Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
Goodreads Summary: 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?
My Review: This series ended with such an epic book and a huge war and it was amazing. Good versus evil was huge in this book and I really liked reading about Princess Winter even if she is a little crazy from refusing to use her Lunar gift of manipulation.
The entire gang got back together in this book to fight Queen Levana and it was extremely addicting and I couldn’t stop until I found out how it ended. I really enjoyed how good Marissa Meyer got at being subtle about the connections between her main characters and story book characters, in this book it was Winter and Snow White and Levana being the evil witch which was amusing.
This book was crazy and if you haven’t read book one than I can’t say much specifically about the characters because every twist led up to the plot of this book but I will say that this book was amazing and this series is definitely worth the read. It started out a bit iffy but it definitely grew on me and I would recommend it!
The romance wasn’t a huge part of this book but there was definitely enough to keep me reading! I loved cress and Thorne specifically…and of course Prince kai!
You can buy the conclusion to the Lunar Chronicles, Winter here.
Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
Goodreads Summary: Even in the future. there are damsels in distress…
In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana’s evil plan, has a slight problem. She’s been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress involving Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes as a high price. Meanwhile, Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
My Review: Oh stars where to begin?
This book was AMAZING! It consumed my every thought and all I ever wanted to do was read the rest of the book and see what happened!
The new character Cress is amazing and I love her and reading in her point of view! The similarities to Cress and Rapunzel were fun and that entertained me when I first got introduced to her character. She quickly became my new favorite character in the series! Dr. Erland also makes a comeback and he is super entertaining as well. Everyone’s separate stories were great but the book just got so addicting once everyone met up again! I mean, the amount of action and even some romance and plots to save the world were just…wow.
Cress and Thorne…well I’m totally rooting for them! Super cute couple. I didn’t even think of Thorn as book boyfriend worthy until I read in her point of view. The whole story about them falling to Earth from her satellite and travelling through the desert together was my favorite part of the story. Scarlet and wolf were cute but when they get separated wolf turns in to a huge useless baby and it was kind of annoying to read… Kai and cinder though…My heart is still all for Kai! So much love for a fictional character!!
This book is entertaining, there’s action there’s romance, adventure, and so so much more. This was my favorite book of the entire series, I just loved it so much! I definitely recommend this book to scifi fantasy lovers! You can buy Cress here.
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Goodreads Summary: Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt’s guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani’s journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her.
Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny. Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can become queen of the people she has made her own.
My Review: I got super excited when I found out I was reading this book for a class I am taking because Shannon Hale wrote Princess Academy which is one of my favorite books of all time and I could not wait to start this book. As soon as I started reading, I was entranced! I’m not sure if reading the original Goose Girl by the brothers Grimm had anything to do with how much I loved it. It definitely made me excited when small things would come up like the handkerchief with three drops of blood or the names of Falada and Conrad, but I think I would love any of Shannon Hale’s books just because of how amazing she is at writing and creating magical worlds.
The plot line was similar to the original Grimm version but there were so many subplots that I really enjoyed about this book. The two lands fighting and possibly going to war, the servants chasing to kill Ani (Isi), the way that Ani is able to speak with animals and the wind, and the romance. I was not expecting romance in this book just because that isn’t really what Fairy Tales are about. Yes, the boy and girl always end up together but there isn’t really that romantic development like there was in this book and I really enjoyed it. There wasn’t much but there was enough to make me happy, and a plot twist at the end to do with romance that made me smile like a swooning girl which is exactly what I am I guess.
I don’t know why the plot had me so addicted to this book. I knew exactly what was going to happen and how it was going to happen because it was a really good adaptation of the original Goose Girl, but I was addicted anyway. There were new characters such as Enna and Finn, who I loved, and even a small romance between them! The story was magical and in a way similar to princess academy. In Princess Academy there is quarry speech which is really similar to how Ani speaks to the wind in the Goose Girl, Enna acts and speaks similarly to Britta from Princess Academy, and there is that innocent romance that Hale loves.
I really enjoyed this book and it is a series of four so I plan on eventually getting to the second one, but the plots of each book following this one are about minor characters so I’m a bit hesitant and they are not on the top of my TBR list for now. You can buy The Goose Girl here.