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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  63 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Book 1 in the Bloodline of Yule Trilogy
Winner, 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel
Nominee, 2017 Anthony Award for Best Children's/YA Novel
Charity Jones is a 16-year-old engineering genius who’s much-bullied for being biracial and a skeptic at her conservative school in Oak County, California. Everything changes when Charity’s social wor
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published November 2nd 2016 by Raw Dog Screaming Press
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Maria I was already a fan of Daniele Serra's artwork before the publisher told me they were hiring him to do the cover art. It's a different approach for…moreI was already a fan of Daniele Serra's artwork before the publisher told me they were hiring him to do the cover art. It's a different approach for him, and I think it's beautiful. When you hold the book, you'll see some amazing subtleties in the art in how he pulls together Charity, the snow, and the terrible creature that lurks below. I hope he'll be doing the cover for the next book!(less)
Maria California is a really large state, and the cultural differences between counties are as vast as regions of the U.S. itself. Maybe not in Los Angeles…moreCalifornia is a really large state, and the cultural differences between counties are as vast as regions of the U.S. itself. Maybe not in Los Angeles or San Francisco, but in the less "metropolitan" parts of California, it can still be very conservative and definitely more homogeneous racially.

But that alone isn't what gets Charity bullied because her brother -- who does a lot harder drugs than pot -- doesn't get bullied. All you have to do is stand out in a way people don't like for whatever reason, and you'll get taken down. That's not limited to your age, race, gender or location. (less)

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Archit Ojha
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA Lovers
4 rock solid stars.

Justifies the tag of a page turner.

Charity Jones' life was not at all normal. At 16, she's bullied by many people at her school for many reasons. A young boy, Adrian is brought by her parents to their home to stay with them. Charity is pretty upset about it but soon she accepts him and finally falls for him.

But everything's going to be messed up quite soon and you have to be ready to see the tables turn. To see less unexpected from YA novels. You have to hole your breath and
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Snowed is a story about Christmas, but it is definitely not like your usual schmaltzy Christmas book. It stars Charity Jones, a sixteen-year-old biracial student with a natural talent for all things science and engineering. At her high school in a conservative county of California though, this only gets her mercilessly bullied because she is different. Thankfully, for Charity there’s one bright spot in this bleak situation
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
After quite a bit of thinking, I'm giving this book 4/5 instead of 3/5 because even though there were parts of it that really bothered me (more coming up on that soon), I have to give credit for it being a very diverse, horror-filled Christmas tale. Charity Jones is a 16 year old attending school in California. Her mother is an attorney/social worker, her father, a weapons engineer, and her brother, a punk. Charity has an eclectic group of friends and she herself is bi-racial. One day she comes ...more
Rowena Lundquist
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Maria Alexander has written a top-notch YA novel. The book's heroine, Charity Jones, is an intrepid, fierce 16-year-old who, at the beginning of the tale, is coping with an increasingly troubled family life and prejudicial backlash at school because of her skepticism about God. Although the story seems a bit emphatic in a vague, anti-christian way, the message is quickly dropped as it develops from a teen-angst tale into a taut monster mystery. The story is smart and polished. It takes a popular ...more
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: november-2016
Disclaimer: The author and I share a publisher, and I helped proofread this novel before publication.

If I had not been reading this novel on an expensive electronic device, I’d have thrown it across the room when I got to the ending. But not because it was a bad book. On the contrary, this book was such a fun adventure that the cliffhanger ending made me want to lose my mind. I did, however, accost the author to find out whether a sequel was forthcoming. Good news! One is definitely in the works
Nov 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: discarded-shelf
I just couldn't. There are so many things that kept throwing me off of this one that I really couldn't find a reediming quality for it.
- Charity is bullied to the point of protesters outside her club and death threats to her mobile. But no one does nothing. Except teachers with some verbal amonestations and some kind of apk that stops hate mail.
- new guy on the block. Only it is in tbe same house. Polite and nice. with a dark past. No one knows where he comes from because he isn't telling, but t
Kristen Burns
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Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sixteen-year-old Charity Jones is a genius. She is also the victim of bullies for her smarts, her weight, her biracial heritage, and her skepticism which doesn’t play well in this small Conservative Christian town and school. After a particularly rough day, she is furious to discover that her liberal parents have brought a young seemingly homeless boy, Aiden, to move in with them. However, he quickly wins her trust and then her heart.

