Fairytale Retelling



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