Rebekah L. Purdy
Stand Alone (?)
eBook, 320 pages
Expected September 2nd 2014 by Entangled: Teen
“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 centre 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 long time 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.”
I liked Salome. I can’t say that I loved her, or I felt that I particularly connected with her. I felt that her fear of all things cold was a little irrational; and sometimes I wanted to shove an ice cube in her face just to see how she reacted. She was also very wrapped up in the male’s around her. Very. Sometimes it felt like she spent too much time worrying about who to go on a date with next, rather that her impending doom from the evil at the bottom of the garden. An evil that I didn’t really get. It could have been really scary and atmospheric, but I just kept picturing Mama from the film Mama. I just felt that it didn’t really come into play much and felt like a very detached part of the book. The fantasy/paranormal element of the book all felt really detached and seemed to just appear, with no reaction from Salome or the characters around her.
The main thing, I think, that made this book such a low rating was the fact that so much time was spent at the beginning of the book building up the mystery of the danger in the woods and the curse and the secrecy behind the male characters that the end suffered and there wasn’t enough detail or description to make an impact and clearly answer questions presented at the start of the book. For example: what happened to Salome’s dad? Hopefully, these questions might be answered if a sequel is written. But without a second book, my rating has to stay below three stars. I did really like the winter setting in the book as I felt that it built up a really peaceful scene, juxtaposing the actual story. This is what made up most of the rating, I did also like the fantasy element introduced, I just felt that it wasn’t explored enough for it to be really magical.
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* This book was sent to me by a publisher in return for an honest review.