Review: WINTER by Marissa Meyer

TITLE: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 4)
AUTHOR: Marissa Meyer
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.MarissaMeyer.com
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantacy, Sci-Fi, Romance
PUBLISHED:
 November 10, 2015 - Feiwel & Friends
MY SOURCE: Books-A-Million
MY RATING: 4

SYNOPSIS:

(Courtesy of Goodreads – No Spoilers!)

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:


I love when a story comes together. This one wasn’t as fabulous as Book Three, but it gave me what I was hoping for. This is the conclusion to the overall story of Cinder adding in another main character named Winter. She is totally crazy. Her craziness is so painful to read, but necessary to understand her character. I’m so glad there are good people on Luna. In the previous books, I began to wonder why Earth doesn’t just shoot the moon out of the sky. But Winter gave me hope for the salvaging the people of Luna.

Jacin the man in love with Winter confused me for a long time (which was probably intentional.) I wasn’t sure if he could be trusted, until he proved that when it comes to Winter, he is 100% reliable.

RATING:


I am rating this book at 4: A Very Good Read. My expectations may have been too high and Marissa was going in her own devious and unique direction with this book. I don’t think it was as good as the rest because of the pure evil we had to endure while reading about Winter living on Luna. I’ve never had so much murder in my heart. Even though that points toward EXCELLENT story writing. (You got me, Marissa!) I was in so much pain during this book, it was hard to endure. So if you think the “strong emotional experience” counts for a 5… Fine! You can have it!

RECOMMENDATIONS:


This book leads us back into gore and violence, especially with all the mind control happening on Luna. Again, I’d rate it as a PG-13 movie because of that. There is also kissing, thankfully. I needed relief from the horror. Just like the entire series, my teen handled reading it just fine. (She actually read it before me, so I couldn’t warn her.)

*NOTE ABOUT ENTIRE SERIES:


This series was an intense and fabulous adventure into a futuristic world. I was worried the fairytale themes would cast a cliché shadow over it and I worried it would be dumb. But it didn’t! To my surprise the fairytale theme acted more like a “lens” in which to look through as opposed to a storyline in which it was stuck to. It wildly deterred from all the storylines of each of the old tiredfairytale characters. Good job Marissa Meyer!
I’m so glad I didn’t find this series until 2016 and I was able to Binge-Read them ALL!  Yum!

(I just found out there is a book of 9 novella stories that I must buy called STARS ABOVE.)

More books by Marissa Meyer:

The Lunar Chronicles

Book 1: CINDER
Book 2: SCARLET
Book 3: CRESS
Novella: FAIREST (Back-story on Levana the Evil Queen)

Book 4: WINTER

Review: FAIREST by Marissa Meyer

TITLE: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles-Prequel Novella)
AUTHOR: Marissa Meyer
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.MarissaMeyer.com
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantacy, Sci-Fi, Romance
PUBLISHED: January 27, 2015 -
Feiwel & Friends
MY SOURCE: Books-A-Million
MY RATING: 3

SYNOPSIS: 

(Courtesy of Goodreads – No Spoilers!)

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death.

REVIEW:


I could have lived without reading this novella. Why, why, why did you write her story? It made me hate her MORE! She is so evil and makes all the WRONG decisions. Booo! Levana!
Maybe that was Marissa’s intent? For us to hate Levana even more. I was worried she was trying to make us sympathetic with her. But man, Levana is CRAY-ZAY!

The only thing that makes this novella worth reading, is finding out what happened to Cinder as a child. (Made me realize how glad I am that she ended up such a totally awesome character as a result of being burned and turned into a cyborg. That sounded bad. Sorry. This book affected me.)

RATING:


I totally did not enjoy reading this book. (It is also not necessary to gain the full effect of the Lunar Chronicles.) I’m rating at a 3. A Pretty Good Read. I had to watch something happy on TV after I finished reading this.



RECOMMENDATIONS:


There is violence (with the burning and the mind control) and there is some icky insinuated sex between a grown man and 16 year old Levana. Proceed at your own risk. Nothing is described, thank the Lord, but the situation is a bit disturbing. PG-13 for sure.

More books by Marissa Meyer:

The Lunar Chronicles

Book 1: CINDER
Book 2: SCARLET
Book 3: CRESS
Novella: FAIREST (Back-story on Levana the Evil Queen)

Book 4: WINTER

Review: CRESS by Marissa Meyer

TITLE: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 3)
AUTHOR: Marissa Meyer
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.MarissaMeyer.com
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantacy, Sci-Fi, Romance
PUBLISHED:
 February 4, 2014 Feiwel & Friends
MY SOURCE: Books-A-Million
MY RATING: 5

SYNOPSIS:

(Courtesy of Goodreads – No Spoilers!)

