Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Published: January 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 222
Copy Provided by: Bought
Summary: Goodreads

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.

God I love this series....Fairest is a novella telling the story of Levana and how she became all wicked and twisted.  Because as a child, she never really seemed to be that way.  Do they ever??

She was brought up in a household all alone with a cruel sister.  We find out why she must always glamour herself and how she came to receive no love from anyone.  How she used her Lunar gifts for manipulation and how she really does love her country but does not save them in a good way because of the way she was raised.  She lacks compassion and understanding for her people because she herself did not grow up with it.  
We also learn the backstory of young Cinder and how her presence had threatened Levana.  Plus, we learn a little about Winter's story.  

How Marissa Meyer managed to combine the stories of Rapunzel, Snow White, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood all into one complicated sci-fi mashup is beyond me but BRAVO!!! It works and I love it!!  How can you make us wait until the fall to read WINTER though??  There was a 5 chapter teaser in Fairest but really, in the end, I think they should have named the book - Unfairest because we have to wait so long....

If you haven't already started reading the Lunar Chronicles, you are TOTALLY missing out.  I am going to have to say that it is going to be added to my top 10 series list.  I love it THAT much!!
- Christinabean

1 comment:

  1. I loved this novella!!! Best novella EVER! I thought Levana was bad, but man.. her sister is 10 times more awful! I almost pitied Levana, but then she pulled that whole stunt with the man she loved and I just couldn't even sympathize with her anymore!! Why would she force him to love her?? Lol! Crazy lady!

    Pearl @ AsteriskPearl's Book Blog