Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Published by Penguin Australia on November 10th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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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?
What a beautiful ending to my favourite Lunar Chronicles series! There were so many beautiful moments throughout the book. At 800 pages, the book never drags or slows down.
This is war, where Cinder rallies the Lunar Citizens to overtake Levana’s mind control rule. I wasn’t quite prepared for the bloody massacre within the book, and the ruthless choices that needed to be made for the greater good. But in the end it’s all for the better. I must say it made it all the more epic, there’s so much action and so many point of views here because you want to hear from every single one of these beautiful characters. And they each get their defining moments and their happily ever afters, even though it’s tense, thrilling and you just never know if they’re all going to pull through.
Thorne: “Oh, Cinder, I’ve missed seeing your face when you make sarcastic comments in an attempt to hide your true feelings about me.”
Thorne: “See that eye roll? It translates to ‘How am I possibly keeping my hands off you, Captain?'”
Cinder: “Yeah, keeping them from strangling you.”
Now if you’ll excuse me I’m just going to fangirl about all the couples in the series:
I just love Cinder and Kai so much, and they really play their roles well here. I wanted to mush them together! But there was so much as stake as Kai needs to fulfill an important role for distracting Levana. He showed so much restraint and his pure repugnance at what he had to do was mesmerising. I love his speeches and how he just rules with sophistication. I LOVE YOU KAI.
Cinder, you beautiful brilliant girl. It doesn’t matter that you’re half an android, because you have the bravery and the confidence to move a revolution. I just loved that after all odds, your sheer determination kept you moving and going. I just loved how you’ve come from your humble beginnings and grown into an incredible inspiration. Your strength and bravery is stunning and there could be no better person to lead the series. MY OTTTTPPPP
How about Wolf and Scarlet? Oh my goshhh they have the sweetest moments! Those stolen kisses, being each other’s alpha, and being able to protect each other. Scarlet, your spunk is so incredible and I wouldn’t be able to do half the things that you did. When you walked into the alpha base and OWNED EVERYONE I was like YESSSS! Totally winning. And Wolf, you poor ferocious beast. I just love your softer side. It’s so completely adorable, because you’re not just all jaws.
“He is your Wolf now, and you are his alpha.”
AND CRESSS AND THORNE! Omgg I don’t know what happened, it’s like so much happened here and I missed something. They’re still pretty conflicted because of Thorne’s overconfidence and playboy self. His cocky attitude but utterly charming personality over an awkward girl actually reminds me so much of my partner. My heart totally melted at their kisses and the SLOWW BURRRNNN of their romance and admitting they had feelings for one another. Oh my gosh guys, seriously they are ADORABLE. Thorne is the besttt!
I can’t talk about the wonderful characters without bringing up Iko. She’s just such a loyal, adorable android and I just love her humour and her bright, unwavering personality so much!
And last but not least, Winter and Jacin. Winter is completely crazy, with her hallucinations and suffering from Lunar disease, but beneath all of her strange utterings and behaviour, she’s just a really lovely girl that just CARES. My heart just ached for her, this sweet and beautiful girl who has been mentally and physically damaged by Levana and not wanting to hurt people like her. And the beautiful, protective Jacin who shows restraint and makes absolutely EVERYTHING about Winter. How beautiful!
“You’re my princess, right? You were always going to be my princess, no matter what you were born, no matter who your dad married.” – Jacin
So I didn’t expect my entire review to be fangirling but guys, if you haven’t already, you really need to pick up the Lunar Chronicles. It’s one of my favourite series of all time and being a massive sailor moon fan I can see glimpses of it through the series. The characters are completely adorable and utterly charming and all the stakes get higher in the last book. My HEARTTTT
Half a star off because of some character conveniences but it’s the last book so everything has to work out!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5