Monday, February 09, 2015

Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

From Goodreads: 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. 

My Rating: 4 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: When I first found out that the release of the final book in Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles, Winter, would be delayed by almost a year, I groaned and wondered why I was being tortured. Thankfully, to ease the wait for Winter, Meyer wrote Fairest. 

A novel that tells the backstory of Queen Levana, Fairest enables the reader to see Meyer’s villain in a new light. No longer do you just see Levana as some power hungry ruler trying to conquer Earth through biological warfare, but as a more complex character who started with good intentions of wanting to ensure that her home and people prosper. However, years of neglect by her parents, psychological abuse from her sister Channary, and unrequited love eventually cause Levana to resort to any method possible to gain affection. It’s impossible to not pity her by the end of the novel!

A highly recommended read if you’re a fan of The Lunar Chronicles, Fairest was released in January 2015 by Feiwel & Friends. 

Comments About the Cover: The cover does a great job of making you wonder what Levana’s face looks like under her veil.


  1. The wait for Winter is TORTURE! But I'm so glad we get Fairest. Levana is such an intriguing character and I'm glad we get the chance to look into her past and see what made her the way she was.

  2. I'm on the waiting list for this one and I keep checking everyday to see if I've been moved up. lol. I finally watched Maleficient last night and I wonder if Fairest would make me see Levana in a different light.

  3. I NEED TO READ THIS Z!!! I love a villain that can actually earn my sympathy, it makes them so much more interesting:)

  4. The best villains are the ones with complexity! And so even though I was also WAY bummed that Winter had been pushed back, this is pretty excellent, to have a look into Levana and develop some pity for her. I hope I can get to this one soon!

  5. I wonder if we'll ever see her face! I'm happy you enjoyed this one, it's definitely on my list of books to read SOON.


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