Book Spotlight: Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore

Welcome to book spotlight where instead of giving you another book review, I’m just going to talk about books I’ve read recently that I enjoyed.

I hesitated to read Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore. The cover is shiny, the premise is interesting, but I was worried. I’ve had such a hit or miss relationship with YA fantasy lately that I didn’t want to read another mediocre book. I wanted something fresh and new and exciting.

Well, that’s exactly what Winter, White and Wicked is.

First off, this book is pitched as Mad Max meets Frozen. I haven’t watched Max Max, but this book is exactly what I imagined when I thought of those two franchises colliding. It’s got that gritty, almost apocalyptic-dystopian vibe alongside freaking epic magic and world-building and a sister-esque relationship.

There is so much packed into this book: crazy epic world-building and surreal magic and such distinct characters. It grabbed me by the hand and tugged me along on this crazy adventure that I haven’t quite experienced in a YA book before. There was just a way this world breathed and that Sylvi narrated the story that felt so vivid and unique.

Of course there were moments where I wasn’t sure where the story was headed or I wanted to grab Sylvi and shake some sense into her. There were turns that I predicted would happen but also eagerly hoped would happen.

There were monsters and magic and tragedy and revelations. And the side romance story–very much a side of the story, which was so good–had like actual, plausible reason for forming between two of the characters so quickly.

I thought this was a standalone so when I got to the end I was a little angry that the story wasn’t finished, but I’m also excited to read more about this world and these characters because it was just so compelling.

I’m glad I gave this book a chance, and because of the “cold” theme throughout the book, I definitely think you should eat your waffles with ice cream and some chocolate on top after you finish. Because you deserve it after that wild ride.

5 thoughts on “Book Spotlight: Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore

  1. The Mad Max & Frozen mash-up sounds amusing! Though, now that I think about it, I’ve read an adult romance series that is exactly that also. It’s Eve Silver’s Northern Waste series, though it wasn’t described as a Mad Max & Frozen mash-up at the time because it was initially published years before Frozen came out.

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  2. Hallo, Hallo Jaime,

    I’ve sorted out how to search your lovely blog today (blessed you gave me the 411!) – this wasn’t quite what I was expecting it to me but that’s okay! I mean, I did read two novels of Dark Fantasy this past year which totally upturnt my world by how much heart and depth of scope was within the layered narrative — sometimes, like you were hinting at its wicked good to switch up your readerly life and what you’re wandering into reading because it gives you a heightened since about stories, genres and of course allows you freedom to explore worlds you might never have chosen.

    I will keep this lovely on my list of #nextreads and try to remember to update you after I’ve read it as I’m sorting out my January reads right now but this might get bumped into a different month.

    I have Frozen II still to see but the first film was so dearly emotional for me — when you first said Mad Max was mashed with the film I loved, I thought “Huh? How would that work?” but I think you went into those mashed details and elements well enough to where I see how they paid homage and then ran with it into their own use of world-building. I’ll have to wait to read this to better understand if its a hit/miss but just thankful you talked about it to where I had a better lay of the land awaiting me.

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