Welcome to book spotlight where instead of giving you another book review, I’m just going to talk about books I’ve read recently that I enjoyed.

I hesitated to read Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore. The cover is shiny, the premise is interesting, but I was worried. I’ve had such a hit or miss relationship with YA fantasy lately that I didn’t want to read another mediocre book. I wanted something fresh and new and exciting.

Well, that’s exactly what Winter, White and Wicked is.

First off, this book is pitched as Mad Max meets Frozen. I haven’t watched Max Max, but this book is exactly what I imagined when I thought of those two franchises colliding. It’s got that gritty, almost apocalyptic-dystopian vibe alongside freaking epic magic and world-building and a sister-esque relationship.

There is so much packed into this book: crazy epic world-building and surreal magic and such distinct characters. It grabbed me by the hand and tugged me along on this crazy adventure that I haven’t quite experienced in a YA book before. There was just a way this world breathed and that Sylvi narrated the story that felt so vivid and unique.

Of course there were moments where I wasn’t sure where the story was headed or I wanted to grab Sylvi and shake some sense into her. There were turns that I predicted would happen but also eagerly hoped would happen.

There were monsters and magic and tragedy and revelations. And the side romance story–very much a side of the story, which was so good–had like actual, plausible reason for forming between two of the characters so quickly.

I thought this was a standalone so when I got to the end I was a little angry that the story wasn’t finished, but I’m also excited to read more about this world and these characters because it was just so compelling.

I’m glad I gave this book a chance, and because of the “cold” theme throughout the book, I definitely think you should eat your waffles with ice cream and some chocolate on top after you finish. Because you deserve it after that wild ride.