Winter by Marissa Meyer

Posted in Fairytale/ Fantasy/ New Adult/ Reviews/ Speculative Fiction/ Urban Fantasy/ Young Adult 13th November 2015
Winter by Marissa MeyerWinter by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles,
Published by Feiwel and Friends on November 10th 2015
Pages: 824
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four-stars

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar 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?

This is quite literally, one of the hardest books I’ve ever read, in length, content and narrative. At 600+ pages, I took days to go through it, putting it down when the action and the plot got a little too much, wondering at every turn how the bleak darkness that had somehow crept into this series and when the previous books had sort of ended with a hopeful beat. But in a revolution, there’s always a heavy price to pay and pay them, they did, with a price so heavy that I was actually left horrified when by the time the final battle was over. I was overwhelmed at the amount of violence and bloodshed and the not-quite so happy endings that I thought each ‘fairytale’ couple would have, and this alone aligns ‘Winter’ much closer to the grim(m) morality tales that the fairytales had been in their original forms. Nonetheless, it’s a very good series overall, by Marissa Meyer, even as my heart is still left bleeding out.

four-stars

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