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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 Th 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.


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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 Th 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.

30 review for The Summer Marked

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marjolein

    Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com Only now that I reread my review for the first book The Winter People did I remember that I disliked the first book. Apparently the book has grown on me over the last year since I requested the second book anyway. And I'm not disappointed I did. Salome has agreed to go to Faerie, where there is a war between Summer and Winter ongoing and it soon becomes clear she'll have to make personal sacrifices to help overcome Winter. This time told Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com Only now that I reread my review for the first book The Winter People did I remember that I disliked the first book. Apparently the book has grown on me over the last year since I requested the second book anyway. And I'm not disappointed I did. Salome has agreed to go to Faerie, where there is a war between Summer and Winter ongoing and it soon becomes clear she'll have to make personal sacrifices to help overcome Winter. This time told in dual POV of both Salome and her friend Kadie, some parts were indeed quite interesting. At least for a while. Surprisingly, this was mostly Kadies part of the story that really seemed to add something and had me waiting for what was going to happen. Although there didn't seem to be that much development in her character (as in for example she still seemed as shocked/surprised to whatever happens as in the beginning) it was better than with Salome. Salome is awesome, and so she's told about every page. She brings life, quite literally, and is a complete special snowflake. Besides some bitching over her, the romance part was a little less than in the first book, but replaced with Salome feeling bad for herself as the Faeries don't like her because she's a human. (She also keeps being surprised by this fact and is incredibly naive at times). All in all the story was more interesting than last time. I liked that it was taking place in Faerie but Salome especially still was an annoying character. However, now I've read these two books I'll have to know how it's going to end. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    **I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.** *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy *Rating* 3.5-4 *My Thoughts* The Summer Marked is the second installment in The Winter People series by author Rebekah L. Purdy. The story picks up not long after Salome Montgomery left the human world to travel to Faerie with her betrothed Gavin. While The Winter People was mostly about Salome, this **I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.** *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy *Rating* 3.5-4 *My Thoughts* The Summer Marked is the second installment in The Winter People series by author Rebekah L. Purdy. The story picks up not long after Salome Montgomery left the human world to travel to Faerie with her betrothed Gavin. While The Winter People was mostly about Salome, this time her best friend Kadie gets a turn to either put up or fade away into the background. And, put up she does. I never thought I would see the day where the Prologue and Epilogue were more informative than the rest of the story. If you miss certain facets of each, you will totally be in the dark as to what is happens to Salome in this book, and why. *Full Review Posted @ Gizmos Reviews http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201... Published: September 22nd 2015 by Entangled: Teen

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anna (Enchanted by YA)

    ***I received the ARC eBook free as a review copy from the publisher Entangled Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*** I’ll be honest when I say that the first book didn’t impress me all that much, so believe me when I say this one did. It’s a slow burner, meaning that I gradually grew more and more invested in the story, until I had to put it down and realised I didn’t want to! Simple as that I was hooked. What originally caught my interest more than anything is the beautiful (yet ***I received the ARC eBook free as a review copy from the publisher Entangled Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*** I’ll be honest when I say that the first book didn’t impress me all that much, so believe me when I say this one did. It’s a slow burner, meaning that I gradually grew more and more invested in the story, until I had to put it down and realised I didn’t want to! Simple as that I was hooked. What originally caught my interest more than anything is the beautiful (yet often chilling) faerie world which we’d only heard about before. The settings worked beautifully to immerse the reader and enhance the emotions of the characters. Pretty much nothing turned out how they expected and this continued throughout the novel… Salome has grown up a lot since we last saw her in the sense that she’s learning to conquer her fears and also how to survive in a world where enemies are hiding everywhere, even in plain sight. Her romance with Gareth had (and will continue to have) many obstacles but the story didn’t revolve solely around this which I loved. What I didn’t like at first was the introduction to Kadie’s perspective. In fact I rarely ever like it when authors do this in the middle of a series, but as I said before, it grew on me and I reached the turning point where I couldn’t imagine the book without it. Not only did her chapters provide more insight to the world, her story is an interesting one involving many more characters I’m glad we got to see. Overall, with more characters, more action and more awesomeness, The Summer Marked is a book you won’t want to end. Thankfully there is a sequel, which I can’t wait to read! Posted on: http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.co.uk/

  4. 5 out of 5

    Natasha (books_n_dreams)

    OMG, OMG, OMG!!! This book was absolutely fantastic, amazing, incredible....just so well done. Literally when I finished reading Winter People I did NOT think there would be a second book when it originally came out, because the way it ended was amazing. But now to get more in depth into the story and see what else is behind the pages, was beyond what I was expecting. I love how in this book we get answers, while still leaving us wanting more. You get just enough to make it so you understand wher OMG, OMG, OMG!!! This book was absolutely fantastic, amazing, incredible....just so well done. Literally when I finished reading Winter People I did NOT think there would be a second book when it originally came out, because the way it ended was amazing. But now to get more in depth into the story and see what else is behind the pages, was beyond what I was expecting. I love how in this book we get answers, while still leaving us wanting more. You get just enough to make it so you understand where things are going, but the what if's that leave you hanging, make you crave for that next book. I also love the connection we get to continue with Salome, she is such an incredible young woman, especially after everything she has been through, she really shows us that she is a strong person and even though there are points where there are things she doesn't want to do it, she will do what is right to help. I like how we get to know Kadie more in this book, but being honest she isn't the character I thought she would be, I can understand her to a degree, but at the same time I want to be like what is wrong with you. She really grows frustrating to me, but I am extremely interested to see how things will end up in the next book. I NEED the next book like yesterday. Cannot wait!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin L

    *Thisi e-ARC was given to me by Entangle Publishing for an honest review* Enjoyed this book more than the first! Full review on blog: http://bookhavenblog.blogspot.com/201... :) *Thisi e-ARC was given to me by Entangle Publishing for an honest review* Enjoyed this book more than the first! Full review on blog: http://bookhavenblog.blogspot.com/201... :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    N.N. Light

    While I didn't get a chance to reading The Winter People, I did notice the praise for author Rebekah L. Purdy. So I picked up this book and started reading with no expectations. WOW! Fast-paced plot with fully developed characters (including a fab Big Bad) kept me turning the pages. All of my fellow reviewers were right, Purdy has a talent for grabbing the reader and not letting go. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, BAM!, a plot twist I wasn't expecting hit me. Just fantastic While I didn't get a chance to reading The Winter People, I did notice the praise for author Rebekah L. Purdy. So I picked up this book and started reading with no expectations. WOW! Fast-paced plot with fully developed characters (including a fab Big Bad) kept me turning the pages. All of my fellow reviewers were right, Purdy has a talent for grabbing the reader and not letting go. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, BAM!, a plot twist I wasn't expecting hit me. Just fantastic and highly recommend! My Rating: 5 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Heltsley

    This series continues to blow me away! I purchased The Winter People on a whim and absolutely loved it. It was steeped in romance, mystery and the supernatural. I wasn't sure about this book since it was dual POV from Salome and Kadie. Soon, it grew on me and I liked knowing what was going on in the two locations. It gave the audience insight about the other side. It was hard to stop the tears in this sequel. It was so clear how in love Salome and Gareth were. Yet, they continued to overcome obst This series continues to blow me away! I purchased The Winter People on a whim and absolutely loved it. It was steeped in romance, mystery and the supernatural. I wasn't sure about this book since it was dual POV from Salome and Kadie. Soon, it grew on me and I liked knowing what was going on in the two locations. It gave the audience insight about the other side. It was hard to stop the tears in this sequel. It was so clear how in love Salome and Gareth were. Yet, they continued to overcome obstacles, each time the price was steeper. I'm still on the fence about Gwenn and Nevin. We'll see what comes to pass in the next book. I did enjoy learning about Etienne and Salome's new best friend. If you love fairies and haven't read this series, you MUST read it! So far, this is quickly becoming one of my favorites. It's a crossover from YA to NA, but tame, so there aren't any scenes to make an age requirement. Overall, this installment from Rebekah Purdy gets five glittery stars for being just the read I needed. I can't wait for the next book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maghon Thomas

