Winter

Winter

Book - 2015
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Cinder and her allies are joined in the plot to overthrow Queen Levana by the queen's stepdaughter, Winter, who has long been defying her evil stepmother's wishes by harboring feelings for her personal guard whom she is forbidden to marry.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250007230
9780312642983
Branch Call Number: Fiction Meyer TEEN
Characteristics: 827 pages ; 22 cm

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RebelBelle13
May 20, 2018

This book took me a lot longer to finish than I anticipated. At over 800 pages, it's definitely a little more wordy than it needs to be. It should have been separated into two parts, honestly, and that would have made it easier to read and digest. It also felt repetitive in parts- someone would be captured, and then find a way to escape. The plan looked to be hopeless, and then things would move forward. It also felt like Levana could have ended things so many times, yet took a more convoluted and puzzling route that resulted in her losing. I find it hard to believe that Levana wouldn't just end up killing some of these characters out of frustration, instead of comically dragging it out.
On the plus side, the book is well written, if a little long, and the main group of characters that we've been following for three books don't disappoint. The length of the book and the time it covers allows Scarlet, Cress, Wolf, Thorne, Kai, Iko and Cinder to learn and grow into themselves and their roles in the group, and their relationships with each other. Everything is wrapped up neatly in a bow by the end, which is very satisfying. Scarlet and Wolf are still my favorites, but Cress and Thorne have definitely grown on me as well.
I can certainly see myself rereading this quartet in the future, but perhaps skimming a little on this last novel of the series.

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white_tiger_885
Apr 04, 2018

They ask me what my favorite book in the Lunar Chronicles is, and I say, "Winter! No, Cinder! No it's Scarlet! Wait no, Cress!" It's impossible to pick a favorite, but I've heard it said that the last and first books in a series are usually the best. That just might be true in this case ;)

Also if you are interested in finding out a little more about what happens next, I recommend Stars Above at https://dcl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1313444114 it's fun and has nine small stories that help explain things. The last one is a follow- up to Winter if anyone's interested.

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Nekoparfait
Feb 12, 2018

Best book everXD I like winter & cinder Winter is so cute her personality is adorable, I kinda feel bad for her when she sees the bloody stuff . I get it why everyone loves her.

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susan_findlay
Jan 24, 2018

800+ pages! Not sure I've read a young adult book this long before. It didn't feel long though. The book is remarkably well paced. While it's broken into a handful of "books", the "books" themselves weren't really defined entities. They felt more like an organizational device to make the book less intimidating to readers not used to such length.

I've enjoyed the whole series. While the first book would have stood alone and the second was primarily Scarlet's story with the occasional jump back to Cinder, the third and fourth books really combine the stories of all the characters introduced so far in their fight against Levana (who is basically, Snow White's evil stepmother trying to conquer Earth).

The books are chock-full of fairy tale references yet they still occasionally managed to surprise me. My favourite character was Cress (Rapunzel), but all four heroines were lovable girls strong in their own ways. (Cress starts off aiming to be a damsel in distress, but grows stronger throughout. Winter isn't traditionally strong - but her refusal to take advantage of her gift despite the mental illness she gets from this refusal definitely shows strength of character. Cinder and Scarlet are more obviously strong female leads. As in many fairy tales, the focus is on the girls moreso than their heroes.)

Highly recommend the whole series.

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daniellenicole06
Dec 19, 2017

Great book!

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Marilyn34
Oct 23, 2017

This novel reminds me that life's struggles instead of privilege can prepare the best leaders.

Check out my review of "Winter" on my blog at:
http://axarr.blogspot.com/2016/06/review-wednesday-winter-by-marissa-meyer.html

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CaoimheH
Oct 13, 2017

I absolutley loved it:) I think it was a great way to end the series and I ship every single couple, THEY ARE ALL SOOOO CUTE!! XD So much suspense and I like all the action. Personaly I think I'm like Cinder and Iko mixed;)

Overall it was AMAZING

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Expectations
Sep 05, 2017

Winter is easily one of the greatest characters in the series. Her simplicity and little quirks make it obvious why the people love her. The insanity she brings is honestly what really caught my attention, it makes the book so much more creative and keeps you in it's pages. I'll be honest, it was hard to get into reading it at first but by the end, when the book picks up, and the constant hope that your characters will get their happily ever after... you've fallen in love.