In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana's evil plan, has a slight problem. She's been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress involving Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes as a high price. Meanwhile, Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

REVIEW:


Book Three is my FAVORITE! Several more characters are added to the different points-of-view the narrative switches between. I love how they all sound different. This one adds Cress, a girl trapped in a satellite (symbolizing the fairytale character Rapunzel.) She is so darn cute, naïve and trusting. I just want to protect her and not let the cruel world get to her. But she is in smitten with the “bad boy” Thorne. Their dynamic is hilarious, pitiful and hopeful at the same time.

Marissa Meyer has stacked an awesome cast, flying around in the Rampion hatching plans to save the world (which in my imagination is like the Millennium Falcon.) I love the development of Iko in this book. (No spoilers, I promise.)

RATING:


I am rating this book at 5: Excellent and Worth Every Minute. Or maybe 5 and a HALF! I wish I could rate this one higher than the first two but they are all top-notch in my opinion. I’m so thrilled to find a series that gives me a grand adventure, a totally hate-able antagonist, and more than one romance weaved throughout. Thank you Marissa Meyer!

RECOMMENDATIONS:



There is a lot of action in this book, but it is less gory than book two, even though the war is raging. Although the idea of androids who are “escorts” is discussed in this book—for reasons I won’t spoil. Regardless, I still find it appropriate for my pre-teens and teens to read. 

More books by Marissa Meyer:

The Lunar Chronicles

Book 1: CINDER
Book 2: SCARLET
Book 3: CRESS
Novella: FAIREST (Back-story on Levana the Evil Queen)

Book 4: WINTER

Review: SCARLET by Marissa Meyer

TITLE: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2)
AUTHOR: Marissa Meyer
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.MarissaMeyer.com
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantacy, Sci-Fi, Romance
PUBLISHED:  February 5, 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
MY SOURCE: Books-A-Million
MY RATING: 5

SYNOPSIS:

(Courtesy of Goodreads-No Spoilers!)

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

REVIEW:


The second installment of the Lunar Chronicles did not disappoint! The plot thickened after Book One’s cliffhanger ending. The twists and turns in Scarlet we enjoyable and I couldn’t put it down. It follows the theme of Little Red Riding Hood. It doesn’t follow the plot, but just caries the theme throughout. That’s the best thing about these books, is that it’s not just a “rewritten” fairytale. The characters take on a life of their own and the sci-fi plot is original and exciting.

Three new characters (and narratives) were added in this book: Scarlet, the granddaughter of the woman Cinder is searching for and Wolf, the operative sent to kill Scarlet. Totally love their interaction together and then when Cinder enters their world… what fun! (Don’t worry, no spoilers!) I like Scarlet’s fearlessness and ferocity. Wolf is totally cool and intense.

As for the third new character, Thorne... I love this guy. He is totally Han Solo! He can’t help but be a smart-alec, cool, funny, and a total bad boy! That’s all I’ll say.

RATING:


I am rating this book at 5: Excellent and Worth Every Minute. I wasted NO time in reading this just after I finished Cinder. What a great extension of the first book. I don’t want this story to end, but I want to know what happens next and if they WIN the major plotline extending from the beginning of this series! Marissa Meyer surely can twist a tale.


RECOMMENDATIONS:


This book, thought great, has quite a bit of violence and gore. I’d probably rate this one as PG-13. (There is a PG kiss, too.) I let my teen read all the books in this series and warned her about the violence.

More books by Marissa Meyer:

The Lunar Chronicles

Book 1: CINDER
Book 2: SCARLET
Book 3: CRESS
Novella: FAIREST (Back-story on Levana the Evil Queen)
Book 4: WINTER

Review: CINDER by Marissa Meyer

TITLE: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1)
AUTHOR: Marissa Meyer
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.MarissaMeyer.com

GENRE: Young Adult, Fantacy, Sci-Fi, Romance
PUBLISHED:  January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends

MY SOURCE: A Gift (through Amazon Prime-Thanks Lauren!)
MY RATING: 5


A Dream Becomes Reality


We have finished the 2015 retreat year at Bear Creek Ranch with a brand new retreat: The Family Deliverance Retreat. I spent months writing the materials. It is has been quite a challenge. But it has been on my heart for years.


It all began with a dream...

Our Curriculum 2015-2016



It’s that time of year again to announce our curriculum choices for the new school year. For those of you who homeschool, you know how much thought and work goes into choosing curriculum. Hopefully there are some homeschool-mom-nerds out there like me who actually LIKE choosing curriculum. I love change and deciding on curriculum is like choosing the next path for our lives. This year my peeps will be in 9th, 8th, 6th, 4th, and 2nd grade. I can hardly believe my baby is in 2nd grade. Where does the time go?!

Two Survival Tactics for Introverted Homeschool Moms



I am an introvert. I like to be alone. I like quiet. I like not speaking out loud for hours on end. When I have to talk or someone talks to me, my energy tank starts to drain. When I'm in the presence of people, my ability to stay engaged starts waning. I wish, wish, wish I could be energized and empowered when around people. That would be easier. (Extroverts don't know how good they have it!) When I'm already tired around people it drains faster. When I'm hungry, faster. When I'm in pain, faster. When I'm sick, even faster.

Have I mentioned I also homeschool five children?