5 Things About Winter by Marissa Meyer

February 20, 2016 Review 38 ★★★★½

5 Things About Winter by Marissa Meyer
Winter by Marissa Meyer
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Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Gift
Pages: 823
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Genres: Retelling, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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?

A massive conclusion (literally)

WINTER is the final book in The Lunar Chronicles which is one of my favourite sci fi series and at 823 pages, it truly is a massive conclusion. The entire series has been so much fun, but things were definitely stepped up in this finale. The characters had to face bigger challenges they’ve ever encountered so far, and not everything went to plan. Everyone had to really work for their happy ending, and there were some big consequences to deal with. The entire thing gave me a lot of feels. I really like how everything wrapped up.


So much sass

One of my favourite things about this series is the characters and their sass. All the characters have their own unique personalities, but their banter together is amazing. They really like to practice that sarcasm. As sarcasm is my main sense of humour, their antics bring me a lot of entertainment and joy.


I would have loved more from Winter’s POV

So much happened in WINTER that it would be hard to fit in more, but one thing I wish was included was more scenes from Winter’s POV. She was an incredibly intriguing character with her insanity. It was interesting to read about how she perceived the world and dealt with her unstable mentality, while still being such a good person.

Curse these couples

Romance plays a pretty decent part in this series (they are fairy tale retellings) and I honestly really like all the couples in this series. Every relationship is unique and developed in its own way, but every single one of them cause me intense feels and emotions at some point or another.


Yay for fairy tale elements!

Part of the fun of fairy tale retellings are all the nods to the original tales. CINDER had quite a few elements that everyone knows as Cinderella moments, but SCARLET and CRESS didn’t have quite so many obvious fairy tale scenes. And I dare say WINTER has the most fairy tale inspired scenes of them all. There were so many iconic Snow White moments in WINTER, it was great!

If you’re looking for fun fairy tale retellings with entertaining characters, I highly recommend The Lunar Chronicles. There’s good romance, plot twists that make you feel things, and plenty of moments that make you laugh. 

Rating Report
Overall: 4.5

38 Responses to “5 Things About Winter by Marissa Meyer”

    • Bec

      Binge reading is a great idea! They’re very interesting characters. I hope you enjoy them when you read them!

  1. Emily @ Loony Literate

    What was with the lack of Winter, though?? That was the only thing I didn’t like about it. Other than that, suchhhhh a good conclusion. I mean, those characters are just the best ever. Love their sass :)

    • Bec

      I think it’s just because there was so much plot to develop and Winter wasn’t always central to it all. But still. I really just wanted Winter to be in more scenes, she was so interesting.

      The sass is so good.

    • Bec

      I loved all the characters and really wanted more of all of them haha. I’m hoping to buy Stars Above in the next couple of weeks :D

  2. Emma

    I haven’t even started this series. I first started Cinder ages ago and I couldn’t get into it! Mayb I should try it again. I’m so pleased that it’s been such an amazing series and conclusion. Great post, Bec. :)

    • Bec

      It’s a series that got better with each instalment, for me at least, so I’m definitely going to encourage you to give it another go!

      Thanks :)

  3. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Ah! this was SUCH a lovely end to an amazing series! Like you, sarcasm and sass are basically a first language to me so I adored the humor and banter too! I also loved Winter right away and wish we could have gotten to know her even better – though I suppose it was was inevitable considering all the characters that were already in play and required resolutions. The ships were ALL shippable and I love them all to pieces ♥ Awesome review my friend xx
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    • Bec

      It was! Winter was great, it’s such a shame she didn’t appear properly until the last book. She was so fascinating.

      Thanks :D

    • Bec

      There was so much going on in Winter that I’m not surprised Winter didn’t get overly much page time, but I want to know more about her. She’s so fascinating.

    • Bec

      Cress was my favourite book in the series, but Winter wasn’t far behind! I hope you enjoy Winter when you read it :D

  4. ShootingStarsMag

    I have this and I really really need to get on it and read it soon, even though it IS really long. I”m sure I’ll be dying for more by the end. Yay for Snow White inspired moments in Winter, even if Winter herself doesn’t get enough point of view time. I suppose it must be difficult by the end – with all these other characters roaming around. haha

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    • Bec

      That you do! I really just wanted to know more about Winter. She was so fascinating. It would have been very hard to give her time when there was so much plot to develop.

  5. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    My thoughts exactly Bec. This was such a satisfying and wonderfully written conclusion. The romances were all absolutely wonderful, and the character growth was fantastic. Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥
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  6. Jee Ann @ The Book Tales

    BEEEEEEEEEEECCCCCCCCC!!! Ugh, this review has finally done me in – I will read this series. I was never a fan of space opera-ish stuff, although I read a few, but but but I love reading about groups of awesome people with issues and overcoming them, and I love reading about fight scenes, wars, revolutions, and I love retellings, too! I am so doomed. I will become destitute! I must have this series!
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    • Bec


      I don’t think I classify this as space opera-ish? IDK. It’s mostly set on a futuristic earth and is so interesting. I hope you enjoy the books when yo get to reading them!

  7. Lonna | FLYLēF

    I just picked Winter up from the library. It gave me a nice little arm workout! 800+ pages! I must say, I think my biceps are looking a bit firmer. Ha ha. I love this whole series! I’m excited to start Winter. I look forward to the sarcastic dynamic between the group.
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    • Bec

      OMG yAAASSSSSS Cresswell scenes were so good. I can’t even. They’re my number one OTP in the series. I cannot wait to see what happens in Stars Above!

  8. Anissa @ She Reads Too Much

    AHHH, this sounds amazing! Sarcasm? Crew? Romance? Fairytale? SASS? HELLO it basically has “Anissa” written all over it! I can’t wait to continue this series. I have them all waiting for me to binge read them on my shelf hehhe. Great review, and I’m so glad that the series concluded so well!

  9. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    WOAH, this really is a long book, sheesh. Probably could have been in two parts, haha XD

    I am terrible, and still haven’t read Cress *hides* I just feel like maybe I don’t love this series as much as everyone else? I mean, I gave both Cinder and Scarlet four stars, but I’ve had Cress for over a year now, and I have absolutely zero motivation to read it :/ Maybe I should re-read the first two to get back into the world and the characters and whatnot.

    Anyway, Winter sounds like a great conclusion, and I’m glad you liked it so much, Bec :D
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    • Bec

      It was massive! And split into two parts or so haha.

      CRESS IS MY FAVOURITE! Maybe you’re just not in the right mood for it? It would be great to binge read though if you ever do feel the need to delve into them :)

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