Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

13206900Winter by Marissa Meyer

Published by Feiwel and Friends on November 10, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling

Pages: 824 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

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?

The final chapter in The Lunar Chronicles has arrived and Marissa Meyer has succeeded yet again with Winter. Levana will stop at nothing to keep her crown on Luna and extend her reign over Earth, but our valiant heroes have not given up the fight just yet. Following Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter and the rest of their allies into the very heart of Luna was such an enjoyable experience. Here are a few of my thoughts:

Highlights

  • All of the characters! There are so many, with such unique personalities, but I love each and every one of them.
  • I really appreciated that every main character had their story carried to fruition. Meyer did not leave anyone behind which is a feat with so many of them.
  • Winter and Jacin! In each of these books I’ve taken to the focused characters the most. This one was no exception. I loved their story! I think it’s the getting to know them part that I adore the most.
  • This book certainly elicits the feels. There were a fair amount of tears shed along the way and I’m a sucker for stories that tug at my heart.

Lowlights

  • The length. This book is a massive 824 pages and while there was definitely enough story, it did drag. With the multiple storylines it was bound to happen, I just wish it hadn’t.
  • Since The Lunar Chronicles are fairytale retellings, the narrative for the most part has already been laid out. It doesn’t allow for many  twists though. I just wish I had been more surprised.

Final Thoughts

Overall Winter was the perfect end to The Lunar Chronicles series for me. Marissa Meyer’s writing is familiar and comforting, easing the reader right back into the narrative. The plot was full of excitement, and maneuvering all the pieces into play was done so well. Each character got a full story that was excellently delivered and just felt right. I love this series and Winter was no different. I definitely recommend it, especially if you love YA and retellings.

Favorite Quotes

  1. “Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”
  2. Thorne scoffed. “Careful is my middle name. Right after Suave and Daring.”
    “Do you even know what you’re saying half the time?” asked Cinder.
  3. Winter reached over and pulled the pilot’s harness over Scarlet’s head. “Safety first, Scarlet-friend. We are fragile things.”
  4. Fear was a weakness in the court. Much better to act unperturbed. Much safer to act crazy, when in doubt.
  5. “One should never save cake for later when it can be eaten now.”

So, who here has read Winter? Did it end the way you hoped for? Left you wanting more? Are you excited for Stars Above, Lunar Chronicles short stories, and Meyer’s new book Heartless? Let me know in the comments below!

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5 thoughts on “Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

  1. I have been thinking about reading this series. However, I agree with you that eight hundred pages is a lot for a Young Adult book. So, I’m unsure. I think I will read the first book and see how it goes.

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  2. Pingback: Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

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