Silence of Winter (Cromwell Chronicles, #1)
Normal is overrated. At least that's what Oliver Cromwell tells himself when he's being bullied for being different. He's a lover of all things paranormal, and when his nose isn't shoved into his sketchpad, drawing haunted houses and monsters, he and his best friend Bailey hang out in abandoned buildings and take long—very non-romantic—walks through graveyards looking for ghosts.Everything changes when they actually find one.Freaked out because he seems to be a sudden ghost magnet, Oliver befriends Mrs. Glass, a psychic who lives in the Victorian manor at the end of his street. With her help, he discovers his special bloodline and uncovers abilities that allow him to begin helping the ghosts move on. As if being sixteen wasn't already complicated.When Oliver meets Victor, the charming and mysterious boy who lives with Mrs. Glass, he finds himself falling and falling hard. Chasing ghosts is a lot less nerve-wracking than falling in love, though, especially when the person you fall for has secrets of their own.The sleepy town of Iris Hollow has plenty of spooky legends and history that entices tourists from all over. And Oliver is about to find himself in the center of it all.This is a young adult paranormal LGBT story with magic, ghosts, and heartwarming romance. Guaranteed to make you smile, laugh, and maybe sleep with the light on.Trigger Warning: this story contains material that may be sensitive to some readers, including bullying and self harm.

Silence of Winter (Cromwell Chronicles, #1) Details

TitleSilence of Winter (Cromwell Chronicles, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 12th, 2018
PublisherEncompass Teen
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult, M M Romance, M M Young Adult

Silence of Winter (Cromwell Chronicles, #1) Review

  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    ohhh Wow... This book left me speechless...I can't say enough how much in love I am of Victor and Ollie... these two brave and hurting young guys have seen and going thru more than they deserve...This awesome book by Avery Blake will make you fall head over hills by these two young boys with old souls...Victor was lost until he met Oliver... Oliver was totally thrilled by the mysterious boy he met one night... he couldn't take Victor out of his head... so when he saw the cute blonde guy again, h ohhh Wow... This book left me speechless...I can't say enough how much in love I am of Victor and Ollie... these two brave and hurting young guys have seen and going thru more than they deserve...This awesome book by Avery Blake will make you fall head over hills by these two young boys with old souls...Victor was lost until he met Oliver... Oliver was totally thrilled by the mysterious boy he met one night... he couldn't take Victor out of his head... so when he saw the cute blonde guy again, he was determined to know more about him...They had a lot of things to learn about each other, about the past, the future, about life...I was simply thrilled to undergo this journey with them...I couldn't put this book down and at the same time I dreaded its ending... but it was not the end... just a farewell...because we'll get more of Victor and Ollie... and I can't wait for it...❤❤❤
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  • abi
    January 1, 1970
    hello, yes, i need shadow of night right now immediately please. this isn’t a perfect book but it’s absolutely fascinating and i couldn’t put it down. i’m so intrigued by the entire premise. content warnings: suicide references, death references, violence***me when victor is introduced: this boy (view spoiler)[is a ghost (hide spoiler)]oliver for two thirds of the book: wow victor is so interesting and not like other boys at all but he’s so hot and cold i just don’t get what his deal is victor: hello, yes, i need shadow of night right now immediately please. this isn’t a perfect book but it’s absolutely fascinating and i couldn’t put it down. i’m so intrigued by the entire premise. content warnings: suicide references, death references, violence***me when victor is introduced: this boy (view spoiler)[is a ghost (hide spoiler)]oliver for two thirds of the book: wow victor is so interesting and not like other boys at all but he’s so hot and cold i just don’t get what his deal is victor: (view spoiler)[is dead and a ghost (hide spoiler)]
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  • Karen BookAddict
    January 1, 1970
    Gros coup de coeur ! pourvu que la suite vienne bientôt !
  • Molli B.
