Each of Marissa Meyer's books in this series has been a delightful treat on a glittery sci fi buffet (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Fairest) -- scrummy (perhaps a buffet of floating trays on blue water? /wink). Winter was as good as the rest.
- A lot happens, and a lot happens early. I like. There are frequest spikes on the virtual plot graph.
- Perhaps because of the reliability of plot spikes (and due to the book's length), for the first time I felt a bit too aware of the interludes...by that, I mean they dragged a little. I wanted back into the action sooner than I returned. The best interludes, however (the ones I embraced)...
- ...were those advancing romantic relationships. Because what I was really digging in this book, was having interwoven love stories to jump in and out of. I was jittery with happiness in episodes for each one. This book delivered the fuzzies. Cress and Thorne probably most of all.
- Less than the love, was the comedy. I expect to laugh or smile a lot in The Lunar Chronicles. Winter didn't strike out completely -- it was amusing -- but since reading the first three books (I didn't re-read in prep, I might add -- maybe I should have!), perhaps: my humour has evolved / I've read works which raised the bar for funny / this book isn't as funny as the earlier installments (or a combo of these). Hard to say. I do think the funniest lines were Cinder's.
- Winter is very likable.
- Having all of the gang together is delightful. I had more Firefly moments in this book (which I had earlier in the series).
- I think the discerning inclusion of selected fairytale elements was very satisfying.
- The layers within the world are engrossing and wonderful.
- Having read Fairest before Winter paid off. I get this villain. I mean, I really get her. So much so...I think I still have some pity for her.