Rebel Brave and Brutal (Winter White and Wicked Book 2) by Shannon Dittemore

Genre

Fantasy | Young Adult

Reasons to Love

📚Magic

📚strong female lead

📚sibling relationships

📚slow burn romance

📚mild Frozen vibes

📚rebels

Main Themes

Redemption | Freedom | Relationships

Main Characters

Sylver (Sylvi) Quine | Lenore (Leni) Trestman | The Majority | Sola |Begynd | Mars Dresden | Kyndel (Kyn) | Shyne | Crysel | Dakk | Katsy | Kree | Hawken Valthor | Tooki | Macks | Sayth | Felyx | Brash

Review

Imagine this: the voice inside your head doesn’t belong to you but to a cold and vicious spirit. She masquerades as a friend. She even saved your life and saved you from a traumatic experience or two. And at times, you felt so confident that she was the only one who truly cared that you pushed away those who truly did? 

That’s why the heroine of Rebel Brave and Brutal, Sylver (Sylvi Quine aka Snowflake), found herself questioning everything she knew at the end of Winter White and Wicked. She thought she knew who she was. She thought she was strong. But had it all just been part of Winter’s elaborate manipulation? Mars says yes. Kyn says yes. On her better days, even Sylvi’s heart beats yes, yes, yes. 

Will she allow Winter’s haze to keep clouding her mind? Or will she see what her friends—Mars, Kyn, Lenore (Leni), and the rest of the rebels—do? Sylvi might just be more capable than she thinks. And she’ll have to prove it by banishing her friend—her tormentor—Winter.

This series earned a place of honor on my shelf. Both books have been stamped with my embosser, safe from the thrift store pile of books I didn’t love. Immediately Dittemore draws you in to the action, with Sylvi learning how to use the powers she didn’t really know she had—at Winter’s expense of course. 

I felt like I was plotting and racing away in rigs with the rebels; I could imagine the cave systems of the Shiv in the mountain pass. Sea sickness gurgled in the pit of my stomach as I wandered with the crew on the Maree Vale. The shock of the Majority’s retribution rattled my bones. The Isle of Layce, cold and brutal as her presiding winter spirit was my home for the two days it took me to finish reading Rebel.

Sylvi’s letting go of what she thought she had with Winter will make you want to cry. Mars’s budding tenderness will melt your heart. Kyn’s unwavering belief will make you wish he was your friend. (And you’ll be cheering for the romance brewing between him and Sylvi too!) Leni’s intense focus on justice and fierce protectiveness will make you want to join a rebellion. And others, like Crysel, Dakk, Katsy, Kree, Hawken Valthor, Tooki, Macks, Sayth, Felyx, and Brash—every single character, whether major or minor, make a mark on the reader’s heart. Because like many of us, they’re willing to give up absolutely everything for freedom. 

Dittemore’s writing is superb—from the opening line to the Kerce words Mars and Sylvi use to command Winter to the vivid descriptions of the Isle of Layce and the Kol Sea. And I really hated to leave it, and the world I’d become part of, when the story ended. Yet I was so satisfied with the way Dittemore tied all the ribbons and threads together at the end of it all. The characters might not have all been where I expected them to be, but they were exactly where they needed to be. If I had to sum it up in a word, it felt like hope.

Ridiculously Quotable

Ken p. 66

I’ve seen things now, and I understand . . . well, very little if I’m honest. Journeys are like that, yeah? They answer some questions and dredge up a bunch more.

Sylvi p. 123

Mars can have the sea. The mountains will always be my home.

Sylvi p. 273

We’ve worn fear rather thin of late. Today, we choose daring.

My Take

Abusers, toxic or manipulative people try to fill a void, make you believe they are indispensable to your survival and happiness. Until you stop doing what they want. Then it gets ugly. Sometimes it we move on and we heal and we find deeper and truer love than we dared to dream existed.

Warnings

Language 

(None | Mild | Medium | Harsh)

There was no foul language in the book, unless you count some Isle of Layce style slang.

Content

Winter is clearly manipulative and uses Sylvi for her own gain, and yet she isn’t all bad. This could be similar to your experience. There’s also mention of addiction to Kol and some descriptions of those effects. 

Spice

🌶️ 

Can I give a half-chili? There are some really sweet moments in this but romance isn’t the focus.

Rating
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Other Reviews on This Series

Winter White and Wicked (Winter White and Wicked Series, Book 1) by Shannon Dittemore

Publisher’s Summary 

Sylvi Quine, the best rig driver on Layce, has braved the dangers of the Shiv Road to save her friend and learned the truth of her power over Winter. Now, she’s joined the rebels working to take down the Majority. Her magic could change the course of their fight, and she agrees to meet the king of Paradyia to offer an exchange: the healing powers of the Pool of Begynd for his army.

The journey won’t be easy. To get there, Sylvi will have to navigate the Kol Sea, crossing through Winter’s storms and swarms of her Abaki—all while outrunning the Majority, who have sent their best Kol Master to track her down and bring her in, dead or alive. 
  
But she isn’t traveling alone. Mars Dresden knows Sylvi is the key to freeing Layce, and demands she train like it. Kyn, the boy with stone flesh and a soft heart, is bound to Sylvi in more ways than one, a connection that both hurts and heals. And Lenore, Sylvi’s best friend, insists the Majority pay for what they’ve done to her parents. Even though her crew believes in her, Sylvi’s still learning to use her power, and Winter’s whispers are constant.

Will she be able to control Winter when it matters most? Or will this be the end of the rebellion?

About the Author

Shannon Dittemore is an author and speaker. Her young adult books include the Angel Eyes trilogy, a supernatural foray into the invisible world, as well as the fantastical adventure duology Winter, White and Wicked and its sequel, Rebel, Brave and Brutal.

Shannon’s stories feature unforgettable characters who grapple with fear and faith as they venture into the wilds of the unknown. She’s often wondered if she’s writing her own quest for bravery again and again. 

It’s a choice she values highly. Bravery. And she’s never more inspired than when young people ball up their fist and punch fear in the face. 

To that end, Shannon frequently offers classes providing junior high and high school students with an introduction to creative writing and the publishing industry. Tools she hopes will enable them to use their voices in new and powerful ways.

Together with authors Stephanie Morrill and Jill Williamson, she encourages young writers online at Go Teen Writers, an instructional blog recognized by Writer’s Digest five years running as a “101 Best Websites for Writers” selection.

I’d like to check out Rebel Brave and Brutal—where can I buy it?

Abrams Books

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Target

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