Winter by Marissa Meyer | Audiobook Review

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Winter by Marissa Meyer | Audiobook Review
Title: Winter
Written by Marissa Meyer
Read by Rebecca Soler
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4

Publication Date: November 10th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fairy Tale Retelling, Fantasy & Magic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 23 hours and 30 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible, Purchased
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: zero-flames


Challenges: 2015 Goodreads Book Challenge

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?


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MY THOUGHTS

So The Lunar Chronicles has come to an end and I have bittersweet feelings about it.  I guess this just stems out of me not wanting this series to ever end!  I mean, there are still loose ends to tie!

The moment I finished listening to this book, I had book hangover and I couldn’t wait to talk to someone about it.  Unfortunately, I don’t know anyone who read the book and hubby still hasn;t finished reading it.  Plus he is no fun with book discussions because he just grunts and says “ok” or “it’s good” so… Anyway, I thought this book was just awesome!

Let’s talk about the plot.

The plot was paced right.  Although the book was too long, I didn’t feel that it was because it was audio.  In that way, I think I picked the perfect media.  There was a little repetitiveness, but I thought it was just right because the book was trying to finish up all the loose ends.

Miss Meyer also seamless transitioned the story from Rapunzel to Snow White without a glitch.  Also, it helped that I reread Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Fairest again.

What about the characters?

I loved revisiting all my favorite characters.   Character development was perfect.  Although I wanted Winter and Jacin’s story arc to be longer (but I know the book was already too long as it is).

What about Levana’s END?

It was already established that Levana was a little cracked (well, not a little) but I guess, she just lost it when her true self was finally revealed.  I see how this mirrors to the fairytale.  I still think that her death was just too quick, though.

Reaction when I finished

Overall, I was really glad at the outcome.  The book was a little too long but I really did not feel it because of the audio.  My immediate thoughts upon finishing it was: “Oh no!  I really do not want this series to end!” and yes, I did get book hangover – maybe for a week.

The audiobook also had a short interview with Marissa Meyer and she revealed that there will be a novella and a wedding!  It will be released sometime in February 2016 and I can’t wait!

What about the narrator?

Rebecca Soler continues narrating this beast and it was spot on!  I loved the different voices she used for all the characters.  I’ve read a few reviews that did not like Iko’s voice because she was annoying, but she was supposed to be!  And I love the voice Rebecca used for her (Iko is one of my favorite characters).

Recommendations

Winter is a sci-fi fairy tale retelling and is one of my top must-read books of 2015.  Definitely, pick it up if you like your sci-fi to have princessy elements.

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Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Rereadability
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall: 5

Let’s Discuss

Have you read Winter?  What about the other books in the series?  Share your thoughts below.

About Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Heartless and The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and twin daughters. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.


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3 responses to “Winter by Marissa Meyer | Audiobook Review

    • Oh! I never thought about posting the review on the first day of Winter… that is so cool! I caved an redeemed by credit on audible so I can listen to the book on release day 🙂 But I borrow a lot of audiobooks from the library a lot.

      I’ve also been experimenting on immersion reading… still not working for me but Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is best enjoyed immersion read 😀