Winter by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Format: eBook, 833 pages
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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?
I have been putting off writing this review for a couple reasons. First, I have no idea what I can possibly say about it that hasn’t been said at least hundreds of times before. Second, I don’t want to admit that it’s over and writing the review makes it all so … final. (Ok, except there’s still a book full of novellas I need to read… so you can probably expect the exact same babble when I finally break down and read and review it.) But still. The main story arc is over (*sobs*) and it was too freaking brilliant for words.
This is a L O N G book, but it doesn’t read like one. (The books I typically read tend to come in around 300-350 pages, so starting a nearly 900 page book was DAUNTING.) It could’ve been twice as long, however, and I would’ve still relished every single word.
I’m not going to get into the details here. You wouldn’t want me to spoil any of this for you. The experience (and all of the emotions that come with it) are a big part of what makes this series so special. I think I literally experienced every possible emotion while reading this book. It’s such a perfect and wonderful conclusion to a YA series I’ve enjoyed just about as much as the Harry Potter series all those years ago. I loved the characters individually and loved seeing them grow over the course of this series. The couples were perfection. Each of them has a special place in my heart. I love the friendships as much as the romances. There was great banter, comic relief, edge-of-my-seat suspense and SO MANY FEELS.
I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to this series. As much as I hate that it’s over, I loved how it all wrapped up. I’m definitely adding the entire Lunar Chronicles series to my reread pile. I don’t think these stories will ever get old.
“I need him as much as he needs me. But that doesn’t make it love.”
“Actually, dear friend, I suspect that is precisely what makes it love.”
“It’s just, 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 all brave and selfless and stuff. I mean, he was a real catch, who could blame her? Even I liked that guy. I kind of wish I was that guy.”
“You must know. I cannot remember a time when I didn’t love you. I don’t think such a time ever existed.”
“I’m broken. I’m literally broken.”
“Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”
“You are not damaged like I am. You are not a hundred scattered pieces, blowing farther and farther away from each other.”
“You’re my princess, right? You were always going to be my princess, no matter what you were born, no matter who your dad married.”
Did you read The Lunar Chronicles?
Did you love the series as much as I did?