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Winterling (Winterling #1)

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“We live here, my girl, because it is close to the Way, and echoes of its magic are felt in our world. The Way is a path leading to another place, where the people are governed by different rules. Magic runs through them and their land.”

With her boundless curiosity and wild spirit, Fer has always felt that she doesn’t belong. Not when the forest is calling to her, when the

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2012)
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May 30, 2012 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: mg-ya
When I asked my daughter how many stars to give this book, on a scale of one to five, she said ten. Thinking she'd misunderstood, because, well, she's eight, I reiterated that it was a scale of one to five. She exclaimed, "I KNOW! I meant it's OFF THE CHARTS!"
Apr 09, 2012 Hallie added it
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
2012 you say?? That's a looong time from now. 2011 needs some Sarah Prineas!

[Dec 2011 update] has been preordered, from the US. November 8th in the UK? Sorry, Quercus, not a chance.

(See my profile for my 'policy' about rating books.)

I hadn't quite taken on board that this was a portal fantasy, rather than completely invented world like the Magic Thief books, so was very surprised when the protagonist thought about whether there'd be tofu for dinner. :) It's nice to know that Sarah Prineas can wr
This was a solidly OK book. The characters had potential, but felt flat. The flap told me to expect "boundless curiosity and wild spirit" from Fer, the main character. Honestly, this description had more spunk and energy than I felt while reading the text.

I'm having a hard time writing this review because I REALLY wanted to love this book. After all, both Ingrid Law (author of Saavy) and Kristin Cashore (author of Graceling) said lovely things that were quoted on the back cover. I'm a librarian
I loved every moment of this book, and really the only thing holding it back from a four-star review is a lack of polish. Fer is an engaging character, and the world she inhabits has that magical, fresh quality about it I treasure so much in middle grade books. The world-building feels authentic, almost like if you look at the world in a different way it might even be real.

However, the book suffers from a lack of polish. Fer's situation with her grandmother, called Grand-Jane, is difficult and s
Gina (My Precious Blog)
I'm s sucker for beautifully illustrated middle grade cover art. In fact, this was the draw for me to pick up this book. Luckily, the story was solid, too. Pitched as a middle grade fantasy, Winterling didn't fail to entertain, with evil villain called "The Lady", pucks, shape shifters and a magical land of fairy-like creatures, this story oozes fun. World building worked perfectly for the age group the story is intended for, not overly complex but not completely simple either. The main characte ...more
I got a copy of this book for review through the Amazon Vine program. It was a wonderful and magical middle grade fantasy full of adventure and magic. Something that can be enjoyed by anyone who loves fantasy and adventure.

Fer has always felt like she doesn't quite belong in this world. In the woods one night she rescues a boy, except the boy isn't exactly human. The boy invites Fer into the Way and into a dangerous fairyland. Fer feels strangely at home in this other place but senses that somet
An enjoyable read. I felt immersed in the fantasy world, and really enjoy Prineas' style of writing. The characters were interesting, and Fer makes a good heroine--strong and confident (without it feeling like the author is trying too hard on the "girl power" front) but also empathetic and questioning. I really liked the character of Grand-Jane and wanted to know more about her; it's nice to see a book with an older character being such a central figure. The ending was a bit anticlimactic and un ...more
Greg van Eekhout
Lucky boy that I am, I got an early look at Winterling, and this is the blurb I volunteered:

Sarah Prineas conjures a world of frost and snow and magic and peril. At the core of a story that doesn't skimp on thrilling chases and dangerous secrets, we have Fer, a compelling hero readers will care about and root for. Joining Fer is a fascinating cast of allies and enemies, from grouchy Rook to snarling wolf people. Winterling captures the best elements of classic fantasy tales and puts them in a fr
Update: I wrote a blog post about "Winterling and the Girl I Was":

I had the good fortune of reading this book in manuscript form. I instantly fell in love with Fer and her adventures. Prineas creates a rich, wild world every bit as enticing as her city of Wellmet in the The Magic Thief series. Fer, in her patchwork coat, is a great heroine -- not the stereotypical plucky girl, but heroic in her own unique way. Can't wait to get more of Fer and Rook in boo
Winterling by Sarah Prineas is a magical tale of friendship and righting old wrongs – a testament to the value of life. Winterling opens with a bang as the prologue begins with a dog running from wolves and ending up in our world.

