Winter by Marissa Meyer #BookReview #YA

wintermeyerTitle: Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Format: paperback, 827 pages
Publication Details:  November 10th 2015 by Feiwel and Friends
Genre(s): YA; Fairy-tale retellings
Disclosure? Nope, I bought it!

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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?

Review

Let me warn you now that is going to be more like a diarrhoea of emotions than it is a review…

OMG I cannot tell you how happy I felt reading this, and having all the amazing characters from the previous books finally brought together to defeat the evil Queen Levana! Insert fangirl squeal here.

Winter was everything I hoped for and more. Cinder kicked-ass, Scarlet was sassy and hilarious, Cress was adorably cute and Princess Winter…oh how I love her crazy ways.

And don’t even get me started on the guys. I mean, how are supposed to choose between Prince Kai, Captain Thorne and Wolf..? I just can’t even!

I don’t really want to give anything away plot-wise, but I’m just so happy that I wasn’t disappointed in this book. I was worried it was unnecessarily long (being over 800 pages) but it packed A LOT into those pages, and I think it both needed and deserved it. Also with this being the last book, I was worried that it wouldn’t have the ending I’d hoped for, but I think it ended in the only way it could without causing millions of readers to revolt!

I only had two (very small) gripes about this book, and it’s true for the whole series as well – I found it a bit annoying how each female protagonist was paired up with the man of their dreams. You know? It was all just a bit too perfect. And they got paired up pretty quickly as well. But I guess this is a fairy-tale after all. It would have been nice to have a gay character in there though…it was all very ‘traditional’ for a cyborg fairytale.

The second was Cress. Don’t get me wrong, I love her. But her constant insecurities in this book started to annoy me at times. I got over it though.

So there you have it. The Lunar Chronicles has been one of the most surprising, and amazing YA series I’ve read in recent years. A series that on paper sounds like it just shouldn’t work, but it’s a testament to Meyer how perfect it actually is.

I can’t wait to read more Marissa Meyer!

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This Week in Books 03.12.15 #TWIB

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week.

Seriously guys, it’s DECEMBER….YAYYYYYYYYYYY! Best time of year 🙂

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Now: The Christmas We Met ~ Kate Lord Brown

I’ve only just started this, but I think I’m going to love it!

Then: Winter ~ Marissa Meyer

Ahhh I don’t even know what to say about Winter! I didn’t want it to end for starters…I’ll try and form some kind of review before the weekend.

Next: ???

I’ll be continuing the festiveness with The Magic of Christmas by Trisha Ashley.

New on the Shelves

The only books I bought this week are for gifts so shhhh! And I requested a few on Netgalley but they are still pending. :/

I’m Waiting On…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The Madwoman Upstairs ~ Catherine Lowell

This one caught my eye on Netgalley!

madwomanIn Catherine Lowell’s smart and original debut novel, the only remaining descendant of the Brontë family embarks on a modern-day literary scavenger hunt to find the family’s long-rumored secret estate, using only the clues her eccentric father left behind, and the Brontës’ own novels.

Samantha Whipple is used to stirring up speculation wherever she goes. Since her father’s untimely death, she is the presumed heir to a long-rumored trove of diaries, paintings, letters, and early novel drafts passed down from the Brontë family—a hidden fortune never revealed to anyone outside of the family, but endlessly speculated about by Brontë scholars and fanatics. Samantha, however, has never seen this alleged estate and for all she knows, it’s just as fictional as Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights.

Yet everything changes when Samantha enrolls at Oxford University and long lost objects from the past begin rematerializing in her life. Her father’s distinctive copy of Jane Eyre, which should have perished in the fire that claimed his life, mysteriously appears on Samantha’s bed. Annotated in her father’s handwriting, the book is the first of many clues in an elaborate scavenger hunt derived from the world’s greatest literature. With the help of a handsome but inscrutable professor, Samantha must plunge into a vast literary mystery and an untold family legacy, one that can only be solved by decoding the clues hidden within the Brontës’ own writing.

For readers who devoured The Weird Sisters and Special Topics in Calamity Physics, The Madwoman Upstairs is a suspenseful, exhilarating debut by an exciting new talent who offers a moving exploration of what it means when the greatest truth is, in fact, fiction.

Expected Publication: March 1st 2016 by Touchstone

So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours?

If you still do a similar WWW post (or just want to join in, leave your link/answers in the comments, OR why not tweet using #TWIB, and I’ll come and visit!

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Debuts #TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels We Are Looking Forward To

I’m frantically trying to finish this year with as few outstanding review books to read as possible, so I haven’t really managed to think ahead to next years’ releases yet, especially debuts.

I have, however, come across quite a few from fellow bloggers and Netgalley in the past couple of weeks though, so here are the ones that got me really excited…

Blackhearts ~ Nicole Castroman

2016debuts1Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

Expected publication: February 9th 2016 by Simon Pulse

Jerkbait ~ Mia Siegert

2016debuts2Even though they’re identical, Tristan isn’t close to his twin Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself. Forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, Tristan starts seeing his twin as not an NHL prospect, but a struggling gay teen who is terrified about coming out in the professional sports world. Trapped together in their claustrophobic room, Robbie suggests they run away with “Jimmy2416,” a guy Robbie has talked to online for months but never met. Tristan must decide whether to tell his parents about Robbie’s plan, losing his twin’s trust forever, or go on a journey that will put their lives and innocence in jeopardy.

Expected publication: May 3rd 2016 by Jolly Fish Press

The Smell of Other People’s Houses ~ Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

2016debuts3In Alaska, 1970, being a teenager here isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. This deeply moving and authentic debut is for fans of Rainbow Rowell, Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, and Benjamin Alire Saenz. Intertwining stories of love, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation on the edge of America’s Last Frontier introduce a writer of rare talent.

Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home—until one of them ends up in terrible danger.

Four very different lives are about to become entangled. This unforgettable book is about people who try to save each other—and how sometimes, when they least expect it, they succeed.

Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Wendy Lamb Books

Into the Dim ~ Janet B. Taylor

2016debuts4When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.

Expected publication: March 1st 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers

These Vicious masks ~ Tarun Shanker

2016debuts5Jane Austen meets X-­Men in this gripping and adventure-­filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.

England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

Expected publication: February 9th 2016 by Swoon Reads

Save me, Kurt Cobain ~ Jenny Manzer

2016debuts6What if you discovered that Kurt Cobain is not only alive, but might be your real father?

Nicola Cavan has been an outsider since age four when her mother vanished from their home in Victoria, British Columbia. Now 15, Nico is determined to find her beautiful, music-obsessed mother. After glimpsing “Cobain” on a ferry from Seattle, Nico follows the man with the blazing blue eyes to a remote Vancouver Island cabin—and her life will never be the same.

 

Expected publication: March 8th 2016 by Delacorte Press

If I was Your Girl ~ Meredith Russo

2016debuts7A new kind of big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are.

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life, and her new love?

If I Was Your Girl is a universal story about feeling different—and a love story that everyone will root for.

Expected publication: May 3rd 2016 by Flatiron Books