Monday, December 28, 2015

Review: Winter

Title: Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 10th, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Rating: 5 Cows
Goodreads Description: 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?


Despite its length of 824 pages, Winter by Marissa Meyer was worth every second spent reading it. Sad to think it’s all over now though! Even though the ending of Winter was perfect and wrapped up everything without leaving you questioning anything, I will admit, I’m still holding onto hope that Marissa Meyer will change her mind and decide to add another story to the series.  As someone who LOVED Fairest, which was a story told from Levana’s POV and which I initially thought I would hate (I’m not usually a big fan of bridge books), I wouldn’t be opposed to reading a book from Kai’s POV or even Jacin’s!  Marissa Meyer I’m officially putting in my request…:)

Winter had so much potential (which it definitely lived up to) because we finally got to see all our favorite characters from the first three books interact with one another and work to bring down Levana and her reign of terror over the people of Luna and Earth.  This was by far my favorite element of Winter because each of the main characters had SUCH different personalities that I wasn’t sure how well they would get on with one another.  Other than a few punches thrown (one case in which it was well deserved ***cough cough Jacin***), they all managed to get along good.  For a group of very sassy individuals, that’s saying something! The Lunar Chronicles never fails to make me laugh, whether its Scarlet’s fond greeting for Winter (“Hey crazy”) or Thorne’s ridiculous humor, so this book was no exception.  One of my favorite scenes is when Winter is talking to Levana’s wolf soldiers in an attempt to get them to join their side of the fight.  Even though Winter’s sanity contributes to the humor at times, it’s hard NOT to laugh at some of the ridiculous things she says.  They’re two seconds away from being eaten by wolves and she asks them if they want to play fetch. What I love about Winter is that even though no one else (except possibly Jacin) is able to follow her line of thinking, she’s actually quite smart. 

Without giving away the ending here, I do want to talk about it a bit.  Even though it was fitting for everything that happened, I couldn’t help but feel a little guilty about how things played out.  After getting to know all of the characters so intimately from reading the first three books (and Fairest), I had a hard time coming to terms with the fate of some of the characters at the end of Winter.  Did anyone else feel this way? Or is it just me? I’m not even referring to just deaths specifically here.  I thought some of the nastiest characters in this book (hi Adri and Pearl I’m looking at you) got off easy.  I feel as if there’s a message from Meyer here: life isn’t fair?   I don’t know, maybe that’s me overanalyzing it, but I wasn’t overly thrilled to see some of the bad guys get off so easy.  Call me old school, but I believe in karma. 
Those complaints aside, I thought Winter was by far one of the best endings to a series that I’ve read in a long time. It was conclusive, but not without its fair share of surprises.  It’ll keep you on your toes, especially during the last 100 pages of the book.  It’s been a fun ride Lunar fans!  Now I need a new series to get hooked on! Any suggestions? 


1 comment:

  1. Gah! I still need to read Winter! So happy you enjoyed it :D


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