    January 1, 1970
    I had a lot of time for this book in the beginning. The writing is a bit clunky—as is the editing—but it reads like an author's first book, and those are not always perfect. So that's okay! And the subject is interesting: paranormal YA. Bring it on!My patience ran out in the final third. At some point the story lost a lot of its steam (steam meaning momentum in this case, not sexy-steam, of which there is none). There was a lot of driving force in the first part of the book as we learned about O I had a lot of time for this book in the beginning. The writing is a bit clunky—as is the editing—but it reads like an author's first book, and those are not always perfect. So that's okay! And the subject is interesting: paranormal YA. Bring it on!My patience ran out in the final third. At some point the story lost a lot of its steam (steam meaning momentum in this case, not sexy-steam, of which there is none). There was a lot of driving force in the first part of the book as we learned about Ollie and his life and the ghosts and Victor and Kyle and Bailey and everything. But the story stalled at some point—became repetitive as he did nothing new, just studied with Ethel and mooned over Victor. Pretty sure that's all that happened in the last 20k words. Victor, whose "secret" lasted about 200 pages too long. Ollie was literally the only person who didn't know what was going on (aside from Bailey, but everything about her is a complaint for another day), and it was totally fine (and expected) for a while, and then it was just eyerollingly dumb. The writing deteriorated a bit as the story went on, too—it went from clunky to repetitive to...I don't want to say nonsensical, but it just wasn't smooth in some places. We get a feeling or whatever from Ollie when he said/did/felt exactly the opposite just shortly before/after. Kinda like the editor gave up, too, and didn't bother to make the dialogue/narrative fluid. IDK.I also realized part of the way through that this reads as if the author wrote for an audience of 12-year-olds. And that's okay, really, but it's not what I'm looking for in my YA stories. I don't expect them to be all sexed up, but it's absolute nonsense to think that 16-year-old boys aren't sexual. I know they certainly all aren't, but...it just didn't read realistically to me. Things were too sweet, too saccharine, too chaste. He absolutely has the hots for Victor and talks about it, but...he blushes at the drop of a freakin hat every time the slightest innuendo comes up around anyone. I just don't get the feeling that the author is very in touch with 16-year-olds—boys or girls. While I thought the dialogue was actually pretty good in the early part of the book, as it went on, it just didn't feel like it was coming from someone sixteen—not the narrative, either.The mom...oh boy. The mom is the absolute worst homophobic parent cliché. She's given some semi-interesting hobbies, but other than that, there is not a thing that's interesting or different about her. She perfectly fits the "horrible homophobic parent" model. Boring and laughable. Her dialogue is atrocious.I really like the story and the idea behind it all: unsuspecting teenager discovers there's really magic in the world and he has powers. Cool! The cover is gorgeous. But the execution isn't fantastic. I mean, it's certainly not awful, and my tolerance is very different from a lot of other people's, so I know there are plenty of people who will enjoy it just fine. I'll consider reading the next one when it's out—we'll see.
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  • D
    January 1, 1970
    A cis white woman is using this pen name.She adopted new pronouns to “appeal to a different audience”… which is a more polite way of saying she's misleading readers by pretending to be part of a marginalized group. Not every reader is going to research an author on social media before they purchase a book.She got called out. That's not a “hateful message”, it's fact. Cis women already write the majority of gay fiction. Why? Fetishization? Does it matter if the writing's good? Sometimes we find o A cis white woman is using this pen name.She adopted new pronouns to “appeal to a different audience”… which is a more polite way of saying she's misleading readers by pretending to be part of a marginalized group. Not every reader is going to research an author on social media before they purchase a book.She got called out. That's not a “hateful message”, it's fact. Cis women already write the majority of gay fiction. Why? Fetishization? Does it matter if the writing's good? Sometimes we find out that some of the successful gay male writers are actually cis women deceiving readers for financial gain, and that's the problem. Is it really surprising that a reader would feel betrayed? It's a sensitive subject within the community. And no, it doesn't make it okay because other people do it. What kind of childish logic is that?In a subsequent Facebook post, she goes on to say she was depressed over the "incident".Osborn's negative feelings are valid.It must really suck being called out for misleading readers and for adopting pronouns that aren't yours to sell books. Osborn, you have no right to use them. They don't belong to you. It's disgusting you ever thought it was okay to do something so harmful.I hope you learn from your mistake.
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    Paranormal YA MM Romance4 stars!This book is a true journey from start to the To Be Continued...We meet Oliver, a weird teenage outcast who likes ghost hunting with his friend Bailey. He has a discovery that leads him to Ms. Glass who helps him figure out what he is. Oliver feels a connection to Victor but soon finds Victor might not be all he seems. Oliver has decisions to make and must stay in the light for the sake of the world. No pressure, right?What I liked was that this was an unconventio Paranormal YA MM Romance4 stars!This book is a true journey from start to the To Be Continued...We meet Oliver, a weird teenage outcast who likes ghost hunting with his friend Bailey. He has a discovery that leads him to Ms. Glass who helps him figure out what he is. Oliver feels a connection to Victor but soon finds Victor might not be all he seems. Oliver has decisions to make and must stay in the light for the sake of the world. No pressure, right?What I liked was that this was an unconventional romance. I also liked that the story felt like a saga, so much happened from beginning to end and it still ends on a to be continued. Don't worry though the TBC wasn't a real cliffhanger just a promise of more.The only thing I wanted to change was the pacing. Some moments were really slow and others exploded. I would have preferred a more consistent pace. Overall, a great edition to the LGBT YA category!
