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? (Source)
Plot: First, we read Cinder, which told the story of Cinderella. Then, we read Scarlet, which told the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Next, we read Cress, the story of Rapunzel. Now we have finally come to Winter, the story of Snow White. Winter is a massive book (by far the biggest in the series). You hear from Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, and now Winter and Jacin. You even on occasion will hear from the point of view of characters like Levana or her evil minions. With all the characters going around, it’s easy to understand why the book is so long. I had a friend reading it along with me and she had trouble finishing it just because of the challenge it was. However, I loved this book. Loved it. This book was by far my favorite in the series. Not just because I love Winter’s story, but Meyer ties everything up so well. The book didn’t even have a boring moment in it. For the length of it, that’s pretty impressive.
Characters: There are so many characters that I’m just going to focus on the main character of this story line. Winter is basically supposed to be Snow White in this book. However, she’s a much more twisted version. Because Winter is a Lunar, she possesses the gift to control people. In fact, her gift is unusually powerful and they could tell she would be a very powerful Lunar as she grew. But an accident in her childhood left her devastated and she promised to swear off from using her gift forever. This makes her go insane in the process. She sees visions of blood soaked walls and can hear her dead father calling to her. She basically can’t function as a person anymore because of this. Winter is a very unique character in where she’s pretty much “crazy.” Often times even the other girls don’t understand her and are short with her. But she’s very sweet at the same time.
Cover: I love this cover, just like I’ve loved all the covers before this. There’s something so beautiful about them I can’t explain. I also want to note the red in this cover is clearly the apple. I love that it’s glowing and magical, which seems appropriate since “Snow White” (or Winter) is magical and powerful in this book. Not to mention she’s pretty much an alien (Lunar).
Closing Thoughts: There’s so much to this book that it’s hard to condense it to one review. I give this book an A+++ (or whatever the highest I can give a book is). I think to this day, this is my favorite book. Obviously, the whole series is just incredibly good. The author is able to pull of telling so many story lines and melding them into one without making it seem too much. I also love that this story has a little bit of everything. It’s fantasy in nature because of the fairy tales it replicates. It is completely sci-fi because they bring aliens and space into these classic stories. But you almost don’t even notice because it just fits so well. It also has romance (of course) but it doesn’t cover everything you’re reading in a haze of romance. It’s in there for sure, but there’s a lot of other plot that goes along with it. You’re not just reading a story of a princess finding her prince, but you’re reading about a group of girls trying to save their planets (while also finding love). If you haven’t read this series yet, you need to start now.
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