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Winter White (Belles #2)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,566 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
Isabelle Scott and Mirabelle Monroe are still reeling from the revelation that they share more than just the roof over their heads. The media has pounced on their story, and while Izzie and Mira have each put on a happy public face, someone is leaking their true feelings to the press. It seems as if the world is watching their every move, but at least the girls have each o ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Poppy (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 16, 2013 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own, contemporary
This review contains no spoilers of either Belles or Winter White

Mira and Izzy are back to their fabulous glory in Winter White. After Belles ended with some life changing revelations, we get the aftermath of these secrets brought to light, and how the girls are dealing with it all. Belles was a really fun novel; a chick lit with fantastic personalities, drama-filled shorelines, and a little romance to give it its final touch. In Winter White, we get reacquainted with the same old energetic char
Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
I truly enjoyed Belles by Jen Calonita (the first book in this series). The events of Winter White pick up where Belles left off as Mira and Izzie try to piece things back together in the wake of their father’s big revelation. The fallout that comes from that is the source of a lot of emotional turmoil throughout this novel.

I’ve always been more partial to Izzie. I just got her in the first novel, and that continues here. Mira, however, surprised me. She managed to work her way into my heart, wh
Feb 03, 2014 Jordon rated it it was ok
For some reason I just couldn't really like this book. I really enjoyed Belles so I was surprised when I read this book and realised I was bored most of the way through.

First off I was waiting for something really bad to happen the whole way through but it never did happen, I thought Dylan was going to be a really horrible person but found out she wasn't even a bad person in the end. So I wondered why I was made to really not trust or like her.

Izzie annoyed me so much in this book, she was so se
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I was really hoping Winter White would redeem the Belles series for me. But it’s books like these that had me believing for so long that I wouldn’t ever enjoy a contemporary novel. Sure, I now know that isn’t true, that there are some really superb YA contemporary novels to be had. I’ve even reviewed some of them here. But the Belles series simply continues to fall short for me.

First of all, it feels like these books lay on the Southern drawl just a tad too much. I’m from Texas. We have a bit of
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Jan 03, 2013 Tiff at Mostly YA Lit rated it really liked it
This installment of the Belles series starts with the Monroe family on an Oprah-like TV special talking about their reactions to the news that Izzie is Bill's daughter. Despite appearing to be taking everything in stride, inside, Mira and Izzie are both pretty distressed over their father's lies. This, however, brings them closer together, and makes them team up to fight off the rumours, messes, and crazy of Emerald Cove.

In Winter White, the girls are getting ready for cotillion and their debut
Oct 17, 2012 Tamikia rated it really liked it
Izzie and Mira are dealing with the fall out from their dad's confession of being Izzie's father. They have to deal with the media frenzy around it and having to fake smiling for talk shows. Plus Mira is still upset over no longer being friends with Savannah and the rest of her friends. She becomes closer to Keenan and more involved with her art work. Izzie becomes friends with Brayden's sister Dylan, who she likes a lot since she thinks she's a lot like her but Dylan also may not be who she see ...more
Oct 10, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, review, favourites
Oh Jen Calonita and her cliffhangers. It's going to make waiting for the next book a lot harder! The drama, Butterflies, boys and dresses are back in this one. I don't know why, but I really enjoy reading contemporaries with tons of drama, I don't like being involved in it myself (I had enough of that in high school!) but it just seems fun reading it. Maybe because it doesn't actually effect anyone and I need to see what happens next! Jen Calonita certainly knows how to spin a story shock full o ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Tara rated it it was amazing
This is rare (since I am normally not a big fan of second books in series), but I think I enjoyed this book more than the first. I also have to admit that I could not put this one down. Yep, read it in 5 hours straight. I had to give it 5 stars, because it has been a long time since I have read a book that I had to keep reading (losing sleep in the process).
We join the Monroe family, right after the big surprise announcement has been made. Mira and Izzie are both reeling from the news. Their fa
Nov 03, 2012 Lexie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ANYONE
Recommended to Lexie by: GOODREADS.COM
I LOOOOOOOOOVE Jen calonita's writing. I've read a lot of other books by her, and I've found that her characters are quite entertaining and relate-able I would definitely give this a 5/5 stars, and I can't wait for the next one! =D

SUMMARY After everything in Belles (no spoilers here!), Izzie has started to settle into her new world. But somehow things are going to get even more oof-kilter than they were after the secret- Cotillion is coming up, but the press may just turn the Monroe Family insid
Summer/Sunny McDaniel
Jan 13, 2013 Summer/Sunny McDaniel rated it really liked it

*WARNING* This is a sequel. If you have not read the first book, you might not want to read this review. So go buy it/borrow it/get it from the library/steal it (okay, don’t do that one!). Then come back here.

