I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Summer Marked by Rebekah L. Purdy
Series: The Winter People,
Published by Entangled Publishing on September 22nd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Lifestyles, Farm & Ranch Life
Source: Entangled Publishing
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
The sequel to the chilling Winter People returns to the world of Faerie, and is a romantic and enchanting follow-up.
Salome left humankind behind to be with her boyfriend, Gareth, in the Kingdom of Summer. But now forces of darkness are rising. Her happily-ever-after is coming apart, and the Kingdom is on the brink of war.
Newly-single Kadie Byers is on her way home for Thanksgiving, imagining a visit filled with hot chocolate, a hot guy for a little rebound action, and some girl time with her bestie, Salome. Except she receives a message from Salome with two important words: PLEASE HURRY.
When Kadie rushes to help Salome, she’s ripped from the human world and pulled into the kingdoms of Faerie, where she's shocked to learn that Salome's monsters are real, and that she's now at the mercy of one extremely vengeful Winter Queen...
Now both Salome and Kadie must find a way to survive the deadly chaos...or lose themselves to Winter's deadly, icy grasp.
The Summer Marked is the sequel to Rebekah L. Purdy’s Winter People. I never read the first novel, but I assume this novel picks up not too long after the first. Salome has left our world with her Fae boyfriend Gareth to the Kingdom of Summer. But instead of the happily-ever-after she believed they would be living, Winter’s clutches are grasping to other realms of Faerie. Away from her family, Salome must learn the way of the Fae, and prepare for impending war. One of the people Salome has left behind is her best friend Kadie, who unbeknownst to Salome has fled back to Michigan after breaking up with her boyfriend down in Texas.
I really enjoyed the idea of Salome being swept up into Faerie’s politics, while completely clueless to Kadie’s plight. The entire book left me anticipating the girls’ reunion, but their individual stories were well-developed enough that I didn’t mind Salome and Kadie being kept apart. While Salome was learning about the Fae political scene and her newly developed powers, Kadie was having a horrible experience as a captive of the Winter Queen.
Aside from the girls’ divergent experiences in Faerie, I also enjoyed the new relationships they were forming with the people around them. Salome continued to interact with Gareth, but Kadie also met a handsome Fae, and even made a friend or two. It was apparent from the novel that Kadie never believed the stories Salome told her about Faerie, so reading about how she was perceiving this strange new wold was really fascinating.
The story is told from the dual perspectives of Salome and Kadie. However, I found Kadie’s story way more interesting. Though Salome’s experience isn’t perfect, it was more like a fairy tale than Kadie’s situation. I guess this made Salome’s POV’s seem more “Been there. Done that.” Kadie’s experiences in Faerie made her grow as a character a lot more than Salome, and watching the change in her character holds more interesting complications for the next book in the series.
The other reason I find Kadie more interesting, is because Salome spends the entire book either crying or whining. While I do understand the reasons in some of the situations, the over abundance of scenes with her crying made Salome come across as a weak character. How is she going to defeat Winter, when every harsh word makes her cry? Not to say I disliked Salome as a character, but she isn’t a strong enough heroine for me to root for.
Do I Recommend?
Despite how I feel about Salome as a lead character, I would definitely recommend The Summer Marked. The world building was really engrossing, the characters are well-developed and multi-dimensional, and the cliff hanger left me wanting more. I enjoyed the book so much, that I almost thought about picking up the first novel. I won’t (at least not yet), because Rebekah L. Purdy does a wonderful job of filling the reader in on previous events. So if you decide to check out this series, you can either start from the beginning, or just jump into the second book. The choice is yours. I would recommend this book for fans of Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series.