Winter by Marissa Meyer


*All reviews I write are spoiler free*

I finally read the last book in The Lunar Chronicles!

Well, sort of. If you don’t count the novellas in Stars Above.

But I’ll get round to those at some point.

As always, my review will be spoiler free, but since this is the 4th book in a series, the synopsis may contain spoilers for the previous books. There will be a warning just before the synopsis, so if you haven’t read the previous books, just skip ahead to my review.

So let’s talk about Winter!


Title: Winter

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Puffin

Series Status: The 4th book in The Lunar Chronicles

Number of Pages: Β 823


WARNING: This synopsis may contain spoilers for the previous books. If you haven’t read the previous books, skip ahead to the review, where there will be NO spoilers!

(From back cover, see different synopsis on Goodreads)

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 feeling 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’m really going to miss this series!

I know I still have Stars Above to read, but still…

I just really like the characters. They’re so lovable. There wasn’t a single character perspective that I found boring throughout this book, and that’s saying something, since there’s so many of them.Β I mean, every time the chapters switched character, it did take me about a page or so to catch up again, but this wasn’t much of a problem because I just needed to know what was happening to everyone.

Although the story did seem a bit slow paced to begin with, after the first 100 pages I became surprised by how fast paced the rest of the book was. With it being so huge (over 800 pages?!?!?) I expected it to be quite slow, with a lot of plotting and thought behind it. And while there was a lot of plotting, it still managed to be full of action. As someone who usually reads about 100 pages a day, I was very much surprised to find myself reading 300 pages a day. It just shows how addictive this series is!

I did feel a little bit ridiculous at one point when reading this book. There were certain events that really shocked me…even though they were in the original fairytale! I should’ve seen it coming, but somehow I really didn’t! I was that engrossed in the story that I forgot this series was based on fairytale retellings, so the shock factor was very much added back in for me.

I do remember thinking that I’d have probably rated this book higher if it was a bit shorter. But then at the same time, there’s nothing I’d take out of it, so I don’t know? I think it’s just because, trying to read this when I go to college and end up too tired to read on some evenings, it just seemed to take too long. Granted, I finished it quicker than I thought I would. But I still feel like I’d have rated it higher if it was just a bit shorter.

But overall, I really loved how this series has ended. I won’t say it was realistic – I mean, it’s a fairytale retelling mixed with SciFi, so what are the chances of it being realistic? But I will say that it’s addictive, and a satisfying ending, and I cannot wait to get Stars Above!

Rated 4/5 stars!


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Who’s your favourite character?

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17 thoughts on “Winter by Marissa Meyer

  1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed it! It was by far my favorite one in the series and I definitely did not expect to read it as fast as I did. I don’t know if it’s the way Marissa writes or the layout, but every single one of her books has gone that way or me. One minute I’m on page 100 and the next I’m on 250. They all just flew by so fast. Although it took me about a week to read Winter, I actually really enjoyed the length just because I wanted as much from the world and the characters as I could get, haha. I do still have Stars Above to read, but I’m kind of scared to. I don’t want to be completely finished with the series yet. πŸ˜₯ Great review! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! With the length of it, it’s both a good and bad thing – like you said, I wanted as much as possible! I’m the same with Stars Above. I REALLY want it but after that there’s no other books…well, apart from the two graphic novels that are said to be coming out, but that’s not the same…

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      1. Yeah, it’s sitting on my shelf right now and I’m trying to work up the nerve (and time) to read it. There are graphic novels comin out? I didn’t know that! That’s so exciting! But yeah, it’s definitely not the same.


        1. I was going to save it for when I had a break from college, but for some reason I was in the mood for it last week so decided to finally pick it up πŸ™‚ Yeah, I keep seeing Marissa Meyer mention them on twitter! I think it’s because she loves the fan art so much, so she’d doing novellas in graphic novel form

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          1. Haha, yeah I’m like that too. I was sin the mood for a sweet, easy story last night while at the store so I picked up Me Before You. In so excited to read it! Oh that’s awesome! I would love to see a visual story of the characters. It would help me put faces to names better.

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  2. Winter is easily my favourite in the series ❀ the length intcimidated me at first (800+ pages is a beast of a book!) but when I got into it, I was dreading turning the final page because I didn't want to say goodbye to the amazing characters. Thankfully there's Stars Above which I'm so excited to read soon! Hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as Winter as well, happy reading!
    Enchanted by YA

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