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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark 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 LPrincess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark 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? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer's national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series....

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Winter Reviews

  • Emily May
    2018-11-07 03:02

    “She was prettier than a bouquet of roses and crazier than a headless chicken. Fitting in was not an option.”And... I've finished! *sob*The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of Lunar Chronicles. After finally giving in and picking up Scarlet, even though I hated Cinder, I just haven't been able to get enough of this series. And this longass final installment was a heart-pounding, fast-paced finale.You know, I actually checked and this is the longest YA book I have ever read at over 820 pages, the second longest being Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 766 pages. I was a bit concerned seeing as I generally think any YA book over 500 pages feels too long, but I needn't have worried. I flew through this monster.I've come to the conclusion that I really like how Meyer balances retelling with the traditional story. She gets the amount of each just right, changing up enough to keep it surprising and exciting, but slotting in many parallels to the original stories that often catch me by surprise and make me smile.I also love how far the relationships have come. Lots of funny and touching dynamics, lots of great friendships to remind us that romance isn't everything. In Winter, I loved the title character so much. In addition to the brave, level-headed Cinder, the fiery Scarlet, and the sweet, intelligent Cress, we now have Ms beautiful and crazy. Each character is very different, but important in her own way, and together they make a funny, lovable team.The book wraps up very well, delivering a dramatic and bloody climax. There are many close calls, lots of action, and lots of crazy. As I've said about the previous two books: this might not be great literature, but it sure is a rush of wild excitement.And can we all just take a moment to talk about how great Thorne is? I compared him to Gilderoy Lockhart in my review of the last book and he is still my favourite character. He's just so hilarious and ridiculous... in the best way.Thorne scoffed. “Careful is my middle name. Right after Suave and Daring.”“Do you even know what you're saying half the time?” asked Cinder.***“A kiss from the Captain would probably melt my central processor.”Thorne winked at her. “Oh trust me. It would.”I am such a fangirl. Now I just need to read Stars Above during the long wait for Heartless.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store

  • Dana
    2018-11-02 01:52

    *Sees release date*

  • Kat O'Keeffe
    2018-10-28 06:58

    THIS WAS AMAZING! It was exactly what I wanted from a series finale--epic, intense, emotional, and satisfying! Just like with the previous books, I loved the world, the characters, the story, and the writing. This is one of my favorite series of all time, and I'm so so happy with this beautiful conclusion!If you like sci-fi, fairy tale retellings, or you just want to read an epic & satisfying series--YOU NEED THE LUNAR CHRONICLES IN YOUR LIFE!

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    2018-10-25 07:06

    I’m going to miss these little train wrecks. I’m going to miss the banter between Cinder and Thorne. I’m going to miss all the relationships & friendships. I’m going to miss my sassy queen Iko. I'm going to miss this series so much. AHHH. THIS IS ALL JUST SO BITTERSWEET. WOW.UPDATE - Full video review here: https://youtu.be/KIcWKgTN294

  • Christine Riccio
    2018-10-29 04:04

    WHAT A FANTASTIC FINALE!!!!!! I LOVED IT. HERE'S My full review/ discusison booktalk! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaaxw...

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    2018-11-14 05:57

    After finishing the last page, I got a little teary. From finishing not only a fantastic book, but also one of my favourite series. I don't really know what to do now...

  • Angela
    2018-11-13 01:57

    *** MARISSA MEYER IS FINISHED WITH WINTER!! ***TEASERS (from Marissa Meyer's Twitter):She screamed like a thousand birds were picking at her flesh. She screamed like the palace was burning down around her.“Hold these wires and make sure they don’t touch.”“What happens if they touch?”“The ship will probably self-destruct.”She was going to have to train herself not to stare at him quite as often as she was used to. That would be no easy task.“May I request a new uniform? A towel seems inappropriate for the position.”She was a danger to his hard-earned neutrality. Thinking about her tended to give him an unwanted hitch in his lungs.“We have had word that some political groups are calling for the forced abdication of Emperor Kaito.""Being raised on Luna seems to really mess people up. She wouldn’t be the lovable cyborg we’ve all come to adore."“They’re the first crew I’ve ever had, and most of them even call me Captain. I’m going to miss them.”When they arrived, they arrived in force—a dozen military ships surrounding the safe house, guns drawn.Her whole body was wound up tight. She was ready to storm the palace herself—an army of one.It did not feel like home. It felt like a place that had been built to be paradise, but had become a prison.“Greenwich is a funny word, isn’t it? All green and witchy. Like soup.”Fear was a weakness in the court. Much better to act unperturbed. Much safer to act crazy, when in doubt.In a moment of weakness, he craned his head and kissed her on the shoulder, where the drop of blood had fallen before.He laughed, like someone had stabbed him in the chest and he had no other choice but to find it amusing.She was prettier than a bouquet of roses and crazier than a headless chicken. Fitting in was not an option.“Oh, stars. I don’t know his real name. How can I not know his real name? What kind of alpha mate am I?”"She definitely has a crush on you. It’s about the size of Jupiter.”She had the bone structure of a bird. Wolf probably could have crushed her with his fingertips."You’re a good guy, Thorne.” She paused. “Well, you have your moments." "People do not put their faith in phantoms.”“I expected palm trees and red carpets,” said Iko, brow drawn in a show of severe disappointment.“Right now, a kiss is the going rate for near-death experiences. It’s kind of a point system.”She still looked furious, but now she also looked a little intimidated. Not intimidated enough, but a little.“I don’t hear anything.”“Exactly. That’s what happens when you *stop talking*.”Over a dozen thaumaturges were stationed around the room. It was almost like the queen expected someone to start trouble.Being tyrannized by Levana had a way of making allies of enemies."I intend to put an end to the rumors of the darling Princess Selene once and for all.”Levana already wanted her dead. She couldn’t very well want her *more* dead.If she’d learned anything from Thorne, it was that sometimes gumption was all a person really needed to be heroic.“You are a child playing at war games,” he said, “and you’re too naive to realize that you’ve already lost.”“All I ever wanted were two legs, ten fingers, and perfect hair. Is that really so much to ask?”“But I forgot my ball gown on Earth.” “Don’t worry. You wouldn’t want to get blood all over it anyway.”Instead of being pieced together with wires and steel, these creatures were a jigsaw of muscle tissue and cartilage.***"Winter is the evil queen's stepdaughter. She's lived on Luna in the palace but grown up with her stepmother and seen how, when Levon uses her lunar powers, it's turned her into such a tyrant. Winter has decided never to use her lunar gift. But when a lunar chooses not to use their gift, it slowly starts to drive them crazy, so Winter is afflicted with bad hallucinations, and as the book goes on, her mental state is slowly deteriorating."***"Book Four: WINTER is based on Snow White, where we will finally get to see the world of the Lunars."THE WORLD OF LUNARS!***... the moon?o_o

  • Etnik
    2018-10-27 02:02

    WINTER IS GOALS.LOVED EVERY SECOND SPENT READING THIS.A MASTERPIECE.

