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Winter's Shadow

(Winter Saga #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,583 ratings  ·  192 reviews
Blake Duchamp...

He's all that Winter Adams can think of. Ever since their fateful meeting at Pilgrim's Lament. Ever since he looked at her with those emerald eyes. Ever since he saved her life.

But Blake isn't all that he seems. There is a strangeness about him, something dark and otherworldly. Something dangerous. In his attic is a secret he would kill to defend, but Winte
Paperback, 424 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Pan Macmillan Australia
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Actual Rating: 1.49

When I started reading this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. I had hope that it would be one of the exceptions in the YA paranormal romance genre but instead it was another example of unoriginal mediocre storytelling. It's as though there is some sort of paint-by-numbers tool for writing romance and characters and this author used it.

The premise is completely unoriginal. An ordinary girl, Winter, who isn't quite so ordinary, meets and instantly falls in love with the stunni
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it

Aussie Book challenge 2011 #8

I've been looking forward to Winter's Shadow for so long, wanting it to be exactly what I hoped it would be, so I'm thrilled to say that it did not disappoint. This is very much, a Tina book;)

M.J Hearle writing is exquisitely remarkable. He smoothly invites his reader in with ease and anticipation from the very first chapter, on. The tone of the book is set in a very mysterious teasing way. The suspense is thick and distant, almost like you could grasp the me
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of books like Nevermore
Favourite Quote: Blake titled his head at her as if she was a particularly tricky problem to solve. Their eyes locked, and for one delirious moment Winter had the sense again that Blake wanted to kiss her. It was an irrational, impossible, wonderful instinct - an instinct her body reinforced through its reaction. Flushed with heat, her pulse quickened, and everything stood out in exquisite detail. The stars in the sky, Owl Mountain, a tooth of darkness in the distance, a stray lock of Blake's ha ...more
Mar 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
I’d wanted to read Winter’s Shadow for a while now, when I heard that the Paranormal Wasteland’s blog was doing a blog tour of this book I signed up immediately.

Winter has been assigned the task of taking photographs of Pilgrim’s Lament, one of the oldest church buildings in Owl Mountain for the school paper. Winter had taken a couple of great shots and was almost done until she sees a beautiful man standing outside the church. Winter feels herself being drawn to the stranger, whilst distracted
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
AHHHH this book is SO SO SO good that I don't even know where to start. Which leads me to wonder if just saying that is the best thing I can do? Wondering if there is anyway that I can find the words to describe the level of awesomeness with in these pages?

But that's NOT good enough. So I'm going to try here...

First and Foremost, this is M.J. Hearle's debut novel, and this is not only the best debut novel I've ever read, but probably one of the BEST books I've ever read...period With equal parts
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
0_o The cover is stunning but also the story seems very interesting.

*edit* post-reading

Maybe if I was still a sixteen-year-old I would say this book is amazing. Sadly,I'm not 16 and I'm not impressed.
Cover and the blurb are to blame and also my high expectations because so many people are saying how amazing Winter's Shadow was. Don't get me wrong,I really,really wanted to like it.
I dislike those love at first sight romances. I think it needed so much more character interaction between Blake a
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Well, they weren't lying in the Media Release for Winter's Shadow when they said that there wasn't any of the normal paranormal culprits here. I'm not sure if the characters (and I use that word loosely) are based on any popular myths but I sure as hell haven't encountered them before, making Winter's Shadow one of the more unique Young Adult novels out there. Winter has a talent that she's never really noticed until she meets Blake who is like her kryptonite. And one hell of a hot kryptonite he ...more
Jun 14, 2011 rated it liked it
It starts out in familiar territory: a dark brooding hero and a girl with a sad, sad past are inexplicably drawn to each other. Said romantic hero has a secret and must keep the girl at arms length~ just to keep her safe. It's then interspersed with glimpses into someone's past. Now, between the present day troubles and the past ones, I'd much rather have reading about the latter, Madeleine and her love, especially since Blake and Winter's story was old hat.

