Long time no see! With the lockdown and confinement, I have a lot of time on my hands and I hope I’ll be able to be more active here. Yesterday I finished reading Winter by Marissa Meyer and it is the perfect opportunity to review the whole series!
If there is one thing you have to know about me is that I am a sucker for fairytale retellings; I would only read them if I could! This is why I loved this series so much. It was so well executed, smart, modern and even had a futuristic side to it. If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend you do! And there are gorgeous new covers out so you should definitely check them out.
I think Cinder is the book I liked the least because it was very predictable. However I think it was necessary so as to set the story and introduce the characters and, you know, the shocking factor that Cinder is in fact the lost Princess Selene. I loved reading about the beginning of her romance with Kai, and I loved seeing elements from the fairytale (starting with her name “Cinder“), but I also loved the modern aspects: I mean cyborgs, portscreens and escort droids? Yes, please and thank you! I also liked how the disease played a huge part and how Queen Levana was introduced. It truly broke my heart when Kai lost faith in Cinder; my poor heart was shattered.
Okay so this is where the story picks up. First because there is the introduction of my all-time favourite Captain Carswell Thorne, but also because, in terms of adaptation, this book was the closest to the fairytale! I really liked the whole ‘mate’ thing happening between Scarlet and Wolf. I also liked how we had a better understand of Cinder’s background and everything she went through. This book was wild a ride!
Cress is my favourite book out of the four! I LOVE HER AND HER STORY SO MUCH. I liked how action-packed it was, how we really started seeing how everything was put together and how there was really a crew and friend group. I love friend groups in books (i.e. The Dregs in Six of Crows, or the Court of Dreams in ACOMAF) and this one is fantastic. I also really enjoyed the multiple point of views and how they each made the story go forward and revealed and showed the character’s own personalities. My favourite “One True Pair” is really Cress and Thorne and that kiss on the rooftop made my heart melt.
Winter was really the climax of the story. I loved all the twists and turns and it really felt realistic. I like how all of the characters had to fight their own battles and whenever they were separated my heart skipped a beat. I love when there is a big “heist” or great purpose in a story and I liked how everything was set to lead to that final battle. I LOVE the way everything turned out. I love each and every single member of the group and I nearly died at the end when they all shared a lemon cake before Cinder/Selene’s coronation. I also want to honor who I think is the true hero of the story: Jacin Clay. We all wouldn’t be here without him. He had the best character development and his love truly shone bright. I wish Winter and him shared a kiss at the end, like all the other couples but it was very realistic in regards of Winter’s mental state. I liked how Winter was depicted and how, in her own way, she really made sense. Her kindness really shows that you can get through anything. Her bond with Jacin was really beautiful to read about. The whole book and series was perfect.
I feel whole, sad, empty, happy, giddy, melancholic and at peace. All at the same time. What am I supposed to do with my life now?
I hope you enjoyed this chaotic review! Have you read this series? If so, who is your favourite character? Let me know in the comments! 🙂
Much love, Karla xx