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 diffe ...more
“She cried for the girl who had never belonged. A girl who tried so hard, harder than anyone else, and still never had anything to show for it.”
4 1/2 stars. This is easily my favourite book of the series. Well... so far, but I find it hard to imagine that Winter will top this.
I enjoyed this book immensely and I had the feeling beforehand that it would be the villain's story that affected me most. There's just something really great about reading the stories behind the villains, finding out w ...more
The Written Review
Seven of my favorite Bookish Villains in one BookTube Video!
An absolutely essential read.
Rarely (and I do mean rarely ) does a companion novel enhance, improve and brings another dimension the original set. Fairest does all that and more.
Lunars (the advanced civilization living on the moon) can manipulate what you see and think through bioelectric energy.
Princess Levana (age 15) is neurotic about maintaining her glamour at all times due to a disfiguring "accident" cau ...more
WOW SO GOOD! I really shouldn't like nor sympathize with Levana, kind of made me! Well...not exactly like, but definitely understand who she is and why she ended up that way. The pacing was great and I was never bored, which should be expected as it is only 222 pages. I also liked that we got a whole backstory for Cinder and Winter as well! I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL WINTER IS RELEASED ...more
When I decided to read this book, I did it having in mind every other book in this series: funny, compelling and perfectly okay stories. That would explain why I was really not expecting the level of creepiness, weirdness and are-you-fucking-kidding-me-ness this book had to offer.
She hated mirrors. Hated their reflections, their truths.
Among Meyer's characters, Levana is definelty the most complex one. I could easily describe the ...more
Kind of wish I had skipped this one. I wasn't a fan of the back story, it just seemed unoriginal and on top of that there was a scene that made me very uncomfortable because it is essentially in every way rape unless I misunderstood? I don't know. Just not worth the read for me. ...more
It didn't occur to me that some readers might skip this installment of THE LUNAR CHRONICLES, counting it as a novella. Technically, while being a prequel, I think it's still a full-length novel. I don't know the word count, but I did the math (with a calculator, and everything), and even excluding the preview of WINTER that begins at 79%, Levana's story is still over 200 pages.
And regardless, any fan of the series will want to read this book, b/c:
1. What does Levana r ...more
"Mirror, mirror on the wall.
Who is the most INSANE FUCKING PSYCHO BITCH of them all?"
(a direct quote)
So, this is basically what happened to me while reading this book:
me, before reading fairest: piss off levana god i hate this fucking noodle
me, 25 pages in: PROTECT HER!!!!!!!!
me, after reading fairest: yeah she can choke
i feel like the actual Evil Queen here is Marissa Meyer for putting me through this form of emotional abuse, i hope from the depths of my black sinner heart that she can't slee ...more
Fairest was brutal; even for me and I love brutal.
After reading this, I can't say I am surprised Levana turned out the way she did. However, the girl still deserves some credit, some of that cruelty was all her own.
Fairest: Levana's Story was published after Cress and just prior to Winter.
Even though that was the publication order, I actually chose to read it directly following my completion of Winter. Frankly, I think it could be read at any time, or not at a ...more
Yikes. This queen is cray...
We all knew that Queen Levana was a bit psycho from reading Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress... I never realized how many issues this lady really has.
I LOVED this book, just like the other books in the Lunar Chronicles. If you haven't read this series yet, I would suggest that you don't start with this book, however. I know that it's a prequel, but so much information is shared in this book that you don't learn until book ...more
She tried to distract herself by planning who she would be that day.
A thousand possibilities floated before her. (c)
Levana knew a great deal about beauty, just as she knew a great deal about ugliness. (с)
It calmed her, sinking into the glamour. (c)
She was a beautiful fool, though, which was the worst kind. (c)
A risqué effervescent spirit. (c)
The stronger Luna’s economy ...more
Re-read through audio =)
Wow! I can see where Levana turned evil from all she went through from childhood etc. But she didn't have to turn evil, it just takes over if you let it. I see all the reasons she became sad, tired of it all, jealous, whatever you want to call any of it, it's just that I feel she could have become so much more. She seemed to be the happiest when she was the most evil thoug ...more
Life is just full of surprises.
