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The Winter People

(The Winter People #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  716 ratings  ·  177 reviews
An engrossing, complex, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater, set in a wholly unique world.

Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn't forgotten their warning to "stay
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Entangled: Teen
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Jul 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm just going to say this right off the bat; I honestly did not like this book. It was torture to get through half of it, and by 60%, I had enough.

This is my first DNF review, so I have no idea how I will go about this. It'll most likely just be a rant of what made me stop reading.

Basically, this beautiful cover is a lie. It's misleading, and I have yet again fallen into the trap of requesting just based on cover. I know, I know, but hey! That blurb was really interesting too. And I was reall
Briana (Reader, Writer, Critic)
Thanks to Net Galley and Entangled Publishing LLC. for the ARC!

Between the stunning cover and dramatic synopsis, who wouldn't want to read The Winter People? It is every paranormal lovers’s dream, drama, romance, mysterious "winter people," the looming threat of death, insanity, and of course magic. What more could you want?

Unfortunately, upon reading it I found that I could want a lot more. Starting out with the elimination of the "quadrangle" and Purdy calls it. Love triangles and similar situ
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
With so much pre-release hype around this book! But woe is me, it does not make for good reading my friends. Nope. What a terrible let down. I know you can't judge a book by it's cover, but look at it! It's gorgeous, but sadly what is inside is not so wonderful.

So what's the book about?

Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn
Mar 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
So Meh! Couldn't finish reading this book! :-(
PS: Don't fall for the cover!
Kayla (The Thousand Lives)
You know those books where at 5% you just know that this is not going to go well? This was one of those books. And I really hate saying that, because I wanted to like this book so much. I haven't had great luck with Entangled Teen's books, and I was hoping this one would change that. But honestly, I only forced myself to finish for two reasons: 1) I've DNFed too many ARCs in the past, and didn't want to do it again, and 2) I wanted to be able to rant having read the whole book so I could say in ...more
Jul 23, 2014 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Abandoned at 10%. The prose is lacking in the beauty I like in fae books, and the protag just seems so young. No rating as I didn't really get into the meat of the story.
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm just pissed right now.
Don't get me wrong, I liked this book! But the outcome of this story... no.

Let's begin with the characters.
We follow our main protagonist Salome, which is frightened of Winter and everything that comes with it. Snow, coldness, ice. You get what I mean. :D The reason for this is something that happened to her, when she was a child.

At the beginning of this book, her Grandparents travel to Arizona and Salome is left with the task of taking care of their estate. When she
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
I had a lot of problems throughout this book; everything from multiple occasions of insta-love to a main character who wouldn't stop crying... But overall I enjoyed it and the ending won me over
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First I would like to thank the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Doing so does not change my review in any way.

Oh my! I can't believe what a whirlwind of a ride I've just been on. This book kept me captivated from the very beginning. It's starts with a mystery that lasts just about the entire book. I had an idea of who and why but the how totally evaded me. Well done Rebekah, Bravo!

This is a book of suspense and mystery, mixed with ma
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
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After seeing this cover and then reading this blurb at NetGalley it was really hard for me to resist and not to request it. Weak as I am, I couldn't and now here we are. This blurb creates certain expectations I had for this book and sadly not all were fulfilled.

The Winter People promises you a really mysterious and unique world, which you get. Maybe not that unique world, as some unique elements of it, and that is something I really liked her. Another thing
Kimberly (Book Swoon)

The Winter People is a romantic fantasy at heart that's rich in atmosphere, as the author Rebekah L. Purdy creates a beautiful and deadly Winter-landscape as a backdrop to a suspenseful mystery and romance with a twist.  A unique mix of modern and fairy tale, where all is not as it seems.

First off, I must tell you that The Winter People completely sated my craving for a highly atmospheric, wintery setting that included a touch of Otherness that often accompanies anything related to fairy t

Paranormal Kiss
I really liked The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy. It is a wonderful young adult story about fantastical beings and a centuries old curse. There is romance but it is subtle and the hero isn’t definitive until near the end. Who Salome ends up with is part of the mystery of the book but I will say that I loved him and he was the one I was rooting for all along.

The plot is secretive and filled with misdirection. I was frustrated along with Salome at how those around her either couldn’t or would
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3

*My Thoughts*

When Salome Montgomery was SIX years old, she fell through the frozen pond on her grandparents property and nearly died. Luckily, someone saved her, and warned her to stay away from the woods or SHE will find her. Eleven years later, Salome still has hallucinations from nearly drowning and dreads when winter comes around. She doesn't wander very far from her property, and really only has one true friend in Kadie Byler who keeps h
Maria (highinthebooksky)
this book was a hell of a disappointment!
characters? meh! and love story ? insufferable boring!
it turned out totally different from what I thought in the beginning...
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A hauntingly lovely YA read, The Winter People was just wonderful. It started off slow, but got better and better as the book went on. By the end, I really liked it. From the magic, to the truly sweet romance, this book was fantastic.

I really only had one issue with the book, so I'll get that out of the way. It just took a long time for things to really start up. Up until about halfway through, I was only kind of interested. I had no idea what was going on, which was off-putting, because Salome
Carrie Slager
[Full disclosure: I requested and received a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

Through the first few chapters of The Winter People, I kept thinking “Oh no, there’s going to be a love triangle just like every other YA book out there.” Still, the premise of this book was interesting enough that even a love triangle couldn’t dissuade me. I was resolved to give it a fair try and I’m so glad I did.

Yes, The Winter People seems like it has your absolutely typical love trian
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Winter People was such an absorbing read! There was no end to the magic and the mystery, all wrapped in a little bit of romance and teenage angst and family drama!

