Monday, November 9, 2015

Review: Fairest

Title: Fairest
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 27th, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 220 pages
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description: In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

            Disclaimer: Fairest is #3.5 in the Lunar Chronicle series by Marissa Meyer, and as such, there will be spoilers in this review that might ruin one of the first three books in the series if you haven’t read them yet.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Levana of course! With the power to glamour herself to appear however she choses, Levana uses her abilities to rise quickly to the top.  If you’ve read the previous books in The Lunar Chronicles, you’ll know Levana isn’t your average wicked ruler.  She’s ruthless and cunning and ready to take over Earth.  In this book from Marissa Meyer’s series though, readers get to see a side of Levana that they’ve never seen before.  Or even expected.  At least I certainly didn’t.  Levana’s story is one that will break your heart and make you feel just as bad for her as you do for Cinder when she gets picked on in book 1.  Well, almost as bad!
            The benefit of reading Fairest, especially if you’ve already read the other books in the series prior to picking this one up, is that it fills in some of the gaps surrounding the plotline in the series.  For example, now that we know Cinder is actually Princess Selene, it was interesting to read the real story of what happened to Cinder when she was just a toddler.  Levana has a hand in what happens when Cinder is still living amongst the people of Luna (not surprising) but having read Fairest from Levana’s POV, it almost made me feel a little sympathetic towards Levana’s reasoning for the bad things she did.  Not to say that she wasn’t in the wrong and didn’t know better, but I thought Levana’s upbringing played a big role in shaping the character she turns out to be.
            That being said, I didn’t think there would be a character that I might actually despise more than Levana, but clearly I was wrong. Channary, Levana’s older sister who is actually Queen prior to Levana’s ruling, is an absolute monster.  For one thing, it’s her fault that Levana has so many of the issues she does.  For those of you who have siblings and know how siblings can pick on each other when you’re growing up, imagine that experience and multiply it by 100.  Channary’s treatment towards her little sister is pure evil.  She didn’t pick on Levana, she tormented her.  In a culture where violence is encouraged and feelings matter very little, Channary’s actions weren’t seen as that out of line and their parents did little to protect Levana from her older sister.  The brutality of Channary made me feel so bad for Levana, that I still found myself defending Levana’s actions up until close to the end of the book. 
            Speaking of feeling bad for people, let’s talk about Levana’s love interest in the book, Evret.  When Levana first meets him he is a guard in the castle.  Evret and his wife are compassionate towards Levana because they see what she is going through with her sister after their parent’s death.  Unfortunately Levana takes this kindness from them too far, especially in the case of Evret, and starts to develop feelings for him.  This doesn’t work out kindly in Evret’s favor though and once you read Fairest you’ll understand why I felt just as bad for Evret as I initially did for Levana.  Poor guy had it coming for him from the start and he didn’t even realize it.
            As far as bridge books go, I don’t normally get on with them as much as I did with Fairest.  Perhaps it’s because Levana is a character that we haven’t got to see too much of yet in the series, but I thought this story was remarkable.  Typically with bridge books like this I find myself losing interest quickly but with this one I didn’t. For a story about a villain that I hated in the first three books, I thought this book in The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer was really well done!


  1. I think this was actually my favorite of the series, even though it's technically a side story in the series. Glad I was able to read it before Winter though!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. i really enjoyed it as well, although Cinder was certainly my favorite in the series! thanks for checking out my review!


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