Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Reviewed by: Rachel Dixon
Fiction Addict Scorecard: B
***If you have not read the series please be aware of possible spoilers. These books are NOT stand alones and must be read in order.***
Mirror, mirror, on the wall.
Who is the Fairest of them all?
Pure evil has a name, hides behind a mask of deceit, and uses her “glamour” to gain power. But who is Queen Levana? Long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress in The Lunar Chronicles, Levana lived a very different story—a story that has never been told . . . until now. New York Times –bestselling author Marissa Meyer reveals the story behind her fascinating villain in Fairest, an unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes a special full-color image of Levana’s castle and an excerpt from Winter, the exciting conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles.**
I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! While this book technically goes between Cress and Winter I only just read it 3 months after reading Winter. It didn’t hinder my enjoyment of Winter in the least. However, I do recommend reading Fairest in the proper order. ). Let me tell you, the moon has been visible every day this week and I keep looking at it and thinking, “Hmmm, I wonder if Levana can see me….”
I do have to say here that I do NOT like Levana at all and this book did not change that fact. I do not have compassion for her. I do not see any good in her. But this book was really (really!) well written, and it gives us a great deal of insight into Levana’s past. Although even with all of that, I do feel bad for the whole reason she wears a veil. If that event hadn’t taken place, maybe she would have turned out nicer. Unfortunately that is doubtful. She is a cunning queen. She knows what she is doing, and she sees the long term goals. Too bad she didn’t have at least a smidgen of good in her.
Although she does raise her step-daughter… But let’s not get into my feelings on that right now. Levana is the epitome of evil. Yet even witht hat, the world that Marissa Meyer has created is spectacular.
**Synopsis from Amazon.com