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Red Winter

(Red Winter Trilogy #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  2,733 ratings  ·  464 reviews
Emi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess-and not once has she doubted her chosen fate. Shiro is a yokai, a spirit of the earth, an enemy of the goddess Emi ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published October 21st 2016 by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
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I swear, I really don't understand why such an amazing, beautifully written book about Japanese mythology with rich and gorgeous world-building, strong female character that goes through SO much character development, shameless flirting, romance that makes you scream OTP!!!! and such an intriguing plot is SO !! FUCKING !! UNDERRATED !!!!!!!!

Like, what the fuck man, y'all missing out on a gem. This book is so so wonderful, fuck I'm still so high on this, I CAN'T WRITE. okay, I need to organize ev
Tweebs♥️ (semi-hiatus)
**Edit: idk why i gave this 4 stars ?? am i dumb or wha?? **

“Actions change our course, influence our futures, but intentions define us, empower us. Without intent, we are nothing.”

How dare you, Annette Marie, How dare you.


I love this author because she has this amazing ability to grab my heart and crush it with her enthralling plots, outstanding characters, soul-crushing romance, and amazing world building. Red Winter, has been on my radar for a while. You ca
J.L.   Sutton
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the world-building going on in Annette Marie’s Red Winter, the first book in her Red Winter Trilogy. The downside was that even with a fair bit of action in the early going (including a friend’s death), it didn’t feel like the stakes were all that high. When it comes to our protagonist’s fate (which comes into focus a little bit later); however, the stakes are raised. For the last ten years, Emi has prepared to be a kamigakari, a vessel for the goddess, Amaterasu, and told that she wou ...more
Khadidja ~on hiatus~
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am so so soooo grateful that I've chose to start 2018 with this book i think it's the ONE right decision i made in my whole life.
This book is beautiful (i mean when i say Japan the first word that cross my mind is Beautiful.), delightful, catchy, fast-pacing (i didn't get bored while reading AT ALL and that is, dear friends, a miracle).
The fact that only a countable number of people read this book is a crime against nature.

Red Winter is an urban fantasy set in Japan, it's about this girl, Em
Mel Anie
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone, people who like fantasy with mythology elements
Rating: 5! And all the stars in the universe!!

Red Winter was such an amazing read which made it hardly possible to put this book down. Ever since the very first page, I was captured in this magnificent story which takes place in Japan. Main character, 18 years old Emi, is a kamigakari, a to-be-host for one of kami (god/ness). Ever since she's been chosen at the age of 8, Emi's been living in shrines where she's been trained for her role. In next few weeks, her life as a mortal will cease and
Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
“Actions change our course, influence our futures, but intentions define us, empower us. Without intent, we are nothing.”
3.5 stars

Red Winter
has been on my radar ever since I saw that beautiful cover and I kid you not, this book is just as beautiful inside as it is outside-apart from Emi, that is, she was not that beautiful but we're going to discuss that later. Not only it has rich world building based on Japanese mythology, great characters(not including Emi) and great action there are also m
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I highly recommend NOT doing the audiobook, because then you would miss out on the really wonderful illustrations that are dispersed throughout the story:

I have basically almost no background knowledge about Japan so going into this book I was, and still am, a bit confused about how much of the story is based on real Japanese folklore (kitsunes) and how much is made-up fantasy. So ignoring that aspect, since I don't know the answer to it, all I can is that I enjoyed this story of duty/honor/trut
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Scrill by: Sana
“Actions change our course, influence our futures, but intentions define us, empower us. Without intent, we are nothing.”

Ten years ago Emi was marked by Amaterasu to be the vessel as her human host to inhabit. Since then she has been preparing her body and soul for the moment that the kami will join with her. One day she finds out a secret that unravels everything she was led to believe. With the help of her natural enemy, a yokai, she decide to get the truth about the impending ritual and wha
Beatrice in Bookland
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
"Actions change our course, influence our futures, but intentions define us, empower us. Without intent, we are nothing."


First of all, why isn't this series as famous as it should be??

glee angry photo: giW4E.gif

It has literally everything you could ever want from a ya fantasy book:
- Emi, an amazing main character who grows and learns from her mistakes
- Shiro, the swoon worthy love interest (i love himmmmmm)
- Amazing and constantly developing worldbuilding
- Japanese mythology (I think it's supposed to be a retelling
hi guys i just reread this and [clenches fist] i love these characters SO MUCH.
If you guys liked the Steel & Stone series, you're definitely going to like this book.
I've only begun reading her books last year but in that short time, she's already managed to become one of my favourite authors. I love how she writes, both her characters and her plots. Each character is unique and you think you know them, their intentions, but then she slyly reveals that there's so much more to them. And her
Minni Mouse
I stayed up until 3AM finishing this and well, that was just fantastically unexpected. The first 20% had me expecting some quirky Chosen One silliness but we soon morphed into a delightfully entertaining story filled with Japanese mythology, adventure, shameless flirts, intimidating dudes, and fantastic character growth for our heroine.