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  • Sabella
    January 1, 1970
    Oliver could be any teen that is "different" in the world. As we meet him and his life, you will find yourself cheering for Oliver while booing so many others. His best friend has his back, even is she can be just a little rabid about it at times. Add in a pretty absent mother, odd occurrences, and a budding friendship with Mrs Glass to name a few things, you have one of those stories you never want to end. I cannot wait to read the rest. As a side note, yes this is labeled YA and teens can read Oliver could be any teen that is "different" in the world. As we meet him and his life, you will find yourself cheering for Oliver while booing so many others. His best friend has his back, even is she can be just a little rabid about it at times. Add in a pretty absent mother, odd occurrences, and a budding friendship with Mrs Glass to name a few things, you have one of those stories you never want to end. I cannot wait to read the rest. As a side note, yes this is labeled YA and teens can read it. My teen daughter loves it. But this is one of those YA that will hold an adult's attention and have you wanting more
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  • HAYLEY SMITH
    January 1, 1970
    AMAZING YA read!!!!Ah, where to start? So many positive things to say about this amazing book!Silence of winter just grabbed me from the beginning, I adored Oliver and Victor and loved how the story just grew and expanded into something else the more I read.It had the perfect amount of romance for a YA book but also magic, mystery and real situations faced by teenagers.I can't stop thinking about this brilliant read, which I have loved as an adult but know was just the kind of book my teenage se AMAZING YA read!!!!Ah, where to start? So many positive things to say about this amazing book!Silence of winter just grabbed me from the beginning, I adored Oliver and Victor and loved how the story just grew and expanded into something else the more I read.It had the perfect amount of romance for a YA book but also magic, mystery and real situations faced by teenagers.I can't stop thinking about this brilliant read, which I have loved as an adult but know was just the kind of book my teenage self would have obsessed over!Need to read more from Oliver and Victor!!
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  • Tony Williamson,jr.
    January 1, 1970
    A great start in this new series.Being a teenager and Gay is tough. Finding out you have a magical family history that has been kept from you..... Well, that just makes one awesome story. From beginning to end, this book keeps you hooked. Full of everything one could ask for in a YA book and then some. Oliver, Victor, Bailey and Kyle all have a shared destiny, but will they all choose the same path.....
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  • Desi Allen
    January 1, 1970
    Can’t wait for more.This was beautifully written and I can’t wait to see what happens next, I will definitely get the next book as soon as it’s out!!!
  • AJ
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED ITadorably written and captures your attention right away! i can not wait till the next book is published! i will definitely be buying it right away
  • Carol Jacobs
    January 1, 1970
    I find most ‘Young Adult’ romance books hard to get into. It’s not because they are poorly written, but because they don’t contain the level of romance that grabs and holds my interest. That being said, I can honestly say this isn’t one of those books. Actually, I’ve read multiple YA books by this author and have loved every single one. Silence of Winter is a beautiful story full of magic, twists and turns. It’s fun to read, it’s mysterious and of course, it’s romantic. The two main characters i I find most ‘Young Adult’ romance books hard to get into. It’s not because they are poorly written, but because they don’t contain the level of romance that grabs and holds my interest. That being said, I can honestly say this isn’t one of those books. Actually, I’ve read multiple YA books by this author and have loved every single one. Silence of Winter is a beautiful story full of magic, twists and turns. It’s fun to read, it’s mysterious and of course, it’s romantic. The two main characters in the book are Oliver and Victor. Now, I’m not a storyline reviewer but I will say that I loved both characters, however Victor was my favorite. I think he’s going to be most everyone’s favorite.Not only do we have our likable main characters, but Avery has given us side characters that are easy to love and connect with as well. Now, this book does end on a cliffhanger. Not the kind where you’re hanging by your pinky nail about to drop into a never-ending fall of nothingness until the next book, but one that will leave you begging for it, nonetheless. In other words, the author will leave you feeling content but very curious about what happens next.
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