Double Review: Cress and Winter by Marissa Meyer

Titles: Cress and Winter

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3 & 4

Edition: e-book

CressBlurb (Cress): In this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

WinterBlurb (Winter): 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? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

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Finally trying to catch up on my book reviews! Yay!

What can I say about this series that hasn’t already been said? Whenever a series starts getting a lot of hype, it is rare that the follow ups live up to expectations. These two last books blew my expectations out of the water.

Cress is probably my favorite character out of the entire series. She is so adorable! Her discovery of Earth after spending her entire life in a satellite above it is so full of childlike wonder. It’s beautiful to read, and such an interesting take on the Rapunzel fairy tale.

I think that’s what I like best about this series. It takes familiar stories and spins them in a completely new and interesting sci-fi, dystopian direction. And Meyer does it brilliantly, bringing the story to a gripping conclusion that I could not put down. Each book adds new depth and life into this world and each one gets better and better.

Five stars. Both books. Actually, all four books. They are awesome.

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