Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Posted January 15, 2016 by Annie in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Fairest
by Marissa Meyer

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: January 27 2015
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
Format: Audiobook
 

Recommended Read!

“This world and its characters simply blows me away.”
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It’s always lovely to return to the Lunar Chronicles world. But this time, we visit the darker side of Luna where we learn how Queen Levana became so crazy. While this story technically takes place before the events of CINDER, I would suggest either reading this book between CRESS and WINTER or do what I did and read it after the entire series.

Now I am one of those people who love to hate Levana. She is an excellent villain in the series so I was curious about her backstory. It starts off quite sweet actually. Levana is young and vulnerable like most YA heroines are. She is mistreated by those around her, especially by her sister who seems to take pleasure in her suffering. I found myself feeling sorry for her at first because she didn’t seem all that bad in the beginning. But when she develops a crush on a guard, that’s really when things take a turn for the worse.

Levana becomes so obsessed about this guard that it takes over her entire life. She becomes so fixated on him that it makes her manipulative and frankly, it changes her. Her jealously consumes her and when she doesn’t get what she wants, her tantrums create serious consequences for those around her. In this, you cease to see her as a person and more of a monster. This continues on as you see her as an adult, making selfish decisions that eventually make her into the monster you see in CINDER and the rest of the series.

I’m glad I read this book because it does give better insight into Levana’s crazy mind, but I also enjoyed Meyer’s take on this well-loved fairy tale.

Lastly, I want to mention the narrator of this series. I read some of the books but also enjoyed CINDER and this novella in audio. The narrator, Rebecca Soler, absolutely slays this series. She excels at accents and adds so much personality to the characters. My favorite choice has to be Iko who remains as my favorite character of the series.

So as you can tell, I am absolutely in love with this series and if you haven’t read this yet, you really need to. This world and its characters simply blows me away.

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About Marissa Meyer

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.

CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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Thanks for the review, I’m planning on reading this series.

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Thanks Annie! I’m looking forward to reading this series

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Just bought cinder!

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