Read the rest of my review here
I always have a hard time rating children's books. I feel like any evaluations or recommendations should be done at the target level. I can't say this book is 3 stars because of some plot issues that I noticed or the simplicity of the writing, because a child reading 4-5th grade level material would not be bothered by these things.

So, I can easily see any child 5 staring this puppy. It's excellent. The was thoroughly invested in the story and the characters. My heart raced at the appropriate mom
Brandy Painter
4.5 stars really (because Rook is awesome)

Originally posted here.

Here it is, the first of my Most Anticipated Reads of 2012. Winterling by Sarah Prineas was well worth the anticipation. This is one of the books that just fit me and my mood perfectly.

Yay for heroines who ask questions! Again. And again. And again. Until they finally get the answers they need. Also, yay for heroines who persist in what they know is right even when others say it is a lost cause. Fer had me smiling through the entir
I have nothing bad to say about this book, thereby making this the first 5-star rating I've given to a book this year. This YEAR, you guys. The comment I made about it at page 56 remains true--the whole thing irresistibly reminded me of "Little White Horse," except much less awkward, and I really enjoyed it. Throughout, the world feels believable and appropriately magical. I loved Fer. She sets off to save this fantasy world and never once compromises her own principles or worries about the fact ...more
Barb Middleton
There's nothing like a nasty villian. A witch queen? A crow lady? Mor, the villian in this story, is all of those things, murdering the true heir to the land and stealing her magic thus causing the seasons to stop. Winter is constant and the only way to bring spring is to sacrifice an animal or human in a ritual known as The Hunt that renews Mor's power. Don't be fooled by the constant winter and thinking this is another Snow Queen. Mor is more closely linked to Morrigan from Celtic mythology, t ...more
Like her father before her, Jennifer has never really felt as though she belonged in the community where she lives. Her classmates tease and belittle her and even make fun of her name and her clothing. Ever since her father's disappearance, Fer has lived with her vigilant grandmother who teaches her about herbs and tries to protect her. But when Fer rescues Puck from wolves, she wants answers about her lineage and journeys to the land where her parents lived, determined to find out what happened ...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
When I saw the blurb I can't say I was overly impressed, but I do like me some faeires and the author wrote another series, The Magic Thief, which I enjoyed, so I figured I'd give it a shot. In the end, it's a cute story with a strong role model for girls, but there's nothing particularly stand out about it.

I do like the way that Prineas takes faerie lore and both manages to stick with it generally, but also change it enough to make it her own - like the Mór being an analog to the Morrigan, what
I seriously read this book in one day flat (I just couldn't put it down!). It was a really bad idea to fly through it so quickly, because now I've got that hollow "I know the length was perfect for this story, but I'm so hungry for more I wish it was two or three times longer" feeling.

As you may have guessed by now, I absolutely LOVED Winterling! =D I really, really hope she writes a sequel (or two or three, or maybe five or six) because I just have to know more! It's apparent that Sarah Prineas
FTC Disclosure: I received an Advance Copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.

Winterling by Sarah Prineas

From the back of the book: With her boundless curiosity and spirit, Fer has always felt that she doesn't belong. She hears the call of the wild wood, of the secrets it whispers to her. But when her grandmother reveals clues about the disappearance of her father and his mystical bond to her mother, Fer begins to unlock the secrets about the parents she n
Kathy Martin
This was another delightful fantasy from Sarah Prineas. This one features a strong female heroine. Fer is a middle schooler being raised by her grandmother after her mother and father "had gone from this world." Fer always thought that this was a metaphor for dying. At least she thought so until she rescued a dog that turned into a boy and then followed him home through a pond into a strange, sick world where it was always winter.

The Mor is ruling this land and wants to convince Fer to be her f
Winterling is a lovely story of Fer, a girl who stumbles upon another world and her place in it. While walking in the woods one night, Fer notices something different about the pond near her home. Instead of reflecting the crescent moon she sees in the sky, the pond shows a full moon. Without knowing it, Fer opens the way to another world that night at the pond. She eventually visits the other world and encounters people who are part creature/part human, amongst other things.

