The Winter People Book Review

Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn't forgotten their warning to "stay away." For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the "special gifts" that must be left at the back of the property.

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, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she'll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.
My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

The Winter People is a touching story of friendship and true love.  Salome has a massive fear of Winter.  Ever since she almost drowned the winter she was six years old and began hearing whispers in the woods, she's kept inside and become panicked if caught out in a storm.  Her parents have taken her to therapy to no avail.  Because of her fear, she's alienated among her peers, all except for her boy crazy best friend Kadie.  This winter her grandparents have tasked her with taking care of their home while they are away.  That's when she meets the captivating Nevin, handsome and mysterious. She learns of a family curse and races against time to figure out the answer, while a sinister being continually taunts her and threaten her life. Her eyes are open to a whole other world, one where fairies are at war.  Who can she trust?

This was a fantastic urban fantasy, one that drew me in right from the beginning.  I loved the way the boys were tied into the story in unexpected ways.  It was amazing how courageous Salome became over time.  I think Gareth brought out the best in her and I loved the fact that he was completely honest with her, warning her about getting hurt. All in all, this was a beautiful love story, one I'm sure I'll read again.

About the author:

I was born and raised in Michigan (just look for the giant mitten on the map—it’ll likely throw a snowball at you). I spent most of my time in Michigan, but while in the army got to call KS, SC, MO, and CA home for awhile as well.

As a kid my family moved around a lot. Try spending both your freshman and senior years at new schools (yeah, loads of fun). I could’ve changed my name to “new girl”.

I love writing for teens because those are the years I remember falling in love with most of my favorite books. Some of the authors I couldn’t put down were L.J. Smith, Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Richie Tankersley Cusick, Joan Lowery Nixon, Lois Duncan, amongst several others.

My husband and I have a large family. There are six kids total! So we have LOTS of fun on vacations (although hours on the road, cooped up in the Expedition is kind of stressful—although we pass the time with MAD LIBS and hoping no one gets carsick). 

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