This is my first book review of the year! Yayyy!
So Winter, the fourth and final installment in the epic sci-fi, fairytale-retelling saga, The Lunar Chronicles. It is very sad to see this amazing series come to a close but at the same time I’m glad to see it was wrapped up very nicely. 😀
Title: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication: November 10th 2015 by Feiwel and Friends
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Fairytale-Retellings
There will be spoilers for the first three books of the series in this review so read at your own risk (;D) and if you haven’t picked up this series yet, what are you waiting for? Go read it and love it and come back here to discuss about it! 😀
Winter is a retelling of Snow White with our main character, Princess Winter.
The story opens with Winter on Luna trying to fight her evil step mother mentally and also the Luna sickness that hallucinate her because she refuses to use her Luna gift to manipulate people. Winter also had to fight with her heart, her childhood best friend, Jacin, and her will be in danger if people know they have feelings for each other
Meanwhile, aboard the stolen spaceship, the Rampion, Cinder and her crews have planned to tell the people of Luna the truth that their lost Princess Selene is back to fight Levana for her (Selene’s) throne.
The moment I read the first page of this book, I was hooked. It’s probably Marissa Meyer’s writing style or the familiar design format of this book or maybe it was something else but I felt like I was home. I know that’s weird and dramatic but there’s no other way to describe that.
There were many twists and turns and awesomeness in this one, it was 824 pages and as you might have heard a thousand times that there wasn’t a dull page, it’s absolutely true. I still spent about a week to finish this giant but it was definitely worth all the ravings and five-star ratings. This series is definitely one of my favorites, one that will live with me years after this 😀
But somehow there were scenes that I thought went too smoothly and there were certain things I wished for it to happen but didn’t therefore Cress, the third book, remains to be my favorite in this series. That doesn’t mean this book was not great because it was very very amazing.
I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
My favorite thing about this series is the character. This series have got one of the most awesome set of characters ever written.
Princess Winter is the Luna people’s favorite which made her evil step-mother, Levana, despises her to the point that she wants Winter dead. Winter had to fight with Levana and her hallucinations that make her crazy because she refuses to use her Luna gifts to manipulate people like her power-drunk step-mother, she also had to fight with her heart from staying close with her childhood best friend, Jacin, because living with Levana, the people you loved could be used against you at all time. Winter, beautiful inside and out despite the scars across her face, with her courage, wits and craziness, she was one of my favorites.
“The young princess was as beautiful as daylight. She was more beautiful even than the queen herself.”
“Winter trailed her fingers along her harness and sang to herself, “The Earth is full tonight, tonight, and the wolves all howl, aa-ooooooooooh…”
And Jacin, always want to protect his princess, it was all so sweet. Jacin was a guard in the palace, even tho Jacin wasn’t my favourite character, I really like the aspect that he cares for Winter so much, he promises to protect her with his life, he’s like the safest place that Winter can go to, she’s all that he cares about.
“So much importance pressed into so few words. It was just like Jacin.”
Then we have Cinder, the humble cyborg that was with us from the beginning. Cinder, she was scared and she doubt herself if she can be queen if she will succeed or if she was just leading all of them to death, but she still had courage and compassion to do the right thing and so she was brave. Of course I love Cinder, her POV is my favorite to read from. But because of that I feel like it’s kinda unfair, this book is supposed to be centered on Princess Winter but we’ve got more of Cinder’s POV. Not that it’s a big issue tho 🙂
“Cinder needed them. All of them. She shut her eyes and reminded herself to be brave.”
“Citizens of Luna, I ask that you stop what you’re doing to listen to this message. My name is Selene Blackburn.”
“Help me. Fight for me. And I will be the first ruler in the history of Luna who will also fight for you.”
(Cinder’s message scene was another one of my favorite, I love that she sounded like queen and strong even tho Kai wrote the script XD)
Kai too is not my favorite character but his relationship with Cinder developed very nicely in this book and it got me swooning for them. Kai was forced to marry Levana despite his hatred for the evil queen, so he tried to help as much as he can since he was being watched all the time.
We’re getting to my favourite couple XD and that is none other than Cress and Thorne. These two is just so perfect and cute together. They got me chuckled and giggled like crazy with all the misunderstandings and stuffs. I really like that we really get to see how brilliant Cress was with technology stuffs. She can hack everything and she’s just so cool.
Thorne our captain got his vision back and he’s just as hilarious and sarcastic like before. Thorne definitely light up the mood of the crew (or at least me the reader because sometimes he actually stirs up the anger in the crew XD). and need I talk about Thorne and Cress? because Thorne and Cress Thorne and Cress Thorne and Cress Thorne and Cress are perfecttttttt. They are definitely in my top favourites. 😀
“See that eye roll? It translates to, ‘How am I possibly keeping my hands off of you, Captain?” – from Thorne
“Scarlet and I are going to start a missing-fingers club. We might let Cinder be an honorary member.” – from Thorne
“She definitely has a crush on you. It’s about the size of Jupiter.” – to Cress
And then we have my least favorite couple :///. Scarlet and Wolf. I really liked the second book because it was when we got to know Thorne and all that but I never really loved Scarlet and Wolf’s story. It’s all so sweet with the Alpha male and female thing tho. Scarlet‘s POV was a bit boring to read from, Wolf’s too. But I really like Scarlet’s friendship with Winter, Scarlet was so cold and Winter was so friendly and tho they continued to be that way, we can see that Scarlet also cared for Winter deeply. As for Wolf, I thought he was a goner at the end, there was no coming back but luckily Wolf was still Wolf.
