Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer


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Pretty, pretty covers

 

Winter is admired for her grace, kindness and beauty, despite the scars on her face. She’s said to be even more breathtaking than her stepmother, Queen Levana…

When Winter develops feelings for the handsome palace guard, Jacin, she fears the evil Queen will crush their romance before it has a chance to begin.

But there are stirrings against the Queen across the land. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies. Winter might even find the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter claim their happily-ever-afters by defeating Levana once and for all?

OH MY STARS! It’s HERE. FINALLY!

*dies*

Anyone who knows me or follows me on twitter or has passed me on the streets knows I am a HUGE Lunartic. It’s my fav series which means I was so, so excited, and so, so nervous for the final book.

But, oh, it wrapped up perfectly ❤

Heat/swoon levels

Higher than high. Not only is Emperor Kai my secret lover, but there are FOUR guys in this book that tear your heart out and ruin men everywhere. Kai, the monarch. Tall, and schmexier-than-hell, he’s the perfect mix of responsible and reckless. Jacin, the guard. His loyalty to Winter is beautiful, and his snarky side is my spirit animal. Thorn *swoon!*, the captain. He never takes himself seriously and I LIVED for his witty one-liners. Wolf, the protector. He was always my least favourite of the four until this book. He’s beautiful. And the way he and Scarlet were together turned my heart to mush.

Every one of their relationships had a different dynamic and were all so cute and squishy and I love them all.

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Plot pacing and resolution

Winter is a HUGE book. 823 pages by my book’s count. So I was suuuuuper worried it was going to reach a point toward the middle where it dragged. But it didn’t, and I love Meyer so much for writing something so exciting and engaging that moved forward at the perfect pace, with a fantastic balance of conflict and resolution. As each plot point came to an end, I desperately tried to pace out the remaining pages, but I couldn’t hold back. I HAD to know what happened next.

The time on Lunar is so unlike anything seen in the previous books, and the mutated form of letumosis was terrifying. I was legit worried when that hit the pages. This book is a strength on it’s own, even without its predecessors (though obviously you have to read those to know what’s going on) and like the previous books, the take on its fairytale namesake is so unique to the world Meyer has built.

There are scenes in this book (the whole series, really) that are so vivid they stick with you long after the book is over. I keep seeing flashes of Winter, covered in ice. Of Cinder in Artemesia Lake, and Scarlet and Wolf’s reunion.  Of the new letumosis strain, and Emperor Kai’s smile, and the great domes that protect each of the sectors on Lunar’s surface.

*sigh*

After waiting so long for it to finally be over, the (very satisfying) ending came way too quickly.

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Character relatability

One of the things I fangirl so much over, it how awesomely Meyer writes her characters. They all feel so different to each other, and there’s never a moment where they behave out of character, despite being a multi-POV story. The consistency is incredible, and the depth each character has makes them feel like real people you know and love. Cinder is clever and determined. Scarlet is headstrong and fiery. Cress is cute and uncertain, and Winter and her hallucinations are on point.

This pretty much sums me up:

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If you haven’t read this series I suggest you get on it NOW. You’re mission out on so much. It’s a series I will read again and again and again… (you get it). I’m not really a Sci Fi girl, but this is the perfect mix of Sci Fi and fairytale that it just works.

Meyer is a genius. There’s nothing more I can say.

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Heather is attempting to get through WIP3, while looking after a demanding job, husband, and one year old. See her fangirl tweeting here.

 

 

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