Fairest by Marissa Meyer

June 18, 2015 Reviews 26

Fairest by Marissa MeyerFairest by Marissa Meyer
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Published by Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan Audio on January 27,2015
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Length: 6 hours 36 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
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four-stars

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.

I really love getting into the mind of the bad guys and Fairest is no exception. Marissa Meyer did a really great job with Queen Levana’s story. One of my concerns going in was that I was going to get all conflicted about thinking of Levana as the bad guy – that didn’t happen. I do understand her a lot better and even feel a little sorry for her – she didn’t exactly get dealt the best cards – but at the same time, she CHOOSE badly over and over. So I’m not conflicted, just better informed and potentially more understanding.

I’m super excited to see how Winter will pick up the story – will we start where Cress left off or will there be a connection to Fairest‘s earlier time line? I technically could have found out since there’s a sneak peak at the end of Fairest, but I really didn’t want to get started and not be able to continue. So I’m waiting till the fall…

Oh and, as always, Rebecca Soler knocked her performance out of the park. I’m so glad she narrated this, even though it was only a novella and not a full length novel. Reading it just wouldn’t be the same!

4 stars Pretty Great

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About Marissa Meyer

I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancΓ© 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. Release date: 3 Jan 2012.

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

26 Responses to “Fairest by Marissa Meyer”

    • Berls
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      Thanks Terri! I agree, it was so good and I think it’s going to make a big difference for how I read Winter.

    • Berls
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      Hmm well I might just do that. I need to give some thought to that huh? The thing I can’t believe is that YOU pushed me to read cinder lol

    • Berls
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      Well I love my YA, but Felicia likes this series and you know she’s not near as into YA as I am. If that’s enough testimony to pick it up πŸ™‚ in audio though for sure!

    • Berls
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      I totally understand – too many books, not enough time. I think if I were you at this point, I’d time it so that I could just read straight through – Cinder, the short story that I can’t remember the name of but I reviewed lol, scarlet, cress, fairest and then BAM! Winter’s out and you don’t have the torture we’ve had πŸ˜€

    • Berls
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      Oh you really HAVE to read this before Winter. I know it’s technically a side novella, but I think the back story is going to make a huge difference in how we read Winter. Not to be pushy lol πŸ˜‰

    • Berls
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      πŸ™‚ I’m really glad she wrote this because I think it’s going to make a HUGE difference for our understanding of Winter – understanding that relationship’s dynamics. I did feel sorry for her for a second, but then she made so many horrible choices… she is just evil! Gah I can’t wait for Winter!

    • Berls
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      That’s what I liked most about it Katherine. I like having misunderstood villains and all – but I’m pretty committed to Levana being evil. So I’m glad this didn’t make me all uncomfortable for feeling this way. HOpe you get to listen to them soon!

    • Berls
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      I could have sworn you started this one already! I can’t recommend it enough – especially the audio (now that you’re coming around and all πŸ˜‰ )And I definitely think this one is going to be important to the big story, so when you do – don’t skip it. Make sure Berk isn’t either πŸ™‚

  1. Whitney
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    I was really torn about my feeling for Levana too as she had been painted in such a nasty light. But no one forced her to do those things so I had to stand with my opinion based on the first three books — evil. On another note, I’m excited for Winter too, I read the preview that was after Fairest, and I think it is going to be great! Nice review.
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    • Berls
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      Thanks Whitney! I was so tempted to read that preview, but I didn’t want it to leave me hangiing anymore than already am. I do think this broader understanding of Levana – especially in terms of her relationship to Winter will make that book all the more fascinating! So excited!

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