Fairest by Marissa Meyer

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Fairest is a bridge book between Cress and the soon-to-be-released Winter by Marissa Meyer. It offers the backstory of series’s villain, the Lunar queen Levana. I was immediately interested because you hardly ever see a book that features a “bad guy” as a main character and I wanted to see what Meyer did with that unique perspective. I was not disappointed.

Rating: [3/5]

Reading Challenge: A book that scares you

Goodreads Summary:

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.

Likes: This book really created some of the most complex characters I’ve ever read about. Levana is truly a villain, but she does not believe she is. She sees herself as the girl who could never be enough for anyone, and that is a theme that is explored in every part of her character development. The way she justifies her actions or sees her own motivations is simply chilling, and many times I had to take a break in order to process a character with the capacity to do the things Levana does. There were parts of this book where I genuinely felt bad for her, even though it didn’t excuse her actions in the slightest. Plus, I really enjoyed the cameos of Cinder, Winter, Kai, and Jacin.

Dislikes: It was kind of disturbing to read about her thought processes behind some of her more deplorable actions. I don’t want to give anything away, but if you’ve read the rest of the Lunar Chronicles, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Plus, the book didn’t really have a plot. It was pretty much all character development, so there were some slow parts.

Tune in next week to read my review of The Selection by Kiera Cass!

 

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