Review: Winter by Keven Newsome

Review by H. A. Titus

Winter Maessen isn’t normal. She’s a Goth at a Christian college, for one. For another, she thinks she might be getting visions. From God. Visions that tell her when people are in danger. And she doesn’t want anything to do with it.

Because God obviously picked the wrong person to be His prophetess.

I only occasionally read supernatural thrillers, because—well, I can deal with fantasy creatures much better than things that I know inhabit the real world. What drew me to Winter was the premise of a Christian girl who also happened to be a Goth and a prophetess. It was a unique premise that I’d never seen before.

Keven Newsome’s writing is excellent and straight-forward, and the storyline pulled me in. I could guess what was happening before the characters did, but there were some small surprises, and honestly, I liked the book better since I didn’t feel lost in a story that twisted 180 degrees every time I turned the page. I loved how Summer and Winter were complete opposites forced to be roommates. Oh yes, and the lack of a love interest for the main character was definitely refreshing!

For those who like supernatural thrillers, Winter is definitely one to add to the list. The author is working on a sequel, and after the way this one ended, I’m looking forward to watching Winter grow in the power granted to her!


H. A. Titus, a self-admitted word nerd, lives on the shores of Lake Superior with her meteorologist husband. She lives most of the day in an imaginary land or with her nose stuck in a book. You can follow her adventures at her blog, Magical Ink. Read her short story, The Fiddler,  in the anthology, Alternative Witness Vol 1.

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