced with the long winter of filling the animal feeders at her grandparents, she also has to place a “trinket” in the trunk of an oak tree, entwine some rowan wood in the fence, and most importantly, keep the gate locked. Salome thinks it crazy, but she is obedient to her grandmother’s instructions. She continues trying to overcome her fears, and along the way she meets a barista named Gareth that makes her weak in the knees, and a mysterious stranger at her grandparents one afternoon while completing her daily chores, named Nevin, who makes her heartbeat quicken. She feels a strange pull from each guy, but when things start getting really weird for Salome – the voices get more frequent and a starts hunting her and trying to harm her – she begins wondering who she should turn to. Who can help her – Nevin, Colton, or Gareth…and what will their help cost her? With so much uncertainty, will Salome make it through this winter with her life, or be another sacrifice to the secret curse that has plagued her family for centuries? Starting out, Salome feels like she weak – weak minded and really naïve, which never really changes throughout the story. She relies on someone else through her whole story – whether it’s one of the gentlemen in the story, her best-friend Kadie , her mother, or her grandmother…it never really feels like she comes into her own. And it’s never really explained how Salome finds information on the curse and how to possibly break it, but somehow Salome all of a sudden just knows – and all the main characters just happen to be in the same vicinity when she figures it out…? I loved the premise of the story, but it fell a little flat for me. I would have loved to have seen Salome become stronger on her own, before the very last few pages.
A hauntingly lovely YA read, The Winter People was just wonderful. It started off slow, but got better and better as the book went on. By the end, I really liked it. From the magic, to the truly sweet romance, this book was fantastic. I really only had one issue with the book, so I'll get that out of the way. It just took a long time for things to really start up. Up until about halfway through, I was only kind of interested. I had no idea what was going on, which was off-putting, because Salome never really looked for answers. She would ask questions, but wouldn't actively look for answers, even after she was specifically given a book that had an explanation. The reflected badly on her and made it so that I didn't know what going on for a long time. And, because the paranormal element was put on the backburner until some answers finally came about, the first half of the book revolved around shallow relationship drama with Salome and three guys who all kept their secrets close. So, this book just didn't start off strong. However, I kept going and I'm glad I did, because, a little over halfway through, things started to pick up and just got better and better. My favorite part of the book was undoubtedly the atmosphere. It was haunting lovely, yet chilling and kept me drawn in to the story. I thought it was really well done. Salome, for the most part, was a good character. Though I was annoyed the she wasn't more active, I liked her fine. She stood up for herself and did her best to face her fear of winter. So, overall, she was a likable character. There were 3 potential love interests at first: Nevin, Colton, and Gareth. It didn't take long for one to be ruled out and it went down to 2. But, as the book went on, it became clear who was meant to be with Salome. I won't say who it was, but this guy was so sweet. He was utterly devoted to Salome and determined to ensure her safety above all else. He never pushed, knowing that she needed a friend to simply be there for her. He was wonderful and I just adored him. The romance, despite the 3 guys, was on the lighter side. It wasn't annoying drama where the girl found herself miraculously in love with different guys who were strung along, yet determined to lay their hearts at her feet. It was more that Salome met the guys and learned, fairly quickly, which one truly had her best interest at heart, while the other two were more interested in what she could do for them. And, as I mentioned, the one who truly loved her knew that she needed a friend and was determined to be just that for her. I actually found that it made the relationship all the sweeter. I felt like they got to truly know each other and their feelings were based on that admiration, rather than just attraction. I really believed in their relationship and I thought the romance between them was very sweet and absolutely lovely. The plot, as I said, started off slow. But, once it picked up, it just kept going and I found myself totally hooked. There were plenty of secrets and a constant chilling sense of danger as Salome found herself as a target in a long-standing war. Though I didn't think that I would in the beginning, I ended up really enjoying the story and I thought the ending was perfect. The Winter People was an absolutely lovely YA read. Despite it's inauspicious start, it turned out to be a fantastic read that I really enjoyed. YA lovers, this is a book you'll definitely want to check out. * I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