There was so much misdirection in the story. One moment, I was sure I knew who filled what role... the bad guy, the good guy. And then a little bit more of the secrets would be revealed and I wasn't sure that I was right. Salome was at the center of it all, a teenage girl who suffered a traumatic near drowning as a little girl, lea
This is a YA Fantasy and Romance book. Unfortunately, in this instance, the mix of these two genres just doesn't work. The Fantasy story of battling fairies and a family bloodline tied to the feud is what kept me turning pages. Right from the start, the description of events that weld our modern day character to the centuries old struggle pulls the reader in. I'm not sure why the author felt the need to wander off the path by adding in romance elements, but it just disrupts the flow of the story ...more
Caitlin L
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. Unique and super cool (that pun though ;) ) The story line always kept me wanting to read more, even if my mind was also on QoS. Don't get me wrong, Qos is AMAZING. But there's so many deadlines I need to do for book reviews and I just don't have time between school and review deadlines. Anyway, the only bad critique I'd give is how oblivious Salome was of everything. I know as readers and us not being in her situation, we see what's there more. But seriously?! Could sh ...more
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
This book is amazeballs!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Rating: 3 Stars

Rebekah L. Purdy's The Winter People has a very unique fairytale-esque/fantasy/paranormal theme, which I definitely enjoyed. So many elements reminded me of some of my most beloved TV shows and books. The winter people themselves reminded me of Game of Thrones in a way with their white walkers, the whole fairytale aspect reminded me of Once Upon a Time and the 'bonding' took me back to my Vampire Academy spirit bound days
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really wasn’t sure what to expect going into The Winter People, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. To be honest, I was resistant because I have not had much luck with the fantasy genre lately. I am so happy that this finally broke my Fantasy slump!

The Winter People is about a young girl named Salome who has a terrible fear of Winter after falling into a frozen pond at the age of nine. Her fear is more of a phobia in that she does not
Sasha Hibbs
* I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review *

The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy is riveting! I finished this novel last night very late and had to take some time to digest everything that happened. I was truly astonished.

First, the cover is absolutely breathtaking. When first seeing it, I was in awe. It begged to be read. And so I did, and so it led me on quite a journey.

The preface of the novel introduces the reader to a traumatic event. We meet a very young Salome Montgomery be
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
First off I want to say I am glad I wasn't reading this while on my vacation :). I was surrounded by the woods and probably would have "heard" things while reading this book :).

Salome has been traumatized by a childhood accident that almost took her life. She fell into a frozen pond and was on the verge of dying when a mysterious being saved her. From that point on Salome has been terrified of winter. It causes her hallucinations that make her parents think she might be going crazy. She hears vo
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Review posted here...
I thought The Winter People was a really good read filled with mystery & intrigue.
Salome is left to see to the woods surrounding her grandmother’s house whilst she’s away for the winter – filling animal feeders, leaving trinkets in tress and the likes. This is a massive deal for Salome because she fears everything about winter; the snow; the cold; the ice and most importantly, the pond in which she nearly drowned in as a child that
Book Binger
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
At age six, Salome Montgomery fell into the ice-covered pond at her grandmother’s estate and almost drowned. Since then, Salome dreads winter and also starts having strange hallucinations.

The YA story begins when Salome’s grandmother (Doris) and grandfather need to leave the estate during winter and ask Salome, now 17, to return there to perform daily tasks.

On the first day at the estate, Salome meets Nevin, a beautiful pale boy, who tells her he has a key to the gated property. Nevin’s st
Betty Hernandez
Hmmmm where can I start?
This book took me into a roller coaster of emotions. I was rooting for both Nevin and Gareth, so I was really happy in the end. I can honestly say when it comes to stand alones this is in my top charts. You see the main character, Salome Montgomery, in the prologue is traumatized by a near death experience she had at the age of six. In which a voice in the woods tricked her into. Eleven years later she still fears winter, still hears the voices of the winter, and fears b
Whitney Lauren (ilovebooksgirl)
This winter wonderland is far from wonderful; "The Winter People" is a cold, dangerous world filled with romance, fear, deception and magic. Things are never as they seem especially when there are three impossibly good-looking guys, Colton, Nevin, and Gareth, who show up one after the other into Salome Montgomery's life, each with connections to her, each with connections to one another.

After almost drowning in the icy pond at her grandparents' house when she was six years old, Salome dreaded th
Heather Wood
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the premise of The Winter People! I never read a book before with a similar plot and I was really drawn into the atmospheric tale featuring the creepy wintry creatures that live in the woods behind the house of Salome’s grandparents. I definitely enjoyed the suspense so much more than Salome’s romantic complications.

Salome wasn’t a bad lead for the book and I liked her character development. At the beginning of the novel, she seemed to need saving way too much for my liking. However, she
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The End, through great sacrifice Salome saves the day and all is well for now. Her heart and soul sing to the one she belongs with. The Winter People felt a lot like a fairy tale but it ended a bit differently than most…if you’ve read it you know what I’m talking about ahem (castle, crown) if you haven’t read it then once you do you’ll know. Thank goodness there wasn’t a cliffhanger I would’ve died seriously died if there were. No this wrapped
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I was born and raised in Michigan (just look for the giant mitten on the map—it’ll likely throw a snowball at you). I spent most of my time in Michigan, but while in the army got to call KS, SC, MO, and CA home for awhile as well.

As a kid my family moved around a lot. Try spending both your freshman and senior years at new schools (yeah, loads of fun). I could’ve changed my name to “new girl”.


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