January 28, 2015

Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer


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.

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Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles 0.1)
by Marissa Meyer
Publication Date:  January 27, 2015
Publisher:   Feiwel & Friends

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MaryAnn-2013You know when you read a book or a series, and there’s a character in there that is just so terrible that you wonder what her deal is? What happened in her past that made them become this terrible person?

Fairest by Marissa Meyer, which tells the story of Queen Levana before the start of the Lunar Chronicles is just that. It answered the questions that I had brewing in my mind about her and why is the way she is! And I absolutely loved this book!

Fairest gives the readers the details that are not at all touched on in the Lunar series. Author, Marissa Meyer, shows the reader the tough life that Levana had starting from a very early age and slowly progresses the story to lead up to the going ons in the series.

Levana has a reason that she uses her glamour so much. She is a completely scared up girl who has had to live with the way she looks for as long as she can remember. Why does she not like mirrors, as mentioned in the Lunar series? Because she hated what she saw.

You can’t help but feel for her in this book! You find out early on that she really just wants to be a regular girl, and to the have the man that she loves love her back. But of course, there are obstacles. For one, the love of her life (Evret) is married…and expecting his first child. And as the story progresses her love Evret turns into an obsession. And from everything starts to spiral and starts to form her into the Levana we love to hate.

The writing is true Marissa Meyer style. Addictive and fantastic, and quickly drawing you into this world she has created. The characters, as always, are unforgettable and all written with their own unique personalities. I know that I’m supposed to hate Levana, due to the Lunar novels, but in Fairest, I felt sorry for this lonely girl. And I loved that ever so slowly, Levana’s true colours start to come through, and slowly my hate for her surfaced, and this was all done to perfection.

Of course, once the end comes near, the full evilness of Levana comes to light, but not without a last touch of “pull the heartstrings”. The heinous thoughts and actions of Levana totally had me glued to the pages. Just how far she would go to get what she wanted… Such an amazing character to read more about.

I loved how little pieces of the puzzle (storylines in the series) started clicking together, and how we actually get to “meet” the characters who were just merely mentioned in the other books, or witness how people got the position they are in, in the other books. I did, however, feel that some of the parts were rushed and could have used a little more description, and some things just ended rather quickly.

Fans of The Lunar Chronicles will absolutely adore the story of Queen Levana in Fairest by Marissa Meyer. You will become completely absorbed in everything, even in the littlest details like the colour of a beverage. And also, O.M.G. to this cover! Every time I look at it, I keep expecting the image of Levana to move or shift. It’s so eerily lifelike that this alone will pull people to the book, and hopefully, draw them in to get the other books. And the artwork inside is simply amazing.

And bonus! The first 3 chapters of the next book can be found at the end! I cannot wait for the final book to come out in the Fall of 2015. The story of Winter? Bring it on!

For the views of someone who hasn’t read the other books in this series, you can check out Gabby’s review of this one HERE!


I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I’m big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I’m represented by Jill Grinberg.

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  1. My sister adores these books! I have not had the time to read them yet and she keeps clubbing me over the head about it. She has never been wrong when recommending books to me, so I guess I should get on the train. Thanks for this wonderful review.

  2. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks for checking out the review! You def. need to check out this series. One of my all time favs, and this book was amazing!

  3. Sophie Cordero

    I’ve read both Cinder and Scarlet, but I have yet to read Cress! I need to read it and then get my hands on this one. I can’t wait to find out more about Queen Levana.
    Awesome review, by the way!

  4. Chapter by Chapter

    You so need to get started on Cress and then Fairest!

  5. Natalie Aguirre

    So glad you liked this so much. I’m waiting for this to come in at the library. You’ve got me excited.

  6. Chapter by Chapter

    I hope it shows up soon Natalie! I can’t wait for you to read it!

  7. Ramona

    Every time I speak yo someone about this series I get another story! Some people love it, and others don’t… I’m not sure if I should give it a try. Great review though!

  8. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks Ramona! I know what you mean. I’ve been trying to get one of my friends into the series, and she can’t get into them. I absolutely adore these books though. You should try them!

  9. Sophia Rose

    I was wondering what a book about a hated villainess would be like and if I’d really want to read it. You’ve convinced me that I do. Nice review!

  10. You def. need to check this one out. It’s awesome!

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