The Summer Marked by Rebekah L. Purdy #BookReview #Giveaway

The Summer Marked (The Winter People #2)
by Rebekah L. Purdy
Release Date: 09/22/15
Entangled Teen
305 pages
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Summary from Goodreads:
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 reminded me of so many different things. I sometimes thought of the Snow Queen, of course just any Fae story and also a manga/anime called Fushigi Yuugi (mysterious play). All of which are things I love so I’m not complaining.

I was kind of iffy on Salome in the first book. She probably drove me crazy for at least the first half. It wasn’t until Gareth that I really started to like her. This book she seems more mature and braver. She has a confidence about her that is good to see. Although at times there are things she does that I’m kind of like eh but I like how she holds her own. Her eyes are open and she is not so overly trusting. I also love the new friendship she forms with a particular character (I don’t want to give that away).

So we have two friends who have two very different experiences with the Faerie. If you think about it even though Salome has people after her, she also has people falling all over her to protect her. Where Kadie comes in and is forced into the horrors of the Winter court. She has a couple allies but it’s not a gaggle of people and Kadie doesn’t have a connection to Faerie to protect her. I felt so frustrated for Kadie because really Salome is the reason that she is there in the first place and then when she makes an impossible choice everyone just ditches her like well she’s piece of crap. Hello what about all those years she was there for Salome, it made me so angry. Which is funny because normally I would probably be on Salome’s side.

I love Gareth (he reminds me of my manga bf Tamahome) and the addition of Etienne. Oh Etienne, I have high hopes for you. Still can not stand Nevin. Ugh Nevin (I’m shaking my fist in the air).

I love books that evoke emotions from me. There were so many time I wanted to punch Nevin in face, rescue Kadie or tell Salome she was a terrible friend for not at least sending Kadie a letter telling her she left. The Summer Marked absorbed me.

Having the story told from both Salome and Kadie’s POV really gave the book the umph it needed to, in my opinion, outshine the first book. This book does not suffer from sophomore slump and I need to find out what happens with Kadie and Salome but mostly Kadie. There is so much potential for a great outcome.

Rebekah 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 loves the unexplainable like Bigfoot, the Dogman, and the Loch Ness Monster (lots of good story material)! She admits to still having all the books she bought throughout her childhood and teen years, and she may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate…

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