Fer is a well-writte
I liked this book!

This middle-grade fantasy is an action-packed, interesting introduction to the concepts of the world of fairy--without ever using the words fairy or fey. The main character, Jennifer, known as Fer, is a wild child who has learned spell lore from her grandmother. When she accidently opens a “way” to the other world, she discovers her connection to this world, and learns that this world needs her to correct a grievous wrong. Nature -- its essential wildness and damp muddy earthin
I loved this book. It was really good and there is only one thing I would change. I feel like the author wrote well but a lot of the time she would overuse words. I feel like the words "pocket", "patchwork" and "bramble" were the most overused words. She had really good description and this book really put a picture in my head. It really helped me imagine the scenery(A forest)
This book is extremely vivid and succinct. When my eyes landed on the book, it was shorter than I expected. The book was bone-thin and I thought, unimpressed: "I can finish this book in less than an hour." But as I started to read, it wasn't like the other books; dull and boring at the start and like a mountain, reaching to it's apex in the climax then everything dulls back to normal.The story strayed near the apex of the mountain all the time!

What I need to compliment about this book is the ten
Love this sweet book. It is targeted towards girls, but the male character is strongly written also. I would recommend for girls from 9 to 14. It does talk about death and specifically murder of people and creatures. I wouldn't classify it as a dark book because most of the content has the foundation of a loving relationship between the young girl and her grandmother. And Fer, the heroine, is a compassionate and smart character. Loved the magic system and the fable-feel.
Lovely, serious fantasy novel for children. It's traditional in a good way - this would fit very nicely next to CS Lewis on the shelf, with the 21st century update of a strong (and even vegetarian! yay!) heroine. It's very different from the Magic Thief books, but just as good in a different way - less sparky humor, but really lyrical writing and magic that feels truly, deeply magical. I'm looking forward to sharing this with my son when he's older.
4.5 stars I will read anything, but I have a fondness for the sort of books I loved as a child-- fantasy books with wild, magical things, dark woods, secrets, and brave, smart children. I enjoyed Winterling tremendously and it has been passed from child to child since I brought it into my classroom.
This is a really nice middle-grade fantasy, and I mean that in the best possible way. The writing is good, the patterns clear, the magic sweet and complex enough, and there is nothing stupid in it. That is rarer than it should be. She is a writer I will happily spend more time with.
Kelsie Beaudoin (The Bookworm)
I really enjoyed this book. It is very juvenile, good for elementary and middle school readers, but I still enjoyed it. Fer was a likeable heroine, brave and yet she grows throughout the book, becoming more herself. It was a good coming of age story. Plus there was magic! Magic makes everything better.

On another note…I was severely saddened because so many elements of this book echo that of a book I currently am writing. I HATE when that happens. It looks like I copied Sarah Prineas’s work…and t
Casey Wilkinson
Imaginative world and race building, but the characters do fall a little flat. This reminded me of the chronicles of Narnia, but the middle dragged a bit through Fer's training, and the ending felt rushed. There was ample opportunity to flush out Fer, and the Mor (the lady, villain) not to mention Rook, but it seems as if that all took a backseat to explaining repeatedly how "at home" Fer felt in this new world. There wasn't much of a twist or surprise to the ending either, which is a hallmark o ...more
Cute, quick and easy to read. This book was fun and entertaining and I liked reading it. :)

Jennifer (or "Fer") is often pestered, teased and even bullied at school. Because of this, Fer often feels like she doesn't fit in. And she is right on more levels than she knows...

After having a rough day at school, Fer decides to take the long way home so she can enjoy the outdoors more than usual since her Grand-Jane keeps her under lock and key at home. Upon coming home, Fer's Grand-Jane gets angry an
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I live in rural Johnson County, Iowa, and my first novel, The Magic Thief, was published by HarperCollins in June 2008 and by a bunch of other publishers around the world. The next book in the series, The Magic Thief: Lost, came out in May 2009, and the third, The Magic Thief: Found, was published in spring 2010. My next book from HarperCollins was Winterling (2012), followed by two sequels, Summe ...more
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