Review: Winter, Marissa Meyer

I think I have a love-hate relationship with last books in series…and I think, somewhere deep within our souls, we all do. Because, after a few books, we’ve all grown accustomed to the world, the characters, and if we ended up falling in love with it, well, there’s a bittersweet feeling to it all ending, finally. There’s the thrill, the need to read that happy ending, but the dread of leaving these people we love. This is how I felt about The Lunar Chronicles series. This is the first series I have finished reading – I think – that was recommended to me by bloggers. And I can’t even begin to express my feelings for it all. So forgive me if I might fangirl here a little bit.

BIG BOOK, MASSIVE EXPECTATIONS

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The Lunar Chronicles is one of these series that only gets better and better, and, erm, heavier, as well. From a 300 and something pages to a MASSIVE 830 pages or so last book, well…needless to say there are things to be said and adventures to be lived. I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but there’s something quite scary about a book being this big, and even more expectations. What if I get bored? What if I get discouraged by the length of it all? Okay if I’m being honest, the main problem here was: what if my bag breaks because it’s so heavy (and because I stubbornly insisted on taking this everyday with me)? Three answers to these questions: NO, NO and NO. My bag didn’t break, thank you for caring, but most of it all, I did not get bored a single time or discouraged. Following the other books in the series, Winter just puts MORE of everything I fell in love with in the first book. Action-packed, with not a single second to get bored, or annoyed, because whenever the plot gets a bit slow, especially at the beginning, characters are here to make you fall in love with the story.

THE PERFECT CREW

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The Lunar Chronicles, and this book, has the incredible ability of making plot, and characters, fall together in place perfectly, so much that there’s nothing lacking, especially in character development. Usually, in fantasy, and in so many action-packed books, you expect a lot from the plot, and a bit less from the characters. Here, there’s everything to satisfy your needs, because characters are here, they are alive, they are JUMPING out of the page and making you fall in love with them every second. Their interactions are GOLD, the dynamics between the crew is fantastic. Marissa Meyer creates here so many characters, yet they are all so different, in their personalities, their way to express themselves, to act, to move the action forward. If the story is told from multiple points of view, I had no trouble figuring out who was who, and every character had their own issues.

Moreover, in this, we are introduced to a new character to the crew, Winter. She might be the weirdest one of the crew, with her scars, her evil step-mother, and her refusal to use her Lunar powers, she is a bit crazy. Crazy like, she sees walls bleeding and stuff. Despite her quirks, I found myself growing attached very quickly to this new character. She’s a crazy one, for sure, but she’s also very, very endearing, and I couldn’t help but want the best for her.

More than characters, it’s relationships we root for in this story, and in the whole series. From strangers to friends to more, from daydreaming to reality, from unlikely romance to inseparable mates, little by little, Marissa Meyer explores every relationship and gives them the depth and time they all need. (spoilers) From Cinder and Kai’s relationship hurting my feelings from the very first book, to getting to know Jacin and Winter’s relationship in that story (childhood friends? HELP ME. #favoritetropeever, I loved how every relationship was different and built with time and feelings fitting each character and their development. ALSO, Thorne and Cress. SEND HELP. I love them too much, and erm that scene alone in the palace? How about a novella about them? How about we just fangirl about them for all times? (end spoilers)

HELP, I AM BREATHLESS.

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Action-packed, Winter does the unexpected: it manages to leave you breathless for more than 800 pages. Every time I put it down, to pick it up again later, the same feeling of hunger, dread, fear and exhilaration came to swallow me whole. There’s something about this story, about this well-built, well-developed, even more in this book, that I loved so much. (spoiler) It was especially great of the novel to be set mostly on Luna. Discovering the planet, the way people lived, Wolf’s family -insert crying here-, people, the revolution, Levana’s army…Everything was just so well-developed. Me impressed. (end spoilers) Obviously there was this dread of everything being over. Soon. In a few pages. With so much action and drama, it’s sometimes hard to see the end of the tunnel, and it’s even harder to think about characters being all okay, and getting the happy ending they all deserve. I’m not going to spoil anything here, but Winter did hold all of its promises, wrapping up The Lunar Chronicles perfectly.

