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Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) Review


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.

Please be warned, while I think Fairest could be read before Cinder, it does have some spoilers! This review will maybe spoil things for you so BEWARE! *creepy music* Maybe you should read Cinder, Scarlet and Cress since this is book 3.5 🙂 but do what you will!

I LOVE The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, I mean come on a science fiction fairy tale re-telling? Could it get any better than that? Seriously though, that’s pretty awesome and unique which are two things I love reading! As much as I love The Lunar Chronicles (haven’t read Cress yet D:) I didn’t like Fairest! Don’t worry though, a lot of reviews I read loved the book, it has an average of 4.11 out of over 6,400 reviews. This is just my opinion though, so here I go!

Levana doesn’t have a reason for being evil, she just is pure mean. Her family is nasty, her sister was terrible, and Levana was just as bad! In this story, we get to see basically how Levana becomes Queen, and burns little Cinder. The majority of the book was about Levana’s love for Evret, a guard, this is basically the only thing that made me not like the book. As you may, or may not know, the people of Luna have the power of Glamor and can change their appearance and emotions of most people. Levana used her power to manipulate Evret, this wasn’t a case of insta-love but a case of fake love. I’m not really sure Levana ever really loved him, which may be the point, but it really irritated me for some reason. The story just felt like there was too much Levana manipulating him, too much her trying to break his mind away from his wife. There just wasn’t a whole lot that happened in this, not a whole lot of climax, just a bunch of evil, evil thoughts and death O_O!

“She was suddenly angry. Angry that this woman was so effortlessly pretty. Angry that tonight she would sleep beside her doting husband. That soon she would hold a wrinkled, wailing baby in her arms and that child would never question whether it was loved, or whether its parents loved each other.

Nothing Levana wanted had ever come that easily.”

I like back story, getting to read about Levana and life on Luna was enjoyable. Marissa Meyer really gave Levana some personality, and did a wonderful job showing us more about life on the moon :)!  Although I felt like the love story wasn’t all that mind blowing, this was a really interesting look at Levana and what she did to little Cinder!

*Note I am calling her little Cinder for a reason….. gosh I feel like this has a bunch of spoilers! SORRY IF I SPOILED IT FOR YOU D:*


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