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(The Lunar Chronicles #4)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  241,300 ratings  ·  28,329 reviews
Princess Winter is admired for her grace, kindness and beauty, despite the scars on her face. She's said to be even more breath-taking than her stepmother, Queen Levana...

When Winter develops feelings for the handsome palace guard, Jacin, she fears the evil Queen will crush their romance before it has a chance to begin.

But there are stirrings against the Queen across the l
Hardcover, 1st, 827 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
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Amanda NO! Cinder is Cinderella, Kai is the Cinderella Prince, Cress is Rapunzel, Thorne is Eugene (Tangled) or the prince that saves Rapunzel from the tower…moreNO! Cinder is Cinderella, Kai is the Cinderella Prince, Cress is Rapunzel, Thorne is Eugene (Tangled) or the prince that saves Rapunzel from the tower, Scarlet is Red Riding Hood, Wolf is the wolf in Red Riding Hood and Iko does not belong to any of these fairy tail but she is... the most cool and beautiful android in New Beijing! The only characters from Snow White are Jacin (Prince Charming), Winter (Snow White)and Levana (The Evil Queen, the fairest of them all)
Oh, and NO!, EVEN IF WINTER IS BASED OFF FROM SNOW WHITE IT DOESNT MEAN THE OTHER CHARACTERS ARE THE 7 DWARFS, DONT YOU DARE DEMEAN AND DEGRADE THEM LIKE THAT! Sorry, I love the Lunar Chronicles and I just want other people to respect them as I do. I am a full time fangirl, if you are one too, you will understand the pain of disrespectfulness to our fandoms. Dont feel offended!(less)
Kameron B. Moore The page number listed there is not accurate: it's an approximation based on her previous books. On her blog, Marissa Meyer has stated that WINTER is …moreThe page number listed there is not accurate: it's an approximation based on her previous books. On her blog, Marissa Meyer has stated that WINTER is the biggest book out of them all, and she won't reveal how big until closer to the publication date. Also, page number has nothing to do with how slow or fast something is published: it is based on the author and the publisher's release schedule. Hope this helped!(less)

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Emily May
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
“She was prettier than a bouquet of roses and crazier than a headless chicken. Fitting in was not an option.”

And... I've finished! *sob*

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of Lunar Chronicles. After finally giving in and picking up Scarlet, even though I hated Cinder, I just haven't been able to get enough of this series. And this longass final installment was a heart-pounding, fast-paced finale.

You know, I actually checked and this is the longest YA book I have ever read at over 820 pa
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’m going to miss these little train wrecks.
I’m going to miss the banter between Cinder and Thorne.
I’m going to miss all the relationships & friendships.
I’m going to miss my sassy queen Iko.
I'm going to miss this series so much. AHHH.

UPDATE - Full video review here:
Caz (littlebookowl)
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
After finishing the last page, I got a little teary. From finishing not only a fantastic book, but also one of my favourite series. I don't really know what to do now... ...more
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved every second spent reading this.
Christine Riccio
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WHAT A FANTASTIC FINALE!!!!!! I LOVED IT. HERE'S My full review/ discusison booktalk! ...more
Miranda Reads
Fantastic end to a great series

This series actually got better with every book.

If you are on the fence after reading Cinder, I urge you to keep going.

Each book follows a different couple but we still have the previous couples running around throughout the story arc.

This time we follow Winter (Snow White) and Jacin (the Huntsman). Despite having no royal blood, Winter is the Lunar Princess.

Like most Lunars, Winter has the gift of manipulation. Unlike most Lunars, she would rather lose her mi

TEASERS (from Marissa Meyer's Twitter):

She screamed like a thousand birds were picking at her flesh.
She screamed like the palace was burning down around her.

“Hold these wires and make sure they don’t touch.”
“What happens if they touch?”
“The ship will probably self-destruct.”

She was going to have to train herself not to stare at him quite as often as she was used to. That would be no easy task.

