Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Winter Wolf (New Dawn, #1)” as Want to Read:
Winter Wolf (New Dawn, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Winter Wolf

(New Dawn #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,348 ratings  ·  291 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
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Winter Wolf, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
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)
Emily Swope Campbell Fantasy, yes. If you are talking living breathing wolves, then it unrealistic.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.73  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,348 ratings  ·  291 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Winter Wolf (New Dawn, #1)
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***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 so
Lucy Qhuay

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
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
bella farren
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
2 / 5 star

This book was strongly reminiscent of the wattpad werewolf books I used to devour in high school, so I found it oddly nostalgic.

This was pretty cliche, following eighteen-year-old Kat as her adoptive family is attacked and killed by a pack of wolves who she later finds out are werewolves. Saved by her biological father's pact, she quickly realises he wants her back to breed and create more purebred wolves.

When she finds her mate in the son of their enemy pack, the two have both pacts
A. Cook
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.
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, netgalley

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

Tracy Ehlers
Oct 28, 2014 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 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
Francesca yogi.reader
"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
Tiera McMillian
Available to read and listen via Kindle Unlimited. I did go with the narration throughout the whole book thinking that the narrator was not that bad, however now that I've seen some of my friends reviews I'm thinking maybe I should have gone for the read myself. I am thinking, now, that the narrator may have really skewed my view of the FMC's character and personality. I think that this was just an ok story, though it had decent world building the lack of backstory about the supernatural world i ...more
After a horrific accident that kills her parents, Katalina Winter is dragged off by her birth father to recuperate. There she finds out that she is a wolf-shifter, and that there is a war going on between her father's pack and the Dark Shadow pack. This war has been raging for 18 years, is the reason her father gave her up as a baby, and the reason a pack of wolves were waiting at the crash site trying to kill her. Kat would be more thankful for the rescue, but her father is domineering and angr ...more
Malischa Weijkamp
Wow this is a good one🥰
Nov 13, 2014 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
Winter Wolf.. oh where do I start?

Okay, first I'll go with the story then the characters.

Now the plot could've been a smidge better in my eyes. Yes, the beginning hooks you right in because there's a death. However, it quickly screeches to a hault when you find out Kat, the MC, basically engaged to someone she's never met and then the MC starts to WHINE, a lot. Then there's a bunch of predictable crap happening every now and then. Some funny moments. A lot of cringing by me but that's mostly th
Ashlea Rhodes
Nov 13, 2014 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 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 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 rated it liked it

“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 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
Jan farnworth
Nov 02, 2014 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.
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Oct 08, 2015 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.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.. I can't wait to see where the next book takes us
Oct 23, 2016 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.
Jessica Belmont
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had a bit of nostalgia reading Winter Wolf because this is definitely a story I would have devoured in my teenage years. I think it’s great, and it’s really well written. Rachel M. Raithby has a great talent for writing interesting world-building and characters.

My criticism is that it’s a bit cliche. We have the story of a normal teenager who finds out about the hidden supernatural world and falls in love with a mysterious hottie. This is only a slight criticism, really, because I enjoyed read
Laura..devouring books like crumpets
This was a bit of a mediocre read for me..... For the first guarterof the book Kat is locked in a room for the next 50 percent or so shes hanging out with Bass and her grandma, the final turn picks up a bit but its over before its started.

I did the Audio version and the Narrator to make Bass sound sexy makes his voice all croaky and to be honest there wasn't much difference between him and the grandma, i wanted to jump in the book and offer him a lemsip or a throat soother....

Kat was so annoying
Juanita Johnson
I love werewolf stories. I like them because I can always count on plenty of action. However, this one just didn't have enough action. It spent a lot of time describing how much in love Sebastian and Katalina were instantly in love. And went around in circles describing, in part, the people. But the characters weren't fleshed out enough and the action scenes were nil. I picture people waiting around to have their turn to attack while at the same time being the center screen.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 Stars.
The female MC annoyed me a bit at times but I enjoyed everything and everyone else!
instalove + cheesefest + whiny immature MC = my worst nightmare
Oct 15, 2014 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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Unbound (The Forbidden Bond, #1)
  • The Hunt (The Hunt, #1)
  • The Quarterback Alpha (The Smoky Hills Academy, #1)
  • Mated to the Alpha King (A Royal's Tale #1)
  • Unique, Different, Found (Nightfall, #1)
  • The Pack (The Pack #1)
  • For the Love of a Wolf (For the Love of a Shifter, #1)
  • Shift (Southern Werewolves, #1)
  • Shades of Fury (Raven Point Pack, #1)
  • Wicked Wolves and Tangled Truths (Blood and Magic: Hellbound #1)
  • The Alpha (The Pack #3)
  • Wolf Bound (The White Wolf Prophecy, #1)
  • One True Mate (Westin Pack #1)
  • Bloodshed Academy: Year One (Bloodshed Academy, #1)
  • Finding Nikki: A White Mountain Pack Novel
  • The Curse Keepers (The Curse Keepers #1)
  • Outsider (Outsider, #1)
  • Shifted Rule (The Wolves of Forest Grove, #3)
See similar books…
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 many places, she now resides ...more

Other books in the series

New Dawn (5 books)
  • Wolf Dancer (New Dawn #2)
  • Wolf Sight (New Dawn #3)
  • Lost Wolf (New Dawn #4)
  • Wolf Queen (New Dawn #6)

News & Interviews

As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of...
45 likes · 10 comments
“She’d wanted nothing more than to escape Jackson’s and go home, yet now she was beginning to see that it was the people who made a home, not the place, and her home was dead.” 2 likes
“According to Urban Dictionary, douche or douche bag means: ‘Someone who has surpassed the levels of jerk and asshole, however not yet reached fucker or motherfucker.” 1 likes
More quotes…