Just a few series enders I read | Winter & The Crown

February 24, 2017 Just a Few Books I Read, Reviews 2

Just a few

Sometimes I just can’t pull off a review, but still want to share what I’ve read. When that happens, I’ll share them in this feature 🙂

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!

Just a few series enders I read | Winter & The CrownWinter 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
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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.
4 stars Pretty Great

Just a few series enders I read | Winter & The CrownThe Crown by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #5
Published by Harper Teen on May 3, 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 279
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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 🙁

2.5 stars Meh

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About Kiera Cass

Kiera Cass graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake.

About Marissa Meyer

I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I’m big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I’m represented by Jill Grinberg.

CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic. Release date: 3 Jan 2012.


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2 Responses to “Just a few series enders I read | Winter & The Crown”

  1. Domin

    Interesting. I will definitely try those you are recommending above. There are 3 more months to Winter. Preparing for staying at home and digesting those good books.

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    So when I start The Selection series, remind me not to read The Crown, okay? And I’m happy to hear you enjoyed Winter. These are both series I intend to read but *sigh* I guess they’re not as high on the priority list?!? That and time…I need more time. (singing to the choir, aren’t I?!? 😉 )
    I hope you’ve had a great week, Berls! It’s Friday and we have snow. A lot of snow. I was just complaining to Sky on Wednesday about how we’ve had this great meltdown in mid-February and it’s not supposed to happen until mid-May…well, we had ~8 inches when I could still see outside last night and it snowed all night and it’s supposed to snow all day today. Ha! Anyway, enjoy your day and your weekend! Miss you!!! {{{hugs}}}
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