Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Review of Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5) 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.

(Summary from GoodReads) 

How is anyone supposed to know what to expect going into a story about an evil queen?  Sure, it was obvious that Meyer was going to give us reasons to understand why Levana is the way she is, otherwise this book wouldn’t have lived up to its full potential.  While I knew that Fairest was going to satiate my desire to learn more about Queen Levana, I was impressed by how it was woven into the series as a whole.

I just want to say how fulfilling it was to treat this as book three and a half in this series and read Winter immediately afterwards because while one could read Winter without having ever read Fairest, one will appreciate it much more.  You could skip it, but you’d be missing out on a great deal.  For those wondering, this book covers bits of Levana’s adolescence and childhood, as well as some romantic relationships she once had.  Of course, we get glimpses of other major characters in the series.

This book did make me feel more sympathetic towards Levana, which is good.  However, what’s even more important is the other characters that I met as I read this one.  I don’t want to say who, for risk of spoiling the series, but let me just say that I had ALL of the feelings.  I also found the writing in this story and the descriptions of Luna to be absolutely gorgeous.

Fairest is an essential part of Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series and I absolutely adored it. I loved learning about all of the characters that we met in this book. I can’t wait to reread it by listening to the audiobook.

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.

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