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ARC Review of Winterling by Sarah Prineas

December13

FTC Disclosure:  I received an Advance Copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.

Winterling by Sarah Prineas

From the back of the book:  With her boundless curiosity and spirit, Fer has always felt that she doesn’t belong.  She hears the call of the wild wood, of the secrets it whispers to her. But when her grandmother reveals clues about the disappearance of her father and his mystical bond to her mother, Fer begins to unlock the secrets about the parents she never knew.  Led to a reflecting pool that uncovers the Way, Fer finds an enchanting dangerous land.

In this place cloaked in wonder, where pucks transform from boys to horses, Fer feels a strange magical attachment. But with her mother gone, everything has spun out of order and evil has imprisoned the place in ice.  Now it is up to Fer to face down the power Mor, who has cruelly taken over this world and it’s people, and discover the legacy she carries within.

What I liked about the book: The story is very well written with fully developed characters. It’s easy to like everyone but the evil Lady. Prineas has a done a good job at creating a magical world that readers will want to know more about.  It’s a quick read. Prineas has created a nice balance between adding enough details to keep readers engaged without adding so many complex details that struggling readers might feel compelled to give up on the story.  I’m not sure if this will be a series or not. It could easily be a stand alone read (though I hope not) or the beginning of a great new series. It does have a darkish fairy nature to it without being to dark or terrifying. Prineas has truly shown great talent in the balancing of this story. I definitely recommend this for my 4th and 5th grade students who like magical fairy tale adventures.

What I didn’t like about the book: That it ended so soon. But, perhaps that’s not a really a con – shouldn’t a good book leave the reader wanting more?

 

This book will be released in January 2012.

Recommended for 4th grade and up.

Mrs. Archer’s rating: 5 of 5

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