  • Kayla
    2018-10-21 22:51

    Marissa Meyer in Interview: (paraphrased)"Winter decided not to use her Lunar gift. She experiences bad hallucinations and her mental state is deteriorating."ME:Winter is going to be such an interesting character I'm so excited! After Reading Cress So, without too many spoilers, I'm just going to leave this little exchange here: Winter:"You shouldn't call me crazy. They don't like that." Other Character:"But you are!" Winter:"I know that I am. Do you know how I know? Because the walls of the palace have been bleeding for years and no one else can see it. ...If the blood was real, the servants would've cleaned it up by now, don't you think?"And my reaction:FAVORITE CHARACTER STATUS ACHIEVEDWHY DOESN'T THIS BOOK EXIST YET UPDATE Wow much likes. Many surprise. Such happy. Amaze. I'm really sorry for using doge like I am in college what am I even doing. But seriously thanks for all the likes, guys! I'm glad you enjoy my overly excited gif extravaganza. :)

  • Katerina
    2018-11-10 01:49

    “Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”Once Upon a Time, there was a lonely girl who dreamed too much. Her name was Katerina. She used to gaze at the sky and observe the faint light of the moon. One night, she watched a falling star and made a wish. She wished that she would belong. Escape. Travel. Feel. Little did she know that her heart's desire was about to be granted. For when the star landed on Earth, it took a woman's form. In some stories they call her the fairy god-mother. In this one, they call her Marissa Meyer.“She's our princess. And she's coming home.”Marissa Meyer searched for the best way to make wishes come true, but the answer was simple. Her words, her words would be a gift to mankind. She chose to narrate the classic tales everyone loved from a different angle, adding space and androids and plagues and monsters. Adding diverse heroes and heroines, characters of different color and weight and height and backround. Adding strong friendships, sweet romances, vivid adventuress, loathsome villains and a handful of stardust. And she created The Lunar Chronicles. She created Winter.“Invade Luna. Start a rebellion. End a war.”Katerina found in Winter everything she ever wanted. She read about Snow White, who was beautiful and kind, crazy and delusional, who hallucinated and sang eerie songs, who was in love with her best friend and guard. She read about Cinder, who tried to be brave and make difficult desicions that would result in sacrifices and bloodbath in order to take her throne back. About Scarlet, fierce and bold and determined Scarlet, who felt that she didn't fit in until she found her home in the face of a predator, a killer. About Cress, who dreamed about happily ever afters and pretended she was a hero from a movie when she was afraid, and didn't realize how valuable she was. These four girls were different, but were bound together by a common goal and a friendship that didn't know planets and social status.“Help me. Fight for me. And I will be the first ruler in the history of Luna who will also fight for you.”She also read about Kai, who was smart and selfless and put the welfare of his people above his own happiness. About Wolf, who was savage and murderous but also a soft cupcake who fought for his humanity. About Thorne, who was funny and cocky and didn't believe he was a hero until a strange girl turned his world upside down with her faith in him. About Jacin, who was intimidating and cold, eager to do anything for his princess. Four boys, four girls and one android. Katerina loved them all, for their strangeness and their flaws, their loyalty and their hearts. Her own heart broke when they were seperated, when they were forced to do terrible things or went through terrible things. She shed tears of joy and tears of sadness.She laughed until her stomach hurt.“Thorne scoffed. “Careful is my middle name. Right after Suave and Daring.”“Do you even know what you're saying half the time?” asked Cinder.” She followed them through riots and executions, battles and toe-curling kisses, powerful declarations and hilarious banters. She did find Winter a little long, but stars above! a part of her didn't want it to end. She hated goodbyes.“They're the first crew I've ever had and most of them even call me Captain. I'm going to miss them.”Once Upon a Time, Katerina finished Winter. She held the book against her heart and looked at the sky. There it was. A Rampion, whose passengers were a mechanic and an emperor, a farmer and a soldier, a hacker and a smuggler, a princess and a guard. They looked down and smiled at her. She smiled back. She was not alone.✨ Cinder review✨ Scarlet review✨ Cress review

  • Zoë
    2018-10-20 23:46

    4.5/5A great conclusion for such a wonderful series! A TAD underwhelmed by the ending, but it was action packed and all of my little babies ended up where I wanted them, so I'm happy!

  • Steph Sinclair
    2018-11-11 00:59

    I just love how Snow White will be a person of color. Totally wasn't expecting that. Is it Winter yet?

