Monday, December 21, 2015

Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

From Goodreads: 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?

My Rating: Somewhere between 3.5 and 4 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: Marissa Meyer’s Winter was a book that I had been looking forward to reading for forever! Unfortunately, it turned out to be my least favourite of all the books in The Lunar Chronicles.

Don’t get me wrong; I still liked Winter. I loved that the setting was on Luna, for example, and seeing how Meyer incorporated the dwarves and apple scene into her story. I also enjoyed having all the characters interact with each other, and finally getting to witness Winter and Jacin’s interactions. They’re officially my favourite couple in the series, with Scarlet and Wolf a close second!

However, I was disappointed because I didn’t feel as if I got to spend as much time with Winter as I did with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress in their respective stories. I also wasn’t too thrilled that Cress’ issues about Thorne as a womanizer weren’t legitimately addressed. I hate the reasoning that so-and-so changes their ways simply because a guy/girl is “different!” Finally, I was annoyed by how things with Levana were resolved. I refuse to believe that Levana would be so discombobulated by her appearance being revealed – and was that really the best way for Cinder to get her throne back? – that it becomes hard for her to manipulate others’ biolelectricity.

A book that I wish had an epilogue, Winter was released by Feiwel and Friends in November 2015. 

Comments About the Cover: This is my favourite from the covers in the series. I love how the apple is glowing and looks so tempting.


  1. I've been saving this for Winter Break. Though I'm bummed that you didn't get the finale you wanted, I'm still really looking forward to reading this one!

  2. Sorry this was your least favorite of the series Z! I have high hopes for it because I loved the brief glimpse of Winter and Jacin we got in Cress, but I'm bummed we don't get quite as much time with them since they have to share their story with so many others. Still excited to give it a try though:)

  3. I was never really tempted by this series even though I tried really hard to like it. How could I not, when so many of my trusted friends are fans? But honestly, it's just that retellings aren't for me. I'm glad you enjoyed it overall, despite being unhappy with the ending.

  4. I'm sorry that this one was your least favorite in the series - especially for the last book in a series! I still need to read this one myself but it'll be my very next read.

  5. I can't read your review properly because I have yet to read Winter and I like to go in innocent. It sucks it wasn't your favourite :(

    In regards to your wish for an epilogue, did you hear about that short story collection that's going to come out next year? I think there's a story set after the ending of Winter in that

  6. I loved this series and I loved Winter! But I know what you mean about Winter not getting enough spotlight in her own book, Z. There's way too many characters already and there's about 10 alternating POV's and the``````re's also so many issues to be solved, still. This is the longest book I've read at 800+ pages but I didn't think it was enough to address everything too. I hope the epilogue features more about Winter and Jacine!


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