{Effie Reviews} Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Posted February 7, 2015 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} Fairest by Marissa Meyer


by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #0.5
Published on January 27th, 2015
by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Format: eBook
Source: Gifted
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Also by this author: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Cress, Winter

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.

4 Stars

I loved Fairest, it was unlike anything I expected. I can’t believe all the details we got about Levana herself, her family but also about Luna itself too.

It was just so cool to see how Levana was as a young girl and then growing into the fearsome and evil queen she is in The Lunar Chronicles. I’ll try to keep this review as spoiler-free as I can, but I make no promises.

So we learn that Levana was burned as a child and left severely scarred (and two guesses who is responsible for this), so she uses her glamour to hide everything, and she’s actually pretty skilled at it. With her older sister, Channary, still alive and her parents now dead by an assassin, Channary is set to take the throne, but Channary is a selfish, vain and cruel Lunar and I still can’t believe that that was Cinder’s/Selene’s mom.

So anyway, most of the story shows us exactly and in great detail, how Levana became queen and how she got rid of Cinder and also where Winter comes from. And I seriously feel sorry for Winter, growing up with a psychopath like Levana is not easy.

On the other hand, I still think Levana being who she is as we know her in the books, is mostly Channary’s fault, for all the cruel and sadistic things she did to Levana as a child and mocking her almost her entire life about her looks, after the “accident”. So, yeah I did feel a bit sorry for Levana at one point in the book, but that quickly disappeared as I read on, and how insane, selfish and cruel she became in the end.

All in all, it was a pretty great book and gave us a lot of insights into Levana’s life and into how life works on Luna. And the few spoilers we get for the last book Winter, are awesome.


About Marissa Meyer

MARISSA MEYER is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles series, as well as the graphic novel Wires and Nerve: Vol. 1, and The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book. Her first stand alone novel, Heartless, was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their two daughters.

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