Sunday, November 29, 2015

Review: Winter

Winter Winter by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm not happy that I didn't get to read this book before the Goodreads Choice Awards were done - because had I gotten that chance, I would've voted for Winter for sure. It's overtaken Library Of Souls, The Fate Of Ten, Final Strike, and The Rose Society as my favorite book of 2015, an honor only the long-delayed, promising-to-change-the-game Bone Labyrinth stands a chance of taking away now.

Marissa Meyer's latest is 800 pages of perfection. It's got that perfect romance-action-humor-feels balance which all writers (myself included) really should strive for. It's got the four coolest heroines this side of Orphan Black or Buffy or Once Upon A Time. Here we have Cinder, the face of the rebellion, alongside Scarlet, the warrior spirit; Cress, the brains; and Winter, the heart. And for a villain, we can do no better than the supremely detestable Levana, the worst non-Umbridge Big Bad ever put to paper. I've wanted to see her get what's coming to her for four books now.

At 800 pages, it's a little daunting. But hey, our good guys really have to fight to earn their happy endings, and fight they do, to the bitter end. There's a reason why I've been seeing rave reviews for this book all over the internet - and I'm no longer jealous of those reviewers for beating me to the punch on reading it.

Well...there's still a few months to go until Stars Above comes along. But since the main series is now over, I'm sad to wish The Lunar Chronicles ave atque vale.

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