Emi is the Kamigakari - a human who will be the vessel for a powerful goddess at the next solstice. This means that between now and the next solstice, she has to
Lonna | FLYLēF
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
THE FECUNDITY OF Annette Marie’s imagination never ceases to amaze me. In this magical debut, Red Winter, she spins an enchanting tale of fantastical magic, supernatural creatures, mysterious heroes, and forbidden romance, against a wildly gorgeous and exotic backdrop of Japanese mythology. This is a HUGE treat for fans of fantasy and diversity!

Beyond its breathtaking cover and 10 full-page illustrations, Red Winter completely immerses readers in a beautiful world mined from the richly fertile a
EDIT: 8/14/18
Rereading this completely perfect book a year later because obviously



5 stars

I can't believe how much I loved this book.

In a world full of over-used tropes and magic worlds, Red Winter stands out as one of a kind. The magic and mythology of this world is so unique and reading it was like a breath of fresh air. Once the story got going, I was hooked.

The characters in this story are wonderfully written. Emi is timid, but she has every reason to be. From the age of 8, she h
Sunny ✨wordslikefury✨
“Actions change our course, influence our futures, but intentions define us, empower us. Without intent, we are nothing.”

This is my first time reading a Japanese fantasy, and the only thing I found disappointing is why I didn't pick it up sooner. I started listening to the audiobook, when my friend told me there was cool illustration in the actual book. So I ended up purchasing the ebook and I am SO GLAD that I did. I'll post a few of the art below.

This story follows a girl named Emi, whose s
why is this book so unpopular??????

Nearly two years ago, I dnf'ed a book that was supposedly inspired in Japanese culture. It was a HUGE let down because I was expecting a book about a plot centered in the japanese folklore, with amazing characters and an amazing japanese-inspired story. That book was Ink and when I read it, it was just your typical and super average insta-love YA story. I was sad. I was angry. Because I really wanted to find a book with a good japanese setting, because japanese
I just realized that this is the 100th review I've written for NetGalley, and I wanted to celebrate with this gif


I can't express how beautifully this book is written.
The plot is amazing, the pace is just perfect, and the characters are well-developed and unpredictable. Reading this book was an adventure, there was no dull moment. But I have to say, I enjoyed the style it was written in most of all.
I look forward to seeing what's next in the series.
I recommend this book.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Katherine by: Petrik
This might be the most underhyped YA fantasy series and I don’t understand why. It was great. I was in reading slump for months, and then my boyfriend recommended this book to me (even though he hasn’t read it but he’s intrigued by it) because he knows that I love Asian-inspired fantasy books, and turns out I really enjoyed this book and I finished it in 3 days. This book could be the cure for my months-long reading slump.

What intrigued me to read this book, it’s because I never read a book bas
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
This is one the most interesting and incredible YA reads I've found to date. I was initially drawn in my the promise of the Asian influence from the blurb and was not let down in the slightest by the rest of the book, it's simply gorgeous (and that goes for the next two books in the trilogy too!).

The whole plot of the book was beautifully rendered by Annette Marie, the characters are full and rich and the world building is just phenomenal. The addition of the stunning illustrations just give the
yeva &#x1f422;
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to yeva &#x1f422; by: Sana
Guys, I am 110% grateful for my friend to continuously annoy me by recommending this book and bringing it up in EVERY conversation because oh m ygod!!!!!! This is literally the best book I've read about Japanese mythology to date!!!

The writing and world building are so lush and beautiful and ugh oh my god I so badly want to be transported in this world!!!!!

The characters are super sweet. Shiro is my little flirtty small son and Emi is one of the strongest, loving and kind characters! Definitely
Jessaca Willis
I am utterly speechless! It has been ages since I have gotten this excited about a book series (I think the last one was A Court of Thorns and Roses), and I was not anticipating it when I randomly stumbled onto this free Kindle book.

SO glad I downloaded this one.

