May 31, 2020

Winter by Marissa Meyer | Review

Winter by Marissa Meyer | ReviewWinter on 11.10.2015
Pages: 827
Format: Audiobook

Princess Winter is admired for her grace, kindness and beauty, despite the scars on her face. She's said to be even more breath-taking than her stepmother, Queen Levana...
When Winter develops feelings for the handsome palace guard, Jacin, she fears the evil Queen will crush their romance before it has a chance to begin.
But there are stirrings against the Queen across the land. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even find the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter claim their happily ever afters by defeating Levana once and for all?

I have been reading Winter for what feels like years. No, really. I started it probably at least two years ago, after I binge-read Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress. I got into this mood and just wanted to read the whole series, and zoomed through them so quickly. I instantly fell in love with the series; the characters were amazing and the plots were just so interesting. I could tell that a huge fight was heating up that would finally take place in Winter.

Unfortunately, as soon as I started reading Winter, I really just didn’t want it to end. So, I read some, and then waited a few months. Then read a little more… and waited a few more months. Before I knew it, I only had about 100 pages left and two years had passed! Because of quarantine, I decided it was just finally time to bite the bullet and read it. I mean, what’s the worst that could happen? I just had to see what happened to all of my amazing characters that I loved so much!

It was officially…

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Since it didn’t feel right to completely just jump in where I had last left off, I borrowed the audiobook from the online library for my city and listened to the parts I’d already read on 2x speed. I caught up pretty quickly! I immediately felt completely immersed into this amazing world that Marissa Meyer has created.

I was so excited to be back with this crazy group of badass characters. I think after all 4 books, I still love Cinder and Thorne the most. They’re definitely my two favorite characters. There’s just something about them! Thorne in particular reminds me of Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who, though I can never quite figure out why.

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It was great to finally see all the pieces fit together from the other three books. I just think that the way this book series was written was absolutely genius. I loved being introduced to a new cast of characters each book only to see all their stories combine into one. I loved seeing everything finally line up! I really think this series would make an amazing show or movie series. I wish it would get picked up!

Now, one thing I’d like to say is that the way the book and the whole series was going, I really thought that there was going to be some huge and epic battle like the one in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I felt like there was so much buildup, only for me to be a little disappointed! The ending almost felt too… easy, unfortunately. That’s the only reason I’m giving this book a 4.5 star rating.

Nonetheless, if you haven’t read this series yet, you really need to check it out. I’ve already gotten my college roommate to start the series and she loves it too! Now, I just have to get my hands on Stars Above

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  1. I do the exact same thing with the last book of a series I love! (tbh I haven’t yet finished Blood of Olympus, the last of the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan) I glad to hear you were finally able to finish, though! And once you finish, you get to start rereading 😀 I actually just started rereading this series the other week and I forgot how much I love it. I definitely agree that the lack of a giant battle at the end made the whole tie-up a little lackluster. In my reread, I’m hoping to reevaluate my feelings for that and whether it’s because it’s just my expectation (hello literally all other YA series’) or because a giant battle would make it better. Lovely review, Krystianna!

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