Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fairytale Retelling
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Rating: 5 Billion Stars
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?
- The characters: With eight main characters you would think that you would have your favorites, but that’s not the case here. I love each and every one of these characters equally. I could never pick a favorite because they are all so awesome individually. And the way they all come together in this glorious finale and work as a team to defeat the worst villain ever? Perfection.
- The plot: So intricately crafted, not a plot hole in sight. Marissa wraps everything up beautifully. I love all the layers to this plot that we’ve seen throughout the course of the series and Winter was able to add new layers and still have a solid conclusion to every plotline.
- The pacing: The whole series has been really fast-paced, but Winter was like holy shit what the fuck could possibly happen next? And then something else happens and you’re a train derailing and flying out of control and you’re on the edge of your seat, literally holding your breath (I think I almost died at the end because I held my breath for like two straight chapters) and praying that none of your precious characters die.
- The journey: This was NOT an easy journey for these characters. Every time I thought it couldn’t possibly get worse in this book, something would happen and IT WOULD GET WORSE. My heart can’t handle this, Marissa. But even though this was actual torture, I loved it. I hate when things are too easy and this wasn’t. Levana is a formidable opponent and Marissa made sure to show us that.
- The Snow White retelling: I love all the retellings in this series, but this one is definitely my favorite. I LOVED the Snow White parallels. It was in line enough with the original fairytale, but also different enough to make it super interesting. It was flawless.
- The humor: In the darkest moments, in the most horrible situations you can imagine, in times where you think there is no hope, that it’s over, Marissa can make you laugh with characters like Iko and Thorne. Just when I’m about to give up and wallow in despair one of them would say something that would have me cracking up. It would instantly brighten my mood and perfectly balanced out the darkness prevalent in this book.
- The feels: OMG SO MANY FREAKING FEELS. I was a hot mess of emotion the whole time reading. I was leaving my friend, Wendy, voice messages the whole time and I’m pretty sure it’s all nonsensical, ramblings, flails and generally freaking out. And I’m not sorry about it. Remember when I said this was an emotional roller coaster? I wasn’t exaggerating. One minute I was angry, the next sad, the next just freaking the fuck out, then I would be swooning, then happy and then the cycle would start all over again.