Winter by Marissa Meyers

Here is my commentary on Winter by Marissa Meyer and a synopsis from Goodreads below.

This is the story of Cinder’s attempt at rebellion against the Luna queen. She is set on taking back the kingdom that rightfully belongs to her, and this final novel is the tale of whether or not she will accomplish that, and if so, how.

All in all, it was a lovely fourth and finish to the Lunar Chronicles. Winter was filled with adventure, politics, friendship, romance, betrayal, and villainy. The elements of both science-fiction and fantasy worked seamlessly together. I would have given it a higher rating, but I found it lagging a bit in the middle, getting stuck sometimes on gushy romantics that I couldn’t stomach. (Don’t get me wrong–I enjoy a good love story! But I prefer Jacin’s subtle, teasing approach to the blatant adoration and affection of some of the other lovers. Not saying who.)

Very, very glad I read this series. The Lunar Chronicles were unique and entertaining from book one to four. The characters were fresh and often hilarious. Best of all, this series comes with a satisfying resolution!

Winter

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads.

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark 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? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

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Books as Event Themes

The Top 5 Wednesday topic for this week:

Books as Event Themes

T5W 2017.05.10 Books as Event Themes

This is a great topic, even though I do have some reservations about crossing reality with book worlds.

  1. The Lord of the Rings
  2. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  3. Pride and Prejudice
  4. Peter Pan
  5. The Very Nearly Honourable League of Pirates

Lord of the Rings

1. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

Not to be a sellout, but Middle Earth is awesome. I don’t believe in discounting authors and their work just because it is already beloved by the multitudes, so I’ll just face the music and say: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings would make one heck of an event theme! Continue reading Books as Event Themes

Reading for Technique

Warning: This post may contain spoilers for the Lunar Chronicles.

Unsurprisingly, after I finished writing my blog post “Sucked In,” I continued to binge read. I finished Marissa Meyer’s Fairest and am currently about 3/4 of the way through Winter. When a series pulls you in, it really pulls you in! I’m a big fan of that.

While reading, I have been taking notes for technique and goals in writing. If any of you readers out there are also building your world [read: personal empire between pages], then you can appreciate a few weaknesses I am pinpointing in my own furtive novel construction.

Notes from the Would-Be Writer: An except from the writing journal.

  1. Structure
  2. Villain
  3. Personality
  4. Plot Twist
  5. Army?

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Structure

One thing I appreciate about the Lunar Chronicles that I also came to expect from the Harry Potter series growing up was a predictable pattern of structure. In HP, each novel orbited around a new year of schooling at Hogwarts. In the LC, it was a new fairy tale princess all dolled up in sci-fi that cued the next act. Continue reading Reading for Technique

David Sedaris Walks On-Stage

It’s ironic that I wrote yesterday about LGBTQ+ characters and did not mention that I would be seeing David Sedaris live that same evening in Sarasota. The original T5W post included authors as well as characters, so I’m going to take a moment to talk about what it was like seeing and hearing him in the flesh. Continue reading David Sedaris Walks On-Stage

T5W Books that Feature LGBTQ+ Characters

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and hosted by Sam. Check out the group  on Goodreads if you’re interested in joining.

This week’s topic is to discuss LGBTQ+ characters or authors.

harry potter series

1. Harry Potter and… Them All (J.K. Rowling) Continue reading T5W Books that Feature LGBTQ+ Characters