Review: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5)
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Also in this series: Scarlet, Cress, Winter
Released by Feiwel & Friends on 27 January 2015
Genres: Fairytale Retellings, Science Fiction
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
I got so excited when I heard about the release of Fairest. I loved Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, and I knew I just HAD to read this book as well. Of course, seeing as I own paperback version of the previous book, I wanted to own a paperback version of this book as well – but that meant waiting another month to read it. So eventually I just decided to not do that and buy a hardcover instead. And oh I am so glad I did, because the hardcover looks so incredibly gorgeous, oh my stars!
The first thing I noticed was that it was quite a thin book. It only has about 222 pages, and that’s not counting the first three chapters of Winter that are in the hardcover version as an extra. It would mean that it was an easy and quick read, but then it would also mean I would probably finish it within two or possibly one day. So I stalled a bit (still finished it two days though), but I also wanted to read further because it was just so good.
At first, I was afraid this book might make me like or perhaps sympathize with Levana, but honestly – perhaps a spoiler? – it did not do that at all. In fact, I think it made me hate her even more. View Spoiler »Sure some awful things happened to her like her getting thrown into a fire by her sister who used her glamour on Levana; or their parents being murdered, but still that is no excuse to become a bitch « Hide Spoiler. And that is why I liked this book so much. It basically tells us the story of how Levana became the twisted queen she is in the Lunar Chronicles, from when she was fifteen or sixteen until I think a couple of years (or maybe months) before Cinder starts. And yeah, I just like that. Not many authors do that, tell the story of their villain (at least not the authors I’ve read books of, or not that I can remember at least), and I just really liked this look into her life.
As usual, I was in love with Marissa Meyer’s writing, I just love her books so much. I was still secretly hoping for her to write a Sleeping Beauty story but that’s probably not going to happen. I am really happy with the books that we had now, but Sleeping Beauty is probably my favourite Disney princess, so I am trying to find as much SB retellings as I can! But this book, wow. I just couldn’t stop reading and I had to force myself to put the book down for a while so I could do other stuff like eat and drink and sleep. (Mainly because I was just SO EXCITED FOR ANOTHER MARISSA MEYER BOOK).
The reason I gave it four stars instead of five is because I just really hated the majority of the characters in this book. We have Levana of course, her just as sadistic sister Channary View Spoiler »(aka Cinder/Selena’s mum) « Hide Spoiler. They were both there for the majority of the book (Levana of course for the entire book seeing as it’s her story) and I just hated both of them, ugh. Then there were some other characters, including Levana’s husband (whose name I will keep a secret), some guards and thaumaturges (including Sybil of course), and and and!!! Winter! Yes, she was in this book as well, and that made me so so happy! I am already looking forward to reading about her in November (? Was it November?)
So yeah, even though I loved this book, it’s not a five-star love because I just hated the main character so much. But I loved reading more of the Lunar Chronicles’ world, and I LOVED LOVED LOVED the Winter excerpt at the end of the book. Buying this hardcover version was definitely my best decision yet!
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