Winter by Marissa Meyer

WinterWinterWinter (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer by Marissa Meyer

This is, of course, Book #4 in the Lunar Chronicles series (I feel like I’ve mentioned it a time or twelve before, plus all the other buzz this series has gotten on other blogs and media sites).

I was so hesitant to start Winter – I *loved* Cinder, really, really liked Scarlet, and ok, so Cress wasn’t my favorite, but still. It was good enough as a penultimate series entry. For the ending though, was this going to be a crash-and-burn of a great series? Could it possibly live up to what I wanted it to be?

Now for the tricky part: talking about the book while maintaining a spoiler-free zone. So, in brief: Yes, the book lived up to the promise the series showed in Cinder (and erased the memory of that disappointing Fairest) . It’s over 800 pages, but read much faster than that, plus it’s so much fun having that much time to spend with these characters I didn’t wish any of the pages away.

What about the plot, and how things worked out? Well, you’ll need to read it yourself to find out, but I was so impressed at the job Meyer did of bringing together all of those plot threads. It made me want to start the series all over again and see what hints she dropped in earlier books.

Super satisfying, this was a great ending to a fun series. Highly recommended for fantasy fans.

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Publisher’s 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?

Book Details

Title: WinterWinter (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
Author: Marissa Meyer
Category: Fantasy
My Rating: 5 Stars

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Fairest

FairestFairest: Levana’s StoryFairest: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana's Story by Marissa Meyer (#3.5 in the Lunar Chronicles series) by Marissa Meyer

I’ve loved Marissa Meyer‘s Lunar Chronicles series, but wasn’t sure how I felt about the addition of this originally unplanned entry to the series.

After reading it, I’m still not sure. While I guess I can somewhat appreciate learning Levana’s backstory a bit, and having something eased the wait until the final book is published, is that enough?

It felt like an added-on book, without the depth that has made the others so unexpectedly enjoyable. How many examples did we need of how awful Levana is? And how much does having this weaker entry tarnish the overall excellence of the series?

What I did like is how you can see the incremental steps that took Levana down the path to becoming the despotic tyrant she is in Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress. There are moments of recognizing that maybe if she’d just NOT done this or that, how different things could have been for her, and for so many others.

While chronologically this book comes first, don’t read it that way. It would diminish the fun and discovery you’ll otherwise have with the others. Plus this is the weakest of them all, and if you start with it you might not be inclined to continue.

Despite my complaints about it, I wasn’t really all that disappointed in it – my expectations were pretty low, so it actually surpassed what I thought it might be. I enjoyed the character of Solstice, and seeing some of the characters we see in the other books. All in all though, this is an entirely skippable entry into the series, and not really worth the reading time.

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