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Review: Winter White by Jen Calonita

Monday, December 24, 2012
3 Stars: A Good Read
Series: Belles #2
Hardcover: 368 Pages
Publication: October 9, 2012 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

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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.

Once again, the belles of Emerald Cove entertain us with wit, charm, and fun. I'm not usually fond of books set in superficial societies where politics play a large role in everyday life. However, I had a blast reading about cotillion and the initiations that the girls go through. Mira has lost her friends with recent turns of events. She and Izzie are growing closer together, but she's still struggling to recover from losing her position at the top of the social ladder. Though this book is also told from Mira and Izzie's dual perspectives, this is Mira's book.

Izzie and Mira didn't touch my hearts as much as before, and the main reason is because of their stubborn refusal to make up with Mira's father for hiding what he does from Izzie for so long. It doesn't seem like a big deal to me in the long run, and it's not like he isn't sorry or trying his best to make up to them. They still live with him, and they're still related to him. Most importantly of all, he had their best interests at heart. Mira was my favorite of the two this time around. She's the more superficial of the two. However, she still has a good heart, and I feel as though I got to know about her. On the other hand, Izzie is becoming more of a rebel, in a bad way. She's so desperate to hate EC and its traditions that she listens to people she barely knows (Dylan), she loses faith in her boyfriend and lashes out at him instead of talking things out, and she doesn't think about how maybe she could try and fit her ideals into EC society.

For all the drama going on, there is not as much as in Belles. There aren't any massive life-changing situations, though the introduction of a new character at the end of the book may provide more dire circumstances with the third book. This book is all about cotillion and fun. Yes, there is romance, and it plays with the girls' hearts. However, this book is mostly about power plays and the girls working out the new social ladder and where they fit in it. This is a light-hearted chick flick series that I recommend if you're looking for some good fun and plenty of drama.

A copy of this book was provided by Little Brown for review.

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8 comments on "Review: Winter White by Jen Calonita"
  1. I've never heard of this book or series before but it seems like my type of read :) Great review!
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  2. I hadn't heard about this series before but now I really want to read it! I had to do cotillion when I was 12 and 13 -- so funny! thanks for alerting me to this series and great review!!

    1. It's a really fun series. I hope you enjoy it!

  3. I've been really looking forward to this sequel. I loved getting to know the sister's in Belles. I enjoy these fluffy reads every now and then.

    1. I agree. I typically love darker books, but I can't read too many all at once. Fluffy reads like this make a good break and are enjoyable in small quantities for me.

  4. I have not heard of this series but I'm adding to my TBR list! It sounds very interesting and fun! Can't wait to see what it's all about! Thanks for the review! :D

    ~ Maida

    1. Awesome. I hope you like this one. It's a really fun series :)


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