Winter By Marissa Meyer

Winter By Marissa MeyerWinter by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Published by Macmillan on November 10, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Oh, what’s to say about Winter that hasn’t already been said?  I’m not sure I can contribute anything very original to the giant chorus of voices lauding the last installment in this wonderful series.  I loved it.  It was long, yes, but I was glad for that.  I was no ready for this series to end.  I remember being approved to read Cinder on NetGalley and since I had been blogging for only about 7 months, I was thrilled to get a chance to read it.  Every book after Cinder just kept getting better and better, and there aren’t many series that remain so strong and so consistently wonderful.  I loved Winter as a character, because while she struggled with what was really a mental illness, she did not let it stand in her way. (Although, I have to say that Scarlet and Wolf are still my favorite).  All of the story lines moved toward each other as Cinder’s plan to topple Levana’s evil reign came closer, but there were some pretty major setbacks, as well, so the story was suspenseful for all 800+ pages.

Unlike other series I’ve read, where it wasn’t clear whether a main character would survive to the end, Winter kept the tension going in other ways.  First, there was the how is this going to come together in the end? question. It wasn’t so much would it happen, but how.  Also, while I knew everyone would make it to their HEA, I wasn’t sure in what shape they would be.  In fact, some characters were quite changed by their experiences, but that did not lessen the happiness at all.  Winter was everything I hoped for in a series.  It stayed true to the characters, it provided entertainment at every turn, and it left me sad to see it end.  What more could you ask for, really?

 

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About Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.

Kate @ Ex Libris


9 responses to “Winter By Marissa Meyer

  1. I really need to finish this series. I loved Cinder very much, but haven’t had the chance to continue with the other books. I’m glad that they do get better, which is rare for a series of books. I think I’ll go ahead with the second book before the year is over. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, because it is hard to gush about a book that everyone has already put in good words about.

  2. Great review! I agree 100% with everything you said. And I’m so happy you like Scarlet and Wolf. I was beginning to think I was the only one who preferred them. Yay! The ending was amazing although tragic in some ways for all of the characters. Such a good series!

  3. Not many authors can make me genuinely afraid for the life of their main character, but when one does, I remember it for a very long time. I’ve tried so hard with this series, but retellings just aren’t for me. I’ll try one more time on audio, perhaps I’ll have better luck.

  4. I have this and tried to start reading it and … just stopped. I’m not sure why. Maybe because all the reviews raved about the happy endings, which kind of killed any suspense. Also, Thorne is my favorite and I’m just not a fan of the Cress/Thorne pairing. I will read this eventually, but I have it set aside for now…
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  5. Ahhhh!!! I’m SO EXCITED to read this!! I just got the audio, but I’m totally intimidated by the fact that it’s 23.5 hours long. It’s MASSIVE! But I just know I’m going to love it like everyone else. It’s also been a while since I read Cress, so I need to get a little refresher before diving in. Thank goodness for The Recaptains! 🙂 Fantastic review!!

  6. I totally agree with you that the book never felt long for me, I loved it from beginning to end and once I reached the end, I needed more! I’m really happy we’re getting an epilogue in Stars Above! I’m not ready to say goodbye to the Rampion gang!

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