Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winter Falls Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Title: Winter Falls
Author: Nicole Maggi
Series: Twin Willows #1
Publisher: Medallion Press
Release date: December 22, 2014
Genres: Paranormal
Format: ARC
Source: MMSAI Book Tours 

Goodreads Description: 

Alessia Jacobs is a typical sixteen-year-old, dying to get out of her small town of Twin Willows, Maine. Things look up when a new family comes to town, but when she falls for the hot, mysterious son, Jonah, her life turns upside down.

Weird visions of transforming into an otherworldly falcon are just the beginning. Soon she learns she’s part of the Benandanti, an ancient cult of warriors with the unique power to separate their souls from their bodies and take on the forms of magnificent animals.

Alessia never would’ve suspected it, but her boring town is the site of an epic struggle between the Benandanti and the Malandanti to control powerful magic in the surrounding forest.

As Alessia is drawn into the Benandanti’s mission, her relationship with Jonah intensifies. When her two worlds collide, Alessia’s forced to weigh choices a sixteen-year-old should never have to make.

Winter Falls is an unique story. The mythology of the Benandanti and Malandanti was quite interesting and I was happy that the author included a note about the truth about the Benandanti at the end. The story got off to somewhat of a slow start to me but after a few chapters it really picked up.

Winter Falls is a relatively short read at just over 300 pages. I was able to knock a good portion of the book out in a single night. The pacing of the story also helps it to be a quicker read.

I enjoyed Alessia and Jonah's relationship. I must admit that I didn't see the turn in their relationship  coming. It took me completely by surprise but I think it did add to the story and made Alessia's choices that much harder.I'm curious to see where their relationship goes in the coming books.

One thing I wasn't crazy about was that the writing was sometimes redundant and would sometimes have two sentences when once would have sufficed.

Over all, I found Winter Falls to be a very interesting read. While I didn't love the writing style, I did enjoy the storyline and the mythology behind it. I recommend this book to fans of fantasy or anyone looking for an unique new story.

About the Author

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Nicole was born in the suburbs of upstate New York, and began writing poems about unicorns and rainbows at a very early age.  She detoured into acting, earned a BFA from Emerson College, and moved to NYC where she performed in lots of off-off-off-Broadway Shakespeare.  After a decade of schlepping groceries on the subway, she and her husband hightailed it to sunny Los Angeles, where they now reside, surrounded by fruit trees, with their young daughter and two oddball cats.  Her TWIN WILLOW TRILOGY launches this December from Medallion Press; the first book is WINTER FALLS.  Her standalone YA thriller THE FORGETTING will be released in February 2015 from SourceBooks Fire.Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Goodreads

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$1 Winner will get a 50 Powell’s Book Store Gift Card (if the winner resides out of the US, they will be receive $50 PayPal Cash)

1 Winner will get the opportunity to name a character in Nicole Maggi’s in the next book she writes!


  1. Thank you so much for hosting WINTER FALLS and for being a great grand finale to the tour! So glad you enjoyed the book!

    1. Happy to be part of the tour! I really enjoyed the book! Thanks for having me!

  2. Hi, thank you fro the awesome giveaway! I'd love to read the book!


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