“May I request a new uniform? A towel seems inappropriat
“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

Once Upon a Time, there was a lonely girl who dreamed too much. Her name was Katerina. She used to gaze at the sky and observe the faint light of the moon. One night, she watched a falling star and made a wish. She wished that she would belong. Escape. Travel. Feel. Little did she know that her heart's desire was about to be granted. For when the star landed on Earth, it took a woman's form. In some stories they call her the
Marissa Meyer in Interview: (paraphrased)

"Winter decided not to use her Lunar gift. She experiences bad hallucinations and her mental state is deteriorating."





Winter is going to be such an interesting character I'm so excited!

After Reading Cress

So, without too many spoilers, I'm just going to leave this little exchange here:

Winter: "You shouldn't call me crazy. They don't like that."

Other Character: "But you are!"

Winter: "I know that I am. Do you know how I know? Because the walls of t
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
I write this review 3 months after finishing the book to give me the space to think about why I was so disappointed by this book so much. This review is definitely not representative of the majority opinion, and one I never expected to hold before reading this book. Don't get me wrong though. I was SO EXCITED for this book as it was the conclusion to what is a wonderful series. Maybe I was expecting too much, or perhaps I have changed as a person since reading the first three books,
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A great conclusion for such a wonderful series! A TAD underwhelmed by the ending, but it was action packed and all of my little babies ended up where I wanted them, so I'm happy!
Steph Sinclair
I just love how Snow White will be a person of color. Totally wasn't expecting that. Is it Winter yet? ...more
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I've been a champion of THE LUNAR CHRONICLES for years now. I saw CINDER featured for months and months on Fantastic Fiction (b/c before I started using Goodreads), and I was simultaneously intrigued and horrified by the concept of a sci-fi YA retelling of a fairy tale. Honestly, I don't remember what finally convinced me to pick it up. I was just glad I did.

Now I'm not so sure. The first two books were fantastic, and while I wasn’t quite as fond of the third, it wasn
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
RE-READ AUDIO 2017. This narrator nailed it! 💕

MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S OVER! I was so happy with the way this book went and the way it ended. Well, one part made me sad. There were parts that I wanted to yell, throw things, hulk smash, off with heads and so forth and so on, but I digress. I don't want to give out any kind of spoilers since so many people are reading this book right now or are going to be reading. So, this review is going to be filled with some e

That’s really all I have to say.

This book is very, very long (it has tissue-paper pages! That’s how you know a YA book is too damn long). It introduces more characters I don’t care about, allowing me to realize that I really only care about Cress and Thorne. It spends a hundred thousand million years wrapping up every loose end, and still the plotline and conclusion manage to feel unsatisfying.

I really don’t have much to say beyond that.

The fact that this book is 827 pages long and I can’t
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
3.75* if I'm being specific
I really enjoyed this, it was a great action packed conclusion but boy was it long. It kind of felt like the same thing over and over again after a while. Honestly I wish Fairest hadn't happened and this had been split into 2 books instead. The ending was meh but overall this was a very enjoyable series!!
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Natalie Monroe
4.5 stars

"I can't believe this is happening. I can't fight like this, or start a revolution, or be a queen. I can't do anything like this. I'm literally broken."

Iko settled a hand on Cinder's shoulder. "Yeah, but broken isn't the same as unfixable."

Winter isn't perfect. Marissa Meyer has some very big shoes to fill. Expectations are high, fans are passionate... but I do feel she left us with a largely satisfying ending.

I know what a lot of non-readers are wondering: does it drag? Surprisingl
Darth J
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: series
My Reviews for this series:
Stars Above

This finale to the Lunar Chronicles finds Cinder on a mission to take her rightful place on the throne of Luna, as she is the lost princess Selene.

Winter faces a major pacing problem. It's over 800 pages and a lot of it is just blah blah. It reminds me of a video game with too many tedious side quests and overlong cutscenes that you can't skip through. While there's plenty of action, the meat to garnish ratio here is not filling
Kai Spellmeier
"Broken isn't the same as unfixable.”

