Young Delight: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Young Delight: Winter by Marissa MeyerWinter by Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Genres: Fairytale, YA Sci-Fi Dystopian Romance
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 10, 2015
Pages: 833
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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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 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.

The Delight

The moon and earth are at war, Kai is ‘kidnapped’ by the criminal Cinder and her band, and Levana rages and worries back on Luna as her minions fail to discover where the Princess Selene can be found.  Scarlet is still imprisoned as the oddball Princess Winter’s ‘pet’ earthen and Winter and Jacin works to keep his Winter safe from the cruel jealousy of her step-mother Levana.  Meanwhile, Cinder has a daring plan and it launches to action-packed grand finale of this book.  Whew boy!  What a ride it was.

Review

Winter is the fourth full-length book in The Lunar Chronicles series.  This Snow White retelling must be read in order.

So this one might seem intimidating with its 812 pages.  Steady now, its formatted with larger font and wider spread lines.  It’s probably the equivalent of more traditionally formatted books that are half that.  It read pretty fast, though yes, like the others, I found my interest lay with certain plot paths more than others.

Like the previous books, there are several narrators from each of the main characters from previous books including Levana.  The chapters finish out scenes and then shift to another scene.  Cinder and her group are constantly going different directions, regrouping, and heading out again.  Its a big cat and mouse chess match affair.  Levana seems to be keeping all the important pieces and getting in some strategic moves, but never under-estimate the power of a pawn, right?

Though, I have to say, Cinder made some really stupid moves a few times.  I know it just increased the tension and grittiness of the story and I can’t fault her a few times, but there were two choices she made that got people hurt, killed, and messed things up royally.  If it weren’t for others working together, her mistakes would have gotten them and all the people believing in her killed.

But, she did have some skilled people and lucky moments so her mistakes weren’t as damaging as they could have been.  And, to be fair, she’s inexperienced, scared, and making decisions on the run.  Nobody’s going to get it all right under those circumstances, and the fallout will be higher for the bigger decisions she’s being forced to make.  I think when I sat back and realized just what this young woman is doing that I could take a softer and more sympathetic view toward her.

Princess Winter was an outstanding favorite for me in this book.  Like Cress, she’s gentle and lived her whole life under a sadistic tyrant, but she finds a way.  She was a fun friendship pairing with the fiery Scarlet and a delightful love interest with loyal, yet cynical Royal Guard, Jacin.  Jacin was a fantastic hero and sacrificed much for Winter.

The big showdown was breath-taking and kept me riveted to the amazing end.  All had their roles, but I got my Cinder and Levana match-up and it was all I could have wanted.

There was a niche long denouement that left things in a good place and answered for the future while leaving room for a little more if the author ever wishes to (yes, she did with Iko’s graphic book adventures).

So, its over and I now reach desperately for the Stars Above short story and novella collection to help ward off my book depression from finishing the series.  I highly recommend this YA sci-fi dystopian fairytelling romance series.

I read this book on a library loan.

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  • SPOILERS AHEAD!

    My biggest beef with this book was (and the whole series, really,) was that Levana wasn’t nearly as ruthless as she was portrayed to be. It felt like a musical kidnappings book, and you would think, at some point, that someone as crafty as Levana would realize that just keeping these people shackled is too much of a risk and start offing them. I know how terrible that sounds, but it just felt too out of sorts with her character. I ended up DNFing Winter and having my friend fill me in on the end.

    I am glad you were able to enjoy this one. So many people did, and this is one of those series where I feel left out for not adoring. Great review, Sophia!

    • Nope, you are not wrong to think that. A few times I felt she backed down from how her character was portrayed as well. In an adult book, I think it would have been much bloodier, but I figured it was YA and that was the reason.

      Hey, and never feel the book guilt for not being one of the crowd. I have my moments when I swear I didn’t read the same book as the others. LOL

      Loved getting your thoughts on it, Alyssa!

  • I really would like to try this series sometime soon. And yes I have heard that it needs to be read in order. I don’t mind a lot of pages in books, as long as its engaging. Although its been a long while since I have read a 800 page book though. Older romance authors would sometimes do that but it was more of a epic style of a book where a ton of things happen. Great review.

