Bitter Winter

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Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for violence and romance
Best for Ages: 15 and up

It’s taken me a long time to write this review, not because I haven’t wanted to, but because life has been busy. This book was one of my favorite books this year.

So many books today campout on either a Hallmark version of the world (very nice and happy, but not realistic) or the dark, dirty side of life (which gets very depressing very fast).I think the reason that these books mean so much to me is they are so true to life while being a good escape. the joy and pain are all mixed up, sometimes God intervenes in incredible ways and sometimes tragedy happens.

This story builds on everything that has happened in the books that came before. The winter is horrible, everyone is struggling to find warmth and enough food. The resistance faces both some wonderful gains and tragedy.

The hard thing a series like this is that to really give a full-blown review, I’d have to give spoilers to someone who hasn’t read the previous books. So let me give you just the bullet points.
~ The characters are growing and changing (those that aren’t dead)
~ The romance in this book was sweet. A couple mentions of being excited about enjoying the privileges of marriage but it was done in a realistic, yet not dirty way. The fact is mentioned then life goes on.

~ Your heart will break when tragedy strikes. I nearly cried myself.
~ Your heart will soar as hope rises out of the ashes.
~ While an allegory, it will put in mind so many things that the Bible talks about.
~ This book does have a satisfying ending.
I highly recommend this book to those who like this series, non-magical fantasy, and stories with a realistic mix of hardship and hope.

I received this book from (name here) for the purpose of writing a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All the thoughts expressed are my own.

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