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The Summer Marked Hardcover – September 22, 2015
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About the Author
Rebekah L. Purdy grew up in Michigan, where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. When not hiding at her computer and getting lost in her stories, she enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, and hanging out with her kids. She may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate. Rebekah currently resides in Michigan with her husband, kids, and a gazillion pets.
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This book is a character-driven story about these two best friends. I found this story compelling. It is very predictable to know what the author had in mind for these girls. Therefore, I could not put it down because I liked reading how they have evolved and grown. Yet throughout their trials, each of these girls have become stronger.
The story is narrated by both Salome and Kadie. Salome is part of the summer court, and Kadie is of the winter court. I really loved these two characters. They are both strong women. Both of them are going through hard times and must make difficult decisions and sacrifices. Each of them struggles to do the right thing. I felt sorry for these girls as they are forced to make hard choices to survive or to save their loved ones. Both of them are manipulated by powerful forces in order to do their duty.
Overall, this story is about choices, sacrifices, and duty. I liked how two modern girls enter the Faerie world, which is a medieval setting. As for the world-building, the setting is very similar to the world of Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. This is because both books have kingdoms that are based on the seasons. I have not read the first book in the series, The Winter People, but this book could also be a standalone because there is a new plot, and it gave us a lot of backstory to what happened in the previous novel. This novel is mostly setting up for the third book in the series. The Summer Marked is gorgeously written with complex heroes and villains and it had a thrilling cliffhanger ending that leaves readers anxiously anticipating finding out what happens next. I recommend this novel to anyone interested in Faeries, modern vs. medieval stories, or anyone who enjoys the trials of friendship and love.
(Note: I read an ARC copy of this book in courtesy of Netgalley.)
After being saved by Garret in the human world and in-turn freeing Nevin (a fae prince) from his curse, Salome follows Garret (the man she loves) to the land of faerie. She ends up journeying with Garret to Summer, where Nevin is prince. The whole Kingdom is being threatened by Winter. Autumn and Spring already fell to the evil Winter Queen's powers and Summer is next.
The reader had clues the whole time that Salome is actually the baby from a legend that said a child was hidden from the land of faerie and one day would save the entire Kingdom and rule. We come to discover that Salome has powers, just like royalty and is marked and chose to be Queen. In the meantime, her best friend from the human world and gets captured and taken to Winter, where she sees some pretty gruesome things and cruel treatment to humans. Eventually the Winter Queen finds a way to manipulate her into turning her back on Salome and going after her.
I really liked the concept and plot. I felt it was fresh and original, and the writing pretty solid. I loved this book's take on the seasons being the fantasy realms. That was pretty cool. I also like Salome and the other characters, for the most part. There is a sequel to this book and I'm on the fence about reading it because, although I enjoyed this book, I like Romance in Fantasy, and though there was an element of romance, it just wasn't strong enough for me. Still a great book, but I just would've like a little extra oomph and conflict where the love story was concerned.
The Summer Marked picks up not long after The Winter People ends. Salome, Gareth, and Nevin have returned to the Fae realm and it quickly becomes obvious that it is not going to be the eternal bliss that Salome had believed it would be. This is compounded by the fact that she is struggling to find her place as a transplanted human in a faerie world that most don't even believe exists. I love the mythology that the author uses to build her world and the unique ways in which she uses it. The realm was traditionally ruled by a single monarch that came from one of the four courts: Summer, Winter, Spring, Autumn. The idea is that a rotating court of control keeps power in check. However, things happened in the past that took down three of the four courts and now the last, Summer, is in danger. And it is this history that comes back and threatens to ruin the Fae world.
Many of the characters from the first novel are back in this one, with some surprising twists that truly change everything. I love that Salome grows in this book, coming into her own and not just being there because of love. She takes on the problems of the Summer court and makes them her own in surprising ways. She is faced with decisions that no one should have to make, but she makes them. Even as things seem to be happening to her, unexplainable things, she puts aside her worries in order to be there for her new people. There is a strength in her character that is beautifully written and rather inspiring.
This installment is told from the alternating points of view of Salome and her best friend Kadie. It is almost as much Kadie's book as it is Salome's. Kadie is the epitome of a complex character. It is difficult to get a true reading on her and that is why she is such a realistic character, even in a supernatural world. In realitty there is really no black and white in humanity and Kadie's character embodies this.
There are themes of love and forgiveness, trust and betrayal, sacrifice and second chances, I loved that the strongest theme was that of sacrifice for the greater good, the selflessness that a decision like that requires. This is an important message and it was clear without being at all "preachy."
My Recommendation: I highly recommend this book! It is a beautifully written book with a story that is extremely engaging!
This review originally appeared on my blog, The Caffeinated Diva reads.
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**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**
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