Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

13206900Winter. Marissa Meyer. Sci-fi/Romance/Retellings. 2015. 824 pages. 5 stars. [Source: Bought as paperback from Fullybooked]

“Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”

WARNING: Minor spoilers

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?

First and foremost, let me just say that was one giant satisfying concluding book to an amazing series! 800 pages didn’t even seem enough because I DEVOURED these pages. I loved every scene, every complication, every bump in the road, every joke by Thorne, every comment by Iko, every evil act by Levana–everything! I. Loved. It.

It was amazing how all 4 of our protagonists and their love interests came together and formed this group that all had the same goal, and that was to take down Levana and end her regime. It was nice how each chapter would move from one POV to another to stitch the plot line together in a way that had me on the edge of my seat.

I’ll make a breakdown of each ship and give my personal input on them!

CINDER AND KAI–I love how their relationship was almost effortless. Their conversations were always swoon worthy even back in Book 1! Their romance was one that I expected to be difficult given their dispositions, but the way Marissa concluded their romance was nothing short of smart and romantic. They would rank my second favorite ship in this series.

SCARLET AND WOLF–They were my least favorite ship. I think it was because I found it too cheesy for my taste? Or maybe it was because I pictured Wolf as a wolf and not…. like Jacob Black. However, I found their romance really passionate. I could only hope someone would love me as much Wolf loves Scarlet.

CRESS AND THORNE–Oh my GOD this was the ship that stole the spotlight from Kai and Cinder. Whereas in Cress, Cresswell didn’t really have an obvious romance between them, in Winter, it just skyrocketed. It went from 0-39284902348902390 really quickly. One chapter, it was as if they were just friends, then in the next they acted like they couldn’t live without the other once they were separated. Thorne was the most intriguing character for me and in my opinion, he had the most character development next to Cinder. Thorne’s feelings for Cress was more than I could take. I loved how Cress always thought of Thorne as a prince charming and no matter how much he tried to justify that her assumption was false, she never stopped hoping. And in the end it was all beautiful with Cresswell. They are my favorite book couple so far.

WINTER AND JACIN–I like how they grew up together as nothing more than friends but always had feelings everyone can see except for the other person! It was a cute thing that showed the diversity of the romances between all the characters in this series. I couldn’t appreciate Winter and Jacin’s romance as much as the others mainly because their characters were only introduced in the last book and they all had to divide the parts equally between all the characters, so Winter and Jacin didn’t get a lot of scenes that were just for them or their romance especially with more pressing issues to be addressed. Overall, their ending was super cute! I love how we saw the Snow White aspect in the ending.

That’s all I’m saying about the ships to avoid spoilers.

Overall, it was an ending that put justice into the beauty of the series. We all know how hard it is to conclude a really complex series that set the bars really high, and Marissa Meyer did it exceptionally well with Winter!!!! I am so happy to say that!!!!!!! If you haven’t read Winter yet, please do yourself a favor and pick it up. If you haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles, PICK UP CINDER AND READ IT.

BONUS!
Quotes I loved

“A kiss from the Captain would probably melt my central processor.”
Thorne winked at her. “Oh trust me. It would.”
Marissa Meyer, Winter

“See that eye roll? It translates to, ‘How am I possibly keeping my hands off of you, Captain?”
Marissa Meyer, Winter

“Did you see any rice in there? Maybe we could fill Cinder’s head with it.”
Everyone stared at him.
“You know, to…absorb the moisture, or something. Isn’t that a thing?”
“We’re not putting rice in my head.”
Marissa Meyer, Winter

“May I request a new uniform? A towel seems inappropriate for the position.”
Marissa Meyer, Winter

“I fear tomorrow will be even more difficult for you, Sir Clay. Do try to think of me when you can.”
“Try, Princess?” He smirked, meeting her gaze again. “I can’t seem to think of much else.”
Marissa Meyer, Winter

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