Let’s talk Winter! No, silly, not the season…

Hey everybody, it’s Amy! πŸ™‚ First of all, I just want to say for the record that although I have no idea how long it will be before I get this posted, I started on the fourteenth! (Of January. 2016. In case this does not get posted until the 51st century.) Anyway. I can tell you right away that this whole post is going to books BOOKS. Books books books books. Books books? Books. Books books books books.

As fun as filling an entire post with saying books would be, it will OBVIOUSLY be a million times better to rant about them. SO LET’S GET STARTED!!! In case you haven’t figured it out (for some crazy unimaginable reason) I shall be speaking of Winter by Marissa Meyer today.

WINTER!!! AHHH!!! BOOK LOVE!!!!!!!!!!! I would like to make it known that I am not a horrible person (Okay maybe that’s a stretch… Kidding!) and am therefore not going to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it. Don’t give me that trash about never reading it and just wanting to know how it ends. THAT’S NOT HOW THE WORLD WORKS!!! DEAL WITH IT!!! (Wow, I’m so mean today!) If you want to know how it ends, you’re going to go and get a copy and stroke the cover for fifteen minutes before you open the book and notice the bible-thin pages and hug the whole thing for an hour before beginning to read it and staying up through the night (or two or three, however long it takes) so that you can finish it and crying when it’s over because IT’S OVER IOEAFKJLDSM’OE;I.FKJF!!!!!!

You: Uh, right now?

Me: IS THERE A BETTER TIME!!!???!!!

No, seriously. This post will be here for you to read later. Winter is more important than my ridiculous rambling.

If you haven’t by now, well then. I suppose you can stay. But! You must go read it immediately after! No dilly-dallying, missy! Mister! Humph.

So… Winter. It’s just a book, right? No big deal, huh? Just like any other, wouldn’t you say?

WELL, YOU’RE WRONG!!! WINTER IS AMAZING AND I’M GOING TO CRY AND SMILE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE IT WAS ALL JUST LIKE THAT!!!

I would like to give a special mention to Marissa Meyer. Not ONLY did she somehow COME UP with this beautiful piece of matter (*mind blows*), she made it LOOK easy. Not ONLY easy for her to write, but easy for us to read! Boo-yah! If you have not read Winter yet (frowny face), then you have not experienced this magical thing I mentioned earlier. BIBLE-THIN PAGES!!! BIBLE THIN!!! Just to prove how incredibly thin the pages were, I showed my mom the book and asked her to make an estimate on how many pages it had. She (NO JOKE) replied, “Probably 200-300.” If you make Amy have a sad face because you didn’t go and read Winter when she told you to, then you also probably don’t know how many pages are in the book. WELL. OVER 800, THAT’S HOW MANY!!! So yes. Kudos to Marissa Meyer.

Now, don’t go back on your promise (YOU PROMISED! YES YOU DID!) to read Winter just because of the number of pages. It is, without a doubt, a fact that Winter is completely and entirely more than worth your time! I know that first starting (or even thinking about) it is really scary:

… But eventually you realize that the number of pages isn’t so scary, it’s awesome!

Go read it. Shoo! I don’t want you standing there… Winter-less! *shudder*

Alright, moving along. You get that you need to read Winter. I’m just here to talk about it!

I was so confused during Cress, and for a good part of Winter as well. I somehow couldn’t seem to grasp the concept of the right ages. (Please notice the added columns of “Cinder: 16” on the right. I was simply trying to resize it and SOMETHING happened that completely messed it up. I deleted it and repasted it and tried EVERYTHING! So, boo WordPress!)

