Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter

Title: Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: November 10, 2015
Pages: 824
Source: Purchased
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?

 

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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.

5 stars

Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress

Title: Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: February 4, 2014
Pages: 550
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

 

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

 

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

 

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I continued my read along with #TLCReadAlong by reading Cress in about 4 days. It was so good! I absolutely love this series. I can’t wait to read Fairest (hopefully this weekend), in anticipation for Winter’s release on Tuesday! I gave Cress 5 out of 5 stars.

 

In this book, it’s pretty much the same set of main characters, with the addition of Cress. And I thought she was absolutely adorable. It’s been a couple months since I read the first book, so my memory was a bit hazy when they introduced her. Thankfully the book explained pretty early on who she was. The book was pretty fast-paced, despite being fairly long. A 550 page book would probably usually take me over a week to read, but I couldn’t put it down.

 

I think the series does get better with each book. Cress is probably my favorite so far, and I’m hoping Winter is just as good, if not better. I was absolutely riveted as I read. I love all the pairings in the book. I still want all the main male characters to be my book boyfriends. They’re all amazing in their own ways. And I want to be friends with all the female characters. Really, I just want to live in this amazing world that Marissa Meyer has built for her fans.

 

The whole series is based on fairy tale retellings. In this book we’re supposed to see some of the Rapunzel fairy tale. We do see elements: the long hair, and Cress being locked away from everyone. It wasn’t as strong on the retelling aspect as some of the previous books as far as I can tell, or maybe I just don’t know the true Rapunzel fairy tale well enough.

 

I did mark down two lines from the book: “He was exactly the kind of hero Cress had been dreaming about her entire life.” and “You were so certain that I was this other person, and I kind of liked that you saw me differently than anyone else. Part of me kept thinking that maybe you’ve been right all along, and it’s everyone else who’s been wrong about me. That even I’ve been wrong about me.” But for the most part I was so absorbed that I didn’t even think about my favorite lines. I especially love the last couple chapters of Cress, and I really can’t wait for Winter to come out. I want to know what happens next!

 

Final note: An amazing third book to the series! I am so excited for Winter to come out next week! Check out the series if you haven’t already. I’m positive you won’t regret it!

5 stars

Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet

Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: February 5, 2013
Pages: 452
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

 

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

 

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I continued my read along with #TLCReadAlong by reading Scarlet in pretty much only two days! It was so good! I can’t wait to read Cress and Fairest this month, in anticipation of Winter coming out next month. I gave Scarlet 5 out of 5 stars.

 

In this book, we’re introduced to a whole new cast of characters. Most of the characters from the first book are barely seen, if they’re seen at all. I really liked Scarlet, Wolf, and Thorne. Thorne was a little full of himself, Wolf was a bit creepy (read the book and you’ll understand why), and Scarlet was a little stubborn/hotheaded, but that’s what makes them so believable and likable in my opinion. Really, I’d take any of the main guys as a book boyfriend. Kai, Wolf, and Thorne are all awesome in their own way.

 

I read pretty much 2/3 of the book in one day because I couldn’t put it down. The characters were engaging, the action was enticing, and the suspense kept me on edge. I’ve heard that the series gets better with each book, and I have to agree so far. Scarlet was more amazing than Cinder, which I wasn’t sure was possible. Marissa Meyer does an amazing job hooking her readers and pulling them into the story. A 450+ page book would usually take me quite some time to read, but I flew through it.

 

The whole series is based on fairy tale retellings. In this book we’re supposed to see some of the Red Riding Hood fairy tale, and we definitely do. A red hoodie, Grandma is missing, traveling through the woods, wolves, etc. I also liked how the author put phrases from the fairy tales to start the different sections (books) within the novel.

 

I didn’t mark down any of my favorite lines because I was too busy devouring the book. But once again, like with Cinder, I kind of guessed what was going on. But there definitely were some twisty parts I didn’t see coming too. The ending of the book makes you want to pick up the next book and see Cinder, Scarlet, and the boys figuring out what to do next, how to survive while on the run, how to defeat Levana.

 

Final note: An amazing second book to the series! I can’t wait to read Cress and Fairest this month. Check out the series if you haven’t already. I’m positive you won’t regret it!

5 stars

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: January 3, 2012
Pages: 400
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

 

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This was my first time reading Cinder and I LOVED IT! I’m so glad I joined #TLCReadAlong so that I could finally read The Lunar Chronicles series in anticipation for Winter’s release date (November 10, 2015). I can’t wait to read Scarlet this month. I gave Cinder 5 out of 5 stars.

 

I love read alongs which give me the chance to discuss with fellow readers. I also love fairy tales, so I jumped at the chance to do a read along for a fairy tale retelling of Cinderella. And Cinder was an amazing retelling.

 

The characters were awesome. I loved Cinder, Kai, Peony, Iko, etc. I haven’t read a ton of futuristic books, but I really enjoyed that aspect. There were some common elements to Cinderella, but this book definitely added its own spin to the story. I pretty much guessed the entire ending when I was 1/3 of the way through the book, but that didn’t ruin the book for me. I still really enjoyed reading because of the characters.

 

Some of the things I really enjoyed besides the characters: the cyborg aspect, the fact that it’s set in “China” or the Eastern Commonwealth as it’s called in the future, and how fast-paced and interesting the book was to read. I’m sure I could have finished it in a weekend if I didn’t have other obligations. My heart went out to Cinder as it has gone out to Cinderella. They both deserve much better than the family they’re stuck with. I did like that Marissa gave Cinder one stepsister who liked her. Peony was a great character, but I believe Iko was really Cinder’s best friend. Iko was so funny and entertaining. I couldn’t get enough of that android!

 

So let’s talk about Kai. Commence the swooning. I thought he was a great character, and I really adored all the scenes with him and Cinder. I felt myself getting butterflies and smiling along with her. He’s on my book boyfriend list, even though I’m not exactly sure what’s going to happen in the upcoming books. I’ll just have to wait and see.

 

I was so engrossed in the book that I didn’t really keep track of my favorite lines, but there was one I really enjoyed and that I think displays Iko’s personality beautifully: “”Just think about the things she knows, the things she’s seen–” Iko’s voice sputtered. “Do you think she’s seen him in the nude?””

 

Final note: A truly awesome book to start off a series I can’t wait to finish. I will dive into Scarlet as soon as I can. Check out the series if you haven’t already. I’m positive you won’t regret it!

5 stars