Review: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer

Posted November 8, 2017 by Lily B in Guest Post, Reviews / 14 Comments

Just a quick note today to let you know that Sophia Rose will be on the blog today with her lovely new review <33

Review:  Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa MeyerFairest by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Published by Scholastic on January 27th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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Rating: 4.5 Stars

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 β€œglamour” 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.

Sometimes the villains are more fascinating than the heroes. Queen Levana has been the boogie-woman in the dark with nearly ultimate power since the beginning of The Lunar Chronicles series and she has not been afraid to wield the power to get what she wants. I was all on board for this book that takes a dip into her dark and shadowy past to see what came before and get a glimpse inside the mind of such a calculating woman.

Fairest falls between Cress and Winter in the series. I think it was a good place for the series to stop and pull over for this chronological prequel that makes sense to read it after learning the circumstances in the current situation and getting who all the players are before going back to see how it was all set in motion and then going on to get the last chapter in the story. I do not recommend reading it at the opening of the series because there is a feeling that though further back in time, that the reader has a good grasp on the world building. Plus, it’s a series spoiler in ways if read first.

So, Fairest, Queen Levana’s story and a loose retelling of the Wicked Queen and stepmother of the Snow White tale. It begins when Levana is fifteen, her parents have just died, and her sister is taking the throne. It stays with Levana as the narrator through the whole story.

I felt a certain sympathy for her. She never really stood a chance between a lack of nurture and her own nature. The story focuses on her quest to have something she can’t understand or truly grasp- love, being loved, having a feeling of belonging and family, but she snatches for it anyway. She both breaks the beauty of what she had and discovers that it was an illusion all along because she wants two very different things constantly and those things are at cross purposes and can’t exist at the same time the way she wants them.

It’s a sad story, but the author did a fine job painting Levana as she is under her glamour. I had the joy of seeing how things in the series were set in motion and the significance of the players and their roles. This is a great lead in to the final book, Winter, especially now that I know better the heroine Winter’s backstory from this book.

This won’t be for everyone and it is cleverly written so a reader can choose to read it or skip it. Worth reading it though.

About Sophia Rose

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

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14 responses to “Review: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer

    • I read the first two as they came out and then got distracted for a few years. It was a struggle to get back in with Cress b/c I couldn’t remember where things had left off at first, but now I’m on a roll. LOL

  1. This is such a great series! I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I never read the novellas but I’m thinking it would have added even more to the series. It is a series that I might have to go back and re-read one day. πŸ™‚

    • I hope to read all the short stories and novellas when I finish Winter. My SIL insisted that I had to read this particular one now before Winter so I heeded her advice. And she was right. πŸ™‚

  2. I really liked Fairest. I think it helped show a different side to Levana, even though it’s one of those “I feel bad for her, but not THAT much” type of things! haha She’s still an awful person. I need to read Winter still. I’ve owned it for forever – it’s just so long; I need to find a good time to get started!

    -Lauren

    • Yes, exactly. I would start to cheer her on and then she’d do something mean or cruel and I was back to just being curious. LOL

      Oh yeah, I took a peek at the page count on Winter and shuddered. I’m hoping to read it this month, but it will probably have to go back to the library and get re-checked out before I finish. πŸ˜‰

    • Yes, its a great one for when you’re in the mood for YA sci-fi and its got the cool fairy tale tie-ins. This book was one I got warned about because it is different from the other series books, but I didn’t feel it was that drastic after some of the darker adult fiction I read. She is quite the villain, though…. hope you enjoy them when you get the chance.

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