I’ll admit, I had a few reservations at the start. When I first noticed that the book included a glossary for all of the Japanese terms that would be used, I almost stopped reading. Had it been a paperback—no problem. But the thought of
may ❀
i mean, it was alright, but it wasn't spectacular. the art was phenomenal tho

RTC some time in 2018

A huge thank you to Lindsey for first bringing this series to my attention and making me curious enough to request it from Xpresso Book Tours. It's quickly become one of my very favourite YA series EVER.

This book (and series) was unlike anything I had read before. THIS BOOK IS A GEM THAT SHOULD BE ON YOUR TBR. It's amazing. Seriously.

Go read it.

Not only is the COVER divine but guys there are gorgeous illustrations included in the book making the whole thing a truly wondrous piece of art.

I hav
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of "Невеста Бога воды", "Очень приятно, Бог", "Бездомный Бог", "Лис из секретной службы"
Аннетт Мари "Алая зима"

9 из 10

YA, фэнтези
POV: от третьего лица
Геометрия чувств: прямая, но не ждите развития отношений в первой же книге
Отличительные черты: японская мифология, ненавязчивая любовная линия

WOW. Какой однако приятный сюрприз!
Потрясающая серия книг с увлекательным сюжетом, выдающимися персонажами, тонкой любовной линией и интересным, оригинальным мироустройством. Честное слово, у этой серии книг есть все самое необходимое для стоящего фэнтези-романа и это тот редкий с
Cheryl La Pa
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology, fantasy
Wow! What a ride!

Ms Marie has done it again with another outstanding series that had me hooked and begging for more. I loved everything about this book – the pacing, the characters, the world building, and the plot.

Emi has been preparing since she was eight to become the human host of a goddess. She is focused, disciplined and honoured to be chosen. Until she learns the truth behind the lies and questions everything that she has been taught to believe.

Emi has led a very sheltered life and long
Dani - Perspective of a Writer
Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours and Dark Owl Fantasy for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Emi is a kamigakari, the human host of an immortal goddess called Amaterasu. Since the age of 8 she has had to carefully sacrifice to become the pure vessel Amaterasu needs to descend and walk the earth once more. A few months before Emi will become Amaterasu's receptacle she becomes aware of what she is giving up for this honor... and it is not okay! Then she meets Shiro, a yokai and
Haadiya // Hiatus
4.5 stars

I missed my babies so much ohmygod

I just remembered all over again why I love this series so much and I love it even more now which also makes me angry that this series is underrated AND IDK WHY ITS SO GOOD IT DESERVES HYPE


4 stars
Ohmygod guys, this was so good, my heart.

First and foremost, people, this is a Japanese retelling, a Japanese retelling!! All those years of watching anime and reading manga has led me up to this point *sniff*
And Listen, the illustr
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
09/11/2018: Read again for the third time!

This story has been on my mind since I first read the series. What brings this series to life is the unforgettable characters and the extremely vivid world-building. The chemistry between the characters really makes them stand out. The premise of the story is compelling and intriguing. This is truly a series that I could read again and again. All of Annette Marie's books are magical and captivating. She is a talented storyteller that will capture your h
FIRST off, let me tell you that I've had one shitty day that definitely called for wine. LOTS OF WINE PEOPLE. Now that I got the wine situation covered well it was time to knock out some super awesome - okay not really - reviews!

Red Winter started off so freaking slow. Like picture taking a nap for 3 days and wake up to only have read a chapter within that time span. YEAH, slow. Then about half way, maybe before that, it picked right up. Everything got so much clearer, brighter, more amazing-er(
Kristen Kooistra
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Emi was a different sort of character for me. She's the girl who's devoted her life to basically being as boring as possible so she can be ready for a kami to possess her body. She's already preparing to give away what's left of her life in the kami's service. She's not resigned or coerced even. She's genuinely excited to be doing this.

It was actually helpful to be so close inside Emi's head because seeing her thoughts helped make her interesting and human despite--as stated--being boring. At le
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Annette Marie is the author of YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, and romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced urban fantasy, bold heroines, and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has politely inquired as to whether she intends to incl ...more

Other books in the series

Red Winter Trilogy (3 books)
  • Dark Tempest (Red Winter Trilogy, #2)
  • Immortal Fire (Red Winter Trilogy, #3)
“Actions change our course, influence our futures, but intentions define us, empower us. Without intent, we are nothing.” 21 likes
“Because you are more to me now. Because you keep secrets like a kami and I’m curious what you hide. Because you are lonely and scared and I don’t understand why. Because you trust me when you know you shouldn’t. Because I believe you when you say you will keep your word.” 14 likes
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