Winter (Marissa Meyer): 10 Reasons Why It Rocked

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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?


Hi guys! I read Winter in the beginning of January – I know… a long time ago… I read more than 25 books in the meantime… but back to business – in a buddy read with Becca @Shih Tzu Book Reviews. A few days ago we published our discussion of the book, which you can read mine here, and Becca’s here.

I’ve previously reviewed the other 3 books in the series: Cinder, Scarlet and Cress, so I thought I would do something different this time around – because we already know how awesome this book is, right? So I give you 10 reasons why this book rocked :D.

1. SO.MUCH.ACTION

2. A lot of twists

3. Ships. Ships all around

4. Perfect Iko

5. Fairytale like scenes

6. Cresswell (because saying ships isn’t enough)

7. Love conquering all

8. Sassy sassy Kai

9. Very smart Cinder (heart swelling with pride here)

10. The Ending! Perfect!

Cress (Marissa Meyer)

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Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker; unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.


OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! I’m not freaking out!!! THIS BOOK IS FREAKING AMAZING!!!!

I’ve told you before which is my favorite Disney movie, right? No?! I’ll give you a hint… she’s blond and has a really long hair… Yep, I LOVE TANGLED! And this book gave me all those Tangled feelings! *sigh*

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I’ll keep this mostly short and I apologize before hand if I drop any SPOILERS (sorry!!!). I loved Cress, so far it’s my favorite book of the series, and that’s mostly because I loved Cress as a character. She’s so cute and funny and I love the way she sees the world… her humongous crush for Captain Carswell Thorne doesn’t hurt either! – yeah Girl, I’m with you on that one…

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(who doesn’t?!)

My heart broke a little when all of Cress’s story was told… but I loved Cress and Thorne together, how they got to know each other and fall in love, although Cress was a lot faster than Thorne, lol, he just really doesn’t know what he’s doing.

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Did I mention that I love Cinder? Cinder kicked ass on this book, she became a true leader. And I absolutely adored how she stepped up for Wolf and tried to keep him sane. And Cinder and Kai *swoon* are so damn cute together 😀 .

About Wolf… OMG, my heart was breaking for Wolf! The guy was looking at Scarlet’s chair, holding a can of tomatoes and sniffing her bed… he was so damn broken :(, I just wanted to reach him and tell him that everything would work out. Scarlet, oh poor Scarlet, this book was no good for either of them…

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Winter is crazy! Not much more to say, right? And Jacin… well, the jury is still out on that one.

IKO IS MY FAVORITE!!! (after Cress, Cress is special). Iko is just a riot, she’s so damn funny and inappropriate :D.

This book was action packed, funny, unpredictable, funny, swoon worthy, funny – yeah, I said funny 3 times – and I loved it so so much. I want the gang to be together, all of them. I want Cinder and Kai together, I want Iko’s body whole again, I want Cress and Thorne to be in absolute bliss, and I want him to have his sight back, and I need to have Wolf and Scarlet back together, because they are absolutely miserable apart.

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Sorry for abusing Cress/Thorne quotes, but I love them. They’re the cutest. I ship it like crazy…

Scarlet (Marissa Meyer)

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Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison—even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does—in this second installment from Marissa Meyer. 

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana.


Scarlet picks up just where Cinder left, and OMG, what an epic book!!!

Be warned people, I’ll keep things as vague as possible in terms of plot, but there inevitably be SPOILERS, for this book and obviously for Cinder.

As was the case of the previous book, the writing is espetacular. The plot on this one, though, is a lot more intricate, as it follows not only Cinder and Thorne in their escape from prison, but it also follows Scarlet and Wolf in their attempt to save her grandmother, and then both pairs collide and they share a goal and it’s amazing. There were a few twists that had me on the edge of my seat, and my heart might have broke at some point… *damn you Wolf*… but it’s all good now…

I loved Cinder a lot more in this book, even though there’s a lot less focus on her. She’s just so much stronger now, and she’s using her gift and her tools, and being sarcastic, and I love her. Also, I don’t know why, I hadn’t realized that she’s only 16! Somehow, in my mind, she was closer to 18, I know it’s not that different, but it kind of is.