    So, I liked the first book pretty good, but the second book, WOW! Yeah, I can't believe I'm gunna say this, but the first book has nothing on the second book. I about lost my mind 48 times in this one. Seriously, this is a major contender for a favorite! I can't believe everything that happened in this book. I can't believe this, or that, or that, and another that. LOL I know I actually want to spoil this book for you because it's so good and I just wanna blabber it to the world LOL Ok, let's tr So, I liked the first book pretty good, but the second book, WOW! Yeah, I can't believe I'm gunna say this, but the first book has nothing on the second book. I about lost my mind 48 times in this one. Seriously, this is a major contender for a favorite! I can't believe everything that happened in this book. I can't believe this, or that, or that, and another that. LOL I know I actually want to spoil this book for you because it's so good and I just wanna blabber it to the world LOL Ok, let's try not to spoil too much. Salome went with Gareth to the Fae world, left the human world, and she knows nothing of what's happening on that side now. But all is not as well as she thinks. But neither is her own present. Gareth is almost immediately summoned by Nevin to return to the Summer Palace and Salome must return with him. It's not safe, not with people trying to kill her. But it's not just going to the palace, because Salome learns so much on her journey there. But when she gets there, most are thrilled that she broke the curse, but some of the more important people there want her dead- she's a human. Oh and a kicker, Nevin wants her as his queen. Well, that's just complicated. It's not at all what it seems and for once, I didn't try to jump into the book to kill Nevin myself, but we'll get to that. Because Gareth must do his duty, and that leaves Salome with out him. But she is well on her way to climbing to the most important person in the realm, oh and she has some new friends, and enemies to boot. I really liked who Salome is turning into. She is growing and learning and standing on her own, and though she loves Gareth more than anything, the choices she makes in this one will blow your mind, fry your sock, and just about break your jaw! Well, mine did. LOL Kadie, Salome's best friend, is in trouble in the human world, but soon finds herself in trouble in the Fae world thinking she's rescuing Salome. Yet Salome is no where to be found- she doesn't know. Now, Kadie, I liked her, I did. But at the end of the book, let's just say a lot of things change and I don't think she's so good for Salome anymore. It's not longer a good fit for either of them to be friends, or hell, even acquaintance. I couldn't believe this part either, because I really liked Kadie in book one, and though she is selfish, she was always there for Salome. Not anymore. And now, with Kadie captured by the evil queen, some things are really changing, and so is Kadie. Now, with all this said, we get to see different sides of Nevin and Gareth. I learned alot about them, but we also meet Etienne, Darach, and Gwenn, who is Gareth's sister. I loved the two men, but I didn't like Gwenn, till about half way after meeting her. There are new characters but quickly they grew on me. There's places in the fae world are important and I think there will be serious need for them all in the future book, which I am dying to read now. The writing is beyond amazing here. I am so impressed. The world that was built here in the faerie world is magnificent. And the character, they are always so important to me, were absolutely phenomenal. This is beyond a doubt why I love this book so much, because they are so well done. Even the bad guys get love from me, because they are so well thought out, down to every evil deed done. And the plot line, well, with the twists, and mysteries, and suspense, and heart breaks, I don't know how else to say this, but holy smoke! It was just a whirlwind of awesome. I never knew what was coming, or saw it until my jaw was dropping. So, I don't know how else to say- READ THIS BOOK!!! Seriously, it's awesome. And heart breaking. And frustrating, and hauntingly beautiful. Yeah, I'm going with that. 5 MAGICAL PAWS!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    First things first: I received an ARC through NetGalley. I really liked this a lot more than the first one, it still got the same rating, cause it's still not enough for me to give it five stars. There are a few spoilers ahead so beware... I loved how fast-paced this book was compared to the first one. And I also loved that we got Salome's and Kadie's point of view. I have to say even though I like Salome way more than I like Kadie, I enjoyed Kadie's parts a lot more. Probably because they were so m First things first: I received an ARC through NetGalley. I really liked this a lot more than the first one, it still got the same rating, cause it's still not enough for me to give it five stars. There are a few spoilers ahead so beware... I loved how fast-paced this book was compared to the first one. And I also loved that we got Salome's and Kadie's point of view. I have to say even though I like Salome way more than I like Kadie, I enjoyed Kadie's parts a lot more. Probably because they were so much different. For Kadie everything was painful, she stumbled into this and got right in the middle of a war. I felt so bad for her cause she really went through hell. I have to say that I didn't like how things ended for her, the choices she made towards the end and all that. So I hope things get better for her in the next book. Salome. I wish the parts about her self would have been more explored than just her being torn between her love for Gareth and how she had to become Nevine's queen, not only to save Gareth's live but also help Nevine and Summer to become more powerful. I mean the first book made you realize that the main focus is definitely the romance element but yeah. There were so many things happening, the fact that Salome has powers, that she could see Darach, that she could help him and that he was kinda anchored to her, and also the fact that she got marked not just by Summer, but also Spring, Autumn and Winter. I just really hope that in the next book that things concentrate more on that stuff. Cause I'm really interested in that. We got a lot more new character, Etienne (still not sure about this dude), Teodor (absolutely hate him), Darach (love him and loved that we got a bit more insight on Nevine through him), Demetria (it still hurts), and we got more of Grisselle (that one is seriously batshit crazy).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I did not have a chance to read the first book, The Winter People, before reading this one so I had some catching up and figuring out to do. I was still able to jump into this one and follow along though. This was such a well written book that I loved it. Rebekah L. Purdy sure knows how to get her readers attention and keep it though out the whole story. Salome, Gareth and Kadie are back in the Faerie world when we start this book. Salome and Gareth had decided to live together after Salome brok I did not have a chance to read the first book, The Winter People, before reading this one so I had some catching up and figuring out to do. I was still able to jump into this one and follow along though. This was such a well written book that I loved it. Rebekah L. Purdy sure knows how to get her readers attention and keep it though out the whole story. Salome, Gareth and Kadie are back in the Faerie world when we start this book. Salome and Gareth had decided to live together after Salome broke the spell in the first book. I loved the romance between Salome and Gareth. These two were just-WOW! I think Salome had this idea that they were going to be able to live in love and go about their merry lives without any other problems, but man did someone else have different plans for her and Kadie. These two have to go through so many trials and test that it keeps you on the edge of your seat and flipping pages as fast as you can. This book is a must read for lovers of the Fae!! You will not regret reading this one at all!! Thanks Rebekah for a great read and I can't wait for more!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Raeanne Parks

