winter by marissa meyer (the lunar chronicles, book 4)
overall rating: 4.25/5
character development: 4/5
genre: YA, sci-fi, romance
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?
so obviously, there was a ton of hype around this book because it’s the last book of the lunar chronicles! there were high expectations, but i think that winter met them.
i love all the characters so much. each has his or her own distinct personality, and the writing/language changes for each. their personalities are also pretty different, so it’s interesting seeing thing from different points of view. however, the POVs can be confusing, and sometimes i couldn’t tell who was “talking”. i also feel like not all of the characters really developed, and a lot of their personalities remained the same. however, some characters did grow and develop over the course of the story.
additionally, the world-building is lacking, as with the other books in the series. i wish there was more description about luna, the eastern commonwealth, and the other nations, since they’re all so different from our world.
even so, winter was so hard to put down. i probably could have read the whole thing in one sitting, but i had to do homework, so i was forced to close the book for a while (which was incredibly difficult). the plot moves at the perfect speed—not rushed but not too slow. unfortunately, i felt like some things were confusing and not explained thoroughly.
the writing complements the book really well. the language that meyer uses is unique to the setting, and it really adds to the story.
finally, the romances are all super cute, and i wish there were more interactions between the characters! each relationship is unique, and the personalities of the people in the relationships really complement each other.
overall, winter is the perfect ending to the lunar chronicles, and it does not disappoint!
have you read this? what did you think
look. at. these. endpages!!
this is the special target edition, which includes tlc fanart from various artists. how beautiful is this??
thanks for reading!