How Old I Thought They Were
How Old They Actually Were
Cinder: 16 Cinder: 16
Wolf: 18 Wolf: 23
Cress: 13 Cress: 16
Thorne: 32 Thorne: 20
Winter: 14 (Until halfway through Winter) Winter: 17
Jacin: 22 Jacin: 19
Levana: 40s Levana: Unknown
Scarlet: 18 Scarlet: 18

You can see how that would be confusing, right? Imagine how incredibly off-putting it was to think Cress and Thorne were 20 years apart! (And I actually didn’t realize Wolf was older than Thorne until I looked it up just now) Don’t make the same mistake I did. It is just too confusing. And somewhat upsetting. Seriously. *shudder shudder*

I can’t seem to get around to anything important, can I? Well, obviously I’ve made it clear that I loved Winter. I thought the overall picture (although some of the individual bits weren’t quite as much so) was incredibly satisfying, considering how much I love these characters and how picky about a happy ending I was. Marissa Meyer is seriously a miracle worker. I was very impressed with the plot (although I’m sure some people disagree with me-and I respect that- and I finished this book on the second, which was… now over three weeks ago……… I think I’m sticking with it) because although it could be confusing sometimes to have the separate POV, MM pulled it off and very much so to her advantage. I learned more than ever before about my precious characters (like how many girls Thorne has said he loved) and fell farther than ever before. It was also beneficial to the plot, because there were often two or more things happening at once that I wanted to know about. Is this making any sense?

I don’t even know what to tell you about the plot. I don’t even know what I can tell you about the plot. THERE WAS SO MUCH PLOT I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START!!! I don’t know what to call a spoiler. Wow, that’s a lot of not knowing. I feel like I shouldn’t be this vulnerable. Oh, well. As Nikki always says, I’ve typed it, it’s a done deal! (Not those exact words. I’m absolutely positive it sounded better in her words. Mine sound lame.) Speaking of Nikki (You know, the super amazing person who is behind all of the creativity of this very website), she has this AWFUL virus that you guys can help her with. When you get the chance, be sure to try and help her cure her book-slumpia-cold! (Yes, that exists. Yes, I just made it up. And yes, that makes it real!) You can see her short little post here. You totally read that right. Nikki attempted a short post- and succeeded! If you don’t believe me, you’ll just have to go and see for yourself, huh?

ACK!!! The word count is growing and I feel like my thoughts are all over the place. Let’s see here. Characters? As always, loved and built upon. Relationships? Built, and ended in good places. Plot? Complicated, fast-paced, and captivating. Ending? Perfect (at least for me), not to mention realistic as far as the future for the relationships, careers, etc. goes. And that cover… I could kiss it for hours. Okay, weirdo here. Moving along. Points of view were handled well, and most likely necessary, although sometimes a bit confusing. Overall? LOVED IT. LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT. Well. I just read this through, and realized that I started this on the fourteenth. Yikes. It’s the 26th!!! (Self, get to the point!) Yes, self. THIS RIDICULOUS POST ABOUT THIS WONDERFULNESS IS COMING TO AN END!!! If you haven’t read Winter yet… I’m coming for you Grrrrrrrr… You better. It’s worth your time. For the millionth time, it’s worth your precious time.

Some important news- (I like lists. Let’s make a list!)

  • I’ve mentioned before, but I’m now busier than ever, so please cut me some slack if I say something like “I’ll check out your website!” and I don’t. I will, but it could be weeks. I’m sorry!
  • I have tons of books to post about, and not enough time! Hang in there, guys!
  • There’s this beautiful new website I found… I will have to share in my *very* late Shoutout Sunday/Recently Finished Friday post.
  • Again, I’m really not keeping up with your blogs! Please comment (for whatever reason), and I will make yours part of my list. Thanks!
  • Reading Challenges 2016 page… Coming right up! Look for that in the next week or two. Ish.

I really must go, but I hope you all enjoyed this! Toodles! πŸ˜‰

8 thoughts on “Let’s talk Winter! No, silly, not the season…

    • Well, thank you very much! πŸ™‚
      I’m sorry if I misled you! I can’t check for certain (I’m on an iPod) but I believe what I meant to say was that my mom thought it LOOKED like a 2-300 page book, but it is actually the scary number of 800. However, it is the longest book in the series, so I promise the others are shorter. It’s also really fast paced, so it does not feel that long. I think you should try it anyway!
      If you’re looking for something shorter (for some reason I associate it with these books), maybe try Sarah J. Maas’s books, or The Silver Bowl? I’m really sorry for the misleading wording. I will do better next time. I feel like I’m dissuading you from reading it, though! I still think you could give it a try. Marissa Meyer does a great job of keeping the story moving, while not forcing it to go too fast.

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