- File Size: 1412 KB
- Print Length: 180 pages
- Publisher: Anaiah Press (July 13, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 13, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LT8DMV6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,830,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Winter in the Soul Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Together they must make the journey to Wits, or Winter in the Soul, a dark place full of secrets and evil.
Jennifer does a wonderful job describing the very different towns in which the characters all live. You can easily picture the quaint, beautiful, but boring towns as well as picturing the cold, dark, stone setting of Wits.
The innocence of the relationship that blooms between Talon and Lilika is refreshing to read in a YA novel. Talon is chivalrous in his efforts to help both his mother with daily chores without complaint, as well as to help Lilika. The relationship between Lilika and her father is relatable as her father is very protective of her, while also realizing she is growing up and it is time to let go a little.
I loved the message the Mirabelle conveyed to Lilika. She told Lilika that there is a time and place for everyone's destiny, but not everyone's is the same. Even though no two people are the same, nor have the same destiny, we all work together for the greater good. "Grass is grass and cannot be the sky. Dirt is dirt and cannot be the sun, yet all the elements of nature work together and are one."
My only wish is that there was more dialogue (either internal or external) which connected Lilika's new understanding of the world around her to the actions she took.
All-in-all, I would recommend this book and I can't wait for the sequel.
This young adult fantasy takes us on a journey of discovery with Lilika as she first finds a mysterious golden locket; then, the world outside her home town of Spring Bloom; next, an engaging young man named Talon; and ultimately, her destiny. We feel her growing anxiety as she sits on the road alone, guarding the cart that carries to market both the harvest and the hopes of her friends and neighbors. When she hears the approach of someone in the surrounding darkness followed by a friendly voice, we feel her initial shock, and then we feel her relief. Throughout the story, Novotney offers a full range of experiences, from excitement to terror, from new friendship to new love, from doubt to determination.
Winter In the Soul presents an entertaining tale of good versus evil that leaves just enough questions to make us wonder how long we’ll have to wait for the sequel. I look forward to watching Jennifer Novotney’s progress as a writer and to reading what happens next to Lilika and Talon.
Lilika's love interest is a young man with integrity ("...there was no time to get lost in a daydream now; he had work to do, and time was ticking") and though the action escalates, he doesn't think ever once of abandoning Lilika as she carries on her quest to find the true origin of her locket ("...it was like a little bit of sunshine in her palm..."). Peppered in are wonderful bits of wisdom (from Talon: "Sometimes, another life looks more interesting than your own just because it is new and unfamiliar, but we all have our shining moments and our daily work...").
I would recommend this book to those who are looking for a clean read and a sweet love story mixed with the excitement of family history and lovely imagery.
Lilika is a a seventeen-year-old young woman who has lived a very sheltered life. One day she discovers a golden locket and soon discovers the locket is her destiny. She keeps it hidden from her family and doesn't show it to anyone.
She meets Talon and there is an instant connection. Her heart beats faster and she soon starts to have feelings for him. When she shows him the golden locket, their fates are intertwined. An old man steals her locket and together, Lilika and Talon enter the Black Kingdom to get it back.
WITS is an enjoyable read and I love the main characters, Lilika and Talon. The romance is blossoming between the two and it is sweet. It took awhile to get into the action part of the story and I loved the descriptive narration of Lilika. With each encounter, I felt what Lilika felt and I cringed when she cringed with fear.
The only downside was that it ended too quickly and abruptly. Based on the book blurb, I was expecting a big battle between Lilika and the darkness. I guess that is what book two is for.
My rating: 3.5/5
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Winter in the Soul is good story not to be judged by its cover. The cover doesn’t reveal much, but the story is a great adventure-high fantasy, with magic...Read more
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