Winter White: A Book Review

Hi!

Winter White (Belles)

Winter White by Jen Calonita

Summary: Isabelle Scott and Mirabelle Monroe are still reeling from the revelation that they share more than just the roof over their heads. The media has pounced on their story and the girls are caught up in a flurry of talk-show appearances and newspaper interviews. They’ve put on a happy public face, but someone is leaking their true feelings to the press, and while it seems like the world is watching their every move, at least they have each other.But with cotillion season right around the corner, Izzie and Mira have barely had time to process their newfound sisterhood. Mira has dreamed of making her debut in a gorgeous white gown forever-now, if only she could find an escort. Izzie, meanwhile, is still struggling to find her place in Emerald Cove and it’s seeming ever more impossible with EC mean-girls, young and old, doing their best to keep her down. As cotillion preparations heat up, though, there are dance steps to learn, manners to perfect… and secret initiations to complete? As if sophomore year wasn’t hard enough! It’s time for the gowns to go on and the gloves to come off.

{kindly taken from Amazon}

My Thoughts: Over the summer, I read Belles in one night, so I knew I had to read the sequel that cam out in the fall, Winter White. Just like the first book, Winter White was chock full of the drama, quick dialogue, and entertaining plots that make Jen Calonita’s books so engaging.

In this one, Izzie and Mira are preparing for their cotillion ball and their entire family is caught up in helping their dad run for office. Those were the two “main” plots, but with any YA book, there is bound to be some romance! :) I liked the story lines in this one, especially because the backbones of the story were already set up. In the last book, the author left a huge cliffhanger {and in this one too! it’s becoming her trademark.} so it was nice to see where that plot line went. But, as entertaining and fun it was to read about everything, I think it would have been even better if the author decided to spend more time on cotillion and waited to include some of the smaller stories in the next book. There were points where there was so much happening that it was hard to keep up. I also felt that the pacing was way off. In one chapter, Mira was left on a street in the New York, and then on the very next page, we were back in EC a few days later. I just wish that better transitions {even just a few sentences on how they got home} were used.

Mira and Izzie have such a complex story, and I think that leads into some superb development. Again, though, like the plots, there were so many characters, old and new, that I felt some key ones were lost in the shuffle. I did like the addition of Dylan, Braydon’s older sister. It was interesting to see the conflict between the two, and it definitely brought up some issues in Izzie and Braydon’s relationship. Mira was solid, and I liked the developing love interests between her and Kellan. I hope to see more of that in the next book!

Finally, I was a bit disappointed with the ending. I felt like it was a total repeat of Belles, with someone betraying the family, and a new family secret being revealed. I’m hoping that Calonita takes the story into a new direction with the next book coming out in April. overall, this was an incredibly entertaining book, but with a few tweaks, I think it could have been a really well-written one too.

Pros: Engaging story and fairly developed characters.

Cons: A lot going on at once and a disappointing ending.

Heads Up: Lots of revenge and “backstabbing” in this one.

Overall: I give it 3 1/2 stars {*** 1/2} and I recommend it for ages 13 and up.

To see my review of Belles, the first book in the series, click here.

Have a happy Wednesday!

Bella :)

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