Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer
on November 10th 2015
Pages: 824


Reaction Upon Reading: Could you not have told that story in less words?

“If this emperor thing doesn’t work out, you might have a future career in espionage.”

Winter…Finally I have decided to pick this beast up!

I have been meaning to finish this series for a while, but hadn’t managed to pluck up the courage to start it. Partly because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to my beloved characters and mostly because of the sheer size of the book.

I had to dedicate a lot of time to complete this and I am going to be honest…towards the middle I began skim reading most of it. I am somewhat happy with where the story left me and enjoyed a lot of the banter between the characters, but I am not as excited by this book as I was about the rest of them. I had high hopes for you Winter! 

Sidenote: This may be the longest YA book I have ever read. I think I want to keep it that way. 

“She definitely has a crush on you. It’s about the size of Jupiter.”


  • There are so many pairings and couples
    • Jacin and Winter
    • Cinder and Kai
    • Cress and Thorne
    • Scarlett and Wolfe
  • I love finding the clues that link into the fairytales. Sometimes it is not always obvious. It can be a few chapters later that everything clicks in place for me.
    • Maybe I am just slow, but I didn’t click that the suspended animation tank was the glass coffin until a few chapters later. 
    • I love the amount of traditional fairytales mixed with new and exciting aspects/concepts. Meyer mixes the two together seamlessly.
  • The series is over. I can now read both the novellas sitting on my shelf.
    • I have this weird thing where I have to finish an entire series before beginning on them. 
  • Thorne and Cress – #finally 
  • Time to read Fairest
    • Levana has a lot going on that I want to know about, she was absolutely awful, but I am ready to sympathise with her…maybe 
  • Friendships developed a lot
    • I wanted more of this, it was so nice. 
  • The Banter between Cinder and Thorne often has me cracking me up.
  • Iko
    • She is so sassy in this book, but above that she is extremely helpful and integral to the plot. She played a very important role and it was nice to see her utilised a lot more. 


  • There is always someone in immediate danger. Which means I can never relax and enjoy where the story is going.
  • This book was far too big for what actually happened. I felt myself losing the motivation to read on numerous occasions.
    • I think this is due to the fact that it felt like the 8 main characters didn’t mesh well together at times. It was like some stories were running side by side and there was minimal character development. I got sick of the chopping and changing and there were parts I just felt like skipping altogether. 
  • Why is this not available on Audible in New Zealand
    • I listened to all three others books and just adored them. This book fell flat for me, but I am wondering if it is because I didn’t listen to it. When I listen to a book, I full immerse myself into the world.
  • There was an unnessary amount of deaths and no one cared! Not even me!
  • I came so close to putting this book down a multitude of times
    • I never DNF…but I was soooooo damn close. 
  • Waaaaaaay to much emphasis put on Levana being ugly. Not on her absolutely poor decisions as a leader and how damn right awful she was to everyone and everything….over and over again! What the?!
  • The ending
    • I am not really sure how to explain this, it felt a bit rushed and I just wasn’t feeling it. It was all about off and wrong for me. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t that. 

“She was prettier than a bouquet of roses and crazier than a headless chicken. Fitting in was not an option.”

Reactions, Ramblings and Questions:

  • Queen Levana is going to get what is coming to her!
  • I love all the parings. Everyone has a buddy. 
    • Jacin and Winter are super cute.
    • Jacin comes across as being in his mid to late twenties, not as young as he is meant to be 
  • I feel like Cinder and Kai are going to crash and burn soon.
  • That broadcast of Cinder’s video felt very Hunger Games. Cinder meet Katniss…Oh you guys have already met and write your speeches together? Yeah I can tell.
  • Winter is funny with her crazy nonsense babble
  • This is the Kai I have been waiting to see. He finally stood up for himself.
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“Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”

Favourite Character:

Scarlet and Wolf

I can’t separate these two, they go hand in hand. I like that their ‘love story’ is one that wasn’t meant to succeed. It is two people who come from different worlds. They can put aside their differences and accept each other for who they are. Wolf is her protector but she is always willing to go into battle for him. Scarlet is such a strong heroine in every aspect of her being and Wolf absolutely adores her. Plus I am sucker for Red Riding Hood!

Everybody needs a little love.

Least Favourite Character:


This seems terrible since this book is all about her…well at least it was meant to be. All the other characters were far more overpowering. She seemed like a sub character in her own story. She was to far along the continuum of crazy. I got frustrated with her complete lack of independence. She was always having to be rescued or looked after. I am just not interested in reading about a ‘heroine’ with so little positive qualities. If Meyer had spent more time developing her as a character, I could have seen myself loving her.

“One should never save cake for later when it can be eaten now.”

The Series is Over:

I love being able to say “Yes! I read that whole series from start to finish”. There are not many series I can say this for. I currently have 44 series I need to finish on my GoodReads shelf. Talk about the Queen of new and shiny.

The book I loved the most in the whole series was Cress. It was full of action and just the right amount of characters, drama, romance and banter. The story was written exceptionally and I loved how it all came together in the end.

“And they all lived happily to the end of their days.”

Overall Thoughts:

This book fell flat. I only gave it 4 stars because I adore the series and don’t want this rating to reflect the ending of the series. There was just too much, it was too messy and I got frustrated with the characters tag teaming for who could have the most drama surrounding them.

The pacing felt like it took forever to get into the guts of the story and by the time this had happened I was over it. I set myself a deadline of reading 100 words a day in order to get this book done. It has been driving my crazy that I had an unfinished series sitting on my bookshelf. I skim read at least 60% of the book.

I don’t hate it (although I am sure it sounds like I do). I just wanted expected more. Hopefully the novellas reinstate me love and adoration for this series.