Then she learns who his father is and why he has run away. And
I didn't know that much about this book when I started reading, so I was in for a surprise when I found out who Aidan really was and what family he came from.

Charity Jones is not your typical teenager girl - she's a science genius and popular target for bullying at her school. However, when her mother brings home Aidan, a homeless boy, everything changes. The self-conscious girl can't believe there's actually someone interested in her, and soon she experiences her first true love. However, a hap
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
it was a light and fun read. i was in one of my reading slumps and with the help of this book was able to overcome it. there is a lot going on this book and it is completely filled with adventure and there is also a cute romance between the main character.
you can definately try out this book you wont be dissapointed.
read my full review on my blog
I’ll admit, I chose this book based on the cover. Well, I received a free review copy from LibraryThing, but my request was because of the cover art. It is eerie and wonderful.

I am not a huge fantasy fan, but I could not put this book down. Charity, the main character, was someone I could relate to, even though I am not a STEM person or a skeptical. I was bullied for being different back in high school. I am unfamiliar with Krampus, having only just learned about him last year thanks to American
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was entirely not what I expected--in a good way. It started out much like many other YA novels, then took a sharp turn and never looked back. I loved that Charity is smart and clever and bi-racial and all the things heroines usually aren't. She falls in love, but it doesn't make her IQ drop in the process. The mythological aspect with Aiden is awesome and unique. I don't like cliff-hangers, but the epilogue kept it from being too much of one. Things are in motion for the next book, not just ...more
Nicole Jones-Dion
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you like your YA supernatural fantasies a little on the dark side, "Snowed" is a great read. A smart, capable heroine mixed with teenaged romance and a touch of horror... plus it's a Christmas book! This beauty uses her brains, not brawn, to defeat the beast. Without giving too much away, it was fun to see one of my favorite holiday characters make an appearance in a totally new, original take on his mythology. Very inventive, clever, and fun.
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy cr@p.


I am an avid reader of Young Adult fiction, and have been for years. Snowed is one of the best modern YA books I've ever read, period. I literally could not put it down: I stayed up reading until 5:00 a.m. because I was so drawn into the world and the plot.

[DISCLAIMER: I know the author personally. This has not influenced my review.]

Snowed is written from the first-person point of view of our main character, Charity Jones. Charity is simply wonderful. For one thing, she's rea
Yvonne Davies
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-read
Charity is a 16-year-old genius this has caused her to be an outcast at school. What hadn’t helped is she was the founder member of the Sceptics Club due to her non- religious ideas. Aidan is a homeless boy that Charity’s mom bought home, talking like he has stepped out of a Jane Ayre novel, he will not tell anyone about his family and where he has come from. There is an instant attraction between them but when one of Charity’s bullies turn up dead, Charity and Sceptic club start to investigate ...more
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16-year-old Charity Jones has had it tough her whole life, she’s an outsider, not just because she's bi-racial, but she's also way above average in intelligence, pretty much a death sentence if you’re trying to be popular. When her family picks up and leaves the suburbs of Los Angeles for the suburbs of Sacramento, a hotbed of conservatism, this fish out of water is dumped from the frying pan into the fire!

When Charity starts a support group for people that question God, her popularity which was
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Snowed is a rather different kind of holiday read.. If you prefer teen-angst and monsters to just another feel-good Christmas story, this is probably what you are looking for.

It wasn’t really my cup of tea, but since it’s a short story I was able to finish it quite easily. Even though the real crazy, horror stuff is saved for the second half, it was the first part that I found hard to believe. The main character is supposed to be an incredibly smart girl, but she comes across so young and naïve
D.J. Adamson
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sixteen-year-old Charity Jones is bullied for being bi-racial and a skeptic. When her mother brings home a teen runaway, and her worst enemy becomes brutally slain, her life doesn’t begin to change as much as a battle wages for her fight.
It is very easy to understand why Alexander’s YA novel is nominated for so many awards. She has the ability to carry both the YA market and an adult audience along on a supernatural fantasy. Her surprise ending comes as a mixed surprise, yet she’s satisficed re
Stephanie Wytovich
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a delightfully, refreshing winter read! Especially as I'm currently encased in Pittsburgh's chilled embrace...

