Review for ‘The Summer Marked’ by Rebekah L. Purdy
Synopsis: “The sequel to the chilling Winter People returns to the world of Faerie, and is a romantic and enchanting follow-up.
Salome left humankind behind to be with her boyfriend, Gareth, in the Kingdom of Summer. But now forces of darkness are rising. Her happily-ever-after is coming apart, and the Kingdom is on the brink of war.
Newly-single Kadie Byers is on her way home for Thanksgiving, imagining a visit filled with hot chocolate, a hot guy for a little rebound action, and some girl time with her bestie, Salome. Except she receives a message from Salome with two important words: PLEASE HURRY.
When Kadie rushes to help Salome, she’s ripped from the human world and pulled into the kingdoms of Faerie, where she’s shocked to learn that Salome’s monsters are real, and that she’s now at the mercy of one extremely vengeful Winter Queen…
Now both Salome and Kadie must find a way to survive the deadly chaos…or lose themselves to Winter’s deadly, icy grasp.”
The Review: Pleasantly surprised. Those of you who follow me know that I received an ARC copy of this book without realizing that it is, in fact, a sequel. I didn’t read the first book in the series, but true to this website and my love of good stories I decided to stick with it. It took me a few chapters before I was drawn in, but once I got a feel for the characters I was hooked. I don’t throw that word around lightly. The faerie world in which Salome and Kadie are sucked into is beautiful, magical, and terrifying all at the same time. I feel like this book gave me a little bit of everything that is wonderful in YA. There is romance (complete with romantic tension), great supporting characters (some of which made me laugh and some of which made me want to squeeze them), and a villain who I wanted to attack and overthrow myself. The author does a great job of making us question where loyalties lay within the characters’ friendships. There is also a mystery that is locked away in the history of Faerie that I find to be really intriguing. I am also pleased to say that, while the romance in the book is endearing, it doesn’t get overly cheesy and the author doesn’t force us to read endless chapters of mushy scenes. It was really refreshing and if you’re not a big romance fan I feel like there was just enough. For fear of giving away spoilers, I will keep this review short and sweet. There is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end…nothing shocking, just a last chapter that leaves many questions unanswered and makes us crave the next book. I think that if somebody happened to stumble upon this sequel and think, “Hey! Who needs the first book?! I’m just going to randomly read the second one!” they wouldn’t have any problem understanding what was happening, but I would have personally liked to have read the first beforehand. All in all, when the next book comes out I’m going to be the first one to jump back into the Summer Court and follow Salome to her destiny.
The Conclusion: Read this if you’re into: Adventure, strong female characters, and magical mysteries.
Don’t read this if you can’t stand: Violent villains, betrayal, or supernatural characters.
The Rating: A magical 4.5 out of 5 stars because I was impressed that a sequel could pull me in so much and because the characters and plot were so well constructed.
Author’s Goodreads Page: Rebekah L. Purdy Goodreads