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2018-10-23 01:49

    RE-READ AUDIO 2017. This narrator nailed it! 💕MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading ListI CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S OVER! I was so happy with the way this book went and the way it ended. Well, one part made me sad. There were parts that I wanted to yell, throw things, hulk smash, off with heads and so forth and so on, but I digress. I don't want to give out any kind of spoilers since so many people are reading this book right now or are going to be reading. So, this review is going to be filled with some excerpts from the book and pictures because that's what I want to do. Enjoy!I loved the dynamics between all of the characters. Each character in this book brings something to the table and have their own story and form of bad areseness! Not one minute did this book get boring. Everything in the book was layered in a perfect way, but this is just my opinion. I had one part I wished could have been more revenge filling for me, but as most of those that read my reviews, know I'm into the hulk smash, wipe the floor with them kind of revenge.. but I'm still happy :) •••••••••••••• EXCERPTS •••••••••••••"Did I tell you I saw snow when I was on Earth?"Winter stopped walking, her eyes going wide. "Real Snow?""Hello, friend." Winter knelt in front of Scarlet's cage. "Hello, crazy," said Scarlet.••••••••Scarlet unzipped her hoodie, trying to cool her burning skin. "Why does the queen want to kill you?" "She believes I'm a threat to her crownScarlet snorted, an exhausted sound that didn't carry half as much derision as it should have. "Really? Has she ever heard you talk?"••••••••••••"I knew you were in love with him." Winter tapped her fingers against her elbow. "I can't understand why no one ever listens to me." Scarlet glared, but there was no ire behind it. "You're right, Winter. It's a complete mystery.""Citizens of Luna, I ask that you stop what you're doing to listen to this message. My name is Selene Blackburn. I am the daughter of the late Queen Channary, niece to Princess Levana, and the rightful heir to Luna's throne."••••••••••••••••"I am guilty of the crimes you listed," she said. "Kidnapping and conspiracy and all the rest of it. But these are nothing compared to the crime you committed thirteen years ago. If there is anyone in this room who is guilty of royal treason, it is the woman sitting on that throne." She fixed her eyes on Levana. "My throne."••••••••••••••••"Fine," said Jacin, turning to Thorne. "You want to carry her first or shall I?"Thorne raised an eyebrow. "Do you know how heavy she is?" Cinder kicked him. He huffed. "Fine. You first.••••••••••••••••Scarlet leaned against the regolith wall. "My father was a liar and a drunk. My mother left when I was a kid and never looked back. I witnessed a man kill my grandmother and then rip out her throat with his teeth. I was kept in a cage for six weeks. I was forced to cut off my own finger. I'm pretty sure I'm falling in love with a guy who has been genetically modified and mentally programmed to be a predator. So all things considered, I'd say I have a fair amount of scattered pieces myself."••••••••••••••••••"Fight with me," she said, when enough time had passed and neither she nor Scarlet had been devoured. "I will not control you. I will not torture you. Help me end Levana's rule and we will all have our freedom."Alpha Strom met the eyes of a handful of soldiers-the other alphas, she presumed-before fixing a penetrating look on her. "I cannot speak for the entire regiment," he finally said, "but I will accept your offer. If you swear to never control us as they have done, my pack will fight for your revolution."Some of the men nodded. Others growled, but Winter thought it was a growl of agreement. In response, she lifted her nose to the cavern ceiling and howled.•••••••• END EXCERPTS •••••••••••This book was a joy and I will miss reading further adventures, but the wonderful thing about books... we can always come back to them. FOR RYU......

  • William
    2018-10-24 05:14

    AFTER READINGI write this review 3 months after finishing the book to give me the space to think about why I was so disappointed by this book so much. This review is definitely not representative of the majority opinion, and one I never expected to hold before reading this book. Don't get me wrong though. I was SO EXCITED for this book as it was the conclusion to what is a wonderful series. Maybe I was expecting too much, or perhaps I have changed as a person since reading the first three books, but this book fell flat on so many levels.1. At a stunning 824 pages, Winter is a book lover's dream book size, especially when the book is [insert positive adjective here]. When I found out how long the book was, I was so ready to enjoy and savor each page. Rather, I found myself lost, annoyed, and dissatisfied. The problem lied in that there was too much going on. Despite the immense page length + because of the cumulative nature of the series, it felt like the 8 main characters were fighting for page time to the point that no character had much/any development. The strength of this series lies in the characters vs. the plot. The strength in a fairy tale comes not from the predictability of the plot where good will always triumph, but from the characters you meet along the way. The plot, instead of giving the characters the space to grow, became the centerpiece of Winter. (don't get me wrong though. some books can pull off being centered on plot, but Winter is not one of them)2. This book was supposed to be about Princess Winter based off the title. But was it really though? Because I clearly did not see it. I loved the character of Princess Winter, but felt like no attention was given at all to her. Even worse, it felt like she was simply a means to advance the plot. So much potential ... and it was wasted. ^ this is a point building off my first point where the character of Winter felt like an additional tack to be tacked on to a series burgeoning with such rich characters.3. disclaimer: I am a sucker for romance, but literally ALL the main characters were paired up by the end. 4 couples. It is to the point where the romance felt too constructed and forced (to be honest).4. Wolf. Love the character, but because of the aforementioned problem of too many things going on, his character's journey felt so ... anticlimactic. There was this huge buildup throughout the entire novel over Wolf ... and then his journey and change ends up not serving any actual purpose or character development. Wolf, the character, fell victim to the plight of plot for plot's sake (the worst).5. (view spoiler)[This book was essentially a cycle of characters being captured and held hostage by Levana (hide spoiler)] LOL.6. Death in books usually need to serve a purpose for me, but there was just so much senseless death in this book that honestly did not make any sense. Rather than feeling remorse, sadness, regret, etc. I instead felt confusion and had the reaction of, "huh" "like why". (view spoiler)[There is a literal massacre of the Lunar people where the violence and death reach a point of ludicrosity. And even worse, it is not even talked about or a major concern to Cinder or the other main characters ... (hide spoiler)]7. Cinder, the main character of this entire series, did not feel like the Cinder I grew to love over the course of this series!! 8. This book is SO lookist. This was my biggest contention with the author. >:/ *commence rant* (view spoiler)[The end of the book makes it seem like Levana should be dethroned NOT because she has committed genocide, or tried and successfully killed thousands, if not millions of people through biowarfare, or even the other countless crimes that she has committed. NOPE. Levana should be dethroned because she is ... (wait for it) ugly. !!! LITERALLY WHAT !!! The main characters attack her lack of beauty and scars as if they are her main flaw. Well, I argue that they shouldn't be a flaw AT ALL. One of the main messages of the book was that everyone had inner beauty no matter what they looked like - whether they had "strange" wolf-like features or a ... mechanical arm. But that clearly flew out the window when writing this book. -_- (hide spoiler)] *end rant*sad right now at the unfulfilled potential of a conclusion that could have done this incredible series justice. -W out.BEFORE READINGARE YOU SERIOUS?!!! 2015?! 1 whole year. BRB CRYING.1 whole year without this conclusion that I DESPERATELY need. 1 more year. *gasp* NEED MORE CINDER AND KAI. NEED MORE OF THIS SERIES. *gasping*["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2018-11-16 04:10

    Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsI've been a champion of THE LUNAR CHRONICLES for years now. I saw CINDER featured for months and months on Fantastic Fiction (b/c before I started using Goodreads), and I was simultaneously intrigued and horrified by the concept of a sci-fi YA retelling of a fairy tale. Honestly, I don't remember what finally convinced me to pick it up. I was just glad I did.Now I'm not so sure. The first two books were fantastic, and while I wasn’t quite as fond of the third, it wasn’t awful.BUT.After finishing WINTER, I added two new bookshelves (a record) to my Goodreads collection:1. you-should-be-ashamed-of-yourself2. are-you-effing-kidding-meWhy?For a multitude of reasons. And for the second time this year (though for very different reasons), this will be a two-part review--a nonspoilery review first, followed by a spoiler-tagged RANT.I hate WINTER, Part I:1. Unexplained plot threads.Threads. As in plural. I can only talk about one here, but there are many more, and two of them are HUGE. Meyer got away without having to focus on the romantic evolution of most of her MC couples in WINTER. Cinder and Kai have been around since book 1. Scarlet and Wolf, almost as long, plus Wolf’s animal instincts make it believable. Winter and Jacin, b/c they’ve loved each other FOREVER. Cress and Thorne? Not so much. Cress has very real, very legitimate issues with Thorne and his incorrigible need to flirt with any and all present females, and Thorne is a life-long womanizer. But these obstacles never get directly addressed. We're just supposed to accept that Cress is "different" and Thorne really has changed, without any concrete evidence to support those claims. Call me cynical, but I'd learned that lesson by the time I was twenty.2. Winter and Jacin feel like guests in their own story.I didn't go back and do the math, but I'd guess that only 5 - 10% of this monster was spent on Winter and Jacin as a couple. I'll grant you that the time spent on their coupleness was fantastic. I'll even say that it was as fantastic as the stuff we saw with Scarlet and Wolf (my personal favorite couple). BUT. These moments were so few and far between that they were completely overwhelmed by ALL THE OTHER THINGS. In the end, I was convinced their love was real. I just didn't care.3. ALL THE OTHER THINGS.There was entirely too much happening in this book. I don't know if Meyer couldn't maintain the quality of writing we've become accustomed to, or if she was frazzled from trying to fit everything in, but WINTER was choked with clumsily handled side plots.Parts of the story evolution are so lazy, it's almost like Meyer expected the leftover adrenaline from all the BAD THINGS, the one area where she continued to excel (unexpectedly dropping truly horrible obstacles on our MCs), to carry us right over the discrepancies. And for a lot of people that probably worked. BUT. Not me.4. EXTREME repetition for added shock factor.I almost DNF-ed this book. I was 80% into it, but I did not care, I was ready to take all 800+ pages to the shooting range and use it for target practice. Why?B/c I was so over Lunars taking control of 1/2 of our MC couples and making them try to kill the other half. YES. I get it. Lunars SUCK. They will steal your free will and make you do really bad stuff. LIKE KILL YOUR FRIENDS or your ONE TRUE LOVE. ALSO, death was constantly imminent. Someone(s) would get captured, execution would be inevitable, HA HA, just kidding! Escape, wheeeeeeee! Over and over and OVER again.5. How the end played out (and this is my NUMERO UNO problem, FYI):This isn't really a spoiler, but if you're one of those readers who wants to go into a book completely blind, I'd skip this part. Actually, if you're one of those types of readers, I'd avoid reviews entirely. Anyway, Levana is pure evil. We know this. We've known this for a looooooong time. She has done so many horrible, shocking, despicable things, and she is CRAZY. She has to die. The end. The question is how to do it? How do we take down this master of bioelectricity manipulation? The possibilities are endless.So imagine my surprise and OUTRAGE when a huge part of that plan involves revealing to the world what Levana looks like underneath that veil.I call:And I'm furious all over again. I'm furious b/c I HATE Levana, and I'm furious that I have to be outraged on her behalf. I'm furious b/c what in the effing hell is the point of having a cyborg mechanic for a princess, if you're going to have her go all Mean Girl on the crazy chick?B/c Levana is a rabid dog. You don't kick a rabid dog. You don't jeer and laugh at it b/c UGLY. You put it out of it's misery. The-effing-end.And that's it for the first portion of of my review. I can't adequately communicate how disappointing WINTER by Marissa Meyer is without spoilers, but I hope you at least get the gist. This is the worst last book in a previously beloved series I have ever encountered. I did not know it was possible to be this underwhelmed, this unhappily surprised, this ANGRY about a book from an author whose past work had been stellar. I’m undecided about whether or not the early installments warrant an overall recommendation. Your call. Ugh.I hate WINTER, Part II:NOT kidding, there are spoilers EVERYWHERE in there. DO NOT click unless you've already read the book, or have no intentions of ever doing so. (view spoiler)[1. Unexplained and DANGLING plot threads (in order of least to greatest importance, according to ME):The unidentified RAT. Yes, Cress was primarily responsible for all the spyware in Kai's palace, but no matter how great a hacker you are, you can't manifest cameras and listening devices in strategic locations. So how did they get there?I was convinced Torin had been brainwashed, but even without him being the culprit, someone else had to be. But who?I guess we'll never know.Iko's personality chip. This is how it went down: a. Garan's unnecessary software updates are mentioned, making it more than obvious that something is hinky. b. Uprising. c. Cinder unconscious for three days. d. Cinder wakes up and IMMEDIATELY calls for meeting of world powers, where she announces Garan's research is, and has always been, in Iko's wacky personality chip.Okay, fine. I'd pretty much guessed as much based the aforementioned OBVIOUS clue. BUT. Cinder never actually confirmed this speculation. And based on Iko's surprise at the announcement, it's clear Cinder didn't check it out off-page either.That's a NEAT trick.Wolf's (further) genetic modifications. Wolf spent his early years as one of Levana's super soldiers in constant fear that he'd fail somehow and end up back on the operating table. Everything he did from the time he woke up from his initial mods was in pursuit of avoiding the lot of the majority of