SNOWED quickly swept me up in a storm of strong characters, mythological fantasies, and a romance that balanced out the horror of Krampus...and growing up. Charity Jones is a fantastically brilliant character and her wit and charm proved both intoxicating and inspiring. I look forward to seeing what she (and Alexander) do next, and as I quite literally couldn't put this book down, i
Van Ottergirl
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't read a lot of YA, although I'm happy to say the number of those titles has been increasing for me every year because there is a lot of wonderful material that even adults will enjoy. Having loved the author's previous book, "Mr. Wicker," I knew I had to check this one out. It's about a biracial teen, Charity, who shares her father's aptitude for engineering. Her parents adopt a new foster brother, Aidan, who is a mystery from the start. Things go down a terrible path when Charity discove ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title: Snowed
Author: Maria Alexander
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Rating: 4/5 Stars

I have to say, this book was hilariously wonderful to read during the holidays. It was so different and fun compared to the other "typical" Christmas novels that come out around that time. It's got the perfect mix of paranormal and teenage cynicism, and Charity and her Skeptics Club are exactly the people you want in this situation. The plot itself was filled with twists and turns, right when you think you had
Donald Armfield
"He is the claws. The Keeper of sin. A very bad son. We must...please...the father"

Alexander's holiday cheer is smashing. It won't give you a chill of horror, but keeps you rocking in your seat, as you read eagerly to see what will happen next. Take everything you know about the evilness of Santa and place it in a box. "Snowed" has a new twist on the Krampus spirit and to think the REVENGE we'll just have to wait until the snow falls again to find out how it will spill.

Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Copy received via NetGalley for an honest review.

Not even gonna bother. But why though? Why do I see so many stars on this book?

I hated it but I still gave it 2 stars. Why? Well, the story was good, great even. It had a surprisingly dark twist to our favorite Christmas legend. And the diversity - the main character is a biracial, robot-making skeptic, with a sharp tongue and mind. She also has a friend that's gay and at least one or two more who aren't white. But I am not going to say HO-HO-HO
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
This book follows Charity Jones who is an engineering genius who is also a free thinker at a very conservative school. Charity is constantly bullied at her school for her belief system. She has a few close friends from engineering who stand by her side. The story has really two parts at first we are hunting for a beast and then we get a complete picture of what is going on after. I am going to try really hard and not give any spoilers in my review, it will be challenging since the book takes a l ...more
I don't know how to start this because once again I don't know what I really feel about this book.
I will try to talk about the book itself and I will write along what I felt about it.

The main character of this story is Charity Jones, a young girl who is bullied in school by others because she is different. By others, I mean all the usual bullies, cheerleaders, and the jock types. She is an intelligent girl with a natural talent for science and engineering. Her life is treating her really bad, b
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc_reviews
Glad I had saved 'Snowed' for this time of the year - although I had forgotten what it was really about and turned out to be more perfect than I thought. A tale in which Maria Alexander lifts a corner of the veil on Sinterklaas, Krampus & Santa.

Obstacle number one COULD HAVE BEEN the romance part, yet it did not bother me at all (people who know me might not believe it haha)! Stereotyping the characters was something which made me stumble more. First I wanted to give it the benefit of the do
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
What a strange twist in this book. I really did like it and was very original, just has me still scratching my head a bit.
Charity Jones has a huge problem fitting in. She's bullied for her unpopular views but is tough enough to stand up for what she believes in. Her and a group of friends start a Skeptics Club where she can just be herself. Her mother brings home a foster child, a boy Charity's age named Aidan. He seems from another planet and will tell no one where he's from or about his famil
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Romance and speculative fiction combine in a fun, twisty, and seriously page-turning read. I'm slapping a hand across my mouth (symbolically) to prevent giving away this engagingly alternative interpretation of a classic story. All I can say is: 'Tis the season to read SNOWED.
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Maria Alexander is a produced screenwriter, games writer, virtual world designer, award-winning copywriter, fiction writer, and poet. Her stories have appeared in publications such as Chiaroscuro Magazine, and Paradox, as well as acclaimed anthologies with legends such as Clive Barker, David Morrell and Heather Graham.

Her debut novel, Mr. Wicker, won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Super
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