I was a little lost at the beginning of this book - I'm sure I felt the same way Salome felt when she saw the strange figures and heard the voices. I had no idea what was going on. Slowly several boys make their way into her life and you begin to wonder which ones she should really trust. You know they can't all be nice guys - there has to be a bad guy after all. Salome's problem seems to be that winter (the season) hates her. She's terrified of anything that has to do with the season - snow, cold, ice, etc. Every winter it seems to get worse. She has episodes where she swears she sees figures and glowing eyes in the woods and voices all around her. This winter it has been much worse. She is being attacked and she doesn't understand why - and the people that do know why aren't able to speak of it. The story has a mystery wrapped up in it as Salome tries to figure out the three boys in her life - Colton, Gareth, and Nevin. I kept going back and forth with all of them trying to decide which one was the good one. All three were well written and Purdy did a good job of keeping the mystery alive for a very long time without making it tiresome. There is a lot of magic at play as well, but it is very subtle and plays around in the background of the story for the most part. Towards the end it becomes much more prevalent, but since we've been toying with the idea of it for most of the book - it doesn't come as a shock to see it. I really enjoyed this story - I wish I had known a bit more near the beginning so that I hadn't felt so lost as a reader though. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
The Winter People had everything I am a sucker for. Fairytales and the Fae are some of them. Let us not forget my penchant for YA and NA too. So to say I’m feeling much love for this book would be an understatement. Not to mention Rebekah L. Purdy writes one boss ass fairytale! I liked the fact that the book doesn’t come right out right away and say that this is a book dealing with the Fae. Clues a plenty, but kinda lets you come to the conclusion on your own. Not that it was hard for those of us that love those hot Fae men. Salome is lucky enough to have 3 vying for her attentions. However only one of them doesn’t have a personal agenda. I think you like me will figure out who is tormenting Salome before the end like me, but I always love being proved right. There are a couple of surprises though, so it’s always interesting and doesn’t become too predictable. I enjoyed this so much I didn’t even mind the love quad. Not that I’m apposed to them all that much anyway. As long as they don’t seem to go on forever and get predictable I’m totally fine with them. However I do know that some people can’t stand them so this is a spoiler for those of you haters. Stay away if you don’t enjoy them. I would hate for you to not appreciate this as much as I did just for those reasons alone. If you don’t mind them I would definitely say this is a must read! Well worth your hard earned dollars, euros, yen, pesos, bucks, dough, whatever you got. Spend it on this, totally worth it!
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 author.
Winter people This was a very wintery book lol. And yes I am talking winter Fae, I'll give that up, but with that in mind, don't let that fool you into thinking you won't be surprised with this one. I sure was! A girl who can see an hear things others can't, who is completely terrified of all things winter. Magic that her family knows about but won't tell her. It a fantastic whirl wind ride that will have you terrified of snow and praying for summer- unless you live in south Louisiana like I do, then you'll beg for snow all year long :) Salome is a girl who almost died in the winter at 8 years old. Something tried to kill her and then something else save her. No one believes her and her own mother thinks she's crazy so keeps her on medication. But this year she's turning 18 and things are about to get real bad for her. But not everything. She meets Nevin and Gareth who are beautiful and become her friends, she finally lands her forever crush, Colton, but he isn't who he seems, though no one is. And she has a really good human friend who goes out of her way to help Salome cope with the winter. Salome struggles for the whole book to figure out the mysteries surrounding the magical things and then she starts getting death threats by an unseen lady. This one will leave you guessing until the very end. Normally I would tell you about all the awesome HAWT guys and side characters but the mystery of figuring out the good and the bad is too good, so I won't lol but I will say that the magical world building is fantastic. I felt the cold all the way to my toes, and believe me, it's scorching hot right now where I live! But I will say I liked her grandma and I really wanted to slap her mother, several times. Ugh! Be ready to hold in to your seat. The mystery, suspense and CREEPTASTIC factor will keep you stuck in this book til the end. The writing was excellent and I just had to know the end. And the end is so very very well done. I loved it and I say 5 SNOWY PAWS!!
