Title: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Sci-fi, Romance
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published by: Fewel & Friends
Goodreads rating: 4.49 (as of writing)
My reviews of the other books in this series:
Taken from Goodreads:
Here is the stunning conclusion to the national bestselling Lunar Chronicles, inspired by Snow White.
When Princess Winter was thirteen, the rumor around the Lunar court was that her glamour would soon be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. In a fit of jealousy, Levana disfigured Winter. Four years later, Winter has sworn off the use of her glamour altogether. Despite her scars, Winter’s natural beauty, her grace, and her gentleness are winning admiration from the Lunar people that no amount of mind-control could achieve.
Winter despises her stepmother, but has never dreamed of standing up to her. That is, until she realizes that she may be the only one with the power to confront the queen.
Can Cinder, Prince Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, Princess Winter, and the palace guard Jacin find their happily ever afters? Fans will LOVE this amazing conclusion to the series.
This is the last book to the series, this time based on Snow White. It’s very dense at over 800 pages. Probably the longest YA novel I’ve ever read. I guess it would also be prudent to mention that it would be good to read the novella “Fairest” before reading this book. It’s Levana’s story and a few scenes were referenced in this book. You don’t need to read it but it helps clarify some things XD
You know what’s awesome in this retelling?
“Snow White” is dark-skinned and her name is Winter XD She’s also unhinged XD
She screamed like a thousand birds were picking at her flesh. She screamed like the palace was burning down around her.
So many things went on in this book, probably because the author tried to pack the conclusion into a single book, not to mention the many PoVs. It actually came to a point when I felt like the main couple, Princess Winter and her loyal guard Jacin Clay, became a guest of sorts in their own book with the amount of page-time they had XD Poor babies.
As a result, I just don’t feel as attached to Winter and Jacin as the other couples. It didn’t help that Winter wasn’t really my type of character, the naive and helpless damsel– even worse than Cress. At least Cress was a master hacker and wasn’t prone to hallucinations and stuff.
And while Jacin is exactly my type of character (the loyal, sarcastic and smart type), I just couldn’t care enough about their relationship especially when they are constantly being overshadowed by the other couples. And let me tell you, there were a whole lot of cute moments between the other couples that I have been waiting for since the first book XD
I wouldn’t have minded if there was a fifth book where all the couples share the spotlight rather than have them all share Winter’s book…but what’s done is done.
She was trapped. Thorne was captured. But they had been heroic.
I loved how everyone in the Rampion Crew had their moments of glory and how each of them had roles to play with Levana’s downfall. It showed how much they had developed since their debuts in this series ❤
I also really loved how the author made the characters bond with those who they aren’t very close to– like Kai and Thorne, or Cress and Jacin, Scarlet and Winter, or Cress and Kai, etc. It made for some refreshing conversations XD
“Does she really call herself my girlfriend?” (Kai)
“Oh, I wouldn’t know. We haven’t spent an evening gossiping and painting each other’s toenails since the kidnapping.” (Thorne)
XD XD XD
What I want to complain about the most is the conclusion. Not only did Cinder’s stepmother Adri survive and even get an undeserved reward, I am also feeling a bit underwhelmed by how they defeated Levana considering she was the “final boss” and all that. Especially since they had hinted before that Cinder had some strong hidden power.
This miserable, awful woman still had no idea what it meant to be truly beautiful, or truly loved.
But oh well, I guess the most important thing is that they’d finally put her out of her misery. It’s been a long time coming XD
I actually liked how Levana admitted that while Cinder looked like her mom, she actually had more of Levana in her. So either Levana could have been like Cinder…or Cinder could have been batshit insane like Levana XD
Welp, at least my OTP, Kai and Cinder, finally got their happy ever after ❤ It’s been a long time coming too XD ❤
“It occurred to me that if I could find the cyborg that fit this foot, it must be a sign we were meant to be together.”
A great ending to a great series 😀 It’s long and winding but the author definitely made up for it by keeping the pace fast and the events heart-pounding (even if they do kind of get repetitive after a while) XD
The world-building she did with Luna is great as well and I could just imagine how awful it actually is to live there especially if you’re poor O_O
I would definitely read her other works ❤
Recommended to: People who loved or at least read the previous books
Favorite character: Cinder ❤ but could also be the entire Rampion Crew ❤
Favorite quote: “I have begun to wonder if perfection might be its own flaw.”