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Winter Wolf (New Dawn #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  969 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
Katalina Winter was prepared for life to change when she turned eighteen—but she never expected to actually change.

Learning that her birth parents were purebred wolf shifters is shocking enough. Now she’s expected to take her place in their unfamiliar world. Caught between two warring packs, Katalina must learn fast. One pack, led by the father she has only just met, wants
ebook, 241 pages
Published November 29th 2014 by Rachel M Raithby
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Kat Smith Yes it is #TheNewDawn Series and Book 2 is available now, check out my post for more details

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NiCoLeTa E.
Nov 24, 2015 NiCoLeTa E. rated it liked it
***3 "you're my home" stars***

Well, this was an interesting book, but i'm afraid that something was missing...
No, it didn't bother me that the story was less or more something that i have certainly read about it in the past, but i think that the plot was a little bit rushed and it was like missing something from Catalina's character...

I understand that she was feeling lost after all that she've been through lately, but i'm afraid that i didn't like her so much!!! She seems very weak with some
Mandy Sickle
Kat (Katalina) has spent her whole life living with her adopted parents found on the doorstep when she was six months old. Now on her 18th birthday after a terrible accident the only life she’s known has come to an end and a new world filled with wolf shifters has returned to claim her. Locked in the bedroom of a strange house with a man claiming to be her father while wolves patrol outside isn’t easy for Kat to accept. Her father wants her to bond with another pureblood wolf so that they have p ...more
Lucy Ibn al-Rashid
Jun 25, 2015 Lucy Ibn al-Rashid rated it it was ok

This book should be called 'Katalina in the Land of Clichés':

- normal teenager with happy life turned orphan all of a sudden - check
- teenager finds about hidden supernatural world - check
- girl is a supernatural being (in this case, a shifter) - check
- girl meets mysterious guy - check
- two guys fight for girl's attention - check
- girl falls automatically in love with said mysterious guy - check
- Woe-is-me, I can't live without you! - check
- there is an epic war going on between t
Mar 06, 2016 Dominika rated it it was ok
Oct 13, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing

5 sweet stars from me

What a lovely story, i was captivated from page one to the the last page!
Winter wolf is one of the best stories i have read about wolves.
Katalina's life changed at her eighteenth birthday, its the day she lost her adopted
parents and the day she learns a big secret about herself. She is a shifter and she is
claimed by her biological father's pack (River Run pack) and Sebastian. You see its not so simple
River Run pack and Sebastian's pack Dark Shadows are enemies. Another pr

"How can you be so sure? I don't fit in your world. I'm not sure I fit anywhere."
"I never fit in my world either, Kat. We are going to make a new world, just for us."


I'm tempted to give 4 stars to this book, but it wouldn't be fair and now I'll explain why.
This is one of those books which can relax you, which can make you think a lot less. It is something cute, well-written, but there's a lack in the plot: the protagonist finds out to be a shifter, a wolf of pure-blood and her world change,
Tracy Ehlers
Nov 28, 2014 Tracy Ehlers rated it it was amazing
Winter Wolf (A New Dawn Novel Book #1)- Rachel M Raithby.

Katalina has just turned 18, driving back from her birthday dinner with her Parents a horrible accident happens not only is the car upside down, but so is Katalina's world, with her Parents dead she finds herself dragged from the fiery car by Wolves. Wolves that can turn Human.. When she finds herself at her biological fathers, she learns that the world she knew and was comfortable in is not what she thought. Katalina falls and Mates with
Jan 17, 2015 Katrina rated it it was amazing
Did you ever feel like something was missing in you life ?

A part of you was missing ?

Even in the darkest moment of your life you find a light ?

For Katalina this happened after a horrid crash changing her life forever.

Winter Wolf captivated me from the sheer cover alone. I know never judge a book by its cover but in this case this book holds both . Its cover is stunning and this book is certainly enjoyable till you have turned that last page.

I had been ogling this book since it was released
Hooked On Books
Nov 18, 2014 Hooked On Books rated it it was amazing
Winter Wolf (A New Dawn Novel Book1) – Rachel M Raithby 5 stars - Amazing
Katalina has just turned 18, she is on her way back from a birthday dinner with her parents when she notices the wolves running alongside the car, she tells her dad. The car rolls and crashes, Katalina escapes but the car catches fire and her parents both die and her life instantly changes. She is rescued by a shapeshifter and now finds herself in a whole new unknown world, she ends up at her biological father’s house, lear
Book Junky Girls
Nov 16, 2014 Book Junky Girls rated it really liked it
Katalina feels like her life is in limbo. At 18 and graduated from high school she has no clue what she wants to do with the rest of her life. When a crazy car accident happens and her parents die her whole changes in the blink of an eye. She always knew she was adopted, but being confronted with her biological father and the world he is a part of are two different things. And when she finds out about the war she just landed in the middle of she has no clue what to do espically when the only per ...more
Oct 06, 2015 Leila rated it it was amazing

“I received this book from netGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.”