“Winter reached over and pulled the pilot’s harness over Scarlet’s head. “Safety first, Scarlet-friend. We are fragile things.”
How can I not talk about Iko? Iko’s friendship with Cinder was one of the most remarkable thing in this book, like they are android and cyborg but who cares? They love each other ❤ and their friendship was beautiful. Iko too was so funny and she helped a lot with the revolution. Even tho she lost a few limps in the end, l she knew Cinder, the best mechanics, will be able to fix her ❤
“Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.” -IKO
Spoilery Discussion: (You’ve been warned)
Things first start to pick up when we got Cinder’s POV on the Rampion, I love the atmosphere when the crew was together, they were so funny and they all seem so close.
So, Cinder was like 16 or 17 right? Considering her age and also the crew that they are just normal teenagers, it’s pretty realistic with the plans that they came up with, it was pretty good but still I really wished it was more brilliant, more mind-blowing. There were so many flaws in their plans but that’s why things were played out this way and I’m quiet satisfied with ‘this way’.
Another part that I was not too happy about was when they went to get the antidote, like Kai did A LOT for that cure, he married Levana and everything,but it could be retrieved this easily? It was kinda funny. There weren’t many obstacles and they got the antidote to save Winter and the people in that village.
Last problem is the ending, it did wrapped up nicely tho I wished it was more than that. I need something more mind-blowing (again). It wasn’t too bad tho, I was just expecting more.
Moving on to my favorite scenes, I love when Cress and Thorne were together lol and also when the crew was together.
“Did you see any rice in there? Maybe we could fill Cinder’s head with it.”
Everyone stared at him.
“You know, to…absorb the moisture, or something. Isn’t that a thing?”
“We’re not putting rice in my head.”
I love this scene so much, it was so funny I was laughing my head off XD
“They’re the first crew I’ve ever had and most of them even call me Captain. I’m going to miss them.”
I also love Thorne’s sentimental moments XD. And his awkward, not to mention very weird, confession to Cress, but it showed that he had thought about it a lot XD And the Luna girl who made herself look like Cress and Thorne said he loved her because he thought she was Cress and awwwwww I died. I was hugging the book and smiling. (Please don’t think I’m crazy. I’m a sucker for things like that.)
I really like the excerpt, book 1…, book 2…, and stuffs. Especially book 4, with the apple thing, it was so creepy but I was busy thinking it was so cool that I wasn’t so scared.
How do you feel about Levana’s true appearance tho? I didn’t know it was that bad :/// and everything that ended with Levana, so she was shot by Cinder with a gun? I feel like she should have suffered more than that (okayy I’m evil).
And the ending, that last sentence, I told you I’m a sucker for fairytale romance like this and that last word, I died again. ❤ I read it over and over again and I love that last sentence ❤
“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.”
“Leaning forward, Cinder spoke very clearly. “I have a computer in my brain,” she said. “So while I’m not going to tell you that I am the smartest or, by any means, the most experienced person in this room, I would suggest that no one use my youth to believe that I am also ignorant.”
Cinder was so sassy.
And also the last scene in the throne room, with Thorne controlled by Levana and everything. It was so scary and ironic at the same time, Thorne punched Cinder and kept saying ‘That’s not me’ and he stabbed Cress in the stomach! Like whattttt what if she…..it was a severe wound, but she also shot Thorne’s finger, I guess they were even then lol and they all survived in the end.
Everybody was in that throne room except Jacin and Winter and that’s the only thing I would change in this book because I wish Winter was there too. Winter has every right to confront Levana and defeat her too. She has been living with the queen and endured a lot of horrible things that Levana did to her and I think she should have been there in that room. It was all very sad for Winter, we don’t know if she recovered after everything, she lost her mind by using her gift and she might never be ‘okay’ again after that. It was a very sad ending for her.
Also I’ve always thought that it would end with Cinder appointed Winter the queen of Luna or maybe a leader and Cinder herself will be an ambassador instead because that way she will be able to go to Earth and stay with Kai.
And Scarlet and Wolf at the end, and Scarlet calling her friend on Earth was also very funny, it was totally out of nowhere like LOL.
And did you noticed the guard, Kinney, and Iko, like…..they might….? XD
That was all I could think of at the moment. I really love this series and would love to fangirl about it 😀 so definitely comment your favorite scene and everything if you want to 😀
I know this a very a long post. It took me days to complete this review because i just couldn’t gather my thoughts and opinions and I didn’t know how to start but this is it so thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it 😀
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Kimsiang @ TheSpinesBreaker
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