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Kai, oh my baby Kai… I’m so sorry for him. He’s experiencing all these different emotions, and he doesn’t know how to handle things, and it’s gut wrenching and at times adorable. I want him and Cinder together NOW! Can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that he was immediately jealous of Thorne because he was with Cinder?!

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Now, onto the new characters. I had a little trouble connecting with Scarlet, I’ll admit, although I don’t really understand why. She’s fierce and strong, and she’s more than willing to fight for what she wants, but I just didn’t entirely clicked with her. I liked her a lot more once she was with Wolf though… I like Wolf, even after everything that he did, I like him. And I like him and Scarlet together. He’s just like a scared kitten sometimes, and that is adorable.

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But people, we now have Captain Thorne, and OMG, where has he been all my life?!

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Thorne is so funny and such a good person. He doesn’t judge, he’s open to anything, he’s loyal and he smiles while doing it. His relationship with Cinder is so cute, because she trashes and treats him so bad at times, and he just smiles and lets everything slip. He lets her have control of his ship!

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And best yet, he totally ships Kai and Cinder together, so bonus points for him!

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This book was just awesome and I can’t wait to start Cress (I’ve actually haven’t started it yet, because I wanted to write this review first). I love Cinder and Thorne’s relationship, and I’m super curious to what will happen next. OOOHHHHH, and IKO, OMG, Iko is just so great. When she’s flirting with Thorne? ADORABLE!!!

Cinder (Marissa Meyer)

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


Thursday, 8 Oct 2015: It’s currently 1a.m. and I’m at the airport waiting for my flight to Paris, where I will then catch the next one to Seoul, and I just finished Cinder, like, 5 minutes ago! So, without anything more interesting to do – and still procrastinating on my Queen of Shadows review – I decided to write this one.

Writing:

I absolutely loved Marissa Meyer’s writing style. It’s simple, yet colorful somehow. I liked it, a lot. It flows so so well!

World Building:

Firefly much? I love this World building. I like the idea that after the 4th World War the countries all band together to create large empires – it goes right along with my ideals. I love the mixture of Western and Eastern cultures as well. And I’m looking forward to see this world expand… Will we be going to Africa next? 😉

Characters:

I really liked Cinder, and I can’t wait to see more of her. I found interesting how, even though she had always been treated as inferior by her family, she still fought back in her way, she wasn’t at all conformed about her position. Also, she knew her priorities well, and that’s commendable. I mean, how many times did she have to say no to the ball?

But Kai, oh my, I love Kai! That guy is gold! I loved how he treated Cinder (especially in front of her awful family) and how he put his people ahead of everything else. I’m curious about his mother though… how long has she not been in the picture? And, although I agreed with his decision by the end, I was a bit sad about what he said to Cinder. =(

Iko, I want more IKO!!!! I do hope we never see Cinder’s stepmom and sister again, though, they were awful. I don’t trust Torin. There’s something about him, but I might very well be mistaken – I hope I am, Kai needs all the help he can get. I do like Dr. Erland, though it’s all very iffy…

Levana is just awful, and all those things that the Lunars supposedly did… horrific! Also, small spoiler, was the lunar girl in the D-COMM Cress?!

Plot:

I liked the plot, for the most part. My biggest problem with it was that I could see that “plot twist” coming from the moment it was first mentioned in one of the first chapters… and then I was literally waiting for the shoe (foot) to drop. I did expect it a bit earlier. I also expected it to be with Kai’s knowledge… oh well!

The plague was a horrible thing, and I hope it gets deal with soon.


All in all, I quite liked this book, though it didn’t blow me away completely, because I could see what was coming, and I didn’t even read spoilers prior to this. While I like Cinder, I also feel like she didn’t developed much during this book, while at the same time she did plenty.

Rating: 4 Stars

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