This was a very light hearted and easy read, I enjoyed it quite alright, and I actually read it in just two sitting! That’s rarely happens with me anymore but the easy writing and the flow of the story just barely kept me from a full night of sleep.

This book kept true to the werewolves’ world there was pack politics, mating, loyalty, actio
I haven't read many shapeshifter novels, but I thought this one was okay...though the plot was a little boring. All it seemed to be about was the romantic feelings between two characters, and the wolf aspect felt like an add-on. The main characters were nice, but I didn't like the insta-love. Sometimes it can work, rarely I think, but in this case it just made the whole story my opinion. My favorite characters were Toby and Karen. Toby for his loyalty and friendship with Kat. Karen beca ...more
Virgen Caraballo
Nov 16, 2014 Virgen Caraballo rated it it was amazing
Wow I really liked the book and the action. Katalina is one tough wolf shifter and stands up to her alpha father Jackson a lot. In such a short time she has suffered a lot and also finds out that she a wolf shifter and has to put up with a lot of things that she is not used to. She also finds her true mate Bass but he is of the enemey's clan, together they have to fight for their love and for they believe is right. Will their love be stronge enough to endore all that is to come? I would recommen ...more
Jun 18, 2016 Angie rated it really liked it
Winter Wolf by Rachel Raithby was a great read! I just really enjoyed this book from the very first chapter to the epilogue (I loved that ending, by the way!). I believe that Raithby definitely has a natural talent for writing: her characters are amazing (she made them so easy to love), the story has a perfect balance of action and romance, and her writing style just flows very well.

Although the plot of this book isn't a unique take on werewolves, I thought that Raithby did a great job of inco
Ashlea Rhodes
Jan 30, 2015 Ashlea Rhodes rated it really liked it
Winter Wolf. What can I say but wow, I will admit I have stayed away from books like this for some time and I was a little unsure how I would go reading this. But that first time I picked it up to read around 11pm and had to force myself to put it down at 3am. It had me hooked and I could not get it out of my head. So first thing in the morning I was picking it up again to read it. Kat is your young woman trying to find her place in this world. A lot of us can relate to that, but add to it losin ...more
May 06, 2015 Deborah rated it liked it

Had potential but.....

I seem to be on a never ending search for a really good shifter book, I try so many and I'm starting to think it must be me, am I really that hard to please.... no, don't answer that.
The book opens on Katalina's eighteenth birthday she's travelling in a car with her parents when she spots a wolf running beside the car, more wolves appear, her father is distracted causing a fatal car accident and it appears the wolves are actually after Katalina, she barely escapes
Debbie Poole
Dec 06, 2014 Debbie Poole rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The story flowed really well, with just enough action and romance to keep you interested.
The only problem is I thought it was too short. I would have loved it just as much if not more if it were twice as long,
or if there was going to be follow on books.
Andrea Garcia
2.5 Stars ~ Lack of plot and one dimensional characters
Winter Wolf is the first book in Rachel Raithby’s New Dawn series. This modern day Romeo and Juliet story is well-written and a fun read, but the plot was lacking something for me. There isn’t really anything special to set this book apart from any of the other urban fantasy/paranormal romances out there. Katalina discovers she’s a werewolf after a terrible tragedy occurs on her 18th birthday and she finds herself taken by her birth fat
Faith C.
Dec 10, 2014 Faith C. rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal). I’ll start by saying WOW! I picked up this book and was immediately sucked into the story and the characters. I didn’t want to put it down once I started reading it!

While I really appreciated the fact that the reader didn’t have to wait long for the excitement to begin, it did seem that the action declined slightly after the explosive beginning. There was plenty of drama throughout the book, it just seemed like
On the way home from Katalina Winter's birthday dinner celebrating her 18th birthday, there's an accident. Lives are lost and a young woman's world is turned upside down. Things are not what they seem and those childhood stories, could be true.

