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Winter Falls (Twin Willows Trilogy #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  558 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Alessia Jacobs is a typical sixteen-year-old, dying to get out of her small town of Twin Willows, Maine. Things look up when a new family comes to town, but when she falls for the hot, mysterious son, Jonah, her life turns upside down.

Weird visions of transforming into an otherworldly falcon are just the beginning. Soon she learns she’s part of the Benandanti, an ancient
Published December 22nd 2014 by Medallion Press
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Tracy Lee
Nov 02, 2014 Tracy Lee rated it really liked it
I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of this book - the only problem with that is that I have a longer wait for book 2 :0)

It's really hard for me to review this as I'm afraid I will reveal too much - but I will try but it will still be more bullet points.
First I will start with books I loved as I think it will give better insight as to why I loved this book: I loved the Study Series and Glass series and Healer series by Maria V. Snyder mainly because I really liked her characters and all
Dec 14, 2014 Farrah rated it liked it
I liked Winter Falls. It was an enjoyable read, though somewhat predictable, and I thought it was nice.

Alessia was a good heroine. She was strong and generally likable. She had moments where she came off as somewhat bratty, though. But, overall, I liked her.

Jonah was good as well. He was adorable, swoon-worthy, and just delightful. He had secrets, which were admittedly predictable. I thought he was great.

The romance was sweet. After that ending, I'm unsure how things will go for them, but I'm ho
Jul 05, 2015 Viola rated it it was ok
The writing about boring. I mean, really? There's no real lead up to anything. Things are overly explained in a simplistic way and everything is just overall simplified. It's rather disappointing. The author could have gone is such a more appropriate direction. Where's the story build up? She kind of just jumps right into the characters transforming without any background story or plot line or anything. And let's just go with the obvious, shall we? Because it's definitely not going ...more
Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
Nothing ever happens in the town of Twin Willows, Maine. Alessia Jacobs would love to be anywhere else, but with an overprotective mother, the odds are not looking good. When the Wolfe family arrives, Alessia is drawn to their son Jonah, but his twin sister Bree seems determined to make her life miserable. When an accident reveals a latent ability, Alessia discovers that she is part of a shape-shifting clan called Benandanti and as a member she must protect an ancient magic in her town from the ...more
This book was outstanding! It's not very often a book comes along in the midst of a reading slump, and you just get to devour it! In truth, I had been extremely busy and had another (school) book right after I started this book, but rest assured that the moment I worked through those, I delved into this book at rapid speed!

I don't usually get into modern day fiction. I always wind up cringing at an adults attempts at modern teenage banter, thought process, jokes, while they're trying to add a m
Nov 07, 2014 Debora rated it liked it
Winter Falls, the first installment in a new series by Nicole Maggi, is YA novel about Alessia, a young girl who learns that she is one of the Benandanti (a race of supernatural being that are able to separate their souls from their bodies and take on the form of animals) while at the same falling for the new guy in town, Jonah Wolfe.

I liked the book. It has a different take on shape changers and their fight in the good vs. evil which I thought was fresh and appealing. There are tones of conser
Melissa Landers
Aug 18, 2014 Melissa Landers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2k14
This was so much fun! I especially love the glimpses of Italian culture that Nicole gives us. Looking forward to continuing the saga with book 2!
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
I received a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion in any way.

What first drew me to this book was the incredible cover — it is just gorgeous and ethereal and drew me in to its magic. But honestly, when I picked the book up to review, I couldn’t even remember the synopsis. I remembered the cover, and how much I wanted to read it, but the premise of the book alluded me. So I went in a little blind, which to be honest can be a good thin
Jul 11, 2015 CallMeSensei rated it it was ok
I received an early review copy thanks to

Winter Falls, the first installment in a new series by Nicole Maggi, is YA novel about Alessia, a young girl who learns that she is one of the Benandanti while at the same falling for the new guy in town, Jonah Wolfe. The Benandanti are a supernatural race from Italy who are able to detach their souls, in the forms of animals, from their bodies to protect the world from their evil counterparts.

