Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: November 10, 2015
Summary (via 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?
I really enjoyed the final book to this series (besides the novella bind up Stars Above, which I still have to read). I started reading this book last year, but life got in the way. I finally read it all the way through earlier this month in 4 days. This is my second favorite book, after Cress. I gave Winter 5 out of 5 stars.
For the most part, it’s the same cast again, except when everyone gets to Luna. Then there’s a new cast of characters, although most aren’t prominent; they’re mostly background characters, there for a purpose. I loved seeing all the different sections, told from different POVs. I’m not usually in favor of multiple POVs, but Marissa does a great job of showing each character’s unique thoughts/actions/personalities. The book was super long, maybe a little too long, but it was very enjoyable.
I really love all the pairings, but Cress and Thorne are my all-time favorite couple. Each pairing has their moments, their pros, though. I want all the male main characters to be my book boyfriends. I can trade them out daily, or weekly! And of course, all the female characters are fantastic. I’d love to be friends with all these BAMFs.
Each book in the series is a fairy tale retelling, and this book is loosely based on the Snow White fairy tale. There are definitely some elements throughout. Winter has always been the “fairest” on Luna, much to Levana’s irritation. There’s the fact that she likes apple candies, and then something else I don’t really want to give away.
I only wrote down one line while I was reading: “It’s not proper for seventeen-year-old princesses to be alone with young men who have questionable intentions.” The only other updates I made were my impressions (What the f*ck!?!?!?, Ugh! I have Levana., and Yay!!! This makes me so happy.) a few times, otherwise I was too absorbed to do much besides update my page position.
Final note: A great final book to an amazing series! I’m so glad I got around to reading these books finally. Check out the series if you haven’t already. I’d highly recommend it.