A yummy bouquet of characters!
Yummier than one of those chocolate covered strawberries bouquets!
A Bouquet of stars!
About the Book
[Public Library Audio Book]
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?
Oh… I can’t believe this series is over! [sniff!]
It took me forever to finish this book. I savored it slooooowly. 🙂 The loan from the library expired on me like five times because I just didn’t want it to be over!
My favorite thing about The Lunar Chronicles has to be the characterization. Not only the characters’ profiles but their individual story arcs. The characters had the perfect depth. They weren’t super developed to the point they felt “too real”. They felt like characters from a fairy tale but they were given enough quirkiness, challenges and backstories [like mental illnesses and missing limbs] to make them relatable and make you root for them. What was great was that their quirkiness didn’t define them and their challenges didn’t get magically addressed or “cured”.
Take Princess Winter. She doesn’t use her lunar gift and therefore she suffers horrible hallucinations. But her personality is deliciously lunatic too, distracted, kind, like my favorite HP character, Luna Lovegood.
Her love interest, Jacin, became my second favorite hero after Wolf [unfortunately you don’t see a lot of Wolf in this last book!]
I really shipped Princess Winter and Jacin because they know each other since they were children [like B-Dad and I. we have been BFFs since we were like 12!] and I’m sucker for love stories that bloom from beautiful friendships [like B-Dad and I sighs ]. And Jacin Is SO protective of Princess Winter! [Like B-Dad!] in a swooning, sweet way that is not overbearing or controlling. Oh YEAH! Jacin you got it baby!
Thorne was a very close third as far s the heroes go. I really didn’t get all the hype about him until Winter. I got to liked him A LOT in this last book Because Winter was all about Thorne! Even though Cress was supposed to be the book about Thorne [see my review of Cress here].
The other heroins Cinder, Scarlet and Cress were just awesome. Strong, independent, resourceful. Girl Power all the way!
So, all the characters were absolutely delightful and I adored every single one of them. Except maybe for Kai… oh Kai, Kai, Kai. smh. tsk. tsk. tsk. Man, sorry, but you were very.. ugh.. weak! And therefore, forgettable.
The series as a whole is so beautifully well done! All details so well thought, waved and executed!
It touches on social inequality, racism, mental health, disability. Warning: this last book is much grittier than the other three. I mentions children being harvest for blood and since it reaches the climax so there is rebellion, battles, and it’s gets gory too with mutilation, stabbing, impalement, and alike.
Of course, being the dark creature I am, did not care BUT I wanted to let people know. This is just mentioned and not gorily described, so even though there is violence I didn’t think it was graphic.
Since I am not ready to live without the Lunar Chronicles world I just added the two novellas to Goodreads. So you’ll be hearing about those two soon!
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