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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,795 ratings  ·  346 reviews
Where Emmeline lives, you cannot love and you cannot leave...

The Council's rules are strict, but they're for the good of the settlement in which Emmeline lives. Everyone knows there is nothing but danger the other side of the Wall, and the community must prepare for the freezing winterkill that comes every year.

But Emmeline struggles to be obedient under the Council's suff
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Harry N. Abrams (first published September 2nd 2014)
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Mia Nauca
2.5 estrellas... Empezó bien pero luego la protagonista se volvió insoportable... Tomaba mala decisión tras mala decisión.
Y la historia no fue lo suficientemente atrapante para mi gusto, bastante predecible.
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

Sometimes you just have to trust your gut. Here is the thing. I have seen the cover for this book a while ago and fell in love with it. This book has been on my wishlist for a long time, but then I started seeing some not-that-nice reviews for it and I cooled off. But my gut is something I always trust and it told me to go for it. I did and surprise, surprise it was totally worth it!

Firstly, I'm glad that this book haven't got labeled as retelling as I'm not
Sep 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Oh, where to start?

After reading about 20 pages of this book, I was ready to throw in the towel. I made myself read up to page 100 to see if things changed and the story did improve, but not enough for me to rate this book any higher than one star.

I found the writing distracting. The book is set in a village where people speak English or French. Since I live in a city where people speak both languages and sometimes do not notice which language they are speaking, I found that the way this book wa
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Um...WOW! Read this in one sitting. It was THAT GOOD. I didn't know what to really expect from this book and as I started reading it I thought it was going to be a remake of the movie The Village by M. Night Shyamalan but I was wrong! I was completely hooked by the end of paige one. Then I thought please don't let it be like the book The Forest of Hands and Teeth because I hated that book but I read on intrigued and wondering where this author might take this story.

This book is dark, creepy, rom
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
un 3.5 en realidad.
me ha gustado aunque la historia se me hizo algo lenta.
pero al llegar a la mitad del libro queria resolver todo y no pude parar de leer
2.5 stars

The Village meets The Forest of Hands and Teeth meets The Hallowed Ones.

Winterkill is a very atmospheric and lovely-written story that, though it has plenty of tension and suspense, feels long-winded and loses its effect halfway through the book because of the slow progression of the few events that take place in the novel. Ultimately, although it does have a couple of interesting new aspects to it, Winterkill is basically just like every other standard YA dystopian novel out there.

Beth  (YA Books Central)
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-hard-copy

"They are isolated....but not alone..."

So I will have to admit that the first thing that grabbed my attention towards this book.....was the cover. I mean what a seriously wicked, creepy cover. Winterkill is written in stakes in replace of fence posts, there is snow covering an entire village, and a young girl with a red robe running through it. Yep...I had to have this one.

Winterkill is about the journey of a young girl named Emmeline that is determined to discover the truth about her village.
Océano de libros
Emmeline vive en una aldea separada del mundo por un muro, un muro que los protege a ella y a sus habitantes del temido malmaci. Pero Em es una chica inquieta que no se conforma con eso y quiere saber qué hay más allá. Su insurrección puede costarle la vida pero ella está convencida de sus sueños.
Hacía tiempo que no me daba por el género distópico más que nada porque no quiero empezar trilogías que después se queden a medio publicar pero este libro fue un regalo así que… no ha sido una sorpresa
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pôvodne to mala byť len jedna hviezdička ale ku koncu to malo svetlé stránky no nie dosť, aby som sa pre tú knihu nadchla. Celý ten námet bol fajn avšak obsahovo to nesplnilo moje očakávania. Popisy síce boli dôkladné ale nekonečné. Takže sa v podstate toho moc neudialo a moju pozornosť to neustále strácalo, čím sa moje čítanie stalo nudné a unavujúce 😐

"They are isolated....but not alone..."

Winterkill is basically a rip-off of the movie “The Village.”

Let me tell you the resemblances.

