Monday, December 26, 2016

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Title: Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

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? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer's national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

“Oh, I fully intend to form an alliance with Luna.” Kai glanced at the cyborg foot again. “I just intend to put a different queen on the throne first.”

Perfect way to conclude the series! Winter was full of so many shocking moments and the action never stopped. 

As with the prior books, we get introduced to a new character, Princess Winter. She's the step-daughter of Levana. She's sweet, loves animals and is bat-shit-crazy! Yes, she is nuts. Why? because she has made a vow never to use her Lunar power again. She was done manipulating anyone a long time ago which as we have learned from Dr. Erland causes Winter to suffer from hallucinations. Despite the fact that Winter is missing a few screws, she's a really nice person and most of the Lunar people around her love her. Not so much Levana or the people loyal to Levana. Those, make fun of her for her wild comments. 

“She was prettier than a bouquet of roses and crazier than a headless chicken. Fitting in was not an option.”

Jacin Clay wanted to be a doctor when he was young but Levana decided he was needed in her army and he became a part of the palace's guards instead. Jacin's only loyalty is to Princess Winter. She's everything he cares about and he's willing to break rules, betray or kill in order to keep her safe. He's also someone who can keep the hallucinations at bay when they become to much for her. Jacin knows timing is running out and he needs to find more allies to keep Winter safe. Cinder and Co. are his last hope. 

Winter and Jacin were just one more lovable couple in The Lunar Chronicles series. I liked both of them and Winter made me laugh with the crazy things she would say. Jacin was a one-woman-man. He had only eyes for Winter. He came out as ruthless at times but I understood him even when he made questionable choices.

There is no safer place for me than at your side.

Scarlet's relationship with Winter was funny too. They got along in their own way. 

One of my favorite things about this book was Cress and Thorne's romance progression. They were adorable together and he was ready to make so many changes for her. He wanted to feel like he could deserve her. 

"when Cress thought she was in love with me, she was actually in love with this other guy she'd made up in her head, who was brave and selfless and stuff. I mean, he was a real catch, so who could blame her? Even I liked that guy. I kind of wish I was that guy."

Scarlet and Wolf are still my favorite couple. They were true soulmates. Poor Wolf had it tough but Scarlet was there for him. I'm not concerned about their future. They are perfect for each other. 

"You're the only one, Ze'ev Kesley. You'll always be the only one."

I know Iko is not human but I really wished she could be and she deserved her own true love too. She could be just like Pinocchio. She needs to be granted a wish and become human. She and a certain guard had a lot of chemistry together. Love-hate relationships are one of my favorites. 

I'm sad to let this series go. Maybe someday, I'll see it come to life on the big screen. 

“I can’t believe this is happening. I can’t fight like this, or start a revolution, or be a queen. I can’t do anything like this. I’m broken. I’m literally broken.” Iko settled a hand on Cinder’s shoulder. “Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”

4/5 Fangs

Let me start off by saying that Marissa Meyer is one of the queens of fairytale retellings. I held off for so long on reading Cinder that when I finally picked it up I binge read the first three books! And I mean BINGED, so it was high time I read Winter too!

We heard a few things here and there about Winter in the prior books, but now we really got to know her. She has been a pawn in her step-mother's evil games and slowly she's been going mad because of her refusal to use her Lunar gift on anyone. Levana has basically controlled her life since her beloved father died and there isn't much she can do about it or I guess cares to, until Jacin makes his way back home. Janice lives for his princess and no one else. Everythng he does is to keep her safe, from Levana, from everyone. 

Cress, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Thorne, and Cress are all still present too! They are making their way to Luna and slowly but surely that ultimate climax builds up. I just loved the way that Meyer has artfully entwined all of these characters together with each new book. Slowly we discover not all is at it seems with some of them, and even still the relationships grow and strengthen. I ship every single relationship in this seres too! I ship them so hard! Each and every relationship is so precious in its own way. Meyer has such a creative way of thinking and bringing her stories to paper in a way that never fails to capture my attention. I will forever be a fan of this series and am very excited for the next story that will revolve around this Lunar/Earthen world. 

4.5/5 Fangs

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