And here we are. The fourth book of the lunar chronicles. Now you might be wondering where are the reviews for Scarlet, Cress and Fairest. The truth is I binged read them so fast that it’s all a bit of a blur. The short of it is that I loved them and Cress is my favourite in the series.
Winter took me a bit longer to read, because I had the flu and my brain was foggy. I did not want to miss anything.
The way the fairy tales are interwoven into one story is mind-bogglingly well done. I was a bit daft at first and thought Winter will be the Snow Queen, but of cause she is Snow White. (Looking at the cover and smacking myself against the forehead.) Certain things needs to happen in a Snow White story and they do in an unexpected way, but it makes sense considering the universe the story is set in.
There is a diverse set of characters, no love triangles and no bitchiness between the female characters. (Besides the evil queen of course.) That is amazing in itself, but it has a whole cast of different and very likeable characters. Yes, I even liked Lavana, the evil queen. I found her to be, if not relatable, at least understandable and at times pitiful.
All the love interests are swoon worthy. Thorn being my favourite “prince charming”. The Wolf/Scarlet story nearly broke my heart. Perhaps the most surprising is how much I like Winter. She is a fully crazy, in the literal sense, ditsy princess who is loved by all her people. She is beyond sweet and instead of it being annoying (something that character could easily be), it made her more appealing when mixed with her quiet strength and resolve.
It’s really enjoyable being in these characters company and I’m a little sad that it is the end of the series. I’ve read Stars Above soon after Winter and it should not be missed.
Five out of five rating from me.