book review (with tribute mani!): winter

Years ago, I was a member of a short-lived, online Book Club, and the very first book we read was CINDER. I'd never read much YA before then (as an adult), nor had I read much science fiction, but that's what's so great about book clubs—they introduce you to new books! And man, did we all fall in love with it. Both for the incredibly unique plot, and the jam-packed action. Plus, there were the gorgeous covers. They’re breathtaking, while still being slightly ominous. Incredible branding, that’s for sure. If I had more time, I would’ve done a tribute mani for each one! Haha!

(The only cover missing here is for FAIREST, a little novella that goes between CRESS and WINTER.) 

So, four-ish years after I first read CINDER, the final book in the series, WINTER, was finally released, on November 10. And just like the previous three-and-a-half books, the finale didn’t disappoint.

It’s always a challenge to write a review for the last book in a series because spoilers are pretty much a given, and that totally stinks. So in the interests of being cautious, I’ll try to tread lightly by not going into detail regarding the story's progression.

In no particular order here’s a list of what WINTER had, which can also be found in the other Lunar Chronicles books:

-       Unrequited love!
-       Heartbreak!
-       Action!
-       Badass female characters based on beloved fairy tales!
-       Betrayal!
-       Mind-control powers!
-       Futuristic cyborgs in space!
-       Effed-up governmental policies!
-       Mega effed-up villains!
-       Life-threatening diseases!
-       Mysterious antidotes!
-       Glamorously-ridiculous clothing!
-       Murder!
-       Mayhem!
-       Everything else you could possibly want in a high-stakes tale of a social outcast/underdog who’s bound and determined to save the world!

So if that combination of exclamatory points tickles your fancy, I highly recommend that you pick up the Lunar Chronicles Series. The story is pretty freaking fantastic and original, and the tension remains at a rope-breaking point throughout the entire, crazy-pants plot. Marissa Meyer probably had about a kazillion spreadsheets in order to keep everything straight because it seemed like there was a new problem surfacing on every page. Haha!

But isn't that just the best? When there's so much happening that you don't have a chance to catch your breath? Why, of course it is! That's why we read! To escape the mundane-ness of everyday life! And now that all four (and a half) books are out, they would make an awesome gift for any YA bibliophile in your life. Or, you know, yourself. Whatever. I don’t judge. Haha!


  1. I've started and stopped Cinder so many times. I should really pick it up again and finish it this time. I've heard so many good things about this series.

  2. I can't wait to start the series- everyone raves about it. :)
    And I LOVE that mani! I need the grand tour on how you did it. Sponging and free handing the apple? Seriously. WOW.

  3. It was short lived but a really fun book club!! Also like how amazing is Winter, she is 100% my favorite of them all!


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