Fairest by Marissa Meyer: Book Review

“She cried for the girl who had never belonged. A girl who tried so hard, harder than anyone else, and still never had anything to show for it.”

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Commentary: When I first heard that Queen Levana was going to have her own story last year, I was more than excited. When I read the Lunar Chronicles for the first time, I thought it was more than amazing. I read Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress all in one week. I had really high hopes for Levana’s story, and I am glad that Marissa Meyer did not disappoint her fans. I love Levana as a villain, so when I was reading her story, I did feel sorry for her. First of all, her sister was the cause of her disfigurement. That event marked the beginning of the end for Levana. Channary was a horrible older sister, no wonder Levana is the way she is. Secondly, there is no love in her family. She doesn’t cry over the death of her parents nor of her sister. Levana constantly had to remind herself that there is no such thing like true love, since her parents had a loveless marriage. Levana had low self esteem and constantly had to hid her true self by using her glamour. I did feel that her hatred of mirrors was understandable. The mirror showed her reality, a reality that she was not ready to face. The girl was desperate for love, and she was quite “thristy” for Evret. I felt so bad for Evret since Levana would not leave him alone and things became worse for him when his wife died. He was just trying to be a friend, but Levana saw his friendship as love. He constantly tried telling her to find happiness, but she wouldn’t listen. I couldn’t stop shaking my head, Levana needed to take a chill pill. I couldn’t believe she forced him to have sex with her. I felt that Levana was insensitive, needy, manipulative, and delusional, I can’t forget to mention that she is psychotic. She couldn’t stop manipulating Evret before he agreed to marry her.  I really thought it was creepy how she glamoured herself to look like Solstice throughout her marriage. Levana constantly got want she wanted, she got her man, and she got the crown. What she did to Selene was very unforgivable, but Levana had to do what she thought was beneficial for herself. Once Levana became queen, she thought her actions were going to be beneficial to her country. She tried to think what was best for her country, even though her methods were extreme. Such as the extermination of the shells, creating a disease that would affect Earthens, creating a army of beasts, and so on. As queen, she was able to establish a legacy that surpassed her previous relatives.  I really enjoyed this novella, I thought it was a great prequel to the story. I really liked how readers got a glimpse to Princess Selene and Princess Winter’s childhood. It made me more excited for the last book in the series. I enjoyed this short novella, and I can’t wait for Winter.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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