Fairest 4

The Lunar Chronicles: Levana's Story

by Marissa Meyer

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/02/2015

5/5 Rating 4 Reviews
RRP  $16.99 $14.44
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.
General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
St. Martin's Press
Country of origin:
United States
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Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three demanding cats.

She's a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child.

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  • Levana - the Fairest baddie of them all

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    I was so excited to read the novella from one of my favourite series ‘The Lunar Chronicles’. It definitely didn’t disappoint! It gives you an in-depth study of the dark and corrupt Queen Levana and how her past shaped her delusions and evil actions.

    I’d recommend reading this after you’ve read the first three books, however you could easily pick it up before you begin the series.


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    Reason Number One to Read This Book:
    Villain POV.

    Reason Number Two to Read This Book:

    Reason Number Three to Read This Book:
    Yep, you guessed it. FREAKING VILLAIN POV.

    Honestly, if you're a fan of the Lunar Chronicles, you know that Queen Levana is one of the most hateful villains that can be found in YA today. She's evil, she's power hungry and she's completely unforgivable.

    Or is she?

    Fairest gives you that rare insight into Levana's background, and into the way she processes things. You realise that while she's slightly insane, there are reasons for the things she does.

    You feel sympathy for her.

    You feel confused about how you feel sympathy for her.

    And yet you still feel sympathy for her, despite the terrible acts she's done, despite how freaking detestable she is.

    And if that isn't a sign of a good book, I don't know what is.

    Plus you get to see what she looks like under that veil. I'm pretty sure you want to know.

    Do yourself a favour and grab yourself a copy of Fairest as soon as possible.

    You won't regret it.

  • Villainously Fabulous Prequel!

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    SO BASICALLY THIS WAS INCREDIBLE! I was so curious about this book because Queen Levana hadn’t had copious character-development so far.

    Fairest made me pity and loathe Levana all at once! Ohhhh, but the romance is CREEPY. It’s written so so well and you can nearly see both sides. But Levana is downright creepy. At 15 she becomes obsessed with a palace guard. He sees a miserable little girl (glamours hiding something horrible??) and he offers simple friendship…except she sees it as LOVE. It’s a miserable tale of brainwashing and manipulation and emotional torture. And since it’s from Levana’s point-of-view, I totally understood WHY she did it. But it was oh-so-wrong and clearly awful.

    It twisted me in a incredible knot of emotions and it’s only 222-pages. I was so sucked in. I read it in a few hours flat. And while I pity Levana, I still hate her. She is a gloriously wicked villain with a completely tragic backstory and warped intentions.

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