This was an awesome book! The first chapter starts off with a bang and it never stops throughout the book. Who are these were-people? Why are they keeping Katalina against her will and why is Jackson so angry? Katalina, or Kat, has much to learn about hers
Jenni Crawford
Dec 10, 2014 Jenni Crawford rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this book on behalf of KatsIndieBookBlog. I was excited to have a chance to read this great book, once I saw the cover I knew it was a must read and I wasn’t disappointed one bit! It all starts when an 18 year old Katalina is thrown into a completely different, secretive world after a huge accident. Not only did she find out that she is a shifter like her real father but there is also a war at hand. To make things even worse, her one true mate is actually the Alpha’s son on the enemy’ ...more
Jan farnworth
Nov 19, 2014 Jan farnworth rated it it was amazing
Totally loved this story it reminded be a lot of Romeo and Juliet with wolves. It was intense, the portrayal of the wolves as they fought against the other packs was very well done. I really liked Katalina she was a very strong character and was sucked right up into the story. I really wanted this to be a series and see more of the characters for this story.
A.C. Wilson
Dec 02, 2014 A.C. Wilson rated it it was amazing
Katalina Winter has lived the majority of her existence with a loving family while knowing she had been found on their door step. Her life was ordinary until her eighteeth birthday when everything she loved was taken away from her. In her parents' place was anger, resentment, blood, and wolves.
Sebastian Evernight is the alpha's son of the Dark Shadows pack. Sent to kill Katalina Winter, the alpha's daughter of the River Run pack, Bass knows in an instant that she's meant for him. She's his mate
Elizabeth Mansfield - A 1000 Lives Lived
**I received a copy, from LoP group on Goodreads, in exchange for an honest review**

Initial Thoughts: This is one of my favorite books of the year. It was so good! I loved the characters and the story. It was very well developed and had such a captivating story I couldn't put it down or help falling in love with it. I'm already excited for the next book!

The Characters & Story: Katalina, or Kat, just turned eighteen and is out with her parents when they get into an accident and dark colored w
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Dec 02, 2014 Fee (Ebook Addicts) rated it it was amazing
Kat has just turned 18 years old, and tragedy strikes. Kat and her parents get into a car accident where her parents die and she is attacked by wolves.

Only they aren't your run of the mill wolves they are shifters - werewolves!

Her life is turned upside down from that moment when she is rescued by some shifters who take her to their alpha - who she discovers is her biological father.

He wants to protect her whilst another pack wants her dead.

Then we meet Bass, the alphas son from Dark Shadow p
Krystle ~A Booknatic~
Nov 22, 2014 Krystle ~A Booknatic~ rated it it was amazing
This book, was really good. It's a great start for the “A New Dawn” series.
It starts out with action, that pretty much flows throughout it's entire length which kept me wanting to read more, and that's a plus for any reader in my opinion!

Katalina's world gets totally turned upside down, inside out, and blown apart in a whirlwind of time; and she's expected to fully understand the what and why of it all by people she has never met, and now they're the only family she has left. Caught up in a wa
Nov 12, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This is a really good book! Reminded me of a wolf Romeo and Juliet with a better ending. I couldn't put it down. Lots of action that kept me engaged but tame enough for adults or teens.
I loved Katalina aka Kat. She is a strong willed and strong minded character. Toby was so cute he made me giggle a few times. Cage was a true pack follower. And of course Sebastian aka Bass has a strong protective alpha personality but is also sweet and loving.
I can not wait till the next book in the series come
Nov 18, 2015 Trisha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"You are the ruler of my heart, Katalina Walker. There is nothing I wouldn't do for you. No line I wouldn't cross. You are mine. The soul mate for both my halves."

This book has a lovely cover. It drew me in and made me want to give a shape shifting story a chance - a genre I don't typically read.

I AM really glad that the ultimate insta love male wasn't alpha dominate, didn't nickname the MC with anything obnoxious and I did like that Kat had a little spunk (even if I didn't like her).

But, sadly
Nov 30, 2014 Kristy rated it it was amazing
This is the first of Rachel's books that I've read & let me tell you.... it was fantastic!! I couldn't put it down, I started it late last night & finished it just after 3am this morning. I love when the heroine is strong & sticks up for herself.
It was almost like reading 'Romeo & Juliet'.... Two house holds, both alike in dignity..... Anyway that's what I felt it was like at the start. But it's sooo very different.

Katalina is thrown into a world competely different to what she
Feb 23, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
**I was given this book in exchange for an honest review**

The novel Winter Wolf just proves to be another reason why Rachel M Raithby is one of my favorite authors. I read her other novel Lexia and I fell in love with her writing style.

Winter Wolf is completely different to Lexia but is another amazing read. The book begins with Katalina Winter gets into a car accident where her parents are killed. After the horrific accident her life turns completely upside down when she finds out she is a shi
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Rachel M. Raithby started her writing career in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. She draws her inspiration from the many places she has lived and traveled, as well as from her love of the paranormal and thriller movies. She can often be found hiding out with a good book or writing more fast-paced and thrilling stories where love always conquers all. A Brit who left the UK in 2008, she resides in a qui ...more
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