Winter by Marissa Meyer

Summary:
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark 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? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Review:
I feel like I flew through this series up until I got to this book. Even though I did listen to this final audiobook (that is TWENTYFOUR hours long) in less than a week. Something about Winter just dragged. Though nothing in the story was actually going slowly. There were some periods of slowness where the characters needed to figure out what to do next and make plans and travel, but there was enough action to keep up the pace of the story. There was just something about it that dragged. I found myself about 80% through wondering if it was ever going to end. It’s not that I wasn’t interested.
I loved the characters of this series. There is such a fun and interested squad of characters. They are all so different and I loved each of them so much. They all grow and go through so much in these four books but especially in this finale. Cinder has come to take back her throne and everything she’s been planning is finally happening. I do wish that we’d gotten more of her and Kai, but I have a feeling that will be happening in Stars Above. Cress and Thorne were by far my favorite (Cress was my favorite book in the series). This doesn’t surprise me too much because Rapunzel is my favorite fairytale. I loved Thorne’s character growth and the happy ending that they get. Winter and Jacin were my second favorite. They had me cackling and laughing all over the place. I just loved Winter. She’s weird but courageous, putting herself last above what she things is the right thing. Jacin is not afraid to do whatever it takes to protect Winter. I just loved it. Then there’s Wolf and Scarlet. They go through so much being split up over and over and they manage to overcome it all again and again.
I also really liked the villain, Levana. She’s so interesting and intense. We see her as she goes from all-powerful to mostly just insane and it’s such a fascinating journey. She’s such a compelling villain. I’m excited to read her novel, Fairest.
I have to mention the retelling aspect of this series. I though Meyer did an incredible job putting her own twist on these classic stories. I just thought it was such a compelling aspect of these books.
Finally, the narrator. I have mentioned her in each of my reviews but it’s because she deserves it. She really becomes these characters. They each get their own distinct voice and I just am awed by this narrator’s ability to bring me into the story and put passion and ferocity into the voices. There were parts with Levana and Cinder that just wowed me.
Overall, I loved this book. I loved this series. I loved the narrator. I loved the characters. Everything about this series was well thought out and well excecuted. I adored the fairytale twists and the science fiction twists. This is a must-read series if you haven’t picked it up yet.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Eighteen – Top Ten Tuesday Winter TBR

Hi bookfriends! Today we’re here to talk about the books we’re going to be reading this winter! Some of these will be good seasonal reads, but some of them will just be books from our TBR lists that we really want to get to!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Winter TBR

Amanda’s Winter TBR List

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith

Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle

Girls Made of Glass and Snow by Melissa Bashardoust

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill

Ordinary Beast by Nicole Sealey

Antonia’s Winter TBR List

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

The Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Redwall by Brian Jacques

The 13th Reality by James Dashner

What books are on your TBR list this winter?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Red, White & Blue

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week we’re given a new prompt for a top ten list of all things bookish. This week is top ten books with Red, White and Blue book covers (in honor of the 4th of July). This one was actually pretty easy for me, but only because I already took some bookstagram pictures of books with red, white or blue covers for the holiday. I’m going to list a few that are one of the three colors and then see if I have any books that have all three colors on them.

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Red

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
The Elite by Kiera Cass

White (ish)

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Warcross by Marie Lu
The One by Kiera Cass

Blue

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
The Selection by Kiera Cass

Red, White & Blue

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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These are just the ones that I found within my hardcopy books in my at home collection, there were a few more that I could have added from my list of ebooks but I didn’t want to go too crazy. What books do you have that are patriotic?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s June Book Haul

Hi, lovelies!

So this month I went a liiiittle crazy buying books. Between Book Outlet’s fabulous sale where I bought 20+ new books and the discovery of the magic that is a local used bookstore (there’s three within fifteen minutes of my house!), I ended up with quite the book haul for this month.

I’ve never done a book haul post before so this is what we’re going to do. I’m going to put some pictures below of all of my new pretty books. I’m not going to talk about every single book because that would make this post entirely too long, but I am going to mention a few that I’m most excited to read in the upcoming month.

Let’s get down to it, here are all my new shiny pretty babies.

 

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser – The summary of this book sounds so interesting I couldn’t help but buy it. It’s high on my TBR list for July. I’m excited to get into the story. It’s a book that’s been translated from German which I think is super interesting.

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow – This was a Target find for me. I’ve seen several bookish friends read this and give it rave reviews. I’m excited to sink my teeth into it. I haven’t read enough realistic books lately.

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman – Shusterman is an author that I love more and more everytime I read another one of his books. I managed to pick up this book with the Book Outlet sale. It’s won a few awards and sounds like a really powerful story.

 

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – I found the whole series (except for book seven) at one of the local bookstores I found around my town recently. I stupidly sold my full series set before I moved a few years ago and have regretted it since. So when I found the (almost) full set all matching and hardcover I just couldn’t resist.

The Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin – I have heard so many good things about this trilogy. I’m super duper excited to read these books and will for sure be getting to them in July. When I found the boxed set on sale at Book Outlet I knew I had to have them.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – This series is one that a few bookish friends I know have started to read for the first time (Yes I’m talking about you Ebru @ EBS and Her Reads) so again, when I saw the boxed set on Book Outlet I knew I had to buy it and add it to my TBR for a reread soon.

This is my haul for the month of June! What did you haul this month? Did we buy any of the same books? What books don’t you see that I definitely should have bought?

Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments and as always,

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.