Winter by Marissa Meyer

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Title: Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Published: November 10, 2015
Genre: YA Dystopian/Science Fiction
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased

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?

In the fourth installment of The Lunar Chronicles, Cinder & company devise a plan to start a rebellion and overthrow Queen Levana.
Like each book in the series, Winter is named for a fairy tale heroine. Princess Winter of Luna, based on Snow White, is both endearingly insane and heartbreakingly beautiful. Like all gifted Lunars, Winter has the ability to control those around her but decided as a child that she would never again use her ability to manipulate someone. As a result, she suffers from hallucinations, nightmares, and generally odd behavior caused by Lunar sickness.
Princess Winter was a great addition to the cast of characters in The Lunar Chronicles. The people of Luna love Winter because she is beautiful, charming, and good. But Queen Levana holds her stepdaughter’s beauty and grace against her, punishing her whenever the people show any loyalty to Winter.
I liked the book overall, but I did find it to be a little predictable. The romances felt like a teenage screenplay (I know, I’m reading YA, but still), the battle rallies felt a bit forced, and some of the dialogue was just generally cheesy. I promise, it was still worth reading!
It was also a bit disappointing to see everything get tied up into a nice, neat little bow at the end of the book. Rebellions are messy business, and I felt like there wasn’t enough pain and suffering on Cinder’s side of the war. Yes, Wolf was turned into an even scarier wolf-mutant thing, but Scarlet loved him anyways. I think it would have made a more compelling book if Scarlet couldn’t love him, or if Wolf turned on them all, or something heartbreaking like that.
I was also really frustrated with the ending because I felt like Cinder wasn’t true to her own destiny at the end, but I won’t spoil the end of the book for you!
Although it did not live up to the first three books, I thought Winter was a strong end to The Lunar Chronicles. I still highly recommend the series to anyone looking for a good YA dystopian, sci-fi, or fairy tail retelling. I would give this book four out of five stars!

4 Stars

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