Salome had done well to avoid the winter woods. But after being in charge of her grandparent's home, she is about to head back to those woods. Salome has magic around her all the time and she is about to jump into that world. Doing her chores that her grandma wants her to do, it leads her into the woods. She does it because she asked, no matter how much the winter has scarred her. There is also three guys we get to meet and you can probably imagine the love triangle. The good guy, the bad guy, the protective one, the mysterious one. You know the usual. But, these three guys were better developed than some I have read in a love triangle, so Rebekah did a super awesome job with that! She feels for each guy, but which one would be the best? Who can she go to when the voices are stronger and she has no idea what to do and how to deal with it. Salome doesn't exactly get a break here. She already fears winter, and now this winter she may lose her life if she doesn't stay focused. Having a family curse can really suck. Salome has to take all the fight she has a make it through the winter, or just let it take her life. Salome is an amazing character and I loved watching her become strong and pull through everything. Despite the past about what winter has done to her, and no matter what, you'll feel for her and keep rooting until the very end. Plus, it could have gone smoother if the boys would just tell her everything right away. They knew so much about this world and it wasn't far to keep her in the dark about things. Salome is the one who has everything riding on her, so why not just spill! I mean come on people. I swear guys like driving us crazy and never say things right off the bat, at least never the super important stuff. Oh well...I loved this whole book. I may have lost sleep just because I didn't want to put the book down, but once I was in, it was just hard to leave this world. Rebekah did an awesome job and I can't wait to see what else she can write up!
The Winter People hooked me from the very beginning. I really enjoyed the characters. I love Salome. She proves just how strong she is by trying to face her fears. She also wants to find out why all of this is happening. She's had a hard life after her accident in the pond, and is having to deal with the things that are happening now. I love Gareth. He's completely genuine. He truly wants what is best for Salome. Nevin and Colton are definitely my least favorite. They are arrogant, and need to be kicked in the pants for some of the things they say. I will say that I knew what world Salome is dealing with after reading a couple of chapters. I just didn't know who was who in that world for a little bit. I really enjoyed finding things out with Salome, and seeing how she interacted with Nevin, Colton and Gareth. I was kind of annoyed with how her grandmother and mom dealt with her. But after finishing I understood why. I do think that the circumstances that Salome was going through helped her relationship with her mother. There are some awful things that keep happening to Salome, and she deals with them pretty well, I think. Overall, I loved this world, the characters, and everything else with this book. I'm trying not to give too much away so that I don't ruin things for ya. I definitely think this book was refreshing in its genre
I will admit that the cover drew me to this book and after reading the synopsis I knew I had to read it. I enjoyed the plot of the book, I thought it was quite original and I looked forward to finding out what was going to happen. However, it takes pretty much the whole book to find out what exactly is happening. That part didn't really bother me but, what I did find annoying was that the main character, Salome, seemed to not be too concerned with finding out the answer to her own problem. Throughout the book Salome just keeps asking people questions about what is going on but takes no active role in figuring anything out for herself. I thought that to be a little strange but, I think the rest of the book made up for it. Personally,I thought Salome was an interesting character. She seemed to have a good personality and I enjoyed her friendship with Kadie. Salome had three possible love interests in the book. At first I believed this to maybe be a little overkill but, it made sense to the story and the characters were all written uniquely. I thought it became pretty obvious who the better guy for Salome was but, the book still made me guess right up until the end. I think some people will be surprised with her choice. I did appreciate the fact that the relationships Salome had in the book seemed to be built on friendship rather than this guy is really hot I like him. I ended up really enjoying the book. It did take me a little bit to really get into the story but, once I did I couldn't put it down. I think it is a must read for fans of YA readers, especially those that enjoy fantasy aspects! *ARC received from Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
So, when I first got the opportunity to review this book, I was excited! The concept seemed so cool and I figured it would be an amazing first ARC to read for the blog. Unfortunately though, I was extremely disappointed /: The author just didn't execute the concept as good as I had been hoping for. I'm sure if another author was writing this it would have been better, because with as good a concept as Rebekah L. Purdy had, it had the potential to be a fantastic book. The main thing that bothered me was all of the love interests. It was basically a freaking love square and that bothered me to no end. Love triangles are bad enough, but a love square? Totally unnecessary. She "fell in love" with all three guys too easily. And I know y'all are gonna say "but Tia! The first two were using charms on her! She couldn't have fought it!" But she could have. You always see protagonists beat the odds and fight the compulsions that people try and put them under...but Salome didn't do that.Which brings me to my other point. Salome was too dependent on those around her. She didn't do things for herself. She whined and let her fears control her. She expected everyone to just be there to save her and to answer her questions. Even when she started looking for answers herself, she still brought someone with her because she didn't want to do it alone. I just *growls* I absolutely hate protagonists like that! Grow a backbone! Be independent for gods sake! -.- Although I liked the concept of this book, the execution just wasn't up to par. I'm sure there are people who would argue with me on this but this is my honest opinion and it's not going to change. The Winter People only gains 2 stars in my eyes, but if you want to see for yourself then go ahead and read it ^^ I won't stop you.