his soldier brethren. B/c more animal than human. B/c slaves to instincts. B/c specifically created to be violent, remorseless killing machines. And when he woke up, I'll admit I was concerned. In fact, of ALL the Bad Things, this one upset me most. B/c LOVE Wolf. And his fear of this exact fate was palpable. But oh, look at that . . . He's pretty much the same Wolf he's always been except for a few cosmetic changes. Presumably b/c Scarlet (mate/alpha/blah/whatever), but who can really say, b/c Meyer certainly didn't. ALL that buildup, all that fear, all that pressure . . . all for nothing, apparently.2. ALL THE OTHER THINGS:I've already said waaaaay too much was happening in this book . . . Meyer got lazy. Some of that laziness is evident in the unresolved plot lines, but it's also a problem with various foreshadowings. In laying the groundwork for future plot twists, instead of the subtlety, the carefully inserted details that thrilled us in hindsight, we got this:“Why did I pass out?” Cinder interrupted. Crouching beside the couch, Jacin felt for the pulse in Cinder’s wrist. After a short silence, he let it drop down again. “Stress, probably, along with your physical reaction to having the portscreen connected to your”—he gestured to her general head area—“ computer thing.” “And you call me squeamish,” said Thorne. Cinder squinted. “I passed out from stress? That’s it?” “I believe the princess term is fainted,” said Thorne.Riiiiiight. After being completely submerged in water, after a 4+ story swan dive, she passed out b/c STRESS. Do I even need to address all the problems with this? How 'bout I limit it to this one: in the past, every, single time Cinder has passed out/come close to passing out, her computer brain exploded into a frenzy of cautions and warnings. BUT.Not this time. So somehow, I just wasn't surprised when it was later revealed that Cinder did in fact have something seriously wrong with her. Shades of Panem.That's pretty self-explanatory, but Luna, its outer districts and their function, the inability to communicate between the districts and thus rebel in force . . . It all felt strangely familiar . . . There were also RIDICULOUSLY overused plot devices. Like this:“I accept,” Cinder said, dazed. She kept hold of Levana’s trigger finger but allowed Levana to lower the gun. Cinder held out her hand and Levana stared at it for a moment before reaching forward and setting the gun into Cinder’s palm. In the same movement, she grabbed the forgotten knife and lurched forward, driving the blade into Cinder’s heart.Are. You. Effing kidding me? 3. EXTREME overuse of Lunar gifts for added shock factor: This primarily manifests in the utilization of mind control, which I already mentioned. What I couldn't say is that in quick succession, a random thaumaturge forces Scarlet to try to kill Wolf, AIMERY (the swine) forces Winter to try to strangle Jacin, and Levana forces Thorne to attack DAMN EVERYBODY, but especially Cress, whom he stabs IN THE GUT.And that's not the only time something like this happens, it's just the most memorable. SIDE NOTE: I've decided to add "No mind control" to my list of rules b/c it makes everything too damn easy. 4. Inconsistency:Winter. She is as CRAY as Levana, but in a far less nefarious way. Her crazy is self-inflicted, b/c she refuses--I mean absolutely refuses--to use her Lunar gift. Until she doesn't. Refuse, that is. Don't misunderstand, I didn't want her to kill Jacin. And if this was the only instance of inconsistency, I probably would've let it slide. But it wasn't.Jacin's parents weren't executed, as ordered. Again, it's not like I wanted his parents to die. But it's constantly reiterated that Levana does exactly what she says she's going to do. That's why Scarlet cut off her own finger. That's why Winter contemplated the uselessness of Dude-on-trial-for-rescuing/attempting-to-rescue-his-shell-child's begging for mercy for his family, b/c once Levana says they're to be killed/enslaved, that is what will happen. And yet, Jacin's parents escaped their fate b/c they'd conveniently relocated? LIKE THAT WOULD STOP HER. Especially when she went there herself to dose Winter with THE PLAGUE. Levana's complete and total meltdown b/c true appearance revealed. Let me see if I've got this right . . . Levana, so thoroughly insane and DETERMINED that she both convinces herself that she is the best woman for the job of Queen, then carries out various horrific plots to attain her selfless goal, just gives up when the world sees her real face? Is so distraught that she can barely control the most basic bioelectrical manipulations?Hmm . . . that's mighty convenient for Cinder . . . but somehow I'm not convinced.5. How the end played out:Seeing Levana on the palace steps was the first time Iko had ever seen the Lunar queen, and her scarred face made Iko wish she wasn’t immune to glamours. After years of hearing about the queen’s famous beauty, the truth had been something of a letdown. But the truth was out. Thanks to Cinder’s video, now everyone knew what lurked beneath the illusion.You know what I took away from this book? Winter is pretty. She's so, so pretty. She might be the prettiest girl in the world. And, BONUS, she's naturally pretty. Levana is ugly. So very ugly. Sickeningly ugly. B/c scarred in childhood trauma involving FIRE. You: How awful! Me: YES. It is.See, I went to school with a girl who had pulled a pot of boiling water on her head when she was a toddler, so I know exactly what that type of injury looks like. The rough, uneven scar tissue. The way that scar tissue pulls down the corner of your eye and mouth . . . It is permanent, it is (superficially) hideous, and even if she hadn't been one of the nicest people I'd ever met, I would NEVER have been able to bring myself to use such a tragic accident against her. Some things are beyond the pale.But Meyer made the results of a similar accident the main weakness of our sociopathic, megalomaniac villain. Our villain--whom I DESPISED, for a MULTITUDE of excellent reasons--but whose #1 goal in the midst of her madness was to be LOVED. So let's run her out of town b/c UGLY. That's definitely where our focus should be. Not on the scheming and machinations, not on the infanticide, the sororicide, not on commandeering her people's children for her army and her experiments, but on her scars. On her physical flaws. You disgust me.And I don't want to hear any, "How else could they have defeated her?" arguments. That's not my job. That was Meyer's job. And I think she failed. Miserably. (hide spoiler)]My other reviews for this series:Glitches (Lunar Chronicles 0.5)Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)The Queen's Army (Lunar Chronicles, #1.5)Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    2018-11-02 02:58

