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Red Winter

(Red Winter Trilogy #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  7,476 ratings  ·  963 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
I was bored out of my mind reading this. The pacing is slower than my 5K time (which is, in turn, more tired than a sluggish, sleepy snail), the characters aren't convincing, and the love interest annoyed me.

Imagine reading a book advertised as "hate to love" that's actually, I don't know... hate to love. I'm still looking. What we have here is "mild dislike to instant attraction," which is lackluster, boring, and predictable. Shiro is obviously the love interest. I could tell as soon as he walk
Lia Carstairs
i never thought it was possible for me to love this more than i did the first time, but it is.

best Japanese mythology based, slow-burn, enemies-to-lovers book i've ever read🥺

this trilogy is so underrated and that's totally unacceptable. it deserves all the love. Like it has almost everyone's favourite trope, enemies-to-lovers , AND it's based off of Japanese mythology which I've barely seen in the book world.

it breaks my heart seeing how only about 6.5k ppl have read this *sobs* it deserves
**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 c
J.L.   Sutton
Jun 13, 2018 rated it 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
AℳY♔Teens against YA♔ GET IT LET IT ROLL
This book is a #Mustread!! The best book by Annette Marie and one of the BEST BOOKS EVER!
What are you doing that you don't read this book?


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krista ☽✧
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-reads
“Actions change our course, influence our futures, but intentions define us, empower us. Without intent, we are nothing.”

first time reading ; 2017 yep yep , remember really loving this whole triology
Second time reading [ which i wrote this revieuw from ] March 2021

Buddy read with Demonic lia Creature who is also rereading , Salty Sophia aka Sofia and Lucid Lucy < 33

This revieuw is spoiler free , it has some explanation for the worldbuilding in it as it can be a little confusing

Overall th
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
First off, the covers of these books are beautiful and I love the artwork inside as well. I would love to have the physical books.

I love the characters, with Shiro being my favorite, of course. I can’t say for the rest of the series, but I wish they would turn them into an anime movie or series.

Happy Reading!
Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Lucy Tonks
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Actions change our course, influence our futures, but intentions define us, empower us. Without intent, we are nothing.”

I’m so happy I enjoyed this book! especially because Lia and Krizzie would have killed me otherwise. There are some things that I hope will be improved in the next two books in the series, but I’ll get to that in a moment.

Buddy read with Krizzie, Angel Demon Lia, Salty Sofia and Her Hissingness Erin

Red Winter follows Emi who is a kamigakari - a human who hosts a kami’s s
REREAD UPDATE: I STILL LOVE THIS BOOK. I also love my buddy read babe, Diana!


(review that I wrote when I finished this book above the wiggly dashes, more in-depth series review below. but no spoilers!)


so. i've found my one true love. it's Shiro, y'all. and i don't give a crap that Shiro and Emi are perfect together and meant to be, because i am in love and i will never stop! another book boyfriend has emerged, and he might even beat Julian
Reread 2020.
Shiro will always be the yokai of my heart.

My soul will not rest until this book and this series get the recognition they deserve. This is my favorite romance fantasy and whoever is not reading it is committing a crime.

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 a
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
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/tr
Lucie V.
✅ Gorgeous cover
✅ Asian inspired
✅ Mythology
✅ Characters
✅ Plot

4.5 stars

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

I was first intrigued by the gorgeous cover of the book, add to that the summary promising adventure with an Asian influence (and a kitsune!), and some fellow reviewers comparing this series to From Blood and Ash, and I was already loving the book before I even started reading it. It does remind
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Feb 08, 2021 is currently reading it
Recommended to Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ by: Sage Knightly
“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
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
the burning dreamer.
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
4,5 stars

This was my first book by Annette Marie and a buddy read with Jen @starcrossedbooklovers and Raven @dreamyaddictions.
Thank you Jen for reaching out to me because I would have missed a delightful read!

Let's begin with the most important: I want more and we are already planning to buddy read the second book!

The cover is beautiful but the art inside the book is even more gorgeous and it made me realize that I missed watching animes!
The art combined with Annette Marie's writing tele
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 boo
Maggie ☘
*4.75/5 stars*

The inside of this book is just as beautiful as the outside is and if that doesn't convince you to read this book than please look at the cover again.

I very much enjoyed the easy immersive storytelling. It's one of those books you can easily read in one or two sittings. It especially kicks off after Emi first ventures outside the shrine. Some instances were reminiscent of anime, so I think fans of it will definitely enjoy this one. But I know that someone who isn't way too familiar
Beatrice in Bookland
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
"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 retell
ale ♡
Mar 17, 2021 marked it as to-read
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Scrill by: sunny
“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 w
Lerizza Mae (books&teacups)
I am not new with Japanese mythology because of my obsession of anime/manga when I was younger. Moreover, I am quite familiar with some of the terms that were used in the book such as miko, kami, yokai, kitsune, tengu and the like thanks to a manga that I've read few years ago called Kamisama Hajimemashita (view spoiler) ...more
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
July 26th, 2020– RE-READ!!!!!

Star Rating: RTC - Definitely 4 or 4.5 Stars though
(I’ve not completely decided whether I want to round up yet 🤔)

I absolutely loved this// I definitely recommend!

More on my indecision in my rtc... I think it is because I physically read only a small amount; most of this read was audiobook instead, which isn’t my fav, but I was super duper busy. Audiobookin’ changes things for me a lot of times, depending on the book.

Anyone else feel this way?

More la
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
*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
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

I can't really think of a single way this book could be improved. The only reason it's 4 stars and not 5 is because I am certain the sequels will be even better and I want to reserve full marks for them.

But let's slow down a bit and find out why this book is so good.

18-year-old Emi is a kamigakari, a human girl who's been raised her whole life to become a vessel of the Japanese goddess (kami) Amaterasu. Since she was eight years old she's lived a life
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Annette Marie is the author of YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, romantic fantasy Red Winter, and sassy UF series The Guild Codex.

Her first love is fantasy, while fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has inquired as to whether she intends to include th

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