Both, the book and the movie, were set in a walled village/town in middle of nowhere, surrounded by deep forest where mysterious creature roams; the beings are called here “malmaci” and in The Village they were called "Those We Don't Speak Of."

Aside from the similarities with the movie, the Setting is vague. A very little history behind how the village came to ex
"Emmeline knows she’s not supposed to explore the woods outside her settlement. The enemy that wiped out half her people lurks there, attacking at night and keeping them isolated in an unfamiliar land with merciless winters."

That part of the book description is what really made me want to read Winterkill. What was it that was lurking out there in the forbidden woods? The answer wasn't really all that surprising.

I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I got annoyed with Emmeline a few times
Zoe and the Edge
I find dystopians in which religion is heavily involved extremely creepy.
This book takes a while to warm up. I wasn't a big fan of the colonial setting and their slang and way of talking.
What I did appreciate was the mystery and Emmaline's bad leg. The author does some really marvelous work on that.
Emmaline is on the outside of the community. Her grandma did something bad and she carries the village people's rejection. Although it would seem that she is more concerned about it than most peopl
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars

Ha sido muy distinto a lo que esperaba. La historia transcurre de forma lenta, hay poca acción, el romance me parece pésimo y los personajes no han hecho mucha mella en mi. Pero a pesar de todo ha conseguido sorprenderme y engancharme. Sin duda alguna el punto fuerte es la ambientación y la forma en la que de viven. Me ha parecido sumamente curioso y he disfrutado bastante de ello.
Le ha faltado algo pero tiene algo que me sigue atrayendo.
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

4 Stars

Wow, what a surprisingly thrilling ride WINTERKILL was!! I was sure WINTERKILL was not going to be "My kinda book" but WHOA, my mind was changed pretty quickly! I highly enjoyed WINTERKILL, but I wasn't sure on how I was going to feel after it started. It was kinda slow, and dragged in the beginning. It felt like nothing was really happening besides a girl wanting to go out in the woods beyond. But it changed quickly after the first 15-20%, then I was in full flow of in engagement! I wa
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally review for an Author Spotlight here.

Winterkill is one of those books where no matter how long I make my review I still wont be able to get my entire point across. There aren't enough words in the English language to represent how much I enjoyed this book. I have been sitting on this review for almost a week and I am still at a loss for words but I am going to try to form the review this book deserves.

I ADORED Emmaline's character. She was so strong and brave. Her grandma'am has put a
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This book has already drawn instant comparisons with M Night Shyamalan's highly-disparaged film The Village. However, I am one of those nuts who absolutely ADORES The Village despite critical consensus, so that was nothing but a selling point for me, and you know what? Winterkill absolutely lived up to the creepy beautiful gothic vibe that was the main thing I adored about The Village. But that alone wouldn't make it a good book, and this was a REALLY GOOD BOOK. It was scary and tense. It was or ...more
Karenina González
OMG! ¿Por dónde empezar?
Este libro me llamó demasiado la atención desde el primer momento en que leí la sinopsis pero no fue sino hasta hace unos días que me animé a ponerle las manos encima. Me sorprendió encontrarme con una narrativa muy fluida desde el inicio y, como es de esperarse del primer libro de una serie, es algo introductorio al principio pero gracias a esa maravillosa narrativa las primeras 100 páginas pasan volando y cuando menos lo esperas estás enganchadísimo a la historia y no p
Lauren Elizabeth
I'm going to make this book review as short as I can:

The first half of this book was flawless(could've made its way into my favorites). Second half sucked.... Really bad.

*sigh* Final rating; 2.5 stars...

