Publisher: Macmillan Young Listeners
Release Date: November 10th, 2015
Format: Audiobook narrated by Rebecca Soler
My Rating: ★★★★★
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?
Okay, so I shied away from this book for awhile because I just didn't want this series to be over. So I kept on putting it off, but I finally got a chance to listen to the audiobook! I loved this book, it's one of the few that I have enjoyed so much that I had to give it a 5-star rating. I really enjoyed this series as a whole with the diverse cast of characters and interesting world building, so I'm really sad to see that it's now over.
First let's talk about the narrator Rebecca Soler. Soler was the narrator for the entire series, which is something I feel like every series needs to do. I had listened to her on the audio for Scarlet so when I started Winter I was really glad to hear her familiar voice. I think she did a pretty good job, especially in this final book because she has to do a lot more voices. I think she does an awesome job with accents and making you really understand that this is a different character speaking. I would definitely try to listen to any other books she has narrated.
Winter the character is different from the others because she refuses to use her Lunar gift and she has gone mad from it. I liked that we got to see a character suffering from a mental illness, especially in a science fiction book. I think it was done realistically, and I did like the conversation she has with Jacin at the end of the book about whether she needs to be "fixed". I felt like at times Winter was really naive, which is a major plot point that I don't want to spoil, but I understood why due to her upbringing in the palace.
This was the final book so a lot of crazy stuff happens in it, and I feel like I can't really talk about any of it without spoiling things for people! I will say that I freaking hated Levana. This whole book had me seething with everything she did. She was straight up EVIL!! I read Fairest, and although I felt bad for what Channary did to her, it didn't make me pity her because inside Levana was ugly. It didn't matter what she looked like for real or by Glamour she had an ugly personality, and would never really know "true beauty."
This book is a lot longer than the other three, but I didn't find that it dragged on at all. The book was action packed and it kept me wanting to listen to it every chance I got. If you haven't started this series yet or you're not ready to finish it, I would highly recommend you get on that now!