Isn’t this cover gorgeous! It immediately caught my attention. After reading the blurb, I had to read it.
Title: The Winter People
Author: Rebekah L. Purdy
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Entangled Teen via NetGalley
Release date: September 2014
Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to “stay away.” For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the “special gifts” that must be left at the back of the property.
Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, he takes Salome’s life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush, Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin, who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop.
An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.
Time is running out for Salome. If she doesn’t face her fears, she believes she won’t survive the winter. The last thing she expects the cold to bring her is an extraordinary boy who makes her believe she could be normal. But Nevin is keeping secrets from her. As winter sets in, the danger increases, and mysterious bad boy Gareth comes to her rescue time and again. With two boys vying for her attention, the last thing she needs is for her long time crush to finally notice her. As she begins to unravel the true about herself, she discovers not everything is as it seems, and if she wants to survive, she must learn whom to trust before it’s too late.
What a stunning cover! Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting into the story. While there were aspects that I enjoyed (the winter people), there were a few things that prevented me from loving it. The problem for me was Salome. I don’t know if it was her overwhelming fear or complete lack of personality, but I couldn’t sympathizes with her. I wanted more winter people, action, and magic, and less boring day-to-day living. A big plot hole stuck with me as I read, and kept pulling me out of the story. Her family knew about the curse and what it meant…so why did they not believe that she was in danger and help? Then there was the romance. Her wishy-washy attitude nearly ruined it for me. Salome came into her own in the end, which I loved, I just wished I enjoyed the journey a little more.