Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fairest by Marissa Meyer: Review


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.


"From this day forward, you will be my sun at dawn and my stars at night."

Queen Levana. The villain we love to hate. She's made such a good bad guy in three of the books, a shadow lurking behind trying to strike and gain her power. But in Fairest, we get to have a glimpse of what Levana's truly like, before the power, before everything. It's quite shocking to see just how insecure Levana really is. She longs for attention and love. Yet she can gain neither. Worse yet, she's constantly being reminded that she's "worthless" and stuff. It's a really huge downer and I can guess how she's come to her obsession with power and outer beauty. I feel myself sympathize her past. This book has certainly make Levana's character more complex. Deep down she's just a desperate girl who craves for something she can never truly possess. The words are masterfully written, and I can actually feel slightly horrified at her insane stubbornness and empathy for all her loss. It's a good novella that the fans should never miss.

Winter makes quite an appearance. In Fairest, Winter's bloodline is revealed, and her childhood story is also told. I like that it's kind of a foreshadowing of just how screwed up Winter's life is. However, even as a child, Winter still makes quite a interesting side character in Fairest. There's also a teaser of Winter, in which the princess gets the center stage and becomes the major narrator of the story. Although it's not long, I'm liking the book and Winter already. It's not every day you'll read about a character who is also kind of crazy (besides Mara Dyer) but also wicked smart. I wish it's November. I can't wait for the final installment!

Fairest is definitely better than I anticipated, and it's a must read for The Lunar Chronicles fans. 

Rating: 8/10

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