Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Lunar Chronicles Read Along: Fairest

As you know, I'm participating in The Lunar Chronicles read along hosted by Brittany at The Book Addicts Guide. Fairest was optional in the read along, but I enjoyed it the first time I read it, so I decided to read it again.

I had to hurry through it since Winter came out yesterday! I bought it at Barnes & Noble last night. Since I don't own any of the other books, I'll be raffling off my copy once I finish reading it. Check back for my Winter review and the raffle, hopefully, on Monday, November 16th.

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer

In case you haven't read this book yet...

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed what Marissa Meyer did here, giving the backstory on Queen Levana, making her a more sympathetic character. It completely worked for me. I definitely felt for Levana. She had a rough childhood - a horrible sister and completely absent parents.

Reading about her unrequited love for Sir Evret Hayle was painful, only because I had some very similar crushes when I was 16 years old. Thankfully, I didn't have glamour and mind control powers to take my affection to the level that Levana goes to with hers. Yikes!

As with the other fairy tales throughout the series, Meyer was able to bring in the magic mirror, both explaining some Levana backstory and bringing in the critical element of the Snow White Evil Queen story. She is just so brilliant. I am constantly amazed at her creativity.

The book gives more clarity to life on Luna and the desperate situation of declining resources. I enjoyed all the tie-ins with letumosis, the Lunar Special Operatives program, the shells, and Levana's plott to take over Earth.

I think this book is a great companion to the whole series. I actually enjoyed reading it more this time since I knew Winter was imminent. When I read the book after the release, it was kind of a let down since Winter was supposed to have been coming out, and we got this book instead.

I really feel like I'm in a better position to understand things that will occur in Winter after having read this book. If you haven't checked it out yet, I do recommend reading it. It's only 220 pages, so I whipped through it in only 3 days.

My Original Rating: 4 Stars
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  1. I am excited to get to this one. I am interested in Levana's story. Great review!!

    1. I know a lot of people skip this book, but I really enjoyed it. And now that I'm reading Winter, it's definitely nice to have that bad story. I look forward to hearing what you think. :)

  2. I enjoyed this one too -- but it was SO creepy. I'm looking forward to reading Winter!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    1. I agree. Levana is definitely twisted. :)