...I'm very disappointed...
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book as well. I stayed up until 2:45am reading it. At first it's a bit slow but when you get in to the middle it's so a really awesome book. Some bits are in French but the writer has translated it in a way which I really like and I can't describes and I would really like there to have been a second and third book. But unfortunately there isn't.
Zaskya Benítez
Abandonado 01-03-2019
Comencé este libro pensando que era de otro género ya que desde que lo añadí a la lista no había visto de que iba y al darme cuenta de que en lugar de novela negra, policíaca o thriller, era un libro de fantasía me chocó mucho. Desde entonces no pude conectar con la historia, además todo esto del muro me recuerda a game of thrones y no consigo meterme en la trama, pues a cada rato espero que pase algo relacionado a la serie. Honestamente no creo que sea un mal libro, simplem
Maria Dimitrova
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I picked Wintekill expecting it to be a fantasy novel and up until to last few chapters I was convinced it was. But by the time it was revealed what the malmaci is I was so caught up in the story that I no longer cared! I liked everything about this book (well almost everything) even though there was nothing exceptional - the story itself is quite familiar and I found it easy to slip into that world. There wasn't enough world building in my opinion but considering the setting it can be expecte ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Winterkill: Follow the Wayward Path by Kate Boorman was one of the best books I've read in a long time. I got the book free through a First Reads giveaway on Boorman is a fantastic writer! The characters, the time, & the setting seem so real. As I kept reading the book, I kept imagining something like an Amish or Puritan society. The main character is a 16 year old woman named Emmeline. She struggles with the stigma of being "stained", of having to bare the weight or her grand ...more
Cuando uno va saltando de libro en libro, buscando infructuosamente una lectura que realmente haga estremecer la fibra sensible, solo tiene que leer la primera página de "Invierno asesino" para saber que se encuentra ante algo distinto y valioso. Hay escritores que necesitan una carrera para hallar su estilo, su madurez, pero Kate Boorman es uno de esos extraños casos en los que parece que internamente ha ido curtiendo durante toda su vida lo que luego ha dado forma a través de la escritura. Y s ...more
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mi-estantería

Invierno Asesino es un libro que aunque no tiene un buen comienzo, su trama se va enroscando de tal forma que acaba atrapándote; acompañado además de unos personajes reales y bien construidos, con personalidades características que no te dejaran indiferentes. Boorman nos presenta un mundo donde el miedo siempre está presente y dónde los monstruos existen, aunque no siempre son como los esperan. Una trama llena de misterio, secretos, mentiras, valentía, amor, descubrimiento y aceptación. Un
Steve Altier
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was fascinated by the village they lived in, I wanted to learn more what was happing with the council members. Emmeline was a very likeable character, her waywardness was a nice way of saying she didn't follow orders very well. Kate Boorman, Great job! I had a hard time putting this book down. Yes I did order the sequel. Darkthaw, 5 of 5 stars for Winterkill.
Prvotina každým coulem.
Carina Olsen
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is my second time reading this book. I first read it almost three years ago now. Back then I gave this book a five stars. I loved it a lot. Yet I didn't read the sequels when they came out. And so now I decided to re-read this book, so that I can finally get to read book two and three. Oh. I'm not sure how to say this.

But, well. This time when reading this book I didn't really like it at all. And it breaks my heart. Because I do remember that I loved it. I had forgotten just about all the d
Kateřina Vašíčková
Nebylo to špatné, trošku i originální. Jenže příběh byl hodně často nezajímavý a dlouze se táhl. A když jsem knihu dokončila, měla jsem takový pocit, že ty postavy vlastně ani neznám. Tak snad v dalším díle už si s postavami dá autorka mnohem více práce :)
Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
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I received a finished copy of this book before the release date from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

2.5 of 5 stars. Please read my rating system further below. As a die-hard fantasy lover who hadn’t read a fantasy in over a month and a half, reading Winterkill to me seemed like a breath of fresh air, something to pull me back into a genre that
Heather A
My feelings on this book are somewhat mixed.

On the one hand, the good things I enjoyed about it was the writing was pretty good, the story telling was fairly captivating and it made quite a good page turner.

But a lot of things bothered me.

For starters, the setting. Unless I missed it, the reader is not given any sort of setting. We're told its a small settlement somewhere where there are deathly cold winters and the township is guarded by high walls and a locked gate at night and in the winter
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