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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  1. Yay! Glad you enjoyed it. I don’t remember you disliking Cress and Fairest. I loved all of the books, but Cinder is probably my least favorite. Cress is probably my favorite. Maybe Winter – I need to read it again to decide. 🙂

    • Cress maybe wasn’t a dislike – just my least favorite of the three “real” ones. I did dislike Fairest, but hadn’t expected much from it. I found Cress to be kind of confusing and it felt so much like a placeholder before Winter.

      But I’d like to reread the whole series now – it might change my opinions on Cress quite a bit, as perhaps I was just so anxious to get to Winter that I couldn’t appreciate Cress for what it was, if that makes sense?

  2. I just bought this for my daughter. She’s read all 3 books and was ecstatic to get this one too. I’ve been telling myself it’s time I read this series!

  3. Huzzah! I think I’m number five on the holds list, so I should get it fairly soon. Can’t wait!


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