    3.75* if I'm being specificI really enjoyed this, it was a great action packed conclusion but boy was it long. It kind of felt like the same thing over and over again after a while. Honestly I wish Fairest hadn't happened and this had been split into 2 books instead. The ending was meh but overall this was a very enjoyable series!!

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    2018-11-12 04:09

    I'M NOT CRYING, YOU'RE CRYING

  • Natalie Monroe
    2018-10-24 02:02

    4.5 stars"I can't believe this is happening. I can't fight like this, or start a revolution, or be a queen. I can't do anything like this. I'm literally broken."Iko settled a hand on Cinder's shoulder. "Yeah, but broken isn't the same as unfixable."Winter isn't perfect. Marissa Meyer has some very big shoes to fill. Expectations are high, fans are passionate... but I do feel she left us with a largely satisfying ending.I know what a lot of non-readers are wondering: does it drag? Surprisingly, no. At 800+ pages, it starts fast and pulls no punches. Admittedly, it slows near the middle, but nowhere near enough to make me want to skip or put down the book.Some reviewers were upset with the repetition. Characters get captured, rescued, separated, then rinse and repeat. I disagree it isn't necessary. A revolution isn't easy and Meyer portrays the confusion and frustration nicely. What I think is unnecessary is what happens to Wolf after he's captured in the latter half. Why? Why does it happen? (view spoiler)[It doesn't affect his relationship with Scarlet or his personality. (hide spoiler)]My guess—and I'm pretty sure I'm right—is Meyer needed make some waves for the Scarlet/Wolf ship. Everyone else had their problems: Kai is supposed to marry Levana; Thorne and Cress are caught in that adorable, frustrating period of does-he-or-she-like-me?; and Winter is a freaking princess while Jacin is a lowly guard. A lot of pressure for nothing.So, new characters: [Jacin:] "She wants to kill you, Princess."Winter shivered, first with the intensity of his words, and second with their meaning. She supposed such a declaration would have shocked her, but ever since Levana had given her these scars, she had been expecting this."Winter is named after the character, but it isn't so much her story as it is Cinder's. But it's a minor annoyance. We knew from day one it was Cinder's story and about Cinder taking her rightful throne as Queen Serenity/Sailor Moon. Oops, I mean, Queen of Luna.See, I'm not always a nitpicking bitch queen.What we do see of Winter is fascinating. She's a complex character, far more morally ambiguous than Cinder is. You don't see it at first because she's sweet and kind and a little mad from Lunar sickness (Winter refuses to use her power and it slowly drives her crazy), but she knows she's gorgeous and uses it to manipulate people sometimes. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a femme fatale.Her portrayal of mental illness is intriguing."You want me to be fixed, don't you?"Jacin drew back, as if she'd thrown something at him. "You're not broken."It reminds me of Leah Raeder's style. Winter's madness is a part of her, no matter how others deny it. You are not your mental illness. I stay by that one hundred percent. But it's some of you. One percent or seventy, it affects your daily life and personality. As long as you don't let it win.Got off-topic a bit there. I'm amazed Marissa can juggle so many POVs, each with their own distinctive voice. I didn't count, but I'm pretty sure there's at least ten. Ten. Most writers can barely handle two. I never confuse Cress for Cinder, or Kai for Wolf. That's how good she is.Cress and Thorne's relationship could have been developed better. I understand why Cress likes him, but not so much Thorne. A little more leading-up scenes and it'd be perfect.(view spoiler)[Am I the only one who was sad Levana died? I know she's a power-hungry bitch, but damn. Girl had a hard life. I grew attached to her in Fairest. (hide spoiler)]A stunning conclusion to an amazing series. So when does Heartless come out?Cover reveal: Slightly underwhelmed with the cover. I expected it to be darker, like an apple dripping blood or something. 8 more months!Pre-review: Holy crap, 800 pages? What is this, a Stephen King novel?["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Darth J
    2018-10-17 06:00

    My Reviews for this series:•Fairest•Stars Above•Cinder•Scarlet•CressThis finale to the Lunar Chronicles finds Cinder on a mission to take her rightful place on the throne of Luna, as she is the lost princess Selene.Winter faces a major pacing problem. It's over 800 pages and a lot of it is just blah blah. It reminds me of a video game with too many tedious side quests and overlong cutscenes that you can't skip through. While there's plenty of action, the meat to garnish ratio here is not filling. A good 300 pages could have been cut without the audience missing anything important.Further, I hate to say this but for a story that is so progressive about minorities and women in STEM, some of the characters are just flat. Nearly all of the men are interchangeable and it takes a second to remember them and they are mostly only important in relation to the women they are paired with. I get it if Meyer is trying to make some sort of reverse-Bechdel commentary here, but I doubt these books are supposed to have that kind of depth.You can tell the technology is advanced because each time someone uses a portscreen, they don't have to let out that sigh of frustration because they have to x out of an ad asking them to download an app when they go to a mobile site. Of course, even with adblocking apps like Crystal, this is too much of a fantasy to even hope for in our modern times.Even with all of its problems, I have to say that this cover is my favorite of the entire series:(But the whole apple thing is kinda forced here in how it's implemented, tbh.)

  • Kimberly
    2018-10-30 05:49

    OHMYGREATLUNARFEELINGS.I just finished Cress ten minutes ago.During the ten minutes after I had finished Cress:How I feel when I see the release date for Winter:HOW SHALL I MAKE IT?O, Jacin and Winter, I await greedily.Come to mamaOh please I'm dying.Dear Ms. Meyer,Please give me this book lest I turn into a crazed and handsome half wolf, half lunar rabid warrior. Nothing will stand between me and my Alpha my Scarlet my book. There will be no mercy unless my demands are remedied.Of course, if you don't have the book written by now, I will be reasonable and lenient and allow you a week to complete the book. No pressure.Sincerely, Me

  • Danielle (Love at First Page)
    2018-10-26 06:50

    That's how you end a series. I am in love! A star for each one of my ships:*Scarlet & Wolf, forever my favorites. They, I think, have had the roughest journey of all, but they're love also seems the strongest. They never waver, especially in this book. *Cress & Thorne, who fully stole my heart in Winter. They are adorable beyond words, and so very, very perfect for each other.*Winter & Jacin, with their childhood love turned into something far fiercer and truer. They are each other's rocks in a world full of crazy.*Kai & Cinder, still a little awkward, but endearing as they're finally able to be a unit.I love them all. In that order, because sometimes I like to play favorites.And a star for every other brilliant thing Marissa does with her final book. Tense sequences, pacing that, even with over 800 pages, never lets up, the descriptive lunar setting, the number of times she ripped my heart out and left me breathless, dialogue that will have you laughing one minute, swooning the next, and fist pumping a second later, characters who are just so... them. One of my favorite things about this series is how unique each personality is, each romance is, each friendship is. All the different dynamics make me so damn giddy. I will love this motley crew of the Rampion - including Iko, still boy crazy, still hilarious - until the stars fade. Already I miss them dearly. Bravo, Ms. Meyer. Bravo.This review can also be found at Love at First Page.

  • Maureen
    2018-11-07 04:14

    4.5/5I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS DON'T TOUCH ME RIGHT NOW.I really really loved this book. The character interactions were ON POINT as always. I love this cast of characters so so much and I care SO MUCH ABOUT THEM. World building - YAS. I loved reading about Luna and picturing everything, especially the throne roomI can't really totally give it a 5 stars because it just felt so long and like so many things happened at the beginning that there wasn't really a climax - that being said, it was really exciting basically all the time. SO MANY THINGS HAPPENED SO MANY.I loved the ending and I could totally do with more books just because I want MORE but it was a very satisfying ending. STILL SO MANY FEELINGS.