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starkshadow
Aug 05, 2017

This book was amazing. I really liked the character of Winter. The hallucinations that she has make her perspective really interesting to read about, although it seems kind of stupid that Winter won't even use her glamour once to prevent them, even though I do get that it was because of... Well, I won't spoil it for you:). She and Jacin are really cute together, I like how they're so different from one another. Wolflet was ruined for me by how WHINY and POSSESSIVE and NEEDY Wolf was. Seriously, get a life, dude! The romance was cute, for all of the characters (although Wolflet was much better in Scarlet), especially Cresswell and Jacinter (or Wincin or whatever they are called). I just wish that there was at least one single character. We need more kickbutt, independent, SINGLE girls in YA fiction, if only to show that you don't need a man to be happy. The world of Luna was very magical and interesting to read about. The writing flowed beautifully, and the dialogue was natural. I liked the friendships of Kai and Thorne, Iko and Cinder, and Iko and Cress. Also, the love hate relationship between Iko and Kinney. There were lots of funny parts:) Levana was a stronger character in this book than the others. This was so far my favorite Lunar book, and I am really looking forward to the next graphic novel.

sarahbru17 Jul 03, 2017

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
This is my favorite book.
Even though it was really long, I still didn't want it to end. I absolutely adore every character and every romantic pairing (so much shipping). Changing perspectives between chapters was really engaging (although sometimes it was difficult to tell whose perspective it was in). Everything was so tense and suspenseful and compelling throughout, yet so fantastically resolved at the end.

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dragonluna
May 03, 2016

"I'm going to make it a law that the correct way to address your sovereign is by giving a high five."
Kai's smile brightened. "That's genius. Me too."

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emmayoyo5
Apr 20, 2016

"she held it over the balcony and let go"
THE END

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Peppercat7
Apr 17, 2016

"I have begun to wonder if perfection might be its own flaw." She smirked. "Though perhaps a flaw can contribute to perfection."

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LucyLuoGe
Mar 23, 2016

Broken is not the same as unfixable.

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SashaE
Feb 22, 2016

The palace walls have been BLEEDING for years... And only I can see it...

brownie11 Feb 06, 2016

"But I have to ask if"-Kai hesitated- "if you think, someday, you might consider being empress." -Pg.822

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littlepurpledragon
Feb 02, 2016

Kai scooped his arm around her shoulders and led her out of the queen's chambers. "I was just thinking about the good future," he said. "The one with you in it."
- Marissa Meyer, Winter
pg. 814

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livieb17
Dec 21, 2015

She couldn't not say it, although she realized he was right. It was sort of scary. Much scarier than it had been the first time she'd told him, out in the desert. It was different now. It was real. "I'm in love with you."
He chuckled. "I should hope so, after all that." He leaned forward and pressed a kiss against her temple. "And I love you too."-Pg.801

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livieb17
Dec 21, 2015

"Why are you telling me this?"
"Because I need you to know I never meant it. I said it because I thought that's what you're supposed to say, but it didn't mean anything. And it's different with you. This is the first time I've been scared. Scared you'll change your mind. Scared I'll screw it up. Aces, Cress, I'm terrified of you."-Pg. 800

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livieb17
Dec 15, 2015

Jacin had run.
Only guilty men run.-pg.403

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cmlibrary_jcurrie Apr 29, 2018

This is the final book in the Lunar Chronicles series. We meet Princess Winter, Queen Levana’s beautiful stepdaughter. Princess Winter wants to help Cinder and her friends overthrow Levana. Cinder (also known as Princess Selene) is the rightful heir to the thrown but Queen Levana will not give up her power and riches without a fight. When the Queen realizes that Winter is helping Cinder she tries to have her killed. The guard assigned the task of killing Winter cannot do it and he lets her escape. Then the Queen tries to poison the Princess with her favorite sour apple candies but she survives. As Winter gets better she helps Cinder rally the Lunar people. Cinder will be a more caring and kinder leader but she has to convince the people of her good intentions. Cinder also needs the Lunar people to help her fight and overthrow Queen Levana.

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