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Winter Wolf (New Dawn #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  1,259 Ratings  ·  181 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 Yes it is #TheNewDawn Series and Book 2 is available now, check out my post for more details

I feel that the series title is a…more
Yes it is #TheNewDawn Series and Book 2 is available now, check out my post for more details

I feel that the series title is a good one, as these stand alone stories are about new beginnings for the characters :D(less)

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NiCoLeTa E.
Oct 13, 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
Lucy Herondale

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
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
Feb 27, 2016 Dominika rated it it was ok
Oct 06, 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

A. Cook
Jan 02, 2017 A. Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rachel-m-raithby
Great First Entry

This was a fast passed story that keeps the reader's attention from beginning to end. The main characters and secondary characters of developed and interact well together. Well worth picking up.
"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
Oct 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 15, 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
Nov 13, 2014 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
Nov 13, 2014 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
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
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
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
Oct 05, 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
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
Oct 08, 2015 XxTainaxX rated it really liked it
This story doesn't win awards for plot originality but was still a fun and cute read. Bass is the bad boy son of the enemy and Katalina has had her world turned upside down. They find their way to eachother and develop a friendship tempered with attraction. The side characters are interesting as well. The story lends itself well for more books.

ARC given in exchange for an honest review.
Jan farnworth
Nov 02, 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.
Debbie Poole
Nov 03, 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.
Oct 23, 2016 That1BookGirl rated it liked it
I got this book because it was free on prime and looked like 'fluff'. It was an ok book but little to no plot or character development. Quick read but nothing new or really exciting.
Oct 15, 2014 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Young Adult /Paranormal Readers
Recommended to Kat by: Author

Congratulations to Rachel on being picked up by #Skyscape
I am currently reading my copy of the Re-edited version of #WinterWolf and its just as awesome as ever, tighter and more polished, I get to fall in love with Bass all over again and look for the new content in the re-edited version.

This book is great for all readers - Teen to the Adults who never want to grow up and loose that wonder of young love and Paranormal romance.

Seriously I will read YA until
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
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
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
Nov 19, 2014 Sabrina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved, shifters
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal).

Winter Wolf was AMAZING! From the very beginning I was hooked, and I couldn't put this book down! Raithby is a breath of fresh air and on my must read list! I need book 2 now!!
Katalina is 18 years old and out for a Sunday night venture with her parents when tragedy strikes. Thrown into a whole new world Kat is unsure what to believe, for she is a River Run Wolf....Given up by her birth parents to keep her safe fr
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
Oct 18, 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
Oct 07, 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
Krystle ~A Booknatic~
Oct 20, 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
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 has lived in New Zealand, and Australia, ...more
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