  • Dorreh
    2018-11-13 06:53

    No one touch me, I'm very fragile right now!!!Oh my GaaawwwwdddddddWhat was that?! What splendid tragically heartbreaking exhilarating heart warming masterpiece of a conclusion was that? Okay, deeeeeeppp breaths.........Now to begin my review; first of all 823 pages of a story it was indeed. This was easily two books fit into one. Secondly they all finally got their happily ever afters, so I'm a messy ball of goo right now. The book started of with a slightly slower pace, then elevated slowly as the book progressed. I admit with the slow pace of CRESS, seeing the number of pages in this one scared me a bit, but that anxious feeling began to evaporate as soon as it condensed. The plot was well made and easily interpreted, it answered most, if not all, of the questions I had. It gave way to the separate unwinding of all the build up that had been made in its predecessor novel. I loved cinder from the the very beginning, and her badass mechanic toughness got me going so early on, I was sure I would continue this series. But then when I read SCARLET, I was like holy mother, there is a second to main character that I ship more than the main. I'm not sure if that's even possible in the world of books, because we all ship the main protagonist then love her beta's (pun intended), but in this case I knew I was hooked on scarlet and wolf and that did NOT change. I guess the best part of this whole series for me was the fact that it was four separate stories that met halfway in a beautifully and delicately carved masterpiece to make one whole story. So many characters each with their own story to tell. And somehow it all worked together perfectly, no hiccups or shortcomings. I admit I wanted more of a happy in happily ever after for winter, but I assume there is more to her in the stars above novellas. Overall this concluding novel, was intriguing, action filled, exhilaratingly heart warming, and about another hundred something adjectives I could use, but I think I've made my point......I would recommend this series to anyone that loves a good story and plot with a brilliant idea based characterization and incredibly authentic setting. I hope anyone who read this series enjoyed it as much as I did.

  • Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》
    2018-11-10 05:15

    Solid 4.5 STARS. “Do me a favor, Princess. The next time someone says they're going to kill you, don't just let them.” I finished this! Again. They left me. Again. It's a bittersweet feeling. On one hand, I am completely satisfied with how Meyer decided to tie things up, but then on the other, i wouldn't have minded another book. Things felt a little rushed at times? The only complaint I have is Thorne and Cress's relationship. It feels wrong? I don't know about you guys but Cress is like a child in my head. Then we have Thorne who is a little narcissistic. Don't get me wrong, i still love the shit out of him. All I'm trying to say is he and Cress don't make much sense, or maybe as a couple, they lack development. His abrupt attraction for Cress was a bit inconceivable. I just didn't buy his sudden feelings for her. Where did they even come from? I would have preferred them just being friends. I think Thorne would be more suitable for someone like Scarlet and Cress with Wolf. May is my reread month!How do you feel about each character?Iko: She needs to get together with AIDAN and take over this horrible world. Cress: (Rapunzel)A lost bunny in the wilds. Someone protect this cinnamon roll. Thorne:(Flynn Rider) Silly, selfish . . is what he wants you to think. There is so much more to his character than just being the funny one. <3Scarlet: (The Red Ridding Hood)Ballsy AF! The sass on that one!Wolf: (Well, the Wolf!) Alluring with his alpha male thing going on. Like, he is literally an alpha, not cringy ones we see so often. AND he loves tomatoes. Winter:(The Snow White)A three-legged the most adorable puppyCinder: (Cinderella)Undaunted. This girl just never gives up.Kai:(The Prince Charming) We love you, but where are the others?Jacin: (The Huntsman)HIM! His character development was my most favorite. Such an ass but i can't help but love him. His transformation from one side to another left me awestruck. This boy is all over the place.

  • Kai
    2018-10-30 07:12

    "Broken isn't the same as unfixable.”A grand finale!This had everything I'm looking for in a conclusion of a series. Everyone got a satisfying and even happily ever after. Satisfying is actually the best word to describe this novel. Often the last installment of a good series is a let-down ( End of Daysor Clockwork Princess).But this one had it all: suspense, romance and diversity (even though I really missed glbt-characters).Great world-building and character-depth. Feminism.I am very thankful for Marissa Meyer writingthe Lunar Chronicles . Every single book was an amazing read and I can't wait for her new projects.Find more of my books on Instagram

  • Jessica (priceiswong)
    2018-10-29 03:06

    So PERFECT! This will always be one of my favorite series! Highly recommend if you love fairy tale retellings or sci fi!Full discussion with spoilers will be written tomorrow! Its late!

  • alyssa ♛
    2018-11-01 02:59

    Buddy Reading the fourth and final book of the Lunar Chronicles with none other than Blue Boo Bear <3Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 starsLead Male Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 starsLead Female Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 starsPlotline: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 starsGenre: Dystopian, action, adventure, fairytale-retelling, and romance Will I recommend this book to others?: YES!Will I reread this book?: Definitely! Overall story summed up in one word: Jacin-tastic!This book was everything I expected it to be! From beginning to end, it was pure perfection! There were so many twists and turns and oh my, that plot was so exciting and fast-paced! Definitely an awesome conclusion to such a wonderful series! The Lunar Chronicles is for sure going on my "All Time Favorite Series List!"

  • shady
    2018-11-14 04:07

    4.5 stars. Satisfying ending, great series overall. Had fun.