I feel like this story had so much potenti
Jul 04, 2014 Maci rated it it was amazing
Winter Falls by Nicole Maggi is about a girl named Alessia and her town Twin Willows. It is her Father's first birthday after he died and so Alessia goes to their favorite spot together, the waterfall in the woods behind her family's goat farm, and lets go of the last of his ashes. But when she looks up she sees a panther watching her. Alessia runs back to safety and thinks nothing of it. There is a new family in town and Alessia has a fancy for the son, Jonah, but Jonah's twin sister, Bree, see ...more
Keisha Keenleyside
Nov 21, 2015 Keisha Keenleyside rated it liked it
Winter Falls tells a story of girl who agrees to become part of a war between two clans, transforming into a falcon to battle other spirit creatures.

The story holds a lot of promise, but there isn't enough about the Benandante (sp) to hold my interest for long, mostly its a story about a girl who ditches her mates to spend time with a guy who is so obviously her enemy its not even a surprise.

I found Alissa pretty annoying, she agreed to the call and complained about it interferring with her life
Mar 03, 2016 Ohreaganoh rated it it was amazing
It was good
Jul 11, 2015 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Winter Falls is a spine-tingling, dark mystical tale, that takes the reader on an amazing journey. I loved the characters who were ever-evolving, yet easy to relate to. Take Alessia, she's your normal everyday teenager. She just happens to be swooning over the dark, mysterious new boy at school and has no worries, until her life takes a huge turn and now she's apart of this magical group called the Benandanti . Her life is seriously complicated and she has to learn to balance her old life with t ...more
Once Upon a Twilight
Mar 06, 2015 Once Upon a Twilight rated it really liked it
Twin Willows is a boring small town that confines Alessia to a redundant life. Enter the Wolfe family to upturn everything that bores Alessia about Twin Willows. Jonah is the beautiful stranger who Alessia sets her eyes on, while his father is the man making plans for a power plant that will change the future of the town. Much to Alessia's surprise she then gets the Call-joining the Benandanti may make her life more complicated, but it may also be her way of making her life more exciting.

I reall
Wendy C
Feb 03, 2015 Wendy C rated it really liked it
Winter Falls (Twin Willows Trilogy #1) by Nicole Maggi <\b>

Winter Falls (Twin Willows Trilogy #1) by Nicole Maggi <\b>tells the story of Alessia who finds out that she is part of a supernatural race called the Benandanti. The Benandanti are able to separate their souls from their bodies and then take form of an animal.

The Benandanti have a rival faction of warriors called the Malandanti. Both are trying to gain control of the seven magical sites around the world. One of these sites i
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Aleissa is your typical teenage girl until she discovers that she has magical abilities. I’ll admit, this concept is extremely overused, but Maggi manages to use it in such a way that I didn’t feel irritated or annoyed at all when I read it. Although there were a few flaws in this book that really irritated me, it wasn’t enough for me to round it down to three stars.

Maggi’s writing can be simplistic at times, but she
Jul 10, 2015 Trisha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I knew, as soon as I started this, that I wasn't going to like it. I pushed through and just confirmed I didn't.

This, for me, is a great example of a good YA book that is good for a YA aged person to read. I'm sure there will be a sea of great ratings from age appropriate readers.

I, however, am not the target audience (being an adult) and just found the book to be too silly and unbelievable and most of the characters were impossible to like.
Oct 26, 2014 Marleen rated it liked it
I received an early review copy of Winter Falls by Nicole Maggi from Library Thing. This book review is for the first installment of a YA novel series by Maggi called the Twin Willows series.

The story follows a teenage girl from Twin Willows, Maine named Alessia who discovers that she is a member of a secret order supernatural beings, called the Benandanti, who have the ability to change their souls into animal forms to protect the world from the Malandanti, an evil order trying to control worl
I really wanted to like this one, but I was disappointed in the story for some reason. It was a let down for me. I didn't dislike it, but neither did I like it. Her mother bothered me a lot, with how overprotective she was, I found the main character's (and I've forgotten her name now) reactions to her mom to be not all that convincing to let her have her way more often. For example, if I wanted to start going to the mall with my friends without adult supervision (naturally when I was actually o ...more
Chris Meads
I decided to read this one since I won book two on Library Thing. That way I would know what was going on instead of trying to figure out the plot.

Alessia lives in Twin Willows, a small town in Maine. She visits her favorite place, a waterfall near the farm where she lives, a place her father showed her before he passed away. As she sits there, watching the water, she notices a black panther staring at her.

One night she has a dream of being a falcon, and then after skipping school one day, she b
May 21, 2015 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: currently-own
Winter Falls was not what I was expecting. And to be honest, I'm not really sure what I expected when I picked this one up. It started out really slow, and I found it hard to pick up and read and get through it. I debated on if I just wanted to stop and put it up and come back to it later. But I have done that with so many books and not returned to them. I didn't want this to be added to that pile.

If you're not familiar with this story or what it's about, let me fill you in a bit. Alessia grew u
Stephanie Ward
3.5 Stars

'Winter Falls' is the first book in an exciting new young adult paranormal trilogy that follows the heroine, Alessia, as she goes about her boring life in her small town of Willow Falls, Maine. Nothing ever happened here - good or bad - there was no excitement to speak of. Until the Wolfe family moves to town and Alessia finds herself falling for Jonah - the mysterious and hot son of the powerful family. As if this wasn't enough excitement, Alessia soon begins having visions of becoming
Dec 09, 2014 Mak rated it liked it
I received an advance copy from Librarything in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the chance to read it!

This book was unexpectedly good. I thought almost everything about it was great. I originally picked it up because the synopsis mentioned Maine. I always add fiction novels to my to-be-read list when they mention my home state! As someone who's from Bangor, and has traveled most of the state I don't think it really grasped that Maine feel: the pine, the woods, or the ocean. But, I g
/more like 3,5* but not 4*.
The story is Romeo and Juliet style , which is pretty common for today's Young Adult Fantasy books . There is this girl which falls in love with a boy but they are from different sides/there is a power that separtes them and a secret which is hidden.
Honestly i am pissed off from this kind of books, probably cuz i read too much of this style. But somehow the author gets me with the original,for me,story and the way she has interjected?(included) other language WITHOUT
Brittany Eckert
Dec 03, 2015 Brittany Eckert rated it liked it
It was just meh .. I had hoped it would have a little more world building or something but the way the book is written, everything is just kind of thrown at you and there it is. Nothing is particularly BAD in Winter Falls, but nothing is that great either. I found myself a little annoyed with the main character. The plot itself is interesting but the delivery falls flat.
Caylen Smith
Dec 24, 2014 Caylen Smith rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved the story! It is really different as in supernatural wise. I must say way better than the typical Vampire books. Alessia is so lovely and I think she is an amazing main character. Obsessed with Heath and can't get enough of his character. Everyone in the story is lovable even Bree! And cannot wait until the second book comes out!
Apr 20, 2016 Linda rated it liked it
I enjoyed the world building based on the real Italian legend of the Benandanti, people with the ability to make their souls take animal form. They are different from a were since their bodies don't transform, instead they leave their bodies to take on a magical form. Unfortunately, the main story was too predictable to hold my interest.
Alexis Salcido
Oct 02, 2014 Alexis Salcido rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Hmmm. Okay so this started off pretty well. I was enjoying the Italian references. The MC (Alessia) was Italian. I was also very intrigued with the arrival of the Wolfe family. But then...towards page 100 I was starting to lose interest. We get to see Alessia find out she's a Benandanti and then train...and faun over Jonah Wolfe. Jonah is also not mentioned all that much in the beginning, which I was disappointed with. I want some romance! And Alessia was a hard character to not be annoyed at. I ...more
Liz Donatelli
Jul 21, 2015 Liz Donatelli rated it it was amazing
WINTER FALLS, book one in Nicole Maggi's TWIN WILLOWS series, is a YA paranormal/supernatural page-turner that delivers action, suspense, magic and a ROMEO & JULIET-esque romance.

Sixteen-year-old Alessia discovers that she's part of an ancient clan whose members' souls can leave their bodies and shift into animal forms. The story's premise is inspired by the Benandanti, a 16th century Italian "fertility cult" that claimed to possess astral projection and shapeshifting abilities. Maggi adapt
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Nicole was born in the suburban farm country of upstate New York, and began writing at a very early age. Of course, her early works consisted mainly of poems about rainbows and unicorns, although one of them was good enough to win honorable mention in a national poetry contest! (Perhaps one of the judges was a ten-year-old girl.) Throughout high school, her creative writing was always nurtured and ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Twin Willows Trilogy (3 books)
  • In the Mouth of the Wolf (Twin Willows, #2)
  • The Blue Woods (Twin Willows, #3)

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