THANKFULLY, things took an interestin
Megan Riverina Romantics
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Megan Riverina Romantics by: Darkfallen
Shelves: ya, fantasy, romance, paperback
Winter's life changed the moment she first saw Blake Duchamp. Not that she was aware of it. The only thing that Winter was aware of was his physical perfection and those hypnotic green eyes of his that shown with their own magical light. That, and his other-worldly charm.

This is the first young adult, paranormal romance book that I've read that's been written by a man. Bearing that in mind, at first I was afraid that I wouldn't like it, even though the back blurb had caught my interest. Actually
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, aussie
For those who follow our blog you all know by now that we love and I mean LOVE Aussie books and Aussie authors, this book is no exception. Winter's Shadow is writing at it's finest and I am so in love with M.J. Hearle.

Winter's Shadow starts off with Winter's meeting with Blake our resident hottie/bad boy/mysterious guy. He is everything that you want in your paranormal bad boy and when he saves Winter's life she quickly becomes entranced by him. Their chemistry is off the charts and I loved how
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
It has been six months since Winter’s parents died. Six months and Winter is barely coping with the swamp of school work and a guilty conscience. Her sister, Lucy, has put her life and university studies on hold to become Winter’s guardian . . . and how does Winter repay her? By getting behind in her school work and being forced to join the school paper for extra credit in photography.

And so one morning Winter finds herself atop Owl Mountain, taking photos of an old church for the upcoming newsp
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Forced to trudge all the way up Owl Mountain to take photo's of an old church for her school newspaper, Winter spies more than a pile of old rubble behind her camera lens. A young man with the most hypnotic, luminous emerald eyes - eyes that literally root a person to the spot. Eyes that scream more than 'human'. When Black Duchamp saves Winter's life only moments later from the collapsing church - everything changes.

Blake is new to town, having just bought the old haunted Velasco place. The one
3.5 stars

One of the things which made me angry:

Imagine that you were kidnapped and you refused to do what your kidnappers wanted you to. One of them would say:

‘This here is a very special artefact. It’s called a Witching Stone,’ he continued, letting the medallion swing in the air like a pendulum. ‘There doesn’t appear to be anything remarkable about it, but if you look closely at the ruby you can see a light hidden in its depths. Can you see it, Winter?’

What would you do? Would you:
A.close your
Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, m-j-hearle
How can you love a book so much and hate it so much as well with the same passion all the same time? That's what Winter's Shadow did to me and that means that it was that awesome. I got hooked from start to finish and could hardly put it down. My good friend had to pry me away from it. I won't go into all the details but just what I thought. The premise and plot were great; it was different and nothing that I had expected. I couldn't put my finger on what exactly Blake was. That was pretty good ...more
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
*This book was sent to me from the publisher Pan Macmillian Australia*

I loved this book. It drew me in and I couldn’t stop reading--I had to know what was going on!
This is a hauntingly beautiful debut. Author M. J. Hearle weaves together a stunning gothic tale that mesmerised me and captivated me from the beginning.
While I’ll be the first to admit the story starts out slow, weaving together and setting the story up, it’s in no way boring or uninteresting. The mystery and little bits and pieces
This book was a breath of fresh air and I can't believe not many people have taken the time to read it!! I found it to be highly unique and very interesting indeed.

The story follows the life of Winter who is the photographer for her school newspaper. On assignment at an abandoned Church she sees an alluring and enigmatic man standing by a grave. Enter Blake, who is literally not like anyone that Winter has ever met. She becomes intrigued by him and soon discovers his secret and what he can do.
Jillian -always aspiring-
Mar 25, 2011 marked it as maybe-reads
Shelves: covers-i-love
Yet another Australian book I'll have to wait for (just like with Burn Bright). . . ...more
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was ok

Winter’s Shadow felt too much like other YA titles on the market for me to really enjoy it. While I’m proud that more Aussie authors are taking their place on the YA shelves, the first half of this debut novel from M.J. Hearle felt lacking and a little useless.

