About The Book:

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.

My Review:

I completely love the Lunar Chronicles series and when I heard that there would be a book dedicated to the antagonist, Queen Levana herself, I was over the moon! After finishing Fairest, I’ve decided that the Lunar Chronicles has achieved a well-deserved spot on my all-time favorites list.

Wait…who is this about?

The story is told from the perspective of Queen Levana when she was a teenager. One of the only things I was disappointed about in the Lunar Chronicles was how little character development Queen Levana had. I knew she was evil and hated Earth, but the reasons behind that opinion weren’t really explained. I loved how Fairest allowed me to get a peek into Levana’s life and the causes of why she was wicked.

Evil Queen…or not?

At the start of the story, Levana’s parents have just died and her older sister, Channary has just ascended to the throne. Channary would rather flirt than govern, and is completely awful to her younger sister.

Nevertheless, I loved Levana’s character. I knew that her backstory was going to be dark in order for her to end up as evil as she is in the Lunar Chronicles series, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so…sad. Levana herself was constantly bullied, and was also falling in love with Evret, one of her guards who is also 10 years her senior and married (a sentiment that is not really returned). Levana was so desperate for affection that she acted completely immaturely, and made some horrible decisions, but I still  felt for her. Some characters just need a hug, and Levana is one of them. *hugs*

 I love Marissa Meyer’s writing.

One of the things that I’ve always appreciated about Marissa Meyer’s writing is that it brings you right into the story. In each book that she has written, I could feel the personality of the characters through the pages. In some books, the author always uses the same writing style and all the characters start to blur together, but that was not the case here! I felt like I was in Levana’s mind, experiencing the things that she is going through. After spending three previous books detesting Levana, I thought it would be difficult to sympathize with her. Au contraire! I was hooked on every word.

 I also understand why this is book 3.5

Although Fairest is set years before Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress take place, I would read those books first. It doesn’t necessarily spoil the events of future books outright, but the information given here makes it easy to guess several of the plot twists. The plot twists were certainly one of the best parts of the whole reading experience, so I recommend reading this one after Cress.

Since Levana is the antagonist of the Lunar Chronicles (and this book was intended as a peek into her history), I don’t think the reading experience that Fairest provides would be nearly as interesting if you didn’t know more about her future from Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress.  It also gives several clues as to what could happen in book 4 (Winter–coming Fall 2015) which is certainly exciting!

In conclusion: I’m officially a Lunartic!

I think that the previous books should be read first, but Fairest was still amazing and obviously, I highly recommend it! If you enjoy sci-fi, fairytale retellings, and memorable characters, then run (don’t walk!) to your nearest bookstore and purchase this series!

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11 Comments on {Review} Fairest by Marissa Meyer

  1. Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination
    February 5, 2015 at 2:28 am (2 years ago)

    I just finished Fairest yesterday, and it was an amazing book. I can’t say that Fairest made me sympathize with Levana because she did some truly evil things in Fairest, but it did help me to understand her better. I could see why she is the way she is, which was awesome because like you said, there wasn’t much character development for Levana in the other books. I also loved how Fairest referred back to the other books and even nodded to what’s to come for Winter. I am so excited for that book! But…October…It’s…so…far…away….
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    • Samantha
      February 8, 2015 at 4:25 pm (2 years ago)

      It definitely helped me understand Levana better! October, come already!

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    • Samantha
      February 8, 2015 at 4:26 pm (2 years ago)

      OH MY GOSH YES. I’ve put off reading them because I’m not a fan of chapter samplers, but I am is excited for Winter.

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  2. Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer
    February 5, 2015 at 7:49 am (2 years ago)

    I can’t wait to read this one. <3 I'm glad you liked it so much! It only makes me more excited to read it… and will, hopefully, make me survive until Winter is released. 🙂 Lovely review; I am looking forward to knowing more about Levana.
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    • Samantha
      February 8, 2015 at 4:26 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m very excited for you to read it, Kara! I hope you like it too.

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  3. Nova @ Out of Time
    February 6, 2015 at 5:11 am (2 years ago)

    WELCOME TO THE DARK SIDE <3333

    I've been a Lunartic for forever. Whenever Marissa comes to Toronto, I'm LIKE … LET'S GO.

    I really adored this book. It's so different to read about the villain and not have to feel sorry for them. So glad this isn't some tragic sob story because that would've ruined the whole thing. Fact is, Levana is wicked. She was brought up badly but she also made some really bad choices.

    Great review girl!
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    • Samantha
      February 8, 2015 at 4:27 pm (2 years ago)

      I REALLY WANT MARISSA MEYER TO COME HERE. Authors rarely come to Canada, and that makes me sad.

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  4. Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books
    February 8, 2015 at 7:17 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m glad you loved this!! It has me reaching for my copy right now. It seems that we really delve into Levana’s past, so interesting to see how she’s become the crazy sadistic person she is now. Aww her story sounds so sad. Perhaps she does need some hugs. I’m glad it ties into the books really well. Lovely review <33
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  5. Sophie
    February 19, 2015 at 2:23 am (2 years ago)

    I still need to read Cress before reading this one since I want to read them in order of release date! The first two books were amazing, though. I can’t wait to read this and get a thorough insight into Queen Levana’s life!

    Awesome review!
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  6. Ellie
    March 8, 2015 at 12:46 pm (2 years ago)

    AFAIC tht’as the best answer so far!

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