Saturday, December 15, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Winter's Light by M.J. Hearle

Winter's Light (Winter Saga, #2)Winter's Light by M.J. Hearle
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia 
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Purchase: Fishpond World
Blake is gone.

He sacrificed himself to save Winter, leaving her alone, unprotected... hunted.

An ancient enemy is rising, but Winter is no longer the innocent girl who was fated to die at Pilgrim's Lament. She will not wait to be saved. She will do what she must to survive, even accept an unsavoury alliance with those who destroyed her love.

In the gathering darkness, the enemy of an enemy is not always a friend, and Winter must find the strength to stand alone and fight for the one she loves. For she is the key to unlocking the secrets beyond the veil of shadows.

And she is Blake's only hope.


My Thoughts:
Oh My!  That was the first thing that popped into my head after reading the last page of Winter's Light.  Well that and I NEED the next book NOW!  I don't know if I can explain how amazing this book was but I am going to try.

Urgency that is what I felt while reading this book.  I was beyond glued to the pages and I felt an urgency that I am not sure I have ever felt before while reading.  I was seriously bouncing by the end!  This book takes off where Winter's Shadow left us with Blake gone and Winter trying to move on without him.  This is no easy task and when her lodestone starts glowing what she experiences gives her renewed hope and faith that maybe some things aren't what they seemed.  With the help of Sam, Winter (yep still loving her name) dives head first back into this mysterious and dangerous world to try and save the one she loves.  Not only do we get to see Winter's story but we get a look into how it all began many many years ago starting with Lamara the original Key.  I was totally into her story and I have to admit I was drawn to hers a little more than Winter's but I think that was only because Hearle has created such an amazing world that I was totally drawn to it.  The Dead Lands are twisted and dark and well if you know me you know I love me some creepy!  I would love a series told from this world.  It seems to have many different levels of hierarchy and I can already tell from just the small glimpse we get that any story the author chose to tell would be darkly delicious.  Don't get me wrong Winter's story was amazing as well, I felt for her and her struggles.  She has really grown into a kickarse heroine and I am very excited to see her take on the Dead Lands.  The twist at the end was pure genius too.  I was shocked and very excited to see that I was wrong ha!  I have to also give a shout out to Jasmine.  She is the BFF every girl wishes she had and I give major props to the author for creating an awesome sidekick for Winter.

If you are looking for a phenomenal series then look no further.  This one is definitely at the top of my list for all time favorite and I cannot wait to see what M.J. Hearle has up his sleeve for the next one.

5 Snowflakes

ANDDDD Guess what my little snowflakes??  Since I love this series so much I have decided to giveaway both books!  This giveaway is international and all you gotta do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below!  Good luck everyone!
Winter's Shadow (Winter Saga, #1) Winter's Light (Winter Saga, #2)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

36 comments:

  1. I love the Angel Burn books by LA Weatherly! I've been wanting to read this series, so thanks for the giveaway :)

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  2. I don't think I have a favorite- I don't really pay attention to where authors are from :/

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  3. Graffiti Moon:)

    Thank you:)

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  4. Haven't seen this one. Great review. Really interested in this now.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  5. Wow. Soo interesting. Now I don't know aussie authors. :)

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  6. After reading the great review, I am very intrigued to read this series! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  7. I've only read Markus Zusak, so would say my favorite Aussie book is definitely The Book Thief! I also have Fury by Shirley Marr, though, which I've heard great things about. :)

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  8. Markus Zusak - The Book Thief.
    Thanks! :)

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  9. I loved Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley!

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  10. Um...I can't think of Aussie authors off the top of my head. Of course, I have a terrible memory.

    The covers are gorgeous and it seems really interesting. A new add to my to-read list.

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  12. Can't think of any Aussie authors right now, but I love this giveaway!

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  13. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing! I can't think of any :(

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  14. Honestly, I don't recall if I've read any Aussie authors. Or maybe I just don't know they are Aussie?

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  15. I think the only Aussie book I've read is the Book Thief, and I'd never stumbled upon the Winter Saga series until now. Thanks for the great giveaway. :)

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  16. Just finished like 5 minutes ago, Shadows by Paula Weston and I loved loved loved it but I also love Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  17. Awww...thanks for the kind review! You've made my week :)

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  18. I know I've read a few by Aussie authors, but I can't recall right now! I've wanted to read this series for a long time, though! Thanks for the chance to win them! :)

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  19. I am a big fan of Melina Merchetta. I love her book On the Jellicoe Road. tnx!
    -Riz B.

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  20. Erm, I read a lot, but I never really pay attention to the author ;)

    This looks great, though! ^^ Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. Thankyou so much for the chance to win these books (and for making it international)- I've been dying to read Winter's Shadow for months, ever since I first saw that gorgeous cover!
    My favourite Aussie author is Melina Marchetta for Finnikin of the Rock, but I also love a lesser known book- Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah.

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  22. Thanks for the giveaway! It sounds like a really good book! I can't beleive I still haven't gotten around to reading it, I'll get to now that i know how amazing it is.

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  23. This sounds like a great book! My favorite aussie author is definitely Markus Zusak and maybe Melina Marchetta too : )

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  24. How to choose just one among so many awesome Aussie authors.. I loved Night Creatures series by Marianne de Pierres.
    Thanks for a giveaway! :)

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  25. I really love Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley :)

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  26. I'm not going to read this review because I haven't read the first book yet, but your 5 stars and the fact that this is an Aussie writer has me sucked in! Amazing giveaway Crystal! Thank you! :)

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  27. My favorite Aussie book? That is too hard!! Everything of MM and Graffiti Moon was amazing! :)

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  28. Not sure I've ever read an Aussie book?? I've looked through several lists on Goodreads, and don't recognize any.

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  29. I'm not sure what books were by Aussie authors! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. When I read a book I don't pay attention from where the author is.. Reading the comments and seeing that Melina Marchetta is an aussie, I would say that I love her books very much :)
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  31. I really can say. I don't really care where an auther is from as long as it is a good story.

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  32. Graffiti Moon ! The 1st book of Aussie I've read.

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  33. I'm not sure that I have read any books from Aussie authors. I will have to look around and find one I love:) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  34. I've never read any books by an Aussie, but would love to!

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