Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Posted June 17, 2015 by Whitney in Review / 0 Comments

Fairest by Marissa MeyerFairest
Author Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Publisher Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date January 27, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Library
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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.

First Impressions

Queen Levana takes center stage in Fairest by Marissa Meyer. The novella helps tide readers over until the conclusion of the Lunar Chronicles, Winter. 

Impressions While Reading

In Fairest, the reader is given back story as to what makes Levana tick. Marissa Meyer showcases events that would lead up to Cinder, the first in the series.

While reading Fairest I was reminded of the Star Wars trilogy.  Fairest was The Phantom Menace. It answered the mystery behind Darth Vader but was not on the same par as A New Hope.  It was a good story but was missing the oomph that its predecessor had.  Instead, Fairest just dragged along. I waited for Levana to quit being the awkward, shy girl and turn into a mega-bitch. Like Darth Vader with “The Force” she uses her Glamor for evil, in fact both wear masks of a  sort to cover disfigurement. I feel this makes them more mysterious and dimensional.

Fairest was plot based and was really a fact taker. The reader learns of the beginnings of the virus that will overtake Earth, the birth of the Thaumaturge and the sisterly relationship between Levana and her sister Channary which has a Wicked Witch of the East and West vibe to it.

Final Impressions

At the end of the day, This was a solid addition to the Lunar Chronicles and enjoyed the sneak peek of Winter. Although, I have conflicting feelings on Levana that left me unsettled.

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