Monday, November 16, 2015

Book Review: Winter (YA) & Giveaway!


Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

Goodreads Summary:
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?

My Review:
This book exceeded my expectations. I was worried that there would be loose ends at the conclusion of this series. I need not have been concerned. Marissa Meyer wrapped up everything for everyone, including Adri and Pearl, who I'd kind of forgotten about, and Jacin's parents.

Readers of the series have a general idea of what will happen in this book, but it was not as predictable as I had thought it would be. There are many twists and turns with the plot that kept me guessing. It's a pretty chaotic story, but that is part of the charm of these books. I loved reading about the next mess that Cinder got everyone into.

In my excitement for the revolution Cinder had promised at the end of Cress, I had forgotten that this book would also be a re-telling of Snow White. Once again Marissa Meyer provide her mastery. That story was woven into the overall plot so beautifully. Jacin and Winter were so adorable. They reminded me of Katniss and Gale from The Hunger Games.

All of the couples were so enjoyable to read. I loved all the little moments and acts of love amid the craziness going on around them. The beauty of this book is really in the details. All of my questions were answered and more. And Iko was completely equal to the other characters, which made me so happy, as she is one of my favorites.

The story is told from many different points of view. It seemed like everyone had at least a chapter. I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. It's all in third person, so I didn't find it confusing at all.

There were a couple of points in the plot where things were happening very quickly, and I got a little lost. And the timing seemed off at the beginning of the story, but the general pacing of the story was great. It's a long book, but it moves along quickly. I was captivated the whole time.

I am glad I read Fairest before reading this book. Meyer fills in the holes a little with mention of some of the back story from that book, but reading it gave me a fuller picture of it all.

I'm sad this series is over because I love all of these characters so much. But I'm glad it ended well. I will definitely be listening to this book, and the others in the series, again and again. And I really hope they make them into movies soon.

My Rating: 5 Stars
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Giveaway:
Enter below to win my copy of Winter. Since I don't own the other books in the series, I don't really need to keep my copy. I just needed to read it ASAP and couldn't wait for the library hold.


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15 comments:

  1. Hey there! I've been following along for a while and it's time I de-lurk :-P Like you, I'm also a native Buffalonian/WNYer :) Have you listened to the audiobook versions of this series? I think I prefer the actual printed versions, because I wasn't crazy over the narrator's voice.

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    1. Hi! Thanks for reading. :)

      I read the first three books in print, and then I listened to the audiobooks. I didn't like the narrator the first time, but the second time through (in prep for Winter), I didn't dislike her as much.

      I wanted to read Winter in print first though, so I could get through it at the pace I wanted. And it was nice to not have the narrator's voice clouding my vision of the characters/story. I'll listen to the audiobook in the future though. I can focus better on re-reads when it's audio.

      Did you enter the giveaway? I saw your tweet. Thanks for spreading the word. Good luck!

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  2. Love to hear this installment is great. Especially that things get wrapped up and isn't as predictable as you would think. Can't wait to get the audio from the library now!! Great review!

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    1. Thanks! I am having a hard time picking my next book. Winter is a hard one to follow. :) Enjoy it when you get it!

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  3. This review is so spot-on to how I felt! All of the couples and characters got such great closure. I've never read such a perfect series-ender, I think. Everyone kind of knew what was going to happen to tie everything up, but the 800+ page ride was totally amazing and unpredictable in other ways. The Snow White elements were so perfect, too!!

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    1. Yay! Glad you enjoyed it as well. I was wondering if I missed anything - some detail she didn't wrap up that I forgot about it. I was raving to my husband all day yesterday about how great it was. I am really trying to get him to read the series. I think he'd enjoy it despite all the romance. We'll see if he ever listens to them. I hope so. :) I want him to be a fan when the movies hopefully, someday get made.

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  4. Glad you liked it, thanks for the review! I personally still need to catch up on the series, and have been planning on binge reading it since all books are already out. :) Thanks for the chance!

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    1. I read the first three after Cress was published, and I'm glad I only had to wait for the last book. It's definitely a binge-worthy series. Enjoy! And good luck in the raffle.

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  5. I have not yet read it, but I am looking forward to it!

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  6. I read Fairest also and it really did revealed a lot about how evil was created. I'm holding out on Winter so I could dedicate my time to it!

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    1. Yes. I'm glad I read it. Good plan. Savor Winter. I read it so fast. I need to listen to the audiobook soon to savor it. I always rush through sequels and then enjoy listening to them the second time. :)

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  7. I haven't read it, I can't wait, i am waiting for a good history, sassy girls, cute romance, etc, etc
    Your review give hopes, i have read it many good reviews, i want read it soon :)

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    1. Alena, the whole series is so good! I think Cress (book 3) is still my favorite.

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