Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles 3.5) by Marissa Meyer {MINI REVIEW}

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. 
Book Title: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles 3.5) 
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre:Young Adult, Fantasy, Science fiction, Retelling
Publication Date:  January 27th 2015
                                                  by Feiwel and Friends

Previous book in the series: Cress

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
My Review:

We're all the heroes of our own stories.
                                                                               - George R. R. Martin
First of all, I'd like to give a BIG thanks to Marissa Meyer for writing Fairest. I'm notorious for skipping the novellas of a series because first, they're short stories with usually no actual connection to the main arc of the series and second because the few times I've tried reading short stories, I've found half-assed stories with lack of proper development and transition, like telling the story just for the heck of it, or just because the author needs to write more books. I'm happy that I tried this one though, because this again proves why I love Meyer as an author.
Let me tell you first, this book is disturbing. There's a possibility you'd frown and grimace throughout the most part of it. But I say that's good because this novella isn't supposed to tell a happily ever after story, or isn't supposed to make you go all Team Levana. No. This just narrates how Levana came to be what she is, the "fairest", and the deadliest. It tells why Levana wears a veil and why does she looks the way she looks (glamour or no glamour). It gives you a glimpse of who Cinder and Winter were, how come Levana hates Winter so much and also a glimpse of the Levana who once loved someone, even if it is in her own twisted way. Levana's background story is not crucial to the main plot, but it surely helps to look at things from her point of view for once. Specially the girl who was disfigured by her own sister may or may not break your heart a little. That doesn't make Levana a downright hero who only had bad circumstances growing up, but it sure helps you realize that maybe Levana once wasn't as cruel and diabolical as she is now. The book got me thinking, what if Cannary hadn't manipulated Levana? What if Winter's mother hadn't died? (I like how her Earth quilt handiwork was described btw) What if Levana hadn't become the monster she is now?

Guess that would mean no Lunar Chronicles. Glad it happened :')

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