Usually for these posts I try to have a unifying theme. These two books have very little in common, but they did both end the series for me. And it’s way past time they got a review!Winter by Marissa Meyer
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Published by Macmillan Audio on November 10, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 23 hours 30 minutes
Narrator Rating: A+
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?
For the most part I loved Winter. I would have liked to see more of Winter and Jason’s romance, and really all the romances – but I think that wasn’t the point. I was happy with Cinder and Kai, which I think just reinforces that this was mostly their story. The action was intense at times, drawn out and ridiculous at other points. I enjoyed the revolutionary feel, but I think princess Winter’s role confuses things sometimes. She often felt like her story was separate and unnecessary. I did love her weirdness though. It was really cool seeing Luna in such detail. If you read Fairest you already saw a bit of it, but this is a lot more detailed and beyond the capital city.
And the narration by Rebecca Soler was FANTASTIC as always. I think she captured the characters varied personalities wonderfully.
Series: The Selection #5
Published by Harper Teen on May 3, 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.
Talk about disappointing! I don’t see how this even belongs to the same series that sucked me in and wouldn’t let me go 🙁 we never really got to know the guys very well, they didn’t have to prove themselves with mini tests, there was like 0 action, and where was the romance? And what the heck was that rushed conversation with her dad at the end with the reveals and crap? Whoa!? I think I should have just let the series end with America, it would have been a happier conclusion for me. I will say, though, that Eadlyn’s character progression was somewhat satisfying. Overall, a real disappointment 🙁
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