Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)
by Marissa Meyer
Summary: 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?
Source: I purchased a hardcover.
Winter was a stunning conclusion to an already amazing series. I love how each book was better than the last and Winter certainly was the best book in the series so far. There was plenty of action, death, humor, love, and lives hanging in the balance.
Winter was a long book with a page count that made me do a double take. The book was already huge, but then I realized the pages were about half the thickness I originally expected. However, it only ever felt long when I was holding it (because it was heavy), as each page was awesome. The story really couldn’t and shouldn’t have been any shorter.
There are so many popular YA series. Many of them are awful after the first book. The few series that don’t suffer from second book syndrome often suffer from final book syndrome. I am impressed by how well written and exciting each and every book in this series was without disappointing me on any level. It’s hard to do with 4 huge books. It’s impressive because fairy tale retellings are often awful and predictable and hardly any can withstand being longer than one medium sized book.
I love The Lunar Chronicles because it combines science fiction, fantasy, and fairy tale. It was it’s own original story, but each book featured a character from a fairy tale that we could recognize. The things that made it a retelling were small things, like the names and one or two scenes that mirrored the original tale and not entire crucial plot points, which is what made it work. Nothing is worse than reading a story based on a fairy tale and knowing that it will work out EXACTLY like the original. I kept looking for and loving the few scenes, wondering what the author would do with each fairy tale.
I highly recommend The Lunar Chronicles and if you’re already a fan and haven’t picked up Winter, do it! It’s amazing and I’m happy that it was my first book of the year. I could reread the series all over again and be happy, which is quite rare for me. This series is a must read if you’re even remotely interested in an action packed story with loveable characters. Winter is a MUST READ!