After seeing this cover and then reading this blurb at NetGalley it was really hard for me to resist and not to request it. Weak as I am, I couldn't and now here we are. This blurb creates certain expectations I had for this book and sadly not all were fulfilled. The Winter People promises you a really mysterious and unique world, which you get. Maybe not that unique world, as some unique elements of it, and that is something I really liked her. Another thing that worked really well here is mystery, which was something that made me really happy. It all started when Salome was six years old after she fell in a frozen pond. She was lucky enough to survive that and now some years back it's time to face the consequences. It took me a lot of time to connect everything and realize what was behind this. I wish I could tell you that everything else was as good as the whole idea of the story, but sadly there are some flaws that ruined the whole experience for me. One thing, as the author put it love "quadreangle" here was really annoying. Boys weren't problems, some were a really good material, but I felt like watching a bee that goes from one flower to another throughout the whole story. Not to mention Salome's best friend. That girl is something I wish to educate on some things. Yes, it does present teens nowadays, but it's a really bad influence which I want to keep out of the YA lit. This story was engrossing, complex and enchanting even, I give it that, but there are many elements here that didn't work for me. It mainly focuses on Salome's love issue(s) and not enough on paranormal elements. I realized what it was all about nearly at the end of the book. It was a really good idea and it was all nicely put together but it could have been better organized. The author has a really good writing skills as well. The story was nicely written, so I really hope that in the future she will stay away from stereotypes and over-complicating things, which tend to ruin the story. And sadly they ruined this story for me.
My actual rating of this book is 4.5 but can't do the .5 and 4 I feel would not be fair. Before I start can we just take a moment to take another look at the cover for this book........ It is gorgeous and fits the book so perfectly. One of the best covers I have seen this year. I was not sure what to expect from this book going in I had not previously read any of the author's work and I find fae books can be hit and miss. I struggled for about the first four/five chapters not with the author's writing, world building or even really the plot. I struggled because at first it seemed a little slow and that it was going to be one of those books to yet again have a love triangle/quartet. I was wrong Salome does have a few males interested in her but in no way is it the dreaded boring love triangle/quartet and not everyone or their intentions are what they seem to be. This book ended up hooking me so much I ended up neglecting everything from my family, chores and the blog! I honest to god went from meh to omg this book is fantastic in the space of a few chapters. I enjoyed this book immensely. I went through so many feels including tears! One minute I would be laughing, the next I would be scared and then a second later angry. I would recommend this book to my family, friends and anyone who enjoys a magical story filled with mystery, suspense and everything you would expect in a great fairy-tale. I think I will have to pick up some more of this author's work soon her writing was so beautiful, elegant and very descriptive.
