[597]: Winter by Marissa Meyer


Winter by Marissa Meyer

And so this is the end. The end of a series that I’ve followed and loved since the first book came out. Books that I’ve loved progressively so with each instalment and with whom I’ve realised that yes, I still can enjoy fairy tales. It’s hard to say goodbye, but all good things must come to an end.


A brilliant one – with a propensity for torturing her readers to the point of madness that we had no choice but to assume the foetal position and suck our thumbs. I know I did. Because I kid you not, that’s how I felt for about 95% of this 800-page beast. Every page had the potential for heartache due to unimaginable horrors in store for our beloved characters. The suspense on whether or not Cinder will succeed in her quest to overthrow Levana only amped up the anxiety level to unbearable heights. She and her cohorts have had to work extra hard to convince the people from the outer sectors to join in her revolution, but it’s such a difficult thing to do considering how far-reaching Levana’s and her Thaumaturge’s powers were. Besides the fact that the people of Luna were a defeated and demoralised lot, I remained unconvinced that Levana would, could be defeated.


Because this last book was supposed to be about Princess Winter, it was both a disappointment and a relief to find that only about a significant amount of this epic instalment was about her story. Not as much as I originally expected it to be, anyway. Winter’s is a sad story arch. Because she’d suppressed her powers of persuasion, her mind was slowly deteriorating into madness. Meyer gave Snow White justice. From the time her Hunstman (Jacin) was ordered to kill her, to when she found kinship amongst the wolves (the dwarves), right up to when Levana impersonated herself to give her a form of poison, Marissa threaded Winter’s story so flawlessly into this final instalment.

Though it may feel like the 800 pages was a bit long, I promise you that you will not notice the passing of time. In some instances, I felt like I was not reading fast enough or I read it too fast that I had to go back. In the end, and as in most cases where you’ve waited so long for a book, you’ll be warring with your emotions. Mostly, you’ll come to an unresolved conclusion on whether you wanted more or you’ve had enough.


I understand now why we had to wait so long for this instalment. The amount of plotting and replotting required to give birth to this book must’ve cost her blood, sweat and tears. I know it’s not perfect – no book ever is. But this is pretty much close to perfection. You know that blinding disorientation you feel after leaving the theatre? That’s how I felt after closing this book. A little dazed, a little unsure of how to go on about my mundane life.

GOODREADS SUMMARY | Feiwel & Friends | November 10th, 2015 | Hardcover, 827 pp. | Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars



  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I definitely enjoyed this installment a lot more than I thought would, given I wasn’t a fan of either Cinder or Cress. Winter’s story was heartbreaking but I really enjoyed how it played out. Lovely review, Joy!

  • This is not my type of read but it sounds like it was wonderful read for you! And 800 pages is pretty daunting 🙂

  • I haven’t started this series, but I want to try it. Wow, 800 pages is a long book. I’m glad you loved it. I need to move this up my TBR list.

  • What an epic sounding ending! The plotting sounds amazing and I hope to binge read this some time soon if my heart can handle it all. Awesome review, Joy – so glad you loved it!! 🙂

  • I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series. Maybe I should retry it. Lovely review, Joy I am so happy you loved Winter!

  • Ashtyn @ Wonderland’s Reader

    I agree with this review 110%. Honestly, you articulated my feelings for this book perfectly! It was a little daunting at first, being so long, but I found I was in the same situation as you – it didn’t at all feel like a drag or like things were stuck in just to be fillers. Every single part felt important to the story and I’m glad she didn’t cut things back. I’d much rather have a very long book that gives justice to the characters and stories. I was also surprised there wasn’t more Winter but, as much as I liked her and how interesting her story was, I was relieved we were able to see so much of our other favorites.

    Thanks for such an awesome review!

    Ashtyn @ Wonderland’s Reader!

  • So glad to hear you loved this one as well! I agreed the suspense was killing me but I was so glad to read more about our favourite characters. I was actually surprised there wasn’t more of Winter and Jacin, but everyone had pretty good screen time I felt!

  • I absolutely love when big books don’t feel big at all, it’s a sure sign of a winner. I still have yet to read Cress but I’m enjoying the series so far and it’s great to know that this series has a wonderful conclusion 🙂

  • Yes yes yes. <3 Stunning review Joy 😀 I am THRILLED that this was a five star for you too. <3 Hugs. So happy that you loved it 🙂 It was just perfection. Sigh. I'm so sad that it is over, though, ack! I need more. And Stars Above in just two months will be more 😀 And I'm the most excited, lol. Anyway. I'm confused. Have you not read Fairest? HAVE YOU NOT? If so, READ IT 😀 So good. And evil. Anyway. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this one sweetie. <3

  • Bec

    I’ve got this sitting on my TBR pile waiting for me to read. I’m kind of scared to get to it! Series enders are always intimidating. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it so much though!

  • Oh boy, I’m soooo looking forward to this!

  • Melliane

    I’m glad to see you had a great time with the story because I know I saw some persons really disappointed in this one. I have only read the first book so I know I need to try more… soon…

  • Fab review! I’ve toyed with the idea of starting this series, even though it is completely out of my normal zone. Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Wonderful review! Sadly, I’ve yet to start this series but it seems so good. 800 pages? Wow! I’m intrigued though.

  • Oh wow Joy! Now I know I am missing out by not reading this series! Sounds like the author has done an incredible job with this tale and wrapped it up perfectly! Awesome review!!

  • “You know that blinding disorientation you feel after leaving the theatre? That’s how I felt after closing this book. A little dazed, a little unsure of how to go on about my mundane life.” Well said! I think you just convinced me to read Cress and Winter!

  • I need to get this book but I’m scared! It takes me so long to finish a series especially when I have high hopes! But I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • kindlemom1

    Love this review Joy! I’m so excited to pick this series back up and see how it all ends!

  • Glad to hear it was wrapped up well and even if not perfect, still good

  • All of these wonderful reviews coming in just makes me want to catch up on this series. That is my mission next year; to start book 2 and finish the others as well. Great review!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    This is 800 pages? WOW! I didn’t realize it was that long. And yes, I can see why we had to wait so long for this one too. I can’t even imagine how tricky it was to weave all the threads from the previous stories plus Winter’s story together in this final book. Really looking forward to it though Joy, I adored the small glimpse of Winter in the last book!

  • Nick(Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite

    I so agree with you, Joy! Even the 800 pages didn’t feel like enough to me! It was such a brilliant series ending and there was so much suspense and heartache! I’m really glad that you loved it as well! 😀
    Beautiful review!

  • I WISH EXAMS WERE OVER. Once exams are over I get to read this. Because if I start now I know I won’t be studying at all and I have to have some extent of self control…

  • I need to get to book 2!