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.
Winter is the FINAL book in the Lunar Chronicles series. In this book, we really get to know Princess Winter and her POV really comes into play in the first few chapters in the book and then scattered along with everyone else’s throughout the rest of the book. Again, to compare this book to the original fairytale that it is based on, I see few similarities and they didn’t occur until the second half of the book. With all of the other books, the similarities were apparent from the very beginning but with Winter, I found myself asking, “How is this supposed to be a fairytale retelling of Snow White?” The only thing I could think of is that Winter was the most beautiful (fairest?) in all of Luna even more so than Levana which really made Levana hate her. In the second half of the book there is a scene in which Levana glamours herself to appear as an old woman who is offering Winter some sweets (in the shape of an apple) that does some devastating things to her. Further on in the book, there is a scene in which Winter is sleeping and her love interest Jacin kisses her which reminded me of the Snow White story but other than that the rest is all original.
This book is so long and so many things happen that it is difficult to get my thoughts out on it and I am sure that there is more that I am forgetting.
CONS: 1. There is a lot of separation between the characters that really got on my nerves because it seemed that as soon as they all got back together and everything was going to plan, something would happen and at least one character, sometimes more, would get separated and then it would be back to the drawing board. I kid you not that this probably happened five different times throughout the entirety of the book.
2. There were also some things that just didn’t seem to make sense for example: in the beginning of the book when everyone is formulating their plans, they tell everything to Kai who is supposed to be returning to Levana to continue their marriage. You would think that they would leave him in the dark as much as they can because couldn’t Levana just manipulate him to tell her all of their plans? This is a thought that I had during the whole book any time one of the main characters was caught. What is the point of having secret plans if a Lunar can just pull the information they want out of anyone? This didn’t happen but why not? It seems like that would be the first thing I would do is to interrogate my prisoners and if able to, then to manipulate them into telling me all of the plans. It just didn’t seem realistic and although it is such a small detail it did bug me the whole time.
3. Very annoyed by the ending and what Cinder is considering to do with Luna. I just feel like what was the whole point of it all then?
4. Finally I just could not relate to Winter at all and I am so perplexed by it because she is a character that is made out to be so kind and beloved by all of her subjects and the fact that she voluntarily chooses not to use her glamour even though it is affecting her mind is very noble. Even with all of that I did not really ever care for her or her story line and I almost wondered what is the point of her in this story? Truly I believe that the story could have continued without her introduction into the cast and this book would definitely be a lot shorter without her chapters that I truly believe would not be missed. Even at the very end when it was explaining where all of the hero/heroines have gone I don’t think they mentioned Winter and I don’t know what her role in Cinder’s court will be since she technically doesn’t have any royal blood as she is Levan’s step-daughter.
PROS: 1. First and foremost, I love when a book has a happy ending and boy do we get one in this book.
2. The action that I was craving from the other books is all packed into this one, once you get over the first few chapters of Winter it really picks up.
3. Cress and Thorne, no other words about this. I love them so much and this book only enhanced my love for them, I do wish they were together for more chapters of this book.
Overall Thoughts My thoughts are not so much about this particular book but the whole series in general. I will say that this did not meet my expectations. For so long I heard how amazing this series is and I love fairytales so I had such high hopes that this just fell short on. I think where this series went wrong is by introducing new characters each book and not having the story move along except to give us a huge backstory for all of the characters that were introduced. I feel that if the books just followed Cinder’s point of view I would have liked it much more. So this book and series will get a solid 3 stars from me.