First off, I adore Jen Calonita. I've read every one of her books, own a few, and get them from the library constantly. Her books are ones that I love to just curl up and relax with. Her characters feel real and amazing and I wan
John Clark
Mar 09, 2014 John Clark rated it it was amazing
Middle books in a series are tricky. The majority of them play things a bit too conservatively in their effort to be a bridge to the concluding volume. This is a delightful exception. Picking up where Belles left off, with Izzy and her new sister Mirabelle, mad at their dad and learning how much they like each other and think the same, this segment of the saga deals with their getting ready for Cotillion. At first, Izzy can't imagine herself getting involved in such an air-head event, but when s ...more
Kaylee Magic
Jun 06, 2012 Kaylee Magic rated it really liked it
OMG!! My penpal-BFF-who-I've-only-met-a-handful-of-times, Mimi, was sweet enough to lend this to me and I LOVED it!!!!! Even better than the first! The cast is impossible not to love, as is the summer setting! (: I don't usually write reviews, but I'll be making one up for this book soon!

You'll want to pre-order this one ASAP. I certainly already did! (; <333

Thank you a billion times over, Mimi, you goddess!
3.5 of 5 stars
Apr 21, 2014 Missie rated it really liked it
I netflixed (binge-read) the entire Belle’s series in a couple days. I felt like I was watching a tasty ABC Family series and I just had to know what was going to happen next. This series would actually make an awesome series out there, so I could totally see one of the networks grabbing it up. Since I listened to the books back-to-back, I decided to do reviews for both Winter White and The Grass is Always Greener together. Both books were read by Julia Whelan. Winter White is 9 hours, 35 minute ...more
Jul 17, 2014 WJ rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance
Winter White takes place after the events of Belles, where Izzy and Mirabelle have discovered that they're more than cousins. The two girls and their family have to deal with the media fallout from the discovery, especially now that Mr Monroe is gearing up to campaign as state senator. Izzy's starting to fit in the rest of Emerald Cove, but she continues to worry whether she really belongs in that privileged environment. And while Mirabelle's finally stood up to Savannah and refused to play her ...more
Tianna Irving
Jul 11, 2014 Tianna Irving rated it really liked it
In this book i dont hate Mira anymore which makes it easier to read. Mira and her painter boy were adorable. And everything finally works out for Izzie and Brayden I'm so happy for them esp with his sister Dylan using Izzie to make their mom mad. I can't believe how pathetic Savannah is she thought their parents relationship would force Brayden to go to cotillion with her. Btw the cotillion initiation things were fun to read abt esp since Savannah got the worst of it bc Dylan hates her. I was pr ...more
Alyssa White
Aug 24, 2015 Alyssa White rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This read was cute. Jen Calonita has an amazing talent! This story has so much drama and interesting things pop up throughout it. The rating is a 3.5 because I adore this author abs the story line, but parts were slow for me. The ending was interesting, can wait to see what The Grass is Always Greener has in store.
I'm of the opinion that Izzie is more of a snob than the girls she calls snobs. She constantly looked down on them - on anyone who wasn't from Harborside, for that matter - and frankly, that attitude was just too bitchy to be likeable or enjoyable.
Jan 17, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it
So, so southern-y!

