Sunday, May 1, 2016

Let's Talk: Winter

Title: Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: "The Lunar Chronicles" #4
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Fairytale Retelling
Page Length: 824 pages
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Date Started: April 27, 2016
Date Finished: April 30, 2016
Rating: 5/5 stars

*Semi-spoiler free review*

This book was so long and it was so good! I got about 400 pages in and the thought process in my mind was, "So much has already happened...what the heck is going to happen in the second half of the book?" I'm so happy with this book.

So much happened that it would take me hours to describe it all. But let's start with my beautiful babies, aka the characters.

WINTER: We met Winter in this book, seeing as it's titled "Winter". I was a little unsure about Winter from the blurb we got in Cress, but I was still interested in her character. It turns out that I LOVED HER. She was so fun, and seeing her and her hallucinations from her perspective made me realize she's not as crazy as I thought she would be. Her character arc wasn't much, but it was there. I really loved her. She genuinely cared for her people and didn't want to manipulate others with her Lunar gift. In the end, I was very happy with what happened concerning her character

JACIN: Oh wow, Jacin pissed me off a little in the beginning, but I loved him. He had this big "Me Jacin. No feelings. Protect Winter" thing going on. It annoyed me in the first parts of this book, but then stuff happened and my ship worked out. He was also fantastic regarding the other characters, who he's with more than he's with Winter. One of my favorite scenes with him was when (SPOILER) Cinder jumped off the ledge from the throne room into the lake. Jacin and Thorne have to save her and pull her out, then he brings her back to life essentially (END SPOILER). That was bloody fantastic.

CINDER: My baby Cinder! She went through literal hell in this book. She was in near-death situations consistently. She would escape one and almost immediately get thrown into another. I honestly thought that she was going to die a few times. Everything that I wanted (and didn't know I wanted) to happen, happened. I loved seeing her character arc from the first book to this one. She's so different and perfect and I just want to wrap her in a big bear hug for being such an amazing character.

CRESS: Cress progressed so far in this novel. She went from being shy and timid to sacrificing herself a few times to save her friends. She even got stabbed! Go Cress! She is honestly so innocent when she starts out, but a little spitfire when it came down to it. I loved her character arc, and it made me a little teary-eyed in the end with what happened with her.

THORNE: The whole story, Thorne is trying to "change" into a good guy, or at least be a better person. It was so great. So much happened to him and I really really just want a whole book for Thorne. I'm so glad we met him in the beginning of the second book, and not in the third like I originally thought. SPOILER FOR PREVIOUS NOVELS: I am extremely happy that Marissa Meyer did not make a love triangle with Cinder/Kai/Thorne. I'm glad that she made Cinder and Throne a friendship, because I friendSHIP it so hard! END SPOILER

SCARLET: My feelings about Scarlet have consistently grown better and better throughout the novels. I enjoyed her quite a bit in this novel. She has definitely grown into an even braver woman, and it has been a fun ride to see her emotions go up and down as well as all the crap that happens to her in these novels. I am happy with how her ending happened.

KAITO: I love Kai. Throughout the whole novel, he's had to be--for the most part--away from the rest of the crew, but he is still helping them. He's stuck with the unfortunate job of distracting Levana while the others do their thing. I loved his sass at certain parts, because he's not a character that immediately comes to mind when I think of sassy characters. He has a very subtle sass that comes into play when he and Levana butt heads. It was great!

WOLF: Wolf kind of gets the short straw every time. Some major sh*t happened to him in this book, but in the end, I'm happy with how his ending was played out. He's had a pretty bad life, and I believe that him and Scarlet are a great pairing because they can help each other heal from their pasts as well as balance out their strong personalities (I'm looking at you Scarlet).

I loved the ending, it was fabulous. The climax and all the different things going on in that span of time were so well done. I was sucked in early on but those 800 pages flew by so fast. It's one of the longest books on my shelf, if not the longest, and I read it so fast.

I need Stars Above right now! Not in a month, NOW! I am hoping to get it and then get it signed at BookCon, but I'm not entirely sure if that'll end up happening due to how popular Marissa Meyer is.

I loved this series. I'm very happy there are companion novellas so that I can keep reading it, seeing as I blew through this series in about 2 weeks. I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend the Lunar Chronicles.

I'm gonna miss these characters. I love them all to death.


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