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Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 10th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer's national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.
It took me far to long to get into the Lunar Chronicles series, but I’m almost thankful I waited until all four books were published. I’m not sure I could have waited to find out what happens next.
Winter wasn’t a prefect novel, but with expectations so high for the series it’s hard to imagine Meyer would live up to every expectation set by the fanbase. After reading the synopsis on Goodreads, what really got me was the last byline about finding happily ever after. I think from the beginning this series was more than just a love story. I know its a dystopian retelling of the classic fairytales but I expected more.
At 800+ pages Winter does drag and provide some unnecessary tidbits (in my opinion), but overall it remained fast-paced. The slow parts weren’t enough to make me stop or skip a section (which I’ll admit happens more often when reading the young adult genre). It was also a bit repetitious (captured, separated, rescued, and so on) but
I was also a little disappointed that Winter was not so much about the Princess’ story but Cinder’s. I felt like Scarlet and Cress did a great job of focusing on those characters while also continuing Cinder’s plot arc, but Winter seemed to be pushed to the side. I found her infinitely more interesting than Cinder (sorry, I know starting a revolution and dethroning an evil queen are tough, but after a while it gets kind of boring!). Winter is a complex, interesting, sweet and a little insane. I loved how incredibly aware she was. Of the hallucinations and those around her. She knows how to manipulate just enough to be able to survive. I did enjoy the Winter/Jacin relationship, “You’re not broken” (fantastic line) and really believed in their friendship/romance throughout this story.
For the most part I enjoyed Winter, but I honestly didn’t see the point in what happened to Wolf. Was that really necessary? I felt like she was just trying to make the Scarlett/Wolf relationship even more difficult. Also Thorne and Cress could have had more development into their relationship.
Winter is a stunning conclusion to this series and I am looking forward to Heartless.