    • It’s one of the reasons that I don’t turn my back completely on YA. I loved what she did with her stories and connecting to fairytales.
      Oh, and like I said, this is not a true 800 page book. It’s more like 2-3 pages in this one equals one page in most other books because of the larger print and gaps from the formatting. But yeah, the sagas are really the only long ones I’ve grabbed recently.

  • I love the covers of this series! Really need to read them at some point…

    • Definitely gorgeous. I want to own them just for the pretty covers. LOL

      Hope you get the chance soon. 🙂

  • I really enjoyed Cinder but I still need to read more!

    • Oh yes! You need to meet the other characters and their stories. My favorite was Scarlet. Hope you get the chance, Melliane!

  • Debbie Haupt

    OOh I’ve seen this reviewed around love the covers

    • They are so eyecatching and definitely gorgeous. 🙂

  • Oh wow. Yeah that page count would have me shaking a little. lol I’ve still got book one on the list. Sounds like I need to get a move on.

    • I saw the count and groaned. But fortunately it was the formatting and its over half that in real pages. These are definitely fun.

  • I am so glad that you are enjoying this series so much. I have got to get started with it soon.

    • Oh yes, I got through the series quickly. It was a fun one. 🙂

  • I’m not familiar with this series but I don’t read YA so there is that 🙂 I can’t believe this was 812 pages. Large font or not, that’s a lot to read for one story. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    • Yeah, it definitely intimidated e when I got going. 😉 Worth it though and it read fast.

  • I loved the Lunar Chronicles and I am delighted to see you enjoying them 🙂

    • This was such a fab series. I’m so glad I finally finished it. Thanks, Kim!

  • Ahh I’m so mad at myself for not reading this book yet! I haven’t read the novella right before this one either. I have to do it soon and finish the series. I may need a little refresher of Cress.

    • You sound like me. I read Cinder and Scarlet as they came out and then just let it all go to the wayside. I had trouble remembering all the events in the earlier stories when I started Cress, but then got back into stride.

      It was worth it. Hope you enjoy the rest of the series, Christy!

  • Oh well, that sounds really interesting.

    • It got pretty exciting, Mary. I thought they were all dead so many times. 🙂

  • Karen

    I must read this so I can finish up the series. My niece reads it too so that’s always fun to be able to discuss it with her.

    For What It’s Worth

    • Yes, that is the fun part with YA. My friends kids and I all read the Percy Jackson series together. She thought it was hilarious when me and the kids were going on and on about the books.

      Hope you enjoy Winter, Karen. 🙂

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’ve read all the books up until this one, but I own it, so I’m hoping to make Winter a winter read (pun intended, of course lol) this year! I’m glad you really liked it.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    • Haha! Yes, its a great pun. I was trying to finagle this one into Kimberly’s HoHoHoRAT because of the title name.

      I hope you enjoy it, Lauren. I thought it was a good ending to the series.

  • Wow that’s a long book indeed! I often find myself enjoying certain point of views more than others with books that have multiple plot lines/ characters. It always annoys me a bit when characters make stupid decisions, even though it increases the tension, it still feels annoying in the moment. Although it does sound like it makes sense here with how she’s inexperienced and scared. And afterwards it can be easier to put things into perspective.

    Winter sounds like an interesting character and her friendship with Scarlet sounds fun to read about. It does sounds like a great series overall. I might get around to reading this one eventually. Great review!

    • Yes, in the moment, I was not happy with Cinder, but later when I thought about it, I could see myself making bad mistakes, too.

      Winter was a fun heroine. She’s so quirky and different, but she’s strong when it counts.

      Hope you do get the chance with them, Lola. 🙂

  • I’ve heard that this book is the best in the series! I’m very glad you enjoyed it. I really need to reread Cinder and read the rest of the series. I loved Meyer’s Heartless. 😀 Excellent review, Sophia!

    Have a great week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • It was a great grand finale. I’m still partial to Scarlet book two- mostly b/c this was my favorite character. 🙂 I still need to read Heartless and her latest about the superheroes. Hope you get the chance to get back into these, Alyssa. 🙂