Happy Sunday, Reading Nook Readers!
Today, we're proud to be a part of the Me, Myself and I tour for Nicole Maggi's Winter Falls!
Winter Falls is the start of a new trilogy, and is a breathtaking story about one girl who meets an intriguing newcomer in town. However, their meeting soon leads her to learn that she has difficult choices to make...
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: December 22nd 2014 by Medallion Press (first published December 9th 2014)
Format read: Finished copy via Author
Weird visions of transforming into an otherworldly falcon are just the beginning. Soon she learns she’s part of the Benandanti, an ancient cult of warriors with the unique power to separate their souls from their bodies and take on the forms of magnificent animals.
Alessia never would’ve suspected it, but her boring town is the site of an epic struggle between the Benandanti and the Malandanti to control powerful magic in the surrounding forest.
As Alessia is drawn into the Benandanti’s mission, her relationship with Jonah intensifies. When her two worlds collide, Alessia’s forced to weigh choices a sixteen-year-old should never have to make.
And seriously, I'm really glad that I had the opportunity to read this. Because Nicole Maggi has written an inventive, creative story about one girl who wants to flee her town, but discovers that her destiny is grater than she could ever imagined.
We're introduced to sixteen-year-old Alessia, a teenaged girl, who like many teenaged girls, wants nothing more than to get out of her small town. She's been struggling with family issues, and teenage rebellion has hit its peak. However, she soon begins discovering elements in her life, including a mysterious newcomer named Jonah, that proves things won't remain the same for long...
Maggi creates a fascinating world for Alessia in Twin Willows. She builds upon pre-existing Italian mythology to create Alessia's new world as a Benandanti, while also skilfully integrating a fresh (but also equally age-old) rivalry with the Malandanti.
Even though teenaged girls discovering super powers is also not a new occurrence in YA fiction, Maggi manages to make Alessia's transition into her new found world so intriguing and so flawless, I found myself frantically flipping through the pages, so I could get more involved with Alessia's life. I was particularly impressed with Alessia's friend Jenny, who shows the type of stalwart support that anyone can hope for from a best friend, especially when going through challenging circumstances.
Throughout the book, Maggi also presents a nice coming-of-age story, showing how Alessia realizes that her life isn't necessarily what it seems, but there are benefits and downsides to that fact. She gets to learn a little more about her family and her life, and goes on a nice coming-of-age journey, which I'm sure we'll see progress in the next book.
While Maggi does a fine job of tying up all of the loose ends of this book, she also leads enough open so that I"m curious enough to be back for the second book.
Well, Nicole has proved me wrong. Winter Falls is an intriguing book, with a mythos and real-world based world-building that absolutely intrigued me from beginning to end. With a remarkable heroine, a love story that had me guessing, I was so glad that I had the opportunity to read this book. Thank you again to Amber and Nicole!
I'm dying for the sequel now. But I think that in the meantime, you should all read this book too!
Check out the rest of the tour:
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December 9th: The Indigo Shelf REVIEW + PLAYLIST
December 10th: Me, My Shelf and I 10 RANDOM THINGS
December 11th: A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW + DREAM CAST
December 12th: Addicted Readers REVIEW + THIS OR THAT
December 13th: Her Book Thoughts GUEST POST
December 14th: The Reading Nook Reviews REVIEW <- You're here! :D
December 15th: Imagine A World REVIEW + AUTHOR INTERVIEW
December 16th: Such A Novel Idea REVIEW + TENS LIST
December 17th: Bibliophilia: A Love Story REVIEW + Excerpt
December 18th – Wholly Books REVIEW