Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Published by Feiwel and Friends on November 10th 2015
Number of Pages: 824
Genres: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
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?
I loved that Scarlet calls Winter “crazy” as a nickname, and that Jacin calls her “trouble.” She is both, knows she is both, and isn’t bothered in the slightest.
While Cress daydreams to psych herself up to be able to do things that scare her, Winter has visions. None of them are real, and they are caused by her refusal to use her Lunar gift. So she sees the walls of the palace bleeding, feels herself turn into “a girl of ice and snow”, and is never 100% sure if the things she is seeing are real or just figments of her brain.
I’m glad we got to see a lot more of Jacin in this book. I didn’t care for him much in the last one, because he came off as stiff and not very likable. In this one we got to see a lot more of his personality and how he thought. Enough so that I actually like him now. He’s not a favorite character, but I didn’t mind reading about him.
A few parts of the book dragged a little bit. But mostly I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. And I’m sad the series is over. All the characters have changed so much since we first met them. Which is wonderful, but at the same time, it makes it that much harder to know the series is over!
None of the characters had their ‘happily ever after’ tied up by the end of the book. Which is totally believable, and as much as it would have been fun to see some of that, it wouldn’t have fit with where the book ends.
I think Cress and Thorne are my favorite couple in this series. I like a lot of the characters, love how bossy Scarlet was in this book. I like Cinder and Kai, and I really really like Winter. But something about Cress and Thorne just work for me. And yes, we get more cute moments with all the pairings.
I also loved how the fairytale aspects were worked in! The glass coffin, the apple, the kiss, the dwarves… It’s always unexpected, and yet somehow perfect. If you haven’t read this yet, you need to do so!