OVERALL

I think I’ve talked enough here, but if you just skipped to this paragraph because I tend to rant a LOT when I start, well… if you haven’t read Winter yet, GO READ IT NOW. If you’re still on the fence about The Lunar Chronicles series, don’t be afraid. Just like me, from someone a bit scared to get out of her comfort zone, you’ll (hopefully) turn into this rabid fangirl, falling in love with the world, the characters, the whole story.

Final rating:Β  IT’S A HURRICANE!

Did you read Winter? Did you enjoy it? Do you want to read it?

Do you want to read The Lunar Chronicles? Share your thoughts in comments!

Read my reviews for the rest of the series:
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Marissa Meyer, Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4), Β Published by Midnight Orchid Publications, October 1st 2015.

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

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46 thoughts on “Review: Winter, Marissa Meyer

  1. I’m glad your bag survived carrying this book, it is truly ginormous! (I read the ebook so I didn’t face the same problem :P) I loved the group in this too! Winter was a bit weird (okay, she was plenty weird xD) but she grew on me. I’m so happy you enjoyed this series! It’s such a fantastic one.

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  2. Great review! it reminded me of how I felt once I finished Winter, all the thrills & feels for days that I couldn’t stop myself from fangirling to all those who would just stop & listen LOL! I love Marissa Meyer’s manner of fairy tale re-telling because it runs parallel to the original but so inventive and really a story of its own. I miss Iko & Captain Thorne! & I’m now in the middle of Heartless which is completely different but I’m loving it just as much πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you so much! I think I’ll fangirl about this one for a while now, ahah. I agree, I love how she manages to remind us of these familiar stories, but make everything so original and unique.
      Oh I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying Heartless! I have it on my TBR, I can’t wait to read it now πŸ™‚

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  3. Fangirling is totally acceptable here! There’s nothing to forgive. We all know how difficult it is to say goodbye to a series 😦
    Haha, I’m totally the same! 800 pages??? I can’t read this!! So much pressure! The author must be a magician to keep you interesting trough so many pages! You know what, I’m buying the first today, screw the buying ban, hahaha! You sold the series so perfectly that even if I’m not a fan of retellings, I need to see what’s going on!!! FAB REVIEW!!!!

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  4. Whoa Nelly! 830 pages is definitely a hefty tome for a YA book! πŸ˜€ LOL @what if my bag breaks because it’s so heavy. That might just be the worst thing that could happen :’). Again, this sounds amazing. Character development is soooo important. And I like Winter’s abilities, though I wouldn’t want to swap with her ;). Awesome review Marie! I hope to read the first book in the series next year and finally submerge myself into this world!

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  5. I actually haven’t started the series, yet but I see it around a lot, especially on bookstagram. I didn’t really get why you rated the book four stars if you loved it so much. Because I could feel your love, oozing out of every pixle of my laptop :DI just loved this review. I really have to find teh time to start reading

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    1. I didn’t rate it 4 stars, I rated it 5 stars. It’s just my rating system is in drops (like rain drops), and it goes until 4, and when it’s 5 stars, it’s a hurricane. This is all to go with the name of my blog, but the 4 drops and hurricane means it’s 5 stars and it’s devastatingly awesome πŸ˜‰
      Thank you so much! I hope you’ll read this series soon, and love it as much as I did! πŸ™‚

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  6. I am SO SO happy you enjoyed reading this one! All these feels WERE RIGHT IN MY HEART AS WELL, I had all those worries but I’m SO HAPPY wth how that last book came about! I loved everyone so much and THE CHARACTERS I JUST LOVE SO MUCH I AM NOT OKAY. You should definitely pick up Stars Above with all the novellas in it! The LAST ONE ESPECIALLY IS NOT TO BE MISSED BECAUSE OHMYGOD IT IS PERFECTION, you must read it and fangirl with me!

