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The Winter People

The Winter People - Rebekah L. Purdy First I would like to thank the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Doing so does not change my review in any way.

Oh my! I can't believe what a whirlwind of a ride I've just been on. This book kept me captivated from the very beginning. It's starts with a mystery that lasts just about the entire book. I had an idea of who and why but the how totally evaded me. Well done Rebekah, Bravo!

This is a book of suspense and mystery, mixed with magic, horrific creatures of the woods and fairies. This is quite unlike most magical books that I've read, and that's a compliment. Salome sticks to her morals and although several times she could have been corrupted, she never gave in. A strong heroine, sometimes a damsel in distress, but not one that played the role. When she asked for help, she indeed needed it.

There is a whole collection of different people in this story, each with their own wants and ways. Each are portrayed in ways that it makes it very easy for the reader to discern who is who. Nevin, the mysterious boy in the snow, Colton, the school boy she's crushed on for ages, Gareth, the bodyguard who seemed to appear at a moments notice. What are their agendas? Who will Salome choose? How will the curse be broken? Will Salome live to see 19? Amazingly, this book gives you all the answers you need, not in a rushed way, and leaves the reader satisfied.

This book had me on the edge of my seat. Between being creeped out and feeling scared for Salome and trying to put the pieces together too, the author has totally proven herself to be an amazing storyteller. Did I have issues? Yes, but not with the book itself. The characters at times really ticked me off. Salome's grandmother really could have given her some more info before they left for the winter, her father was a bit underdeveloped but he served his purpose in the story and her mother could really have snapped out of her own shell and faced reality sooner.

I recommend this to anyone who likes a good suspense story filled with mystery, magic, and the unknown. There are Fae in this book, but to me the story is so much more than them, it's the story of the curse and how Salome finds her way during times of uncertainty. I look forward to reading further books from this author.