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    2018-10-26 00:55

    4.5 Stars. My heart is happy. This series is precious.First off, the plot of this book was pretty nuts - packed to the brim with action. Completely wild and stressful. I was in CONSTANT worry about all my little book darlings. Honestly there were very few dull moments. Is it completely contradictory for me to say this book was light and sweet but also intense and full of feels? Winter + JacinAlright, I’m probably in the minority on this one. I wasn’t as attached to them as I was the other characters. I just couldn’t connect with Winter. She’s a bit loony - though I appreciate the reason why. Even still, her POV was my least favorite. Not sure why- I just wasn’t as interested in her. I wasn’t totally into that romance either- I just didn’t feel the connection. Didn’t hate it- just wasn’t into it. Scarlet + WolfScarlet really grew on me. I never disliked her- but I came to really appreciate her and her fearlessness in this book. As far as Wolf is concerned- idk. He was ok. Like Winter + Jacin- I didn’t feel them as much but they didn’t detract from the story. I know, I’m in the minority.CRESS + THORNEThey are about to hijack this review because I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. Hell to the yes. I can’t even. You guys- they are my new favorite OTP. Cress is just the sweetest and cutest little thing- her heart is SO precious. And Thorne- oh my goodness. He’s so hilarious but so serious about her… he can’t even bring himself to flirt with the girl because he cares about her so much… and maybe more… you’ll have to see. I can’t even express how they made me feel… I was rooting for them so hard and it probably made me care less about everyone else because I was so invested in them. I’m not even sorry. I haven’t cared that much about a couple pairing up in such a long time.And when things start heating up between them two… (view spoiler)[ OH MY GOSH THE SCENES WHEN SHE’S IN HER LITTLE BUTTERFLY DRESSS AHHHHHGHGHG(hide spoiler)]I NEED MORE CRESS AND THORNE…. THIS WAS NOT ENOUGH. There were simply not enough scenes… I need more...Anywayyyyyy….Cinder + KaiAlso precious. I don’t even have much to say other than I loved them. Kai is so selfless and just an all around good guy. Cinder is a very relatable heroine - so determined despite her struggles. Together, they are just cuteness. In general... There were just so many moments I was panicking - while at the same time thinking… she can’t actually hurt my darlings.. she just can’t. Just expect a wild ride.Levana I’m still not sold on her being a great villain. She felt very gullible and childish- not so much scary or even well developed. Yeah yeah, I know. The novella is supposed to help with that. Honestly I don’t know if I’m interested in her enough to read it. I’ll take everyone’s word for it- but she just felt stereotypical to me… the whole ‘Damaged evil queen being evil because she was hurt a long time ago' thing. I think if the author had connected her more with some of the characters and given her more emotional struggle, I would have felt for her more. She wasn’t exactly cunning either. I’m in the minority though- most people tend to have strong feelings towards her.The world building was still a bit meh - but I’m glad it didn’t focus on that too much. I was too invested in the characters, and the lack of world building info dump worked to my advantage. Sometimes I prefer to leave it to my imagination.Either way- I adore this series now and I’m so thankful I finally read it. I definitely recommend! My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Fables&Wren
    2018-11-15 23:47

    WrensReads Review:This is one of the hardest reviews for me to write. I have so many feelings and even after a week of finishing it, I still don't know where to begin or how to gather my thoughts into actual words. So here is me trying my best.It was absolutely wonderful. This whole universe that Marissa Meyers morphed into her own is wonderful. Cyborgs, moon-people with brain manipulation (that is actually more scientific than magic) and the fight for the throne. That's what it boils down to, right? Fighting for the throne? What I especially loved about this book was Winter. She was so damaged and 'crazy', but she was still kind of wanting to do the right thing and selfless and-- absolutely adorable. When Marissa described the visions she would have about turning to ice or heads rolling on the floor or the walls bleeding, I felt like it was legitimately happening. Like, I saw what she saw and I understood why she would let other people believe her mind was completely gone: because it was easier to seem crazy than to seem weak. She reminds me so much of the cartoon Snow White though. Lover of all animals? Check.Kind of a loon? Check.Has an evil step-mother? Check.Has an evil step-mother that disguised herself as.. er.. this? Check.Eats an apple and falls asleep/dies? Check.Awakes with true loves..er.. yah. Well, maybe.Singing randomly? Check. My one concern is.. where are my dwarves? Unless we are counting Cinder, Cress, Scarlett, Thorne, Wolf, Iko and Kai as the dwarves.. which is a little weird but I could go with it.Meyer stayed true to the tales in each of these books. Even though they were formed into one, twisted and beautiful masterpiece, each character had their own fairytale. Jacin, our huntsman in this tale, is absolutely wonderful. He did everything in his power to keep his princess (Winter) safe. He got manipulated by Levana and her goons, basically was treated like a Ken doll because he had to keep his mind so blank, he would betray even the rightful queen to the throne if it meant saving the girl he-loves-but-won't-say-out-loud-because-that-might-put-her-in-more-danger-so-he-tries-to-keep-that-part-to-himself.Scarlett and Wolf are the epiphany of "I will love you no matter what you look like and no matter how many times you try to kill our friends and no matter how many times you do the stupidest thing you can think of". Scarlett really became her own wolf in this book. She saw what had to be done and did it with no remorse.Cinder and Kai are the most selfless people in this whole story. Especially Kai. Kai is set to marry the person he loathes the most. He is willing to kill her and himself in order to keep his people safe. Cinder has become the world's most wanted, has ruined her reputation, and has risked her life for people she has never even met before. For people she never even had any good thoughts about before. Even though they have something pure between them, they know what matters most is their kingdoms. I wish these two were real people. We need that kind of selflessness in these times.Thorne and Cress are my absolutely favorite characters possibly of all books and movies and shows I have ever witnesse in my life. Cress is full of pureness. She just wants to help. She is so scared of most things but she is still going to do what she has to in order to help her friends. Thorne sees that pureness and wants to live up to deserving her love. Because boy, does Cress love Thorne up and down and all around. My goodness, that crush is bigger than the moon itself. And I LOVE THAT. Because usually, heroines in young adult books these days are too stubborn or stupid to admit they like someone as much as Cress does. She doesn't care.I JUST LOVE THEM! I AM TRASH FOR THEM.IKO! It was really hard to find a GIF for Iko, so there's Nicki Minaj with blue hair. It kind of fits, right? No? Okay well anyway, Iko will do anything to help Cinder. She is obsessed with material things like dresses, make up, and imagining she knows what certain things taste like. She likes to look nice, there is nothing wrong with that! But she is so unbeliebably funny and realistic for an android and just flat out human. More human than most humans.Levana.. I liked her as the villain. She was flawed and hurt and basically trying to prove to no one but herself that she was worthy of being a queen. She wasn't pure evil, she had a reason for the things she was doing (even if they were legitimately wrong and she should have not tried to kill a child because of something someone else did). A good villain to me is someone who is doing what they see as right and that they have understanding and reasoning behind what they are doing. I mean, they are still wrong, hence being a villain, but it doesn't mean that you don't see where she is coming from.She wore her own kind of masks. It's absolute agony that this series is over. I have the novellas and the comic left to read, but I am going to miss these characters like I would miss my right arm. Meyer really knows how to make you fall in love with some characters that don't exist. But to soften the blow of a story ending, here is some killer fan art that someone named Julie Crowell drew. It's absolutely wonderful and miraculous and I wish I had this kind of talent.CREDIT: JULIE CROWELLWrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram