Saturday, March 19, 2016

Bad Ass Books: Winter

Sorry for the lack of book reviews lately--it hasn't been for lack of reading. But now that it's getting nice out again, I've been getting back into gardening, and my blogging has been the one suffering because of it. So I've got a backlog of reviews to write, and I'll do my best to get them up here!

I'll be leaving out Winter's summary, that way if you haven't read the others in the series I'm not the one to spoil them for you. Here are my previous reviews for this series: Cinder, Scarlet. Apparently I never reviewed Cress. Sorry! I guess I'm even more behind on my book reviews than I thought. Out of order book review to come...eventually.

Why I read it: I started this series when it first came out--I'm a sucker for fairy tail retellings. I'm a sucker for fantasy. I'm a sucker for anything having to do with the moon (obviously). This was the last book in the Lunar Chronicles, so of course I read it.

ZOMG Yes! I was so deeply satisfied with the end of this series. We had so many new characters introduced throughout each book, and in book four, Marissa Meyer added Winter to the mix (after a brief cameo in Cress). While Scarlet (introduced in, you guessed it, Scarlet) is by far my favorite, Winter became a close second.

I think her madness, the reasons behind her madness, and the way she still maneuvered through Luna's political intrigue made her one of the strongest fairy tale characters I've read in a while. And of course, I kind of loved that Marissa Meyer's Snow White was black.

As you might've guessed, Winter derives much of its plot from Snow White, and while I should've seen certain things coming (because, like most people, I've read and seen many forms of this fairy tale), I was actually surprised when it happened and how it happened. I shouldn't have been, but I was. So that tells you how easy it is to get caught up in this story.

Hmmm Interesting: So I didn't read last year's novella, because I didn't actually want the backstory on Levana (the villain and evil queen of the moon) until I finished this series. Well Marissa Meyer must've guessed this would happen, because she gave us some good insight into her villain, and hot damn. I'll leave it at that so as not to spoil it for you lovelies.

Kthxbai: Overall, this was an excellent wrap up to a beautiful, beautiful series. We have four main love stories (one for each of our "princesses"), and well I really enjoyed watching these unfold, I found myself rooting for each young woman because of her own character not her role in those love stories and fairy tales from which she was inspired (even though I'll be shipping Scarlet + Wolf forever and ever!). I guess that's kind of the point, right?

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