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    1. AHH this makes me SO happy you loved this so much as well. I NEED to read Stars Above then, I heard that it’s such a great novella. I don’t usually read these, but I don’t know if I’m ready to say goodbye to these characters, so maybe it’s the right thing to do. Also, fangirling with you? YES YES another reason to pick this up πŸ˜€

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  7. YAY I’m so happy you liked it! Im up to it now – just gotta find it from the library! Or else buy it! I read Fairest, and I was super hyped to read Winter after, because yeah Winter sounds like such a cool character! Glad this book was a success for you – I’m gonna have to get it ASAP!

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  8. Great review Marie, and I am so so glad you enjoyed this series and this last book. ❀ Winter is a really big book, but when it was first released and I first got my hands on it I loved that there were so many pages. There was a two year gap between the release of Cress and Winter so by the time I got my hands on Winter I just wanted all the pages to be added so I could stretch the story out even more. πŸ˜€
    There was so much happening as well. I'm kind of in awe that Marissa Meyer not only gave us a great story in Winter but the necessary character and relationship developments for all four couples and Iko.
    I just have so many feelings about this book. ❀
    Are you planning on reading the Stars Above novella collection (if not you should at least read Something Old Something New, it acts as kind of an epilogue for Winter and I'd highly recommend it for all the fluff with favourite characters! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Beth! ❀ So many pages, so many words to love, you're right ❀ And wow, I couldn't have imagined WAITING for Winter to be released, I'm glad I started this series once all the books were released, I don't know how I could have handled the wait, haha.
      I don't know if I'll read all the novellas, I heard some of these were disappointing ? I want to read the one where it talks a bit about what happens after Winter, but I'm not sure about the others. Did you read / love them all? πŸ˜€

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      1. That’s all right! ❀ Yes, I feel like the more pages I read the more I loved this story, and it was a long wait but so much worth it when I finally got my hands on the book and was actually able to start reading! I think you did it the better way, being able to go from one book to the next without any wait. πŸ˜€
        I loved them all but then again I think anything by Marissa Meyer is a book I'm guaranteed to love. The last novella is the best though, the one that continues the story after Winter, so even if you don't read them all you should definitely pick that one up! πŸ™‚

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      2. I always think it’s so much better to start a series knowing you won’t have to wait for the sequel…but when a book seems good, it’s hard to wait for the whole series to be released before starting it!
        Oh I will definitely pick up that one soon, I am too impatient, and nostalgic already ahah πŸ™‚

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      3. Exactly, that’s been my downfall a few times. I’ve always said I’d wait for the last book to be released but I just can’t resist it because all the reviews sound amazing and everyone seems to love whatever series it is!
        I was the same way, but at least you don’t have to wait for that novella to be released either! πŸ˜€

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  9. To be completely honest, I read Cinder when it first came out many years ago and didn’t really love it. (I actually think I DNF’d it??) However, after all the stellar reviews for Winter (including yours), I have decided to give this series another go someday. I really, really hope to love it the second time around. So glad you loved this series so much though, Marie! And lovely review, well balanced review. πŸ™‚

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    1. Ohh, that’s too bad, but I can understand. Maybe you weren’t in the right mindset either, at the time? I feel like now, I could LOVE books that I didn’t quite enjoy when I was younger. I really hope you’ll enjoy it as well, more than the first time! Thank you so much ❀

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  10. YESSS TLC is my favourite series! I absolutely LOVED the last book and even though it was 800+ plus pages I felt like it wasn’t enough! I loved the character interactions and how each of them played such a big part in the novel. Winter was a great character as well! You must read Stars Above later!

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    1. Ohhh I’m so glad to hear this! I agree, even if it felt massive when I first got it in my hands, the 800 pages just went by in a blur, and I feel like it wasn’t enough haha. I loved them all so much, I think I could have read 1000 more pages with them ❀ Thank you! I'm planning to read Stars Above soon then πŸ™‚

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  11. Great review and I’m so happy you loved this! It’s one fo my favorite series and even though I was hesitant to start it at first (I wasn’t sure I would be into an android Cinderella…) I have fallen completely in love with this story and these characters. Definitely some of the best 800 pages I’ve read πŸ™‚ And best crew ever! (Also, I love Thorne! πŸ˜‰ )

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