Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Title: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Released January 27th, 2015
Bought on Kindle
Rating: 5/5


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).

Possible Spoilers Ahead!

AHHHH I couldn't wait to finally read another Lunar Chronicles book, and now I can't wait for Winter!!! For some reason, Marissa Meyer's writing hooks me in.  This is a sort of prequel to Cinder, but I suggest reading this one after reading the first three Lunar Chronicles books.  You'll get more suspense and mystery surrounding Levana in the first three books, and then read this one to delve deeper into Levana's character.

It was really interesting to see how Levana became so twisted and evil.  It's really quite sad that the torments Levana received from her older sister messed her up so badly.  I simultaneously feel pity and frustration towards Levana.  Pity because she had to deal with so much hate growing up, but frustration because she justifies the horrendous acts she committed against her niece Princess Selene, and her husband Evret. 

I loved learning about the events set the stage for Cinder because it gives more meaning to the references made about Levana's past in the previous books.  Fairest helped me understand how Levana is related to Winter and Cinder.  It was also cute to see Jacin and Winter interact a little bit, and I cannot wait to see what their characters are like in Winter.  I want to reread the other three so I can relive the awesomeness. 

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