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Winter Falls

(Twin Willows Trilogy #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  668 ratings  ·  52 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
Paperback, 348 pages
Published December 22nd 2014 by Medallion Press
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Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
He tossed his head, white fur glistening in the darlness Patience, young Padawan.
I almost fell out of the air. Heath!! Did you finally get a DVD player?
Better than that -- Blu-ray.

When I first started reading this book, I was very confused. A lot of things didn't make sense. (Maybe that was because I was in a reading slump.) As I progressed through the story, everything started to make sense. I was excited through the whole story. There are many books about people who can shapeshift into animals
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 05, 2015 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
Mar 03, 2014 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
Kaida Ashia
Aug 24, 2015 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
Melissa Landers
Feb 01, 2013 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!
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
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
Dec 14, 2014 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
Oct 01, 2014 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 03, 2014 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
Nov 07, 2014 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
Feb 09, 2015 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.
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
Melanie Stockman
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this book! Definitely going to order the next 2 books in the series because my heart is now broken and on the floor.

I read a few 1 & 2 star reviews and many of those reviews mention the pace of the book being too fast. I thought that too at first but then as the story progressed, I enjoyed its faster pace. Many books seem to drag things out to keep the mystery and twists more dramatic but I think Nicole did a great job at keeping the energy up and the mystery along with it.

This story was
Viola Sung
May 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Insta-romance, lack of character depth and an uninteresting narration. I found it hard to immerse myself in the world or the story as it was really unbelievable. But I guess as a fictional story it was okay, so I finished it without taking too long.

Hope the writing improves in the next books, but not particularly looking forward to continuing the story.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I found this to be true to its genre, a little too immature. It redeems itself though by presenting a unique take on shape-shifting.
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adelynne

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Adelynne

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
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
Feb 17, 2013 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
Mar 06, 2015 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 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 is at the wat
Aug 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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
Oct 04, 2014 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
LA (not the city)
Jan 18, 2018 rated it did not like it

Well, it was a love-hate relationship.
It was cliche that I kind of liked it...?

List of Best Cliches

1. The "Plain" Girl
The main character (I don't even remember her name and I finished this book two days ago oops) is just so PLAIN AHHHH. Well, at least she always says she is. She's always comparing herself to her friends and remarking on how she's not beautiful compared to them. Boring brown hair, boring brown eyes, you get the idea. Yet some hot teen model type guy falls
Liz Donatelli
Jan 15, 2015 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 adapts th
Jan 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 makind it hard to read or
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating premise based on 14th century Inquisition research about the Italian Benandanti, people who separated their bodies from their souls, which transformed into animals and birds. Author Nicole Maggi has set her story WINTER FALLS in a Maine setting and contemporary time period. The writing is smooth, the nature scenes the best, the human-creature transformations believable, and the relationships realistic and endearing. There is mystery, intrigue, suspense, and a Romance to rival Romeo a ...more
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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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