May 11, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
The second installment in Calonita's "Belles" series is a fresh, fun, and easy read - I'm addicted to this series!
Emily Benoit
Dec 09, 2012 Emily Benoit rated it really liked it
Shelves: reads-of-2012
Concept/Ideas: 4/5
Storyline/Plot: 3.5/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing Style: 4/5

The second installment in the Belles series was overall a great sequel to the first. I found myself drawn to the cover especially, since it's simply so beautiful! The book started off fast-paced, and as it usually does with Calonita's writing. I was pulled in. and I found the characters a lot more likeable in this one, especially Mira. She seemed to mature just a bit more, and have a voice of her own, which I liked a lot. I
Dec 24, 2012 Kris rated it liked it
Once again, the belles of Emerald Cove entertain us with wit, charm, and fun. I'm not usually fond of books set in superficial societies where politics play a large role in everyday life. However, I had a blast reading about cotillion and the initiations that the girls go through. Mira has lost her friends with recent turns of events. She and Izzie are growing closer together, but she's still struggling to recover from losing her position at the top of the social ladder. Though this book is also ...more
Molli Moran
* This is the second book in a series so there are some spoilers for BELLES *

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Jan 18, 2013 Justin rated it it was amazing
Belles, the first book in this series was fantastic. So I was hoping that Jen would come out aiming even higher with Winter White, and I really feel like she achieved that. In my opinion there were a lot of things within Winter White which were a lot better than the first book. I will get into all of that later, but first I just want to say that there will be no spoilers here. I will talk vaguely about the events from the first book but nothing more.

This book picks up very shortly after the big
Oct 14, 2012 Meaghan rated it liked it
This review contains spoilers of the first novel in the series Belles.

My review can be seen on my blog Feeling a Little Bookish (

I was excited to get this from a fellow blogger to review. I read the first book in the series and I couldn't wait to find out how the story continued. The story continues where it left off with Mira and Izzy upset with their father for hiding things. This story focused on the relationship between the two girls but also the relati
Dec 03, 2012 Britta rated it really liked it
If you read my review of Belles ( see it here ) you'll know that I really enjoyed the story. There was one technicality that irritated me, but I'm over it, and I have nothing but good things to say about Winter White

The secret's out, and everything is right in the world as Mr. Monroe continues with his senatorial campaign. Haha, yeah right. They may be keeping up appearances, but how long will it be before the cracks begin to show? Isabelle and Mirabelle are trying to keep it together, but the
Oct 28, 2012 tarawrawr rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on my blog

I loved Winter White by Jen Calonita! There’s something about this series that is so addicting and engaging and even though it seems like it might be shallow, there’s a lot of issues that are really relatable to teenagers today, except they’re presented in a fun and entertaining way.

There are lot of deep family issues in Winter White. No one is happy and there’s a lot of tension and depression on all parts of the family
Princess Bookie
Nov 19, 2012 Princess Bookie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2012
My Thoughts: When I started this, I wanted to be in for a ride! I really enjoyed the first in this series so I was hoping this would be just as awesome! I gave Belles five cupcakes if you remember.

White White was almost just as good. I didn't quite love it as much but it was still a fun and cool novel.

We are back with Mira and Izzie and this time they have a new set of adventures, including cotillion. They have to get dates, find the perfect dresses, and be the perfect southern girls we know the
Kristin (Beneath Shining Stars, I Read)
This is the second book in a series. If you have not read Belles yet and wish to avoid spoilers, I would like to suggest that you stop reading now.

Mira and Izzie are avoiding their father like the plague and that's easier said than done when PR requires them to act like they all get along. But Mira's thoughts are on Cotillion while Izzie is still trying to get settled into life in Emerald Cove. On top of that, someone really seems to be out to ruin their father's campaign and Savannah? Well, sh
Jun 08, 2013 Yousor rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted at Book Angel

I loved Winter White even more than I loved Belles...and I reeeeaaally loved Belles (actual evidence). Winter White was so...girly and I loved much gowns and diamonds were imagined in my head. Exactly what you need now in October; Fun and shiny parties with fancy ladies and handsome boys.

Through Winter White there was a lot of appreciated character development I felt like I was there with the girls getting ready for the cotillion and stressing over t
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I'm Jen Calonita, a YA author who loves what I do because it lets me connect with all of you (and no, I wasn't intending for that to rhyme!).

I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it was fourth grade when I put my "three wishes" for a genie down on paper. They were:
#1. Buy all the Cabbage Patch Kids in the world and give them away for free (because apparently that was how I
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