    All of my initial reservations about this book disappeared as soon as I started reading it. I loved seeing immediately in to Salome's life with Gareth in the Faerie realm. It was like a glimpse at "happily ever after" until Nevin had to show up and burst that beautiful bubble. But before that, we see a glimpse of the past where Salome's grandma is actually hiding a girl for the Faerie Queen that the queen bestows all of her powers in. Your inference that the girl is actually Salome isn't ever ac All of my initial reservations about this book disappeared as soon as I started reading it. I loved seeing immediately in to Salome's life with Gareth in the Faerie realm. It was like a glimpse at "happily ever after" until Nevin had to show up and burst that beautiful bubble. But before that, we see a glimpse of the past where Salome's grandma is actually hiding a girl for the Faerie Queen that the queen bestows all of her powers in. Your inference that the girl is actually Salome isn't ever actually confirmed, but it's almost as good as confirmed over the course of the story and, especially, that first chapter where Doris (the grandma) is telling the real stories to little Salome and little Kadie, but the stories are actually based in truth. Clearly, not everything ended happily at the end of The Winter People, although I didn't want to believe that. There was still turmoil in Faerie, which is probably one of the reasons a sequel was in order. The Winter Kingdom is still trying to take over everything and the Summer Kingdom is the only other one still standing - Autumn and Spring having already fallen to Winter. Nevin is king of Summer and Gareth is one of their best warriors, so Salome can't get out of Faerie trouble. That and Winter is still hellbent on killing her. Fun. Meanwhile, Salome's best friend Kadie is returning from college for Thanksgiving with the plans of making this stay at home permanent. She followed her high school boyfriend to Texas and he ended up cheating on her. Of course, when Kadie returns home, something isn't quite right at her house. So she goes to Salome's where things are even weirder. She gets turned away at the door, and then gets a text "from Salome" that she's at this club and had a fight with Gareth (totally not true because Salome is off in Faerie trying to save Summer). So Kadie goes to the club and ends up getting kidnapped and dragged to Winter where she's held prisoner for information about Gareth and Salome and Summer. Kadie is forced to spend her first night in Winter in the Red Room (which immediately reminded me of Fifty Shades of Grey). In the Red Room, it's really decorated with human body parts such as skin and bones (completely grossed, but I honestly loved it). So Kadie runs out of the room and comes face to face with a tree that is actually Salome's father. So let's throw it back to the time in The Winter People where Salome's dad hit her. Yeah, apparently that was not her dad. That was a Fae disguised as him, while her dad was really in Winter being turned into the tree. That piece of the story has yet to be fully explained, but her dad does die because Kadie puts him out of his misery towards the end of the story. While Kadie is being held prisoner and having Etionne, one of the Winter Princes, take care of her and is probably the only reason she survived as long as she did with that mouth of hers, Salome is traveling to Summer with Gareth. First, they pick up some weapons in the ruins of Spring and a sword of the four kingdoms chooses Salome (major foreshadowing here). As they continue on, the run into some former soldiers of Spring and Salome is hearing voices. There's so much going on! Trolls attack Gareth and Salome and Gareth sends Salome on ahead for safety with her horse that protects virgins. Why was this relevant? I mean, it did save her ass in the end, however. While trying to stay safe, Salome runs into ghosts that are tied to the ruins she's hiding in. They say she's the only one who can save them and we start to get this whole chosen one thing going on. I liked how in the first book, you didn't feel this, but it's okay that we do now. Nevin shows up to save Salome. Gareth is still fighting off the trolls, and while Salome is rightfully worried, Nevin keeps trying to get her to calm down and it feels kind of sketchy and like he has ulterior motives. Gareth shows back up and everything is currently fine for Salome. Not so much for Kadie who's resilience has gotten her work in the Bone Yard. Basically in the Bone Yard, they separate the bones from the skin and muscles and blood. I found myself asking why all this darkness was necessary, but the answer was just that it made it more interesting. It shows how dark Winter really is and, let's be honest, who doesn't love a little gore? Back in Summer, Nevin drops the bomb that he needs a queen so that the magic in Summer is more powerful than the magic in Winter. He wants his queen to be Salome. Like really? She already has Gareth and is like in love with him. Why does he have to complicate things!? But shockingly, it's not because he has secret feelings for her and wants to steal her from Gareth (because that just would have been too much for me). He actually has only loved once in his life and it was the King of Autumn. Awesome. So everything is all crazy and twisted and Kadie is fighting for her life, Salome is dodging attempts on her life as well, and I'm starting to wonder what is this going to boil down to. The Winter Queen befriends Kadie (completely weird, but I see where it's going) and asks her to kill Salome. Etionne escorts Kadie to Summer so she can do her job and while Kadie is blood bound to the Winter Queen, she kind of has no choice. Etionne runs away to go and try to fight to save Faerie, and somehow Salome survives a dagger to the heart. Salome becomes Summer Queen, but also has the markings to be queen of all the other kingdoms (I am set in my inference that it's because she has the Faerie Queen's magic in her and only that reason), saves Gareth after he almost dies on one of Nevin's missions, and that happily ever after I loved so much from the first book is completely shot out the window. So, basically, I had only a few qualms with this book and here they are: Kadie just accepts this Faerie-ness way too easily and quickly, and at one point she actually just states that she's in Winter and I was like "how do you know" with a bajillion question marks after it; I did not like how Kadie became all self-centered and tried to kill Salome because I thought she had more willpower than that (note: this is not a comment on the story or choices, just personal opinion I had while reading); and I don't really understand how Salome came back to life? However, there is much praise I have for this book. Bringing in the other fae made it way more interesting. It still kept the darkness I loved from the first book even though they were in the sparkly faerie realm. Salome is slowly becoming a badass and I love it. And at least Gareth and Salome get to still be together even though Salome is married to Nevin and Queen of Summer. I cannot wait to figure out how all of this plays out in the next installment. Hopefully that book comes out soon...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Slager

