Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer


Review: Fairest by Marissa MeyerFairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5) by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 27th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 220

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.


Okay, I admit, I was kind of annoyed when Fairest was announced because that meant Winter got pushed back and really, I don’t want to like the bad guy! But I recant all that because this novella was pretty awesome.

If you’ve been living under a rock, this novella/prequel is the story of  Levana, the evil Queen of the super fabulous The Lunar Chronicles (seriously, read it now). Technically this is book 0.1 so you could read it first,  but there’s something really nice about getting this background story/information after you’ve read the other books, because suddenly now, it gives the books a different perspective.

I’m really impressed with Marissa Meyer, because while she didn’t make me like Levana, it definitely gave me a better understanding of her (and her need for her glamour). She was a product of a series of unfortunate events, of a loveless and affection-less childhood and sometimes you can’t help but feel pity for her. But at the same time, it was still her choices that led to who she is today. It could only result in tragedy. I actually loved seeing Levana go down the road of destruction, of the people around her, of herself. It strange to think that maybe she wouldn’t have turned out this way if she had just chosen a different way to handle the crappy cards dealt to her.

The novella introduces a few new intriguing characters and and the return of some secondary characters (from book 1-3), too.  It was really interesting to see everything build up to the events we know that happens in Cinder, Scarlet and Cress. We also get a glimpse of adorable (toddlers) Cinder, Winter and Jacin!

Overall, a fantastically written story with a compelling villain. This a definite must-read if you love the Lunar Chronicles.

She hated mirrors. Hated their reflections, their truths.

PS. Pretty art!



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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer”

  1. I haven’t read any of the books in this series, but isn’t at amazing when when an author can take the most hated character and make them likable?

    1. Definitely! Though in this case, Marissa Meyer managed to still let me hate the villain but she gave her a bit more depth, haha.

  2. I’m so glad to hear that she didn’t make Levana likable. She’s a terrible villain (in the best way possible) and I didn’t want to see justifications for her actions. I probably shouldn’t be worrying; I adored the first three books, and I’m looking forward to the little easter eggs in Fairest.

    1. Yes, all the easter eggs were awesome! And you definitely don’t have to worry, Fairest was pretty great 😉 Hope you enjoy it!!

  3. Ah, I was annoyed too! I JUST WANT WINTER DANG IT. I would’ve been happy had this been released after, but no one asked me. 🙂 I’m glad you liked it, though, and that Levana isn’t made to be fully sympathetic, since I don’t know that I could ever like her… 🙂

    1. Rigth!?! I NEED WINTER NOW!
      Marissa Meyer did a fantastic job of keeping Levana pretty villainous!

  4. I have all three previous books and hope to binge read them soon, and now this too! From what I gather, it would be better to read Fairest after the first three for better effect? Hmmm. I do love a wicked villainess, and this makes me even more excited to add this to my already crazy stack by her, lol.
    Lovely review, Cyn 🙂

      I think reading Fairest after the other 3 is better, it gives you a little more context. Hope you enjoy it!!!! Can’t wait to hear what you think of them!

  5. So glad to hear you enjoyed it as well Cyn! Although Fairest pushed back Winter, I still really enjoyed it and feel like we got a lot of understanding of Levana’s character. Lovely review!

  6. I freaking ADORED this book. I kept hoping it wasn’t going to end anytime soon.
    I felt bad for Levana cuz she could have been groomed to do so many important tasks. She was so much smarter and had a better grip on her country’s political issues than her vapid sister.
    Her sisters ONLY redeeming quality? She was a helluva mother.
    Can’t wait to read Winter!
    Wonderful review btw. New follower

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