I really felt that M.J. Hearle tried to write something that was ‘out of the norm’ for YA readers, but despite his original ideas for the mythology and creatures that feature in Winter’s Shadow, the book followed the same forum
Toby Storm
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
With M.J Hearle's debut we are introduced to a talented novelist with an unmistakable flair for storytelling. If not wanting to set a book down while reading it is a barometer for deciding great fiction, then Winter's Shadow scores top marks. Hearle brings together elements of the Gothic, dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and horror genres and the result is something quite unique and compelling, from the pen of a truly gifted and talented writer.

Hearle's ability to portray a young woman so conv
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of Darkfallen's "travelling book" as it is only being released in Australia.

I have to say I am very glad I signed up to be one of many readers of this book. This is an amazingly well written book. I love how the story progresses with the blooming romance between Winter and Blake along with suspense of who/what is chasing Winter and why; combined with Blake's tormented past and those who want to see his end. Excitement is throughout this book making it hard to put dow
♡Julalicious Book Paradise♡
First of all... A BIG THANK YOU TO Bloggerhood of the Traveling Book Tour: Winter's Shadow Edition at Paranormal Wastelands and Pan Macmillan AU.

Second... My review

When I read the summary, it looked interesting, but I wasn't sure what to think of it. So I was glad that I got to read it and see that it was really a good book.

A book that succeeds to get me into feeling the emotions of the characters, imagining the scenery and frustrating me when things don't go well for the characters always equal
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
She first saw those piercing green eyes, that saw deep into her soul, only minutes before her world came crashing down around her. He was nothing more then a shadow through her camera lens before he became her saviour and she was indebted to him more then she would know.

He spent his life on the run, moving about from place to place, running from those who chased him, running from the danger he possessed. Now, however, he was running out of time, her life was over before she knew it, but he would
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What starts off as a cliched love story , suddenly takes a mysterious and spooky turn .. Guess that is the best way i can describe this story . Absolutely love the cover , the color combination used ,the
picturesque is just breath taking . When i began reading this book it looked like it was just another paranormal love story but with certain dark twists to it , but as i read further i realised it was just no other love story . It was darker and spookier than what i had imagined it to be . Right
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I won this book through GoodReads FirstReads and was at first a little hesitant. I love the idea of YA paranormal but so many are badly written that I was worried that this would be another book with a good premise that it failed to live up to. I was wrong. This book is amazing. Winter is a fantastic main character. She is realistic, not a stereotype, and while she is not always strong (who is?), she is stronger than most of the protagonists populating YA paranormal novels. I also loved how the ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
First of all, the cover...stunning.
Great story. Creepy, romantic and something different. The creatures in the book remind me alot of the Dementers in Harry Potter. I wonder if the author drew some inspiration from them. I loved Blake, he was intense and mysterious. I could have read more about his life growing up, really enjoyed it. The ending??? What will happen next. Cant wait to find out.
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you do come across a book that touch you really really much and stays in your heart, this one does to me.
I only can say READ IT!! You will love the story and hate the story :-)

This is a very good writer and I´m really looking forward to read other books from him.

Sylvain Reynard
A unique mythology. Enjoyed it.
The Book Dealer  Emily
I wasn't going to write a review but i think it needs to be said. This book is good. Before you question it i hate romance in books so much. But i rated this 4 stars so i really enjoyed.
It was going to be 5 but how they killed so many cats just no.

I would suggest for people to read this
Wine Country
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-romance
I really really enjoyed this book. I had been anxious to read it because I loved the cover and the synopsis was intriguing. I had a feeling it would be a different kind of supernatural book from your typical vampire, witches, wolves and fallen angels that are everywhere today and I was right. Hearle has introduced readers to an amazing new world full of soul sucking creepy shadows and other dimensions and I cannot wait to learn more about it. At first I could not locate this book because it is n ...more
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Let's start by giving this book a 4.6-5. You'll soon learn that my ratings will mostly be a point something so you'll just have to hold on tightly!
Books Name: Winter's Shadow (Formerly SHADE- Just wanted to put it out there as i thought that was a very interesting change)
Published: Pan Macmillian Australia
Author: M.J Hearle

WARNING: This book does not contain Werewolves, Vampires fairies or other supernatural creatures you do know. If you not fine with that, then you should be. It's nice to see a
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