    [Full disclosure: I requested and received a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.] While I had been initially skeptical about The Winter People, the first book in this series, I thoroughly enjoyed it in the end. So when I got the chance to read The Summer Marked, I had absolutely no hesitation in getting started. I couldn’t wait to find out the next chapter in Salome’s life after the supposedly completely happy fairytale ending of the first book. Of course, not all is we [Full disclosure: I requested and received a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.] While I had been initially skeptical about The Winter People, the first book in this series, I thoroughly enjoyed it in the end. So when I got the chance to read The Summer Marked, I had absolutely no hesitation in getting started. I couldn’t wait to find out the next chapter in Salome’s life after the supposedly completely happy fairytale ending of the first book. Of course, not all is well in paradise. Salome and Gareth have moved in together but Nevin (the Summer king Salome kissed in order to free him from his curse) seems to be skulking around trying to break his promise that Salome and Gareth could be together. He seems increasingly controlling and also seems to be trying to separate the two, bringing them to court only to have Gareth sent away on mission after mission. While all this sounds so stereotypical, I can assure you that as always, Rebekah Purdy has some tricks up her sleeve, including a massive plot twist that totally blindsided me. It was a pleasant surprise and explained a lot in hindsight but I can’t talk much more about it without giving away massive spoilers. Needless to say, Salome and Gareth are finally together and everyone at court including Nevin want to tear them apart. And events throughout the novel definitely conspire to do just that. Meanwhile, Salome’s friend Kadie is left wandering on her own. She got dumped and wants to live closer to home so she dropped out of university to come home for Thanksgiving and re-assess her life choices. When she gets there, of course Salome is gone and her mother and grandmother aren’t really being clear on where she is. So when she gets a text from Salome asking her to come right away, she gets sucked into a vicious trap set up by the Winter Court and has to endure unimaginable things in the land of Faerie. All while Salome lives an ideal life on the outside while she’s secretly barely holding things together. While I didn’t like Kadie’s point of view at first because it sounded so much like the stereotypical ditzy best friend, she really came through as a character. At the Winter Court she learns to keep her mouth shut and scheme in order to survive and sometimes does the unthinkable to do so. She gains a real strength of character that is absolutely remarkable when you compare it to how she was in the beginning of The Winter People. That’s not to say she wasn’t a strong or three dimensional character then, but she really comes into her own and controls her own story (or thinks she does) a lot more than she used to. I really did like Kadie in this second book, despite some of the things she does. Salome, having conquered a lot of her fears in the first book, learns that she has a long way to go if she’s going to survive alongside Gareth in Faerie now that the Winter Court is on a warpath. She learns to play the vicious games that are characteristic of faerie politics while adding in some human compassion that the fey seem to lack. And when faced with two horrible choices that would have been unthinkable at the beginning of the novel, her choice shows just how much she has really grown. Essentially, Salome really comes into her own in The Summer Marked so if you loved her in the first book, you will love her even more in this one. I found the plot was a lot faster in this book compared to the first. There was of course plenty of character development and a lot of interpersonal/intrapersonal conflict but the plot moved along quite nicely. There’s quite a bit more action since the threat of the Winter Court is ramped up and the whole of Summer is at stake. And, as with the first book, Purdy throws in so many plot twists that you can’t help but read on to find out what happens next. The Summer Marked was definitely a one-sitting book for me because of that. Even if the plot wasn’t fast-paced, it would have still been a one-sitting book because Rebekah Purdy has a magnificent writing style. It’s beautifully descriptive and she does both the darker Winter Court and the gorgeous Summer Court incrdibly well. It was her writing that initially sucked me into the first book and it’s part of why I enjoy this series so much. While The Summer Marked was far darker than The Winter People, it was still very enjoyable on many different levels. You really can’t go wrong with The Winter People series. If you haven’t read the first book, you absolutely should right now. If you read the first book and loved it, then you definitely need to read this second book. It will blow you away. I give this book 5/5 stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    This review does not contain spoilers for The Summer Marked, but does have spoilers for the first novel in this series The Winter People. First let me say... do you see that cover?! *sighs* it is SO beautiful!! I read the Winter People last year and absolutely loved it! It was well written, imaginative and unique. You can read my review for The Winter People here. The Summer Marked picks up shortly after The Winter People ends. Salome has left the human world to be with Gareth in Faerie and begin This review does not contain spoilers for The Summer Marked, but does have spoilers for the first novel in this series The Winter People. First let me say... do you see that cover?! *sighs* it is SO beautiful!! I read the Winter People last year and absolutely loved it! It was well written, imaginative and unique. You can read my review for The Winter People here. The Summer Marked picks up shortly after The Winter People ends. Salome has left the human world to be with Gareth in Faerie and begin their Happily Ever After. Nevin, the King of the Summer Kingdom is no longer cursed and has also returned to Faerie. Once they are all home, they begin to learn that the World of Faerie is collapsing and a war among all of the Kingdoms is coming. To make matters worse, Salome's best friend Kadie is captured and brought to Faerie as a prisoner. One thing that I absolutely loved about this novel (and the Winter People) are Rebekah Purdy's beautiful descriptions and her World building. I saw the world of Faerie through her eyes and was so enchanted and captivated by it. Her descriptions of the Winter Kingdom were so dark and evil, I truly felt the eeriness and the cold of that Kingdom through her descriptions. When Salome arrived in the Kingdom of Summer I actually sighed at the beautiful description... The sound of wind chimes carried on the breeze... trees billowed back and forth. My gaze took in the sweeping gardens, full of wildflowers in every shade imaginable. Gardens opened into courtyards filled with statues and water fountains. I was very pleased with the direction Purdy went in this novel, I was unsure what to expect because The Winter People left off in a pretty settled place. I really liked The Winter People, but The Summer Marked was BETTER! The description were better, the characters were more developed and the story line was out of this world! I loved that I got to know these characters so much better. This book was told in dual POV, the majority was from Salome, but there were several chapters from Kadie's POV in captivity. Through Salome, I got to know the Faerie world so much better. I love Salome's growth in this novel, it was amazing! I got to know Nevin better as well, truthfully though I wanted more Gareth... I missed him a lot in this one and hope to see more of him in the next novel. This book was more about Salome and what she becomes or who she becomes to the World of Faerie. I absolutely loved where Purdy took this story, but I will not spoil it, you have to experience it for yourself! Through Kadie's side of the story I learned all about The Winter Kingdom and Queen. I was unsure if I would like the Kadie story line because she was a bit irritating in The Winter People, but it was truly EPIC in this novel! Again, I loved where Rebekah Purdy took this story and the character of Kadie. And then there's Etienne, I will not spoil who he is because you need to discover that for yourself, all I will say is *swoon* I absolutely LOVED him!! He is Kadie's captor and savior in this novel and plays a very large role in Kadie's side of the story. "We’re gonna defeat Winter, and then we’ll all live happily ever after.” He chuckled. “Has anyone ever told you that you read way too many fairytales?” “I don’t need to read them anymore – I’m living one.” I really wish that more readers would dive into this series, it is so imaginative and unique. I have truly enjoyed both of the books in the series so far and I cannot wait for the next one! If you enjoy paranormal romance, with beautiful world building and a change from the expected, I urge you to give this series a read! I hope that you love it as much as I have!   "I was ready for it. Spring, Summer and Autumn had marked me. But so had Winter. I was stronger for it. I belonged to Faerie now - and it belonged to me."

  14. 5 out of 5

    books are love

    This picks up where Winter People left off and it is a amazing story. I love how Gareth is with Salome. Those two are so perfect together. Kadie I have some serious issues with. Not issues as in writing issues issues as in she truly is just a not nice person. She harbored all this anger and jealousy towards Salome and this made her a good target for Griselle. Griselle we see her evil ways a lot here. We see how truly manipulative she is but we also get some background into her if you can believe This picks up where Winter People left off and it is a amazing story. I love how Gareth is with Salome. Those two are so perfect together. Kadie I have some serious issues with. Not issues as in writing issues issues as in she truly is just a not nice person. She harbored all this anger and jealousy towards Salome and this made her a good target for Griselle. Griselle we see her evil ways a lot here. We see how truly manipulative she is but we also get some background into her if you can believe her that is. I have reservations about her and the story she told. This is told from the POV of Salome and Kadie and as you see in Kadie’s thoughts you see a different Kadie than what was in the first book. This Kadie is more wanting and green in jealousy and boiling over with anger. Her feelings about her friendship with Salome is really raw and sad. We see her go from survivor to a changed person. She goes from fierce and loyal to mean and nasty. I see why Etienne falls for her at first and tries so hard to protect and help her. In the end though she doesn’t deserve him. Etienne you will feel for. This poor guy has sacrificed so much for his people and to fall for Kadie only to see her twisted in the end had to hurt. I love how he gains strength and courage again to fight Griselle. Him at the end will leave you wanting to know more and wonder what is up. Darach wow. His anger is really masked hurt. He gives us more insight into Nevin and their story is so beautiful and sad. His helping Salome is great to see. I hope she can help him and maybe we can see him and Nevin get a happy ending. I think thought the Winter Queen will find a way to ruin this as well. That woman is true poison. Gareth this is a great guy. What he goes through so endears you to him. He loves his people so much and his love for Salome is so evident. I mean to agree to what he does tears at you. His strength and love is what helps Salome cope with everything. Salome we see grow leaps and bounds here. She is in a new place but her core character is the same. She is still one to stand for what she believes and her love for Gareth is beautiful. The decision in the end was heart wrenching. Watching the events unfold as to how she is marked is incredible. Her journey is one of growth and character building. We see her learn about herself, her new abilities she is getting, the marks she is coming to have, the history of this faerie land and her gain strength and more compassion for others. The story is action packed, romance sweet and sad. We truly learn how much people have suffered and endured because of the power hungry Winter Queen Griselle. We get more insight into Nevin and how much he truly sacrifices and loves his people. He is still selfish but he is growing more and more and coming into his own. We see the story grow in depth and deception. There is more mystery behind it that has us with questions but we also have many answers about the faerie history and Salome. We get insight into characters and a little foreshadowing of what is to come. We have betrayal and sacrifice occur that will tear at the heartstrings but the romance of Gareth and Salome truly will endear you to them. War is upon this land and lots of the story is yet to unfold. Rebekah Purdy has done a great job of trickling in what we need to know while keeping you wanting more and wondering more about this land and its people. This chapter in the series is more dark and we get more insight as well. A book of revenge, power and desire to rule. Of sacrifice and love. One that answers some questions but leaves more and has you wanting the next in the series so that you can see what is going to happen to Nevin, Darach, Etienne, Gareth and Salome.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dragana

