Release Date: November 10th 2015
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon
❝ 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?❞
Because Winter is an all-round well-written book, it’s hard to point out specific aspects that I loved. For one, it’s a thrilling read, packed with action and tension, which gives you the sensation of needing to know what happens next. The action was interspersed with emotional conversations, character development and comic relief. As with the other books in the series, Winter contained a lot of amusing scenes, that often made me smile.
The book also contained two new additions to the list of protagonists: Winter and Jacin. I adored Winter from the get-go. While she’s quirky and kind, she’s equally as crazy. I cared a little less about Jacin, perhaps because he had the least character-depth out of all the protagonists. I still rooted for him and Winter though, especially since their relationship was rooted in friendship and developed from there on into something more.
I did feel as though the poisoned apple and sleeping curse were a bit rushed. I did not fear for Winter for even a minute, because the issue was solved so quickly and efficiently. However, this is only a tiny gripe, for it was original and interesting nonetheless how Meyer incorporated the original fairy tale of Snow White.
What I thought was particularly well executed in this book, was how much (individual) attention all the characters got. There was room for character development and more than enough swoon-worthy scenes between couples. Moreover, by switching up which characters were together at a particular point in the story, the events and interactions between characters stayed diverse and interesting.
Last but not least, the ending was climatic and satisfying. It tied up the series perfectly, without leaving loose ends. And naturally, it ended with a happy ending, as befits a fairy tale. Nonetheless, I know I’ll miss The Lunar Chronicles terribly!