I want more! After finishing this I have decided L. L. McKinney is a new favorite author. A Dream So Dark continues the story we started in A Blade So Black, and it's fantastic.
It's always nice listening to stories being told by the author. Stardust is narrated by Neil Gaiman. It was more like being told a bedtime story by my parents when I was younger than the usual reading of a book we've come to expect.
With the title being Winter, and Winter being a character, I guess I was expecting a little more of Winter in the story. I mean I knew Cinder was the main character, and would have the most heavy lifting. She is after all the lost lunar princess trying to claim her throne. But, I think Winter needed a little more to do, or more page time. I felt like most of the book was on Cinder, more so than Winter.
I recommend you try The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons. You'll laugh, you'll cry, be mad, be happy, and even take in sudden breaths out of shock. This book has everything including cute notes at the end of each chapter explaining things almost as a citation or defining who monsters or gods are. The notes at the end threw me off to begin with, but I got used to them and even looked forward to these little tidbits.