    When I have read The Winter People last year, I thought it was a standalone. All I could remember from The Winter People was haunting descriptions that made me scared of winter and that the end was too sweet for my taste. Rebekah L. Purdy obviously agreed with me that Salome’s adventure should not end like that, because she wrote the sequel, The Summer Marked. LIKES * Fae. The Summer Marked is set almost entirely in the Faerie kingdoms. The fae’s worlds are always full of wonderful architecture a When I have read The Winter People last year, I thought it was a standalone. All I could remember from The Winter People was haunting descriptions that made me scared of winter and that the end was too sweet for my taste. Rebekah L. Purdy obviously agreed with me that Salome’s adventure should not end like that, because she wrote the sequel, The Summer Marked. LIKES * Fae. The Summer Marked is set almost entirely in the Faerie kingdoms. The fae’s worlds are always full of wonderful architecture and nature. Rebekah L. Purdy picturesque descriptions made me wish to re-read The Lord Of The Rings again. * Twists. After all the problems in The Winter People, I could not believe the sweet fairy-tale-like ending. In The Summer Marked the simple story got a lot of new turns and surprising revelations. * Salome toughens up. In The Winter People, Salome was very meek and always waited for someone to save her. Finally in The Summer Marked, she starts thinking and acting by herself. * Kadie was not my favorite in The Winter People. In fact, she was annoying and I thought she was a cliched slutty-best-friend character. Chapters from Kadie’s point of view in The Summer Marked added real depth to her personality. Kadie’s narration was fresh and way more interesting than Salome’s. I especially loved Kadie’s descriptions: “The lane twisted with more curves than a porn star.” * Adaba is a fae horse, who likes Salome and decides to help her. Having a mighty fae horse protector can be useful, but (as always in fae domain) there is the other side of the bargain. Since Adaba is a protector of virgins, he sabotages every sexual interaction between Salome and Gareth, causing a lot of funny situations. DISLIKES * Bloody gruesome. The Winter People was a book with subtle horror that chilled me to my bones and made me wary of winter. In The Summer Marked Rebekah L. Purdy decided to go with blood and gore galore. Kingdom of Winter was awful. I am still trying to erase the description of curtains made of human skin from my memory. * Withholding of information by everyone was getting old. Even allies didn’t honestly talk to each other. The excuse of not telling ‘for your own good’ can be used a limited number of times, after that it starts to get annoying. * Obvious things that Salome did not see. There are some mysteries that are simply… not mysteries at all. The answer is pretty obvious but no one didn’t get it until the end of the book. IN THE END… The Summer Marked was a complete surprise to me in many ways. The strongest surprises were: - I didn’t expect a sequel to Salom’es story. - It added more twists and interesting characters to the story. Although some flaws are still present, all characters are improved. The Summer Marked turned The Winter People from light paranormal novel into a complex fantasy series for young adults. I’m looking forward to the sequel. Disclaimer: I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. This review is also posted on my blog Bookworm Dreams in a little bit more styled edition.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Janelle

