author: marissa meyer
rating: 4.75/5 stars
synopsis [from goodreads]:
When Princess Winter was thirteen, the rumor around the Lunar court was that her glamour would soon be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. In a fit of jealousy, Levana disfigured Winter. Four years later, Winter has sworn off the use of her glamour altogether. Despite her scars, Winter’s natural beauty, her grace, and her gentleness are winning admiration from the Lunar people that no amount of mind-control could achieve.
Winter despises her stepmother, but has never dreamed of standing up to her. That is, until she realizes that she may be the only one with the power to confront the queen.
“Did you see any rice in there? Maybe we could fill Cinder’s head with it.”
Everyone stared at him.
“You know, to…absorb the moisture, or something. Isn’t that a thing?”
“We’re not putting rice in my head.” -Marissa Meyer, Winter
if you haven’t read winter yet, i have done reviews for all the previous books in this series. be sure to go check them out as there will definitely be spoilers for all the previous books in the series in this review
there were so many things happening in this book. i would’ve given it a 5/5 if not for a particular scene in the book which i felt could’ve been done a little better. this was definitely a satisfying conclusion to a series that i’ve grown to
i’ll go through this character by character and we’ll begin with kai, emperor of the eastern commonwealth and former fiancé of levana. we first meet kai aboard the rampion together with the rest of the crew. he then gets brought back to earth to carry out the marriage alliance with levana. we have that little conversation between thorne and kai about the rampion. although it doesn’t belong to thorne rightfully, it feels like it does after being on so many adventures with it throughout the series. i’m glad cinder persuaded the american guy to lease thorne the rampion. looks forward to cress and thorne’s adventures on the rampion!!
now on to levana. we get a small snippet from her POV in this book and it was interesting, but i wanted more. we did get to see a little more of her in fairest, but that was before everything began. and levana was batshit crazy in this installment. she literally wanted winter to be killed after seeing her being handed a crown made up of DEAD flowers. calm down levana
“Love is a conquest! Love is war!”- Queen Levana Blackburn
and i couldn’t actually believe that she really thought jacin had killed winter for her. jacin loves winter, not that levana knows much about love, so perhaps she believed that jacin would do that so that he could get in her good graces. the wedding or rather alliance finally happened in this book, though i can’t fathom why levana would even think of holding it on artemisia, where cinder could carry out her revolution plan. no matter how talented her thaumaturge or guards are, there’s still a chance cinder would escape.
next we got wolf, who suffered a whole lot in this book. in cress, scarlet (who is pretty much all he has) gets taken away by LUNARS. then, on luna, he finds out his dad died in an accident. shortly, scarlet comes back but then his mom dies. his mom played a very important role in helping the citizens decide to side with cinder, although we barely even know her, she willingly agrees to aid cinder and her crew. he also got mutated(?) into a worse version of himself that is pretty much 24/7 hungry no matter how much he eats and has a weird attraction to human flesh. i think no matter how much he was like the old wolf, there’s definitely something in him that changed during the surgery and can never be changed back.
and we have my favorite character IKO!! she sustained a lot of injuries in this book as well, though it was pretty funny when the lunars found out that she couldn’t be killed with just a gunshot. and iko got all those dresses and new eyes! she must be very happy. some part of me actually thought that that guard, kinney would somehow have a romantic encounter with iko, but that didn’t happen.
“A kiss from the Captain would probably melt my central processor.”
Thorne winked at her. “Oh trust me. It would.”
we also have cress who was extremely awkward around thorne after he got back his eyesight. every single time thorne looked at her, she would turn away and blush.
i’m so glad that she and thorne finally got their happy ending. they’re definitely my favorite couple out of the 4. they’re so adorable!! ❤ not gonna lie, if i had to choose someone who would die, i would’ve chosen cress and thorne, as a couple. IF anyone did die-and i’m glad they didn’t-i think marissa meyer would’ve made them die as a couple, so that technically they would still be together, though at the same time, not really.
then we have thorne. thorne gets controlled a whole lot in this book, since he is an earthen. when the lunar in the palace kissed him and he kissed back. he then attempts to strangle cinder to death and later proceeds to stab cress in the stomach, almost killing her.
thorne actually cares about cress a lot more than he wants to admit and it was cute seeing from his POV in this book. the scene where they confessed their love for each other was one of my favorites !!
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.”
i liked how scarlet kind of became winter’s bff in this book. she calls winter crazy and winter calls her scarlet-friend. i just love their friendship. scarlet will probably replace jacin’s role as her best friend when winter and jacin get married, haha. also, winter used her gift, yay! to kill aimery. scarlet stabbed him 9 times in the stomach, but he kind of deserved it and had it coming. except i think winter suffered equally as much aimery did, considering they treated her like they would treat someone in an asylum.
“I shall be a vestibule of unhampered sanity.”
i liked all the points of the snow white retelling that were featured as well. the animals in the menagerie all enjoy being in her company, she eats the sour apple petite that is actually poisoned with letumosis, given to her by a levana glamoured as an old lady, and jacin kissing her and she wakes up. she gets a little annoying at some times though, especially at that recruiting the wolf soldiers scene together with scarlet.
i’m looking forward to more bonding scenes between jacin and cinder, especially ones like the terrain thingy that the ride on that carry the letumosis antidote. i like that jacin is only himself whenever he is winter, although he can be an ass sometimes. i can totally imagine scarlet and jacin squabbling over winter, scarlet trying to persuade jacin not to be so overprotective of winter.
lastly, we have cinder, or should i say selene channary jannali blackburn. i really liked that scene where kai gives cinder her foot and cinder’s like: no! i spent my entire life getting away from it, but somehow, it still finds its way back to me.
“It was their seventeenth kiss (her brain interface was keeping a tally, somewhat against her will), and she wondered if she would ever get used to this feeling.”
i’m gonna miss the world and all the characters. at least we still have stars above, where we’re getting an epilogue of winter with the whole crew at the wedding of the century. 3 guesses whose wedding it is!
“And they all lived happily to the end of their days.”
*cries* i don’t want this series to be over