Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
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?
This book exceeded my expectations. I was worried that there would be loose ends at the conclusion of this series. I need not have been concerned. Marissa Meyer wrapped up everything for everyone, including Adri and Pearl, who I’d kind of forgotten about, and Jacin’s parents.
Readers of the series have a general idea of what will happen in this book, but it was not as predictable as I had thought it would be. There are many twists and turns with the plot that kept me guessing. It’s a pretty chaotic story, but that is part of the charm of these books. I loved reading about the next mess that Cinder got everyone into.
In my excitement for the revolution Cinder had promised at the end of Cress, I had forgotten that this book would also be a re-telling of Snow White. Once again Marissa Meyer provide her mastery. That story was woven into the overall plot so beautifully. Jacin and Winter were so adorable. They reminded me of Katniss and Gale from The Hunger Games.
All of the couples were so enjoyable to read. I loved all the little moments and acts of love amid the craziness going on around them. The beauty of this book is really in the details. All of my questions were answered and more. And Iko was completely equal to the other characters, which made me so happy, as she is one of my favorites.
The story is told from many different points of view. It seemed like everyone had at least a chapter. I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. It’s all in third person, so I didn’t find it confusing at all.
There were a couple of points in the plot where things were happening very quickly, and I got a little lost. And the timing seemed off at the beginning of the story, but the general pacing of the story was great. It’s a long book, but it moves along quickly. I was captivated the whole time.
I am glad I read Fairest before reading this book. Meyer fills in the holes a little with mention of some of the back story from that book, but reading it gave me a fuller picture of it all.
I’m sad this series is over because I love all of these characters so much. But I’m glad it ended well. I will definitely be listening to this book, and the others in the series, again and again. And I really hope they make them into movies soon.
My Rating: 5 Stars
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