Friday, July 10, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Winter by Sarah Remy

Welcome to our stop on the tour for WINTER by Sarah Remy! WINTER is the first book in The Manhattan Exiles series and is a New Adult Urban Fantasy (16+ for violence and language). This is a review tour that runs July 6-17th.   Check out the tour page for the full schedule. Before we head into the guts of this post, I'd like to thank Candace of CBB and Sarah for providing me with a review copy for my honest opinion. Let's just say for now, I loved it, and I hope you'll give it a try too.

Don't miss the GIVEAWAY! Enjoy! ~Shell

About the Book:

Winter’s not your ordinary teenager. 

While trying to rescue his Sidhe family from exile, he mistakenly unleashes the monstrous Dread Host upon humankind.

Winter’s mother wants nothing more than to find a way to break the curse keeping the Sidhe imprisoned on Manhattan. New York City is driving Winter’s father slowly mad. Winter’s sister wears Chanel and longs for a Fairy Court she’s never seen. And Winter’s mentor is a talking mouse.

Winter wants to save the world. 

When he discovers an unlikely changeling lost in the subway, Winter realizes he’s been given a chance to finally banish the Host, and maybe even save his family. But the changeling isn’t quite what she seems, and Winter’s already unstable world begins to spiral out of control.

About the Author:

In 1994 Sarah Remy earned a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Pomona College in California. Since then she’s been employed as a receptionist at a high-powered brokerage firm, managed a boutique bookstore, read television scripts for a small production company, and, more recently, worked playground duty at the local elementary school.

When she’s not taking the service industry by storm, she’s writing fantasy and science fiction. Sarah likes her fantasy worlds gritty, her characters diverse and fallible, and she doesn’t believe every protagonist deserves a happy ending.

Before joining the Harper Voyager family, she published with EDGE, Reuts, and Madison Place Press.

Sarah lives in Washington State with plenty of animals and people, both. In her limited spare time she rides horses, rehabs her old home, and supervises a chaotic household. She can talk to you endlessly about Sherlock Holmes, World of Warcraft, and backyard chicken husbandry, and she’s been a member of one of Robin Hobb’s longest-running online fan clubs since 2002.

Find Sarah on Twitter @sarahremywrites, and on Tumblr at huntpeck.


WINTER is one of those books that sucked me in from the page one. The grit and grime of the NY Underground and the unique personalities of the characters, especially Winter, had me giving an appreciative nod to this modern fairytale for its faint similarities and Sarah's ability to stay on par with Holly Black's wonderful trilogy. But make no mistake, WINTER is no carbon copy or retelling. It is Sarah's own fantastic creation. A wonderfully wild addition for the urban fantasy crowd with a love for all things fae/sidhe.

The world Sarah has built is AMAZING. I don't want to give anything away and the synopsis says quite a lot so I'll let you discover what I mean on your own.

So beside the dark, mysterious backdrop what had me so consumed?
Each character was fascinating to me. I honestly couldn't pick a favorite or guess who intrigued me more. Each time I tried another popped to mind and had me changing my tune. Their unique backstories and present day habits and behaviors told how troubled and desperate their world had become. And how willing they were to fight to not just survive but to return their rightful home one day.

The POV does change frequently and to more than two main characters. That can be frustrating for some but for me it gave me the depth I crave in the often neglected side characters. Each plays an important part in the battle, and without their point of view some of the backstories would be lost and the full scope of their world wouldn't be painted as clearly- or cleverly.

The story was fairly fast-paced and never dull for a moment. I raced to the end ready to balance on the inevitable cliffy waiting for me. Suffice to say, I'm grabbing Summer (book two) and devouring it as soon as possible. I can't wait to see more from Winter and his crew and to learn more about his family. This is sure to be one THRILLING journey. I'd love if you'd join me..

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