Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling
"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?"
Well. This was it. I was dying to get my hands on it, and Winter did not disappoint. I was up and down, heart racing. I was hurrying, and skipping through it, and of course -- having to go back and reread passages. I was ADD so bad reading this book, it was like I didn't know what to do with myself. It was SO worth it though.
I will say I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about Winter herself, with her being a little off her rocker. But I really like her! There were moments when I almost liked her more than Cinder... Cinder had her moments when she was a little too Selene in this one, if you know what I mean. I wanted her to go back to being old Cinder. Don't worry, she pulls through in the end and I fully support her decisions and the conclusions and the happily ever afters. But there were some rough patches in the middle there, when I was worried about her...
It was a little easier to discern the fairy tale structure beneath this one, than in Cress and Scarlet, too, which I liked. Cress and Scarlet were more in principle (Cress with the long blond hair being trapped in the satellite/tower; Scarlet and the big bad wolf) with the fairy tales. Winter has a couple more events in line with the Snow White fairy tale, more reminiscent of the Cinder story line. I definitely appreciated those parallels being interwoven in this one, because I was disappointed that they were pretty lacking in Scarlet and Cress!
I was a little annoyed with MM though because she would just abandon characters for hundreds of pages. I mean, I didn't know what was up with certain people for really long periods of time. I guess I can assume they're just fine until you tell me otherwise MM, but I don't like that life. I don't like you springing surprises on me. Yeah, you know which one I'm talking about. It's a lot to juggle with so many characters, but if you would just freaking keep them together, you wouldn't have this problem!
I love all my favorites in this book: Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne. They were just as wonderful in this book as they were in the other books. I'm still more attached to Cress and Thorne though. I just love them so much. Cress being so new to people and Thorne being such a charmer. Favorites.
(I went on a little Kai rant in my previous review, but don't worry. He won me over with flying covers on about page 27. If I had to have a boy rant in this book, it would be about Jacin. All my annoyance was pinned on him in this one. Apparently I can never be pleased. Also, it wasn't until I had a conversation out loud with my friend that his name is a freaking misspelling of the name Jason. WHAT THE HECK MM?! I've been saying Jah-sin in my head this whole time.)
5 out of 5 stars. I'm so sad it's over. Are you sure there aren't any more, MM?
EDIT: There are some short stories!! In a whole other book! Eeek!