Initial reaction: What did I just read? Second reaction: Hmmm Third Reaction: I so don’t know. “The Winter People” by Rebekah L. Purdy completely baffles me and I’m not totally sure it is in a positive way. I enjoyed the book for the most part but as it started coming to a close, I was so completely lost almost. I felt very rushed and then I felt like…”Okay, that was it?” I feel like the beginning of the book dragged on forever because it was so slow and hen the end was just completely rushed. I had no idea what was really going to happen. I began to feel very disconnected from the characters. This novel is about a young girl that needs to break a curse. She doesn’t know about this curse or why she needs to break it. That is for her to discover all on her own. Salome falls into a pond when she is six years old and almost drowns. Then she is scared away from the bond forever. Salome thinks she is going crazy especially since that is how the shrink makes her feel. Hearing voices when she goes out side and seeing shadows of a person trying to get her every winter is starting to get old but Salome can’t seem to get over her fear of winter. What is she going to do? Then she meets some boys that just make her life even more complicated and she has to decide who she really wants? The plot was interesting from the get go. I wanted to know what was after Salome. I didn’t feel like the story was scary at all though. It seemed like at some points the author wanted to make this scary scene but it really wasn’t scary. It wasn’t really a thriller type scene either. For the most part this novel is very chill. Like I said earlier, the first part of the book was really slow. It seemed like it dragged on and everything was kind of repeating itself. Shadowy figure tries to attack girl then girl is saved. It was over and over again and Salome and Nevin’s conversations and interactions seemed repetitive too. Then the reader is out of winter and Spring, Summer, and Fall are all summed up in one chapter each. I felt like it was very rushed because the following winter when everything is truly supposed to go down it is summed up into two chapters. I was left sitting in my chair feeling a little dumb founded. The characters were okay. I liked Salome and Gareth the best because those are the two characters I really got to know. Colton and Nevin were there and they were a part of the story but I wasn’t really given a whole lot of information about them. I knew Nevin was arrogant and that Colton was a little bipolar but other than that….nothing. I feel like this story is good but it could have been a whole lot better. I think the author could have accomplished the same storyline but maybe made the beginning less wordy and the end a little slower. I did think it was a good read for a rainy day…not nessesarily my next beach read though.
**** SUCH A GOOD BOOK :) **** First off I want to say I am glad I wasn't reading this while on my vacation :). I was surrounded by the woods and probably would have "heard" things while reading this book :). Salome has been traumatized by a childhood accident that almost took her life. She fell into a frozen pond and was on the verge of dying when a mysterious being saved her. From that point on Salome has been terrified of winter. It causes her hallucinations that make her parents think she might be going crazy. She hears voices that no one else can hear, and begins to think that maybe she IS going crazy. Salome's best friend Kadie keeps her grounded, most of the time. She is always there for Salome and helps her when she is struggling with her fear of winter. When Salome's grandparents leave for Arizona and she is in charge of their home. Salome's Grandmother shows her how to do the chores while they are gone, and one seems a little odd to Salome. She must put something "nice", i.e. a watch, a necklaces and other trinkets into a tree once a day. While performing her chores at her grandparents house she meets Nevin. Purdy makes some pretty sweet swoon worthy men in this novel and Nevin is one of them. He is mysterious, kind, and seems to be interested in Salome. Nevin meets Salome every day when she comes to do her chores, and they develop a relationship. Salome feells all tingly when he is around, and cannot seem to stay away from him. She thinks it's love, but who knows. Colton is Salome's life long crush and finally one day he asks her out. Colton, is another swoon worthy man. Until you get to know him. He may be handsome and drool worthy but there is more to him than meets the eye. He begins treating Salome differently and he becomes one of my least favorite characters after that. Gareth, oh Gareth. What can I say about Gareth? I loved him the moment he came into play in a little cafe on a whim with her friend Kadie. Then all of the sudden Gareth is everywhere. Saving her life, going to her school, spending time with her, and being Salome's friend. This story was so fantastic. I really enjoyed it. Magic, curses, fairies, mystical creatures, and romance to boot. Yes, please. Salome was such a great character. She was damaged, scared, yet had a calling she needed to fulfill. Yet, she couldn't figure out how to do so. Gareth, Nevin, and Colton all seem to be part of the same curse she is suppose to break. Purdy did a great job of putting me right in the book. Sometimes I think it's funny that I can "feel" a book, but when I am engrossed I really can. It's so wonderful. When Purdy describes the fear Salome is feeling, my heart beat would race. When Purdy described the emotions Salome was going through I could "feel" them myself. When Purdy put the romance on, all I could do was "ahhhhh". Seems silly right? Not to me. To me it just means the author is doing their job at bringing the book to life for me. There is just enough description and world building to put you "in" the book, but not too much that it gets boring. Salome's life is a fascinating life to follow. If you like fantasy, romance, magic, deceit, loyalty, friendship, and basically every other emotion when reading a book this book has it all :). Source: I was given this ARC ebook by the publisher in return for an honest review, which did not influence my review in any way. I was not compensated in anyway for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book. Content: There is language and use of the "f" word through out the book. There are a few innuendos of sex during conversation, but nothing graphic.