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Winterborne (Universe Unbound Book 1) by [Blythe, Augusta]
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About the Author

Augusta Blythe is the author of Winterborne and Ravenstoke, two YA urban fantasy novels. She is also a qualified lawyer on two continents. In addition to writing, she loves to travel and likes the idea of gardening more than actually digging in dirt. She would one day like to have a vegetable patch and live by the sea. Born and raised in America, she currently lives in England with her husband, two children, one shrimp, a fish, and a mine urchin.

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  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Augusta Blythe; 1 edition (April 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XW3FE4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,688 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I recieved a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Loie is an orphan living with a rather vile grandmother. Her sole comfort comes from her best friend, Mia, and her best friend's mother. She is waiting for Mia's powers to manifest, as promised, on her seventeenth birthday. However, long before their shared birthday, strange things begin to happen and a love interest who could tear Loie and Mia apart enters the picture. This will be the year that changes everything, but can The friendship between Loie and Mia survive when everything is revealed? Winterborne is ultimately a rather average story. The writing was professional and the dialogue was natural. I initially liked the idea that the book would be told from the perspective of a secondary character. However, as time passed, I didn't feel a connection with the self sacrificing narrator and found her tiresome in her dedication to the self absorbed Mia. The problem with giving the narrative perspective to Loie, who is essentially an adoring side kick, is that she ends up deferring to and talking about Mia more than anything. It was like going on a date and listening to him/her talk about how great their best friend was instead of sharing about themselves! There was a predictability that made the pacing even more excruciating -- I guessed the twist after about two chapters, but I had to slog through pages of bestie drama to get to the actual twist. And that bestie drama was focused on a character who had little beyond a handsome face. I am an adult reader of YA, so I am not the target audience. I believe this might have been more appealing to a younger reader who still placed a lot of value on childhood friendship. The language and situations are appropriate for grades 7+.
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I found the story fascinating and compelling. I appreciated the foreshadowing and hinting that allows the reader to figure things out ahead of the main character -- I find that fun. The book told a story with enough resolution to be satisfying, while certainly leaving enough undone to lead you to the next one. Nice work!
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Winterborne is the debut novel from Augusta Blythe and the first in the Universe Unbound series. I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down once I started it! I expected it to be told from the standpoint of Mia because of the title, but it was instead narrated by Loie, Mia's best friend.

The two girls were more sisters than friends, having known each other literally since birth. Through loss and tragedy, Loie has become as much a part of the Winterborne family as Mia herself. While both of the girls' characters were likeable, it was Loie I most loved and related to. Forever cast as Mia's faithful and supportive sidekick, she always felt second best to Mia. Mia's character, while likeable, came off as a little arrogant sometimes, a little self-centered and insensitive to Loie. They had spent their entire lives preparing for their shared 17th birthday and the moment that Mia's long awaited powers would finally manifest themselves. Loie's entire world revolved around Mia and helping her and Mia had grown too used to be the center of it all. When Andreas entered the picture, that dynamic only magnified. I truly loved how real the characters felt, even in the midst of a fantasy story. Whether you liked them or were annoyed by them, the characters felt as if they were flesh and blood people, instead of fictional characters on paper.

While most of the real action happened in the second half of the story, the first half set the story and built the mystery and suspense. At first, I thought that it was going to have a bit of the typical YA teen drama of two best friends falling for the same hot guy, and it did, but it certainly didn't end the way I thought it would and THAT was refreshing! But the book is so much more than that.
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Book summary...from Goodreads...and Amazon...

Sixteen-year old Mia Winterborne is destined to be special. Details are sketchy, though, as her dad disappeared with all the answers when she was five. Mia only knows that she'll inherit her kickass superpowers on her seventeenth birthday. Helping Mia prepare for her anticipated ascendancy is Loie Bryce, her best friend and eternal sidekick extraordinaire. The girls' intense friendship has never wavered until now, when Andreas arrives in Salcey Ridge. They both fall hard for the British hottie, who quickly becomes a fixture in their lives. When they discover that Andreas is not who he appears to be, the frightening reality of Mia's powers finally hits home. The nearer Mia's birthday draws, the more the danger escalates and long-buried lies are exposed, putting the girls on a path that they never expected.

My thoughts...
Wow...I loved this book. I received an email from the author asking me if I would read and review it. She was so sweet and wanted to send it to me but if you have a is a mere $2.99 at Amazon. I bought it for myself. It is truly a delicious book...full of teen age angst and mystery. It was totally engaging and captured the reality of two best friends who have spent all of their lives together waiting for a sixteenth birthday that will change everything that they have ever known. They aren't certain what is going to happen when they turn sixteen but they have literally spent their entire lives waiting for it. Mia and Loie are under the impression that amazing powers will be bestowed upon Mia. Mia is the special one...
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