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Winter’s Shadow by M.J. Hearle

Winter’s Shadow by M.J. Hearle
Publication Date: June 1, 2011
Published by Pan Macmillan
Pages: 432
Source: ARC from publisher
Buy the Book: Book Depository

Summary via Goodreads:

Blake Duchamp…

He’s all that Winter Adams can think of. Ever since their fateful meeting at Pilgrim’s Lament. Ever since he looked at her with those emerald eyes. Ever since he saved her life.

But Blake isn’t all that he seems. There is a strangeness about him, something dark and otherworldly. Something dangerous. In his attic is a secret he would kill to defend, but Winter seems to have a special ability to make him forget his duty. And he is her only protection against the gathering darkness.

The only problem is, to protect Winter, Blake must risk exposing her to an even greater danger. Himself.

Okay, I’ll admit that during the first few chapters, I really thought that this is going to be a typical Paranormal Romance story. I thought I knew how the story was going to turn out. Again, I was proven wrong.

While there are some parts in the story that are quite similar with other YA Paranormal Romance like “insta-love”, Winter’s Shadow still came off as a pleasant surprise for me. It was really good. The way the author, M.J. Hearle, turn things around and spin his own enchanting, thrilling and eerie world was just really awesome. I loved it!

What really keeps me from reading was the dark mystery on each page. It was almost addicting. The idea about Skivers and Occuluma blew my mind away! I thought it was very creative and original. Furthermore, I was actually surprised when I found out that the author was actually a guy because the protagonist in the story was a girl named Winter. I have to say, Hearle did an excellent job in portraying Winter and giving her a powerful and realistic voice. I’ve always been fascinated on authors who could do that effectively because I don’t really see it a very easy thing to do and Hearle pulled it very well.

Moving on, the characters are all well-rounded and just lovely. Winter was very well-balanced kind of girl. I didn’t really see her as the usual “damsel in distress”. In fact, she’s very relatable, she’s very easy to connect with and she’s a sensible character. Her bestfriend, Jasmine was also very nice to read. I really like their friendship. And Blake, he was surprisingly likable. I didn’t really see him as the typical brooding or mysterious sort-of guy. He’s actually a very reasonable character. He’s strong, mysterious, vulnerable and smart all at the same time. I really enjoyed his character. Also, Blake and Winter’s attraction, albeit the “instalove”, it felt genuinely romantic and just sweet.

There are some parts where I felt like the story was lagging a bit but I enjoyed Winter’s Shadow overall. It was very entertaining and there’s originality and creativity that I’m looking for, I’m giving this a 4 out of 5 stars and I recommend this to all YA Paranormal Romance fans. I’m sure you’ll love this one!

I received this ARC free of charge from publisher, Pan Macmillan, in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my review on this book.


  1. ComaCalm

    July 16, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    It's nice to hear that it's not your typical PR read! Definitely going to look out for this one. I'm not a fan of the cover though…

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  2. C.J Duggan

    July 16, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    New follower!! Love your blog!! Can't wait to read more reviews I am a HUGE reader with a WIR progress. So very happy to find my way here.

    If your ever in the hood?

  3. Lauren

    July 17, 2011 at 7:00 AM

    Ooh, this one sounds really good- thanks for bringing it to my attention! Plus I love the cover- it's so eye catching!

  4. mummazappa

    July 17, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    I thought this was great too. Have you seen the author's blog? It's full of really interesting posts about his road to publication. I'm looking forward to the sequel too 🙂

  5. Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic

    July 19, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    I love this cover!! Fab review.

  6. Natalievintagegirl

    July 26, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    I reviewed this one as well. and also gave it 4/5 stars. I thought it was pretty awesome. I am now a follower as well:)

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