Review: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles)

winter_coverAuthor: Marissa Meyer

Pages: 823

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark 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.


My Thoughts:

First off I want to say again that I am so happy Meyer has made her cast so diverse. There is not enough minority characters in young adult and new adult books and Meyer hasn’t just incorporated one diverse character but all the characters are from different countries and different backgrounds and that is a pleasant surprise. With that being said, I was more than excited to see more of Winter, Princess of Luna. The princess, who refuses to use her lunar gift leaving her with horrific hallucinations, is still the fairest in the land with the people who adore her more than their ‘wish to be’ beloved Queen Levana. Not much happens to Winter until her step-mother Levana feels it’s time to dispose of her. I like that Winter takes a stand to fight with Cinder and the crew. I absolutely love her relationship with Jacin, her guard, they are literally goals in every sense of the word. I once again will say that Meyers ability to morph a simple fairytale into this full fledge story of action, androids, and hidden queen mechanics. All the connections between the classic fairytale and the Lunar Chronicles storyline is just genius.

*Spoilers ahead*

I do have to admit that this was not my favorite book out of the series. I gave it 4 stars because the writing is amazing and the story as a whole is great but this book went in no way shape or form like I thought it would. That usually is a good thing because no one wants to know what’s going to happen next before they read it but reading this just always left me in a kind of mild mood. I also wasn’t too fond of the way everything ended with Cinder and Levana. I thought it would be some huge death battle to the end but it was kind a tired fight in the end. Then there’s Cinder abdicating. This was the only time I was pissed off reading this series. I get it. I get why she did it but I was so amped to see her and Emperor Kaito marry and have Earth and Luna live in harmony but I guess it’s just going to happen a different way, which I can live with now that I’ve finished reading Stars Above (which I will review soon). But overall this was an enjoyable read and was one of the best Snow White retellings I’ve ever read. I definitely recommend everyone to read this series it’s great.