• Home
  • /
  • 5 Sandwich
  • /
  • Winter Book Review – Sour Apples and Insurrection
Winter Book Review | Lunch-Time Librarian

Winter Book Review – Sour Apples and Insurrection


Winter by Marissa MeyerSynopsis.

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar 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?

This is the FINAL book in the series, to read my reviews of the other books see: Cinder (Book 1)Scarlet (Book 2), and Cress (Book 3)

The Good Bits.

As in the finale of any series, I had some expectations for this novel. And I will say that my rating is based on not being able to find much fault in the ending. If you’re used to emotion endings that leave you in tears, that’s not what Winter will give you. What it finishes with, is a happily ever after that you can feel satisfied with. Including all the romance you ever wanted to see in the other books but missed. As usual, there’s a lot of the group getting separated from each other, but their reunions are significantly more romantic than in the other novels.

There are a few new characters that pop up and I have to comment Marissa for even making minor characters that leave an impression. Even for characters that appeared briefly and then died, I found myself missing them and wishing they stuck around. And it was great how the Lunar people were orchestrating a lot of the rebellion themselves because the common people rising up is pretty damn cool.

I also enjoyed seeing what Levana’s slow fall from grace. You could see her slipping up and making mistakes as Cinder reclaiming the throne becomes more of a threat. She sincerely believes that she’s a great ruler and further, that she deserves her rule. And you don’t have to read Fairest to get a glimpse into Levana’s past. I actually preferred that I hadn’t read Fairest because I got just enough info about Levana to make her a more rounded villain.

Sour Grapes.

I don’t have many negative things to say about this novel, just a couple things that were a bit irksome. One being that the threat to Princess Winter’s life felt less like a threat and more like an excuse to sneak in Snow White references. That and the ending is less of a big bang finish and more like a slow burnout.

The Last Bite.

Winter is an action-packed finish to the Lunar Chronicles series and will not disappoint fans. That being said, I can understand some of the complaints meant about the length. Could it have ended sooner? Yes. Did the quality of the novel suffer from the length? I don’t think so.

Amazon Link for BookAuthor's Site Link

What type of series ending do you like? A big bang finish? Or a more restrained ending? Why?

Let me know in the comments!

Let’s do lunch again next week!



  • Mara @ Mara Was Here

    April 5, 2016 at 12:10 AM

    I can still remember finishing Winter and then closing the book really slowly and thinking to myself, “Okay, so what do I do with my life now?” xD

    I’m glad you loved Winter! I agree that the ending was a bit… meh, but it was cool to read Levana slowly getting less of a tight hold of the people of Luna and eventually lowering her pride.

    I think I’m a fan of huge endings, especially when it’s a series, so that I can really appreciate all the years I spent waiting for the series to finish. Then again, I still love restrained endings as long as they are written well. 🙂 Great review!

    • ltlibrarian

      April 5, 2016 at 8:03 AM

      Me too! especially since I binge read them all, after spending like 3 weeks reading it you get so into the books it’s strange to just stop.

      I agree! Huge endings just make it feel more dramatic and exciting, and worth the wait. You’re more patient than I am haha, restrained endings just make me go “oh, is that it?”

      Thanks for visiting!


Leave a Reply

Simple Share Buttons
Simple Share Buttons