A grand finale!

This had everything I'm looking for in a conclusion of a series. Everyone got a satisfying and even happily ever after. Satisfying is actually the best word to describe this novel. Often the last installment of a good series is a let-down ( End of Days or Clockwork Princess).
But this one had it all: suspense, romance and diversity (even though I really missed queer characters). Great world-building and character-depth.

Note: I think it's worth
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
never in my life would i have thought that i needed a sci-fi retelling of all the classic fairy tales. and yet here i am, four books and one amazing series later, shocked at how i could have even lasted this long without it.

its quite difficult for me to rate and review this as just one book in a series, because this was honestly one of the best conclusions i have ever read. it was such a wonderful culmination of all the previous books, put into one. it truly felt like a finale, showcasing and c
Feb 18, 2013 marked it as to-read

I just finished Cress ten minutes ago.

During the ten minutes after I had finished Cress:

How I feel when I see the release date for Winter:


O, Jacin and Winter, I await greedily.

Come to mama

Oh please I'm dying.

Dear Ms. Meyer,

Please give me this book lest I turn into a crazed and handsome half wolf, half lunar rabid warrior. Nothing will stand between me and my Alpha my Scarlet my book. There will be no mercy unless my demands are remedied.

Of course, if yo
Danielle (Love at First Page)
That's how you end a series. I am in love!

A star for each one of my ships:
*Scarlet & Wolf, forever my favorites. They, I think, have had the roughest journey of all, but they're love also seems the strongest. They never waver, especially in this book.
*Cress & Thorne, who fully stole my heart in Winter. They are adorable beyond words, and so very, very perfect for each other.
*Winter & Jacin, with their childhood love turned into something far fiercer and truer. They are each other's rocks in a
Helena Paris
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Claudia Ramírez
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5

Maybe I'll write a review later, for now, this is the order of the books from my favorite to my least favorite:

1. Cress (that book was EPIC).
2. Winter
3. Scarlet
4. Cinder (which I liked, but not that much).
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A bittersweet conclusion to a fantastic YA-SciFi series. The Lunar Chronicles is retelling GOLD!

Winter is the fourth, and concluding novel, in Marissa Meyer's beloved Lunar Chronicles series.

Coming in at over 800-pages, this hefty book provides the final stand-off between our intrepid heroes, their allies, and the wicked Lunar Queen, Levana.

There was a ton of action, some of it quite brutal, and I enjoyed learning a bit more about each of our main characters.

I can't believe it is over. As some o
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really really loved this book. The character interactions were ON POINT as always. I love this cast of characters so so much and I care SO MUCH ABOUT THEM.
World building - YAS. I loved reading about Luna and picturing everything, especially the throne room
I can't really totally give it a 5 stars because it just felt so long and like so many things happened at the beginning that there wasn't really a climax - that being said, it was really
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
No one touch me, I'm very fragile right now!!!

Oh my Gaaawwwwddddddd

What was that?! What splendid tragically heartbreaking exhilarating heart warming masterpiece of a conclusion was that?

Okay, deeeeeeppp breaths.........

Now to begin my review; first of all 823 pages of a story it was indeed. This was easily two books fit into one. Secondly they all finally got their happily ever afters, so I'm a messy ball of goo right now.

The book started of with a slightly slower pace, then elevated slowly as
Solid 4.5 STARS.

“Do me a favor, Princess.
The next time someone says they're going to kill you,
don't just let them.”

I finished this! Again.
They left me. Again.
It's a bittersweet feeling. On one hand, I am completely satisfied with how Meyer decided to tie things up, but then on the other, i wouldn't have minded another book. Things felt a little rushed at times?

The only complaint I have is Thorne and Cress's relationship. It feels wrong? I don't know about you guys but Cress is like a
shady boots
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-faves
4.5 stars. Satisfying ending, great series overall. Had fun.
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