    **I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review** 5+ stars! Now that Salome has broken the Winter Curse and decided to live in Faerie with Gareth, they believe that the worst of times are behind them. Little do they know that the Winter Queen has big plans for the rest of Faerie, which includes taking out the last remaining Kingdom – Summer. Being a Warrior of the Summer Kingdom, Gareth has held the Kingdom together while it’s King, Nevin, was back in the huma **I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review** 5+ stars! Now that Salome has broken the Winter Curse and decided to live in Faerie with Gareth, they believe that the worst of times are behind them. Little do they know that the Winter Queen has big plans for the rest of Faerie, which includes taking out the last remaining Kingdom – Summer. Being a Warrior of the Summer Kingdom, Gareth has held the Kingdom together while it’s King, Nevin, was back in the human world under the Winter Curse. So when the recently freed King of Summer Nevin and Salome’s ex-boyfriend in the human world comes to them at Gareth’s ranch and request their assistance – Salome is skeptical of Nevin’s intensions and wants to refuse his request. But being the diligent warrior that he is, Gareth gets Salome to reluctantly agree to being escorted to the Summer castle – under Nevin’s ever watchful eye. Of course with a vengeful Winter Queen on the loose, the journey is not without its hardships – they traveling pair of Salome and Gareth encounter many dangers and nearly succumb to some, but when they stumble upon the Ruined Court, a few ghosts help save them. Finally making it to the Summer Castle safely, Gareth is swept away almost immediately with war and scouting plans to try to defeat the Winter Court’s horrible hold on the rest of Faerie. He and Salome have no time to talk, but when King Nevin invites them to dine with him, he reveals what Gareth was so hesitant to talk to her about – Nevin proposes that he and Salome marry, to strengthen the Winter court, as Nevin can tell that Salome is getting powers. When Salome declines and chooses Gareth, the next day he sets off to defend the Winter boarders. As it happens, Gareth is mortally wounded while on the battlefield, and Salome knows that she is his only hope of surviving – but only if she weds Nevin, as their powers grow stronger when bound in marriage. Without Gareth’s moral compass to help her, Salome sorrowfully accepts – so she can save Gareth’s life. But when Salome learns that her best-friend is in Faerie working with the Winter Queen, will her faith be shattered or strengthened in humanity and the occupants of the Faerie? I must say that while I mildly enjoyed the first book in the series, I could not put this one DOWN! It was entertaining, gave a lot of detail and insight into the feud the Winter Queen felt, as well as how and why Salome was not just the beginning, but the future of the Faerie kingdom. I was thrilled at the twists and turns I was taken on throughout both Kadie and Salome’s adventures, as well as the roles that they both have been destined to take throughout each other’s lives – not just in the human world, but also in Faerie. I was REALLY looking forward to seeing what adventures lay ahead for them both, and if a little ol’ human girl has the power to save or annihilate an entire world!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    The Summer Marked I truly enjoy this series! I loved The Winter People and I love this sequel just as much! The author creates characters that are so complex and so realistic. Even as dark as the story is, it is beautiful with its weaving of our own reality and the dark reality of the Fae world. It is a far cry from the Disneyfied version of faeries and that is something I look for in fae novels.   The Summer Marked picks up not long after The Winter People ends. Salome, Gareth, and Nevin have ret The Summer Marked I truly enjoy this series! I loved The Winter People and I love this sequel just as much! The author creates characters that are so complex and so realistic. Even as dark as the story is, it is beautiful with its weaving of our own reality and the dark reality of the Fae world. It is a far cry from the Disneyfied version of faeries and that is something I look for in fae novels.   The Summer Marked picks up not long after The Winter People ends. Salome, Gareth, and Nevin have returned to the Fae realm and it quickly becomes obvious that it is not going to be the eternal bliss that Salome had believed it would be. This is compounded by the fact that she is struggling to find her place as a transplanted human in a faerie world that most don't even believe exists. I love the mythology that the author uses to build her world and the unique ways in which she uses it. The realm was traditionally ruled by a single monarch that came from one of the four courts: Summer, Winter, Spring, Autumn. The idea is that a rotating court of control keeps power in check. However, things happened in the past that took down three of the four courts and now the last, Summer, is in danger. And it is this history that comes back and threatens to ruin the Fae world.   Many of the characters from the first novel are back in this one, with some surprising twists that truly change everything. I love that Salome grows in this book, coming into her own and not just being there because of love. She takes on the problems of the Summer court and makes them her own in surprising ways. She is faced with decisions that no one should have to make, but she makes them. Even as things seem to be happening to her, unexplainable things, she puts aside her worries in order to be there for her new people. There is a strength in her character that is beautifully written and rather inspiring.   This installment is told from the alternating points of view of Salome and her best friend Kadie. It is almost as much Kadie's book as it is Salome's. Kadie is the epitome of a complex character. It is difficult to get a true reading on her and that is why she is such a realistic character, even in a supernatural world. In realitty there is really no black and white in humanity and Kadie's character embodies this.   There are themes of love and forgiveness, trust and betrayal, sacrifice and second chances, I loved that the strongest theme was that of sacrifice for the greater good, the selflessness that a decision like that requires. This is an important message and it was clear without being at all "preachy."   My Recommendation   I highly recommend this book! It is a beautifully written book with a story that is extremely engaging!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** The Summer Marked is the second book in the Winter People series. I really enjoyed the Winter People last year and I was really interested in seeing what was going to happen next. If I recall correctly, The Winter people ended in kind of a nicely wrapped up place. Salome was living happily ever (right now) with Gareth, so I was interested to see what was going to happen next. I don't think I even knew there was going **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** The Summer Marked is the second book in the Winter People series. I really enjoyed the Winter People last year and I was really interested in seeing what was going to happen next. If I recall correctly, The Winter people ended in kind of a nicely wrapped up place. Salome was living happily ever (right now) with Gareth, so I was interested to see what was going to happen next. I don't think I even knew there was going to be a second book when I read the first one because it wrapped up so well. But man, oh man was I wrong. The continuation of The Summer Marked flowed so freakin' perfectly from the end of the Winter People. Salome is plunked right in the middle of a war of the ages (or rather, seasons.) The Summer Marked really seemed to pick up the pace of the first book. There is constant movement. I really liked that about the story because, since I already knew the characters, I was able to easily become swept up in this new escalation of tensions with the summer court and the winter court. That winter queen is a real B! I also loved that The Summer Marked is told not only from Salome's point of view, but also (though not split 50/50%. Salome gets a little more page time.) from Kadie's point of view. At first, I wasn't sure I was going to love Kadie's chapters. I remember being kind of indifferent to her in the first book and at the start of this book she started to get jealous best friend syndrome and that irked me. But I totally changed my tune. Watching Kadie in the Winter court, and even with Ettiene, had me feeling for her, and liking her way more than I thought I would. I absolutely loved the description of the winter court. And by love, I mean was equally fascinated as I was openly horrified. The Bone yards and the display at dinner with the music and the "dancing" girl were pretty deplorable. But Rebekah does such an incredible job painting the picture for the readers that you will not be able to stop reading. There are so many other things that I loved about The Summer Marked. Like the role that Salome is playing and she doesn't even know it. And like her horse that is so adamant about defending her (youknowwhat...(view spoiler)[virtue (hide spoiler)] ). The Summer Marked is a great continuation to the Winter People. It was just as good, if not better than the first book. You have hooked Ms. Purdy! I really do need more right now Rebekah! This review was originally posted on Book Briefs

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rivalie

    (Huge thanks to Entangled Teen for providing a copy to review. All thoughts are 100% my own.) Salome thought that after breaking the curse on Nevin and becoming a faerie to be with Gareth that life would be perfect. However the Winter Queen will not be so easily deterred and she is determined to bring all of the kingdoms under her control so she decides to hit close to home. The Queen tricks Kadie Byers, Salome's best friend, and kidnaps her which plunges Kadie into the terrifying world that is t (Huge thanks to Entangled Teen for providing a copy to review. All thoughts are 100% my own.) Salome thought that after breaking the curse on Nevin and becoming a faerie to be with Gareth that life would be perfect. However the Winter Queen will not be so easily deterred and she is determined to bring all of the kingdoms under her control so she decides to hit close to home. The Queen tricks Kadie Byers, Salome's best friend, and kidnaps her which plunges Kadie into the terrifying world that is the kingdom of Winter. In Summer, Salome struggles to figure out what choices she has to make, even if they go against everything she ever wanted. This wasn't as suspenseful as the first book in terms of suspense. In The Winter People, Winter felt like an ominous enemy while this book portrayed it as an extremely real and gruesome enemy. I literally am going to get nightmares just thinking about the bones and the Red Room. Okay I'm going to talk a lot about characters since they literally blew my mind. Starting off with the most sadistic person I've ever read about, Grisselle the Queen of Winter. She's definitely insane but if her story is true then she does have some tiny right for her actions...or at least it makes more sense why she's doing everything. However, that does not condone her actions and basically all the torture and abuse that occurs in the kingdom. As for Kadie, I didn't love as a narrator in comparison to Sloane but I admire her struggle for survival. It was just a bit harder to connect with her on a different level other than feeling helpless and sympathetic towards her. As for Sloane...to be honest I didn't like her as much as I did in the first book. I get the desire she wants for a peaceful life but she needs to stop being so infatuated with Gareth. My eyes got a workout from all the rolling they did at her constant fretting. On a different note, can I please get marked as well??? Even though I wanted to shake some of that romanticism out of her, I'm still so pumped for everything that's going to happen next. Okay final round-up: I freaking love Daruch and I want him alive! Aruba is the best horse on the planet. Gareth and Nevin both need to take a step back and let Sloane grow without their interference and Gwenn is amazing. Even though I didn't experience heart palpitations from terror, the story was still intense and gripping with these beautiful descriptions of the Faerie world. I'm literally dying from withdrawal and the next book needs to be in my possession now!! Read my reviews at: http://extreemeobsessed.blogspot.com/

  20. 4 out of 5

    Delaney

    ***THIS REVIEW AND MORE AT MY WEBSITE*** 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 an ***THIS REVIEW AND MORE AT MY WEBSITE*** 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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauralee

    Salome is happy living life in her new home in the Faerie world with her fiance, Gareth. However, her happiness is short-lived. The battle in fairyland between the two kingdoms of summer and winter are still raging war. Salome doesn’t realize that the worst is yet to come. Her best friend, Kadie, who has been searching for her in the human world suddenly finds herself swept into the faerie realm and is a prisoner of the evil Winter Queen. The war between summer and winter not only threatens the Salome is happy living life in her new home in the Faerie world with her fiance, Gareth. However, her happiness is short-lived. The battle in fairyland between the two kingdoms of summer and winter are still raging war. Salome doesn’t realize that the worst is yet to come. Her best friend, Kadie, who has been searching for her in the human world suddenly finds herself swept into the faerie realm and is a prisoner of the evil Winter Queen. The war between summer and winter not only threatens their survival, but also they find that their friendship may also be broken. This book is a character-driven story about these two best friends. I found this story compelling. It is very predictable to know what the author had in mind for these girls. Therefore, I could not put it down because I liked reading how they have evolved and grown. Yet throughout their trials, each of these girls have become stronger. The story is narrated by both Salome and Kadie. Salome is part of the summer court, and Kadie is of the winter court. I really loved these two characters. They are both strong women. Both of them are going through hard times and must make difficult decisions and sacrifices. Each of them struggles to do the right thing. I felt sorry for these girls as they are forced to make hard choices to survive or to save their loved ones. Both of them are manipulated by powerful forces in order to do their duty. Overall, this story is about choices, sacrifices, and duty. I liked how two modern girls enter the Faerie world, which is a medieval setting. As for the world-building, the setting is very similar to the world of Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. This is because both books have kingdoms that are based on the seasons. I have not read the first book in the series, The Winter People, but this book could also be a standalone because there is a new plot, and it gave us a lot of backstory to what happened in the previous novel. This novel is mostly setting up for the third book in the series. The Summer Marked is gorgeously written with complex heroes and villains and it had a thrilling cliffhanger ending that leaves readers anxiously anticipating finding out what happens next. I recommend this novel to anyone interested in Faeries, modern vs. medieval stories, or anyone who enjoys the trials of friendship and love. (Note: I read an ARC copy of this book in courtesy of Netgalley.)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sasha Hibbs

    *I received this in exchange for an honest review* THE SUMMER MARKED was incredible! I read this one over my vacation at the Outer Banks in August and I simply couldn't put it down. I LOVED The Winter People and when I saw the sequel on NetGalley I nearly broke my keyboard in half trying to get it. I couldn't imagine what the sequel would entail but I assure you it did not disappoint. To recap on The Winter People, we meet Salome who is tied in this family curse, falls for more than a few guys, b *I received this in exchange for an honest review* THE SUMMER MARKED was incredible! I read this one over my vacation at the Outer Banks in August and I simply couldn't put it down. I LOVED The Winter People and when I saw the sequel on NetGalley I nearly broke my keyboard in half trying to get it. I couldn't imagine what the sequel would entail but I assure you it did not disappoint. To recap on The Winter People, we meet Salome who is tied in this family curse, falls for more than a few guys, breaks the curse, sets the Summer King free, and rides off into the sunset with Gareth... or so we think. And that's what sequels are for! In The Summer Marked the reader is taken into not only more of Salome's world within the kingdom but we get a serious glimpse into her best friends, Kadie, world. By the end of the book, let's just say that you hate Kadie, but you get it... you understand what put her on the destructive path she has currently found herself on. So sad... and that part with Salome's dad... very tragic. And now onto Salome's grandmother... wow, oh wow. I did not see that coming. I believed her to be someone significant in this marvelous world, but not that. And that leads me to my next rant... Salome herself. Of course Salome is important, she's the main character, but I loved what Ms. Purdy did with her character. I loved the back story and how that weaved together in Summer Marked and how that prepares the reader for what I'm sure will be an incredible third book. There are more sources of romance in The Summer Marked than just one. I loved reading about all the different kingdoms and ultimately how Salome's return (oops... did she go away in the first place? *wiggles eyebrows*) is affecting them. And, the Winter Queen.... let me tell you, if you thought the witch in The Winter People was scary... the Winter Queen makes the witch look like a tame kitty. Villainista to the max!!!! Overall, The Summer Marked by Rebekah Purdy was a wonderful blend of romance in the world of the Fae. There was never a dull moment. Not one. The only disappointment I had was when it ended. If you're a lover of young adult and delicious stories about the Fae, I promise you snatch up The Winter People and Summer Marked. You will not be disappointed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Summer Marked reminded me of so many different things. I sometimes thought of the Snow Queen, of course just any Fae story and also a manga/anime called Fushigi Yuugi (mysterious play). All of which are things I love so I’m not complaining. I was kind of iffy on Salome in the first book. She probably drove me crazy for at least the first half. It wasn’t until Gareth that I really started to like her. This book she seems more mature and braver. She has a confidence about her that is good to se The Summer Marked reminded me of so many different things. I sometimes thought of the Snow Queen, of course just any Fae story and also a manga/anime called Fushigi Yuugi (mysterious play). All of which are things I love so I’m not complaining. I was kind of iffy on Salome in the first book. She probably drove me crazy for at least the first half. It wasn’t until Gareth that I really started to like her. This book she seems more mature and braver. She has a confidence about her that is good to see. Although at times there are things she does that I’m kind of like eh but I like how she holds her own. Her eyes are open and she is not so overly trusting. I also love the new friendship she forms with a particular character (I don’t want to give that away). So we have two friends who have two very different experiences with the Faerie. If you think about it even though Salome has people after her, she also has people falling all over her to protect her. Where Kadie comes in and is forced into the horrors of the Winter court. She has a couple allies but it’s not a gaggle of people and Kadie doesn’t have a connection to Faerie to protect her. I felt so frustrated for Kadie because really Salome is the reason that she is there in the first place and then when she makes an impossible choice everyone just ditches her like well she’s piece of crap. Hello what about all those years she was there for Salome, it made me so angry. Which is funny because normally I would probably be on Salome’s side. I love Gareth (he reminds me of my manga bf Tamahome) and the addition of Etienne. Oh Etienne, I have high hopes for you. Still can not stand Nevin. Ugh Nevin (I’m shaking my fist in the air). I love books that evoke emotions from me. There were so many time I wanted to punch Nevin in face, rescue Kadie or tell Salome she was a terrible friend for not at least sending Kadie a letter telling her she left. The Summer Marked absorbed me. Having the story told from both Salome and Kadie’s POV really gave the book the umph it needed to, in my opinion, outshine the first book. This book does not suffer from sophomore slump and I need to find out what happens with Kadie and Salome but mostly Kadie. There is so much potential for a great outcome.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ria

    Full Review @http://www.abookishescape.com/2015/09... Purdy presents a beautifully dark and complex array of characters that touch your heart and bring the smell of all the seasons. This is a magical experience that everyone who has ever seen a fairy tale needs to read. The words contained in Summer Marked are a gateway into a stunningly captivating story of growth, sacrifice, loyalty, and the willingness to fight darkness until there is nothing left. The End, talk about shocking Ms. Purdy does n Full Review @http://www.abookishescape.com/2015/09... Purdy presents a beautifully dark and complex array of characters that touch your heart and bring the smell of all the seasons. This is a magical experience that everyone who has ever seen a fairy tale needs to read. The words contained in Summer Marked are a gateway into a stunningly captivating story of growth, sacrifice, loyalty, and the willingness to fight darkness until there is nothing left. The End, talk about shocking Ms. Purdy does not hold back several different things that were developing come out and the result is nothing short of amazing. Salome knows that secrets have always lead her down a dark and dangerous path. Knowing she has to do something to change the past she will open up as much as she can. Love runs through her veins, a love that wants to right all of the wrongs. Love that forgives and allows second chances. Faced with so much she wants to do Salome doubts her ability because as we all know wanting is not the same as doing or having. The strength is there with every chapter the reader sees growth, all that is left is tapping into it and not being afraid of failure but proud of achieving. There are Four Courts, Summer, Winter, Spring and Autumn each one is an integral part of what makes this story so magical. This was almost perfect for me…I can’t wait to see what adventure Ms. Purdy takes us on in the next installment. This is one I highly, highly recommend!!! My Rating 4.75 Adaba, Magic, Kelpie, Sword, Faerie Queen, The Sister Holds The Doorway Open, Marked, Faerie Knows, War is brewing while light is returning, Holy canola I’m beyond exited about what comes next filled stars!! Bravo! Purdy Nails it!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Book

    Overall I thought SUMMER MARKED was a great Fantasy YA. After being saved by Garret in the human world and in-turn freeing Nevin (a fae prince) from his curse, Salome follows Garret (the man she loves) to the land of faerie. She ends up journeying with Garret to Summer, where Nevin is prince. The whole Kingdom is being threatened by Winter. Autumn and Spring already fell to the evil Winter Queen's powers and Summer is next. The reader had clues the whole time that Salome is actually the baby from Overall I thought SUMMER MARKED was a great Fantasy YA. After being saved by Garret in the human world and in-turn freeing Nevin (a fae prince) from his curse, Salome follows Garret (the man she loves) to the land of faerie. She ends up journeying with Garret to Summer, where Nevin is prince. The whole Kingdom is being threatened by Winter. Autumn and Spring already fell to the evil Winter Queen's powers and Summer is next. The reader had clues the whole time that Salome is actually the baby from a legend that said a child was hidden from the land of faerie and one day would save the entire Kingdom and rule. We come to discover that Salome has powers, just like royalty and is marked and chose to be Queen. In the meantime, her best friend from the human world and gets captured and taken to Winter, where she sees some pretty gruesome things and cruel treatment to humans. Eventually the Winter Queen finds a way to manipulate her into turning her back on Salome and going after her. I really liked the concept and plot. I felt it was fresh and original, and the writing pretty solid. I loved this book's take on the seasons being the fantasy realms. That was pretty cool. I also like Salome and the other characters, for the most part. There is a sequel to this book and I'm on the fence about reading it because, although I enjoyed this book, I like Romance in Fantasy, and though there was an element of romance, it just wasn't strong enough for me. Still a great book, but I just would've like a little extra oomph and conflict where the love story was concerned.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The Summer Marked is the sequel to Rebekah L. Purdy’s Winter People. I never read the first novel, but I assume this novel picks up not too long after the first. Salome has left our world with her Fae boyfriend Gareth to the Kingdom of Summer. But instead of the happily-ever-after she believed they would be living, Winter’s clutches are I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The Summer Marked is the sequel to Rebekah L. Purdy’s Winter People. I never read the first novel, but I assume this novel picks up not too long after the first. Salome has left our world with her Fae boyfriend Gareth to the Kingdom of Summer. But instead of the happily-ever-after she believed they would be living, Winter’s clutches are grasping to other realms of Faerie. Away from her family, Salome must learn the way of the Fae, and prepare for impending war. One of the people Salome has left behind is her best friend Kadie, who unbeknownst to Salome has fled back to Michigan after breaking up with her boyfriend down in Texas. I really enjoyed the idea of Salome being swept up into Faerie’s politics, while completely clueless to Kadie’s plight. The entire book left me anticipating the girls’ reunion, but their individual stories were well-developed enough that I didn’t mind Salome and Kadie being kept apart. While Salome was learning about the Fae political scene and her newly developed powers, Kadie was having a horrible experience as a captive of the Winter Queen. Cont...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Doris

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this series! Oh, there are so many wonderful feels in this book! We pick up just after Salome has said goodbye to her newest loves, and she is with her family. Suddenly she KNOWS what she is destined for. She makes her choice and doesn't look back. Thanks to Kadie, Salome has some BIG issues she will have to work through. Salome is forced to grow up fast, and poor poor Kadie... The Winter Queen is out for Blood and she doesn't take no for an answer. I can't wait to read more about what LOVE LOVE LOVE this series! Oh, there are so many wonderful feels in this book! We pick up just after Salome has said goodbye to her newest loves, and she is with her family. Suddenly she KNOWS what she is destined for. She makes her choice and doesn't look back. Thanks to Kadie, Salome has some BIG issues she will have to work through. Salome is forced to grow up fast, and poor poor Kadie... The Winter Queen is out for Blood and she doesn't take no for an answer. I can't wait to read more about what Kadie grows into, and to see how Salome and Gareth are able to make this new ummm.... situation work out. Purdy has written some twists and turns that I would never have seen coming. I really feel bad for Salome's father, and I wonder what could have been if not for that trifling heifer Winter! What's next Ms. Purdy? I can't wait to read more!!!! ~Dowie

  28. 4 out of 5

    Geneva Salvatore

    I loved this book! It was actually better than the first one. I liked the two points of view from Kadie and Salome and getting to see the different sides of Faerie. I also loved the introduction of the new characters (Darach, Demetria, Grisselle). The Winter Queen was something straight out of a horror flick as were the descriptions of the Kingdom of Winter (especially the castle and the Bone Yard). This had everything, horror elements, mystery, romance, Faeries, magic, fighting--fantasy elements I loved this book! It was actually better than the first one. I liked the two points of view from Kadie and Salome and getting to see the different sides of Faerie. I also loved the introduction of the new characters (Darach, Demetria, Grisselle). The Winter Queen was something straight out of a horror flick as were the descriptions of the Kingdom of Winter (especially the castle and the Bone Yard). This had everything, horror elements, mystery, romance, Faeries, magic, fighting--fantasy elements. And two tough heroines...not to mention the "hottie" guys. I also like the secret that we find out about Nevin (which kind of surprised me, but in a good way). Can't wait for the final installment of this book to see where the characters end up.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly (Book Swoon)

    THE SUMMER MARKED is the second book in author Rebekah L. Purdy's young adult fantasy series, The Winter People. Whereas in the first book the author sweeps readers into a highly atmospheric Winter-landscape brimming with unusual Fae creatures and dangers, this time around it is the Summer Court that we are taken to. No less danger awaits here, there's more court intrigue, magic, and very cool and unusual Fae creatures to explore, plus - Rebekah L. Purdy gives her readers plenty more swoon-worth THE SUMMER MARKED is the second book in author Rebekah L. Purdy's young adult fantasy series, The Winter People. Whereas in the first book the author sweeps readers into a highly atmospheric Winter-landscape brimming with unusual Fae creatures and dangers, this time around it is the Summer Court that we are taken to. No less danger awaits here, there's more court intrigue, magic, and very cool and unusual Fae creatures to explore, plus - Rebekah L. Purdy gives her readers plenty more swoon-worthy kisses to sigh over! Full review: 09-17-15 :)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angel Hatfield

    Salome's boyfriend was Garret. He was a lawyer for the Summer King, Nevin, who was once with Salome. Salome was living on the outskirts of Faerie with Garret. I loved the twists and turns that Salome went through and yet triumphed over everything thrown her way. I almost stopped 1/3 of the way through the book. I didn't particularly care for the going back and forth between Salome and Katie, but I am very happy I went on. All of the characters were great, even the villains were well done. I high Salome's boyfriend was Garret. He was a lawyer for the Summer King, Nevin, who was once with Salome. Salome was living on the outskirts of Faerie with Garret. I loved the twists and turns that Salome went through and yet triumphed over everything thrown her way. I almost stopped 1/3 of the way through the book. I didn't particularly care for the going back and forth between Salome and Katie, but I am very happy I went on. All of the characters were great, even the villains were well done. I highly recommend it. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**

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