Book Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Author: Marissa Meyer
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy | Science Fiction
Released: January 27th 2015
Review Source: Purchased

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.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, who is the fairest one of all? Well definitely not Queen Levana, that’s for sure. With Fairest we get a little glimpse into Levana’s life before the plague struck Earth, before Cinder, before everything came to what it is now.

Man, when I thought Levana was bad, I hadn’t expected her sister to be so wicked either. That was one crazy royal family. Levana’s story didn’t take us too deep into her world, but it did shed some light on how she became so evil. We also got to see the beginnings of some of our favorite characters, and our soon to be character, Winter. When I first started reading this story I was feeling bad for Levana, and then she proved herself to be indeed downright evil. Maybe if her parents cared more, maybe if her sister wasn’t just as crazy, maybe if her love was reciprocated we wouldn’t be in this mess, but what fun would that be.

If you’re reading The Lunar Chronicles and haven’t yet picked this up, I would definitely do so now. One the cover is amazing (along with the whole series) and two you get quick information that feeds into the current story, and our current character’s lives. When I had first heard about Fairest, I was all like “how about no? And we just get to Winter faster (the book, definitely not the season), but then after reading this I’m so glad we got it. That’s the best part of novellas, getting a short sweet story that inevitably sheds some light on our current series/story.

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