Winter written by Marissa Meyer
Narrated by Rebecca Soler
Genres: Dystopian, Fairy Tale Retelling, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Publication Date: November 10th 2015
Source: Audible, Purchased
Length: 23 hours and 30 minutes
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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?
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.
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).
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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