Monday, October 15, 2012

ARC Book Review: Winter White by Jen Calonita

Publisher: Poppy
Publishing Date: October 9th, 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 368 pgs
ISBN: 9780316091169
Source: ARC received from fellow blogger for an honest review

Rating: 3.5 stars

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

My Review: 

This review contains spoilers of the first novel in the series Belles.
 I was excited to get this from a fellow blogger to review.  I read the first book in the series and I couldn't wait to find out how the story continued.  The story continues where it left off with Mira and Izzy upset with their father for hiding things.  This story focused on the relationship between the two girls but also the relationship between the girls and their father.  It also takes place during Cotillion season.  I loved reading about Cotillion and all it's traditions.  Parts of it seemed insane, like buying a wedding dress to wear to a formal dance.  I also think that some of the traditions are a little outdated and seem a bit outlandish at times.  That being said, I also think there is something to be said for tradition.  It gives people a sense of identity and it also helps to celebrate family.
I loved reading about the romances in this book as well.  Both Izzy and Mira go through their ups and downs in their relationships but it doesn't seem juvenile or far fetched like in some books.  It also wasn't the focus of the entire book.  It is a book about friendship and family.  It is also a book about self-confidence.  Both girls feel like they don't belong in the world that they live in.  They are trying to navigate through their world without fully having all the answers.
This book ends on another cliff-hanger but it also ties up a lot of loose ends from the first book.  I quite enjoyed this novel and overall I give it 3.5 stars out of 5.  It was quite good but nothing about it blew me away.  I will definitely be continuing with this series and I can't wait to read what happens next. 

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