See you later Lunar. Bring on Heartless!

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Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

Morning Star

This book in a nutshell:

Betrayal || Violence || Redemption || Speeches || OMG!



Darrow (Reaper)

“If you’re watching, Eo, it’s time to close your eyes. The Reaper has come. And he’s brought hell with him.”

When we first met Darrow he was a 17 year old boy who was a low Red and helldiver in Lykos for his family. Now Darrow is 23, his body has been carved as a Gold and he has the whole weight of ‘The Rising’ and war on his shoulders.

Darrow leads ‘The Rising’ with inspirational speech after inspirational speech. He makes such an impact with his hard hitting monologues that stir a wide range of emotions for the characters in the book and for me as the reader.

Darrow was far less whiny in this book, he grew a lot as a person and moved from being driven by rage and revenge to understanding the importance and impact eradicating the colour system would have. He became more focused on rebuilding a society than making those who failed his people suffer.

I loved seeing Darrow repair the relationships he destroyed through his poor choices and mistrust of those around him. His inner circle grew and those that were left in the end, were pretty much exactly who I would have wanted by his side!

Virginia (Mustang)

“No. Don’t speak. It’s not your turn just because I pause.”

Mustang was a fantastic political negotiator in this book. She was important and crucial to ‘The Rising’ and the ultimate ending of the book. She still isn’t my favourite character and I was happy about where she ended up at the end of the story, but I understand her importance.


I have such a soft spot for Cassius. I don’t know if this is Pierce Brown’s intention or if it is my absolute love for the underdog. By underdog I mean evil and nasty man who was misguided and I want him to win.

As I was reading I was praying that he would grow as a character, like Darrow, and redirect his rage to the Sovereign. There were a few times were I thought ‘OMG he is going to ruin everything’ – Brown had me on an emotional roller-coaster with this one.

Roque (The Poet)

“Blood begets blood begets blood begets blood.”

I gained a lot more respect for Roque in this book. Even though he didn’t chose to align with Darrow, his choices were admirable. It was very clear why he had done what he had done in the two previous books and I felt it was really easy to forgive him, despite the crimes he committed.

At the end of the day Darrow and Roque were fighting the same cause on two different sides.

Adrius (Jackal)

I don’t like the Jackal. I will never like the Jackal…but the one and only time I cried in this book involved the Jackal. 


“You and I keep looking for light in the darkness, expecting it to appear. But it already has.” I touch his shoulder. “We’re it, boyo. Broken and cracked and stupid as we are, we’re the light, and we’re spreading.”

I bloody love this little Goblin. His loyalty never falters. He always has me laughing and often has me freaking out to whether or not this is the chapter where he has finally lost it.


“Bye, Felicia.”

Victra is a powerful and ruthless woman…or so Brown wants us to think. Really Victra is very good at acting. She plays the ‘tough bitch’ but I think she is really just a giant marshmallow on the inside.

She says the best quote in the book!


Favourite Character


He is the stained and strongest/deadliest obsidian in the galaxy (in my opinion). Best of all his is Darrow’s champion and protector. I loved every single time he spoke. He shared his wisdom and understanding of the war. He was brave and bold!

Everything he does in this book melts my heart and destroys me at the same time.

Least Favourite Character


I hate Aja! like absolutely hate her. She commits such horrific and vulgar crimes against all the people I love. She deserves the most horrific death possible.

“A man thinks he can fly, but he is afraid to jump. A poor friend pushes him from behind.” He looks up at me. “A good friend jumps with.”

Spoiler Alert!

There will be spoilers below


  • Brown write a brilliant ‘rallying the troops’ speech
    • The monologues Darrow does are empowering that I feel like I am shouting ‘I will join’ while I read
  • The chapters are not too long
    • This makes me feel like I am making mega process
    • I love the chapter names and the way they hint at what is coming
  • Break the chains!
  • There is so much god damn betrayal in this book
    • There was betrayal, then a double crossing of that betrayal and oh wait some more betrayal – I have now got some serious trust issues
    • That torture scene at the start of the book was pretty heavy, but it had me captured immediately


    • I needed him to make it, he was supposed to stand beside Darrow at the end
  • AJA
  • The eaters were so creepy and awful!
    • The imagery Brown wrote for these creatures was amazing. I had such intense and horrifying visuals that I needed to take a break from reading so late at night
  • This book was soooooooo long, it took up so much of my life!


  • I genuinely thought that Cassius was going to be the Sovereign
    • I thought this was the main reason for keeping him around
    • I understand why it is Mustang – she is the best politician, but come on Cassius would have been great!
  • The Sevro and Victra wedding was so random!
  • I cried at the weirdest moment. When Mustang pulls on her brothers legs, I just lost it. Love shone through everything else, it just took every years to work that out.

“The Reaper has come. And he’s brought hell with him.”

Overall Opinion:

This book hooks you from the first chapter. It is a roller-coaster of secrets, revenge, reveals and plot twists. My heart can’t take it. This entire series has left me feeling fulfilled and hollow at the same time. I need more!

I enjoyed this book, but it was definitely my least favourite of the series. I think I expected a bigger ending, more of a climax that lead to this amazing finish, I started to predict when Brown was going to twist and turn the plot. It took me a long time to finish this book, in the end I gave myself a deadline to finish it. The big is just so big and the hype was so much, I just wasn’t sure I was ready to end it yet.

I am excited for Brown’s future projects, particularly his new trilogy set in the same world. The new trilogy takes place after the end of Morning Star and will center on the consequences of the hero’s actions as well as on those folks now living and growing up in a landscape that’s had its ruling order shattered.

Iron Gold

“If your heart beats like a drum, and your legs a little wet, it’s because the Reaper’s come to collect a little debt.”

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars