Red Winter by Annette Marie


A New Series from Amazon Best-Selling Author Annette Marie, RED WINTER is coming…

“Soon all her human fears would become meaningless. Her future had been written by the kami, and her destiny awaited her.”

In the enchanting new fantasy RED WINTER by Annette Marie, Emi Kimura has been preparing her entire life to become the mortal host of a goddess. When she discovers the lies surrounding her true fate, she makes a dangerous bargain with a fox spirit to seek out the truth. As her final days as a mortal approach, she must choose whether to bow to duty … or fight for her life.

I received an ARC of this book book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

red-winter-annette-marie-gr-cover-1TitleRed Winter
AuthorAnnette Marie
SeriesThe Red Winter Trilogy, Book 01
Publish Date: October 21, 2016
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Source: Provided by the publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionEmi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess—and not once has she doubted her chosen fate.

Shiro is a yokai, a spirit of the earth, an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command—whether she wants him or not.

On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate—but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope … and hope is all she has left.

RED WINTER includes 10 full-page illustrations by artist Brittany Jackson.

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Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Likes: First of all, look at that cover! LOOK AT IT! It’s beautiful! I received an advanced reader’s copy of the novel and the pre-release proofs included were beautiful even in black and white so I can only imagine how breath taking they will be in the final copy of the novel.

I love the beings in this story! Kitsune, Tengu, and a whole host of other supernatural creatures from Japanese lore make an appearance and is a sure fire way to peak my interest. The melding of present day Japan and the feudalist ideology is brilliantly done.

A few years ago I was introduced to the anime Inuyasha. I’m hoping at least some of you know who that is, but Shiro reminded me a lot of him. Emi and Shiro’s romance is subtle but sometimes you need that in a story. I look forward to their relationship growing.

Dislikes: There wasn’t much I didn’t like in this novel. The beginning is a little confusing if you don’t have a basic knowledge of Japanese myths and legends. While the rituals of the past and the current times are beautifully melded, it is a shock to the system when it seems like we are pulled into present times, even though we’ve actually been there all along!

badge5v4I could rave about this book for days so I’m going to give it five ofuda 😉

If you like this book…

…you might try A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe (see my review!), The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco, or The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson.

About the author

annette_marie_author_photo_600x900_blueAnnette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, which includes the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night. Her first love is fantasy, a limitless realm of creativity where she can break all the boring rules of real life, but fast-paced urban fantasy, bold heroines, and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has politely inquired as to whether she intends to include them in every book.

Annette lives in the frozen winter wasteland of northern Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad). She shares her life with her remarkably patient, comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

To find out more about Annette and her books, visit her website at

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I received an ARC of this book book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

About Luna Lovebooks

I love books! I also write in my spare time but due to a crazy life and millions of ideas, I have yet to finish something :/

Posted on October 31, 2016, in All Reviews and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Courtney Osceola

    I love this trilogy so much, I was wondering do you still have the ARC? If so would you be willing to sell it? I cant seem to find them anywhere and this is my favorite series 😭


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