I like Levana as a villain in the real Lunar Chronicles books (I am already actively removing this from my conception of the series) because a b*tch is RUTHLESS. She is kicking ass and taking names and committing acts of biological warfare that lead to long-term genocide.
Your fave fantasy villain could never.
She's also crafty and smart and mysterious and all of that is what makes her cool as hell. ...more
If you thought Queen Levana was evil before, you will see just how corrupted she really is! I don't often read novellas, but this one is a bit longer than average and completely worth it to be able to see Levana's childhood and how she grew up to be who she is. It also gives us a glimpse at our beloved characters' childhood so we get a real 360 look at what happened in the past.
Despite her evil ways and sometimes shocking delusions, Levana's story is just plain sad. This ...more
Talk about a book that makes you feel (a bit) sorry for the psychotic villain in all the other books!
Are you reading the Lunar Chronicles?
Then this is a Must-Read. No, you can't skip it because it's a novella ...and let me tell you why, ok?
First, this sets up EVERYTHING that happens in the rest of the Lunar Chronicles. It's the prequel that doesn't suck.
Second, you get to find out about the past that Cinder forgot. You know what I'm talking about, right?
Then you need to go read ...more
Love is a conquest. Love is a war.
Here is what I think of love.
Blurb: Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?
Queen Levana is 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.
Now this was interesting.
As you may or may not, Levana is one of my favorite characters in the Lunar Chronicles series. I just enjoy reading her and wa ...more
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I don't know why, but she'll forever be my queen Levana
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OH MY FREAKING GOD
LEVANA IS COMING
LEVANA IS COMING
IT'S ALL I'VE EVER BEEN WAITING FOR
THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING
Young Cinder and Winter. Dr. Erland. Love. Death. This story will kill me.
TW/CW: sexual abuse, rape, adult-minor relationship
I'm really conflicted in regards to this book. On one hand there is one particular thing that I hated with a burning passion and I didn't think it was absolutely phenomenal or extraordinary, but it was good.
I thought Levana's villian origin story made sense. Everything she went through and how that affected her and shaped her into the person she now is, but from the start it was obvious that she is manipulative and doesn't know whe ...more
I liked reading Fairest to pass the time waiting for Winter. But I just loved Winter.
Marissa Meyer demonstrates again how she can build fantastic worlds and interesting characters from nothing. It was intriguing reading about the Lunar world, especially from the bad guys POV. Even though it did not make Levana more sympathetic. Just more pathetic, naive, self-centered and cruel.
The thing is, I did not really ...more
I'm actually really torn about how I feel about this book. I went into it thinking I was going to get a backstory and then in turn understand why Levana is the way she is. And while I did get the reasoning behind it I still don't feel she is justified in any way and I absolutely do not feel sorry for her. Instead my heart actually hurts for those who have been so unfortunate ...more
After reading Cress two months ago and getting highly disappointed by it, my excitement for Winter decreased. I wasn't even planning on reading Fairest. However, Cait recommended it to me after I told her I was looking for something short and easy to read and told me it was fantastic. Naturally, after Cress, I was a tad hesitant but I still decided to give it a try. And would you look at that! Blown away!!
Prior to starting this, I was aware I'd get to see the exte ...more
Okay....bumped up 1/2 star because it is brilliant even if it is difficult to be in Levana's head for that long. She is BAT-SHIT-CRAZY and I understand how every step and decision she made from the time she was 15 led her to that last cruel step she took and rationalized to herself. She is so broken there is no chance of redemption anywhere.
*sobs for Evret*
First Read Jan 2015
3.5 Self Loathing Stars
The best villains ...more
This novella is about what turned Levana into such a monstrous evil queen. Now I really liked her whole point of view, her thoughts and feelings, but some of the stuff she did was just plain fucking monstrous and no matter what she went through, does not excuse what she fucking did. (view spoiler)[Forcing a man to love her, taking the glamour of his dead wife, manipulating and twisting his ...more
I love a good villainous backstory, but I wasn't prepared to sympathize with Levana as much as I did. As a child, she's constantly covering herself up with a glamour - because she's hiding something. Levana, having been mistreated her whole life, hasn't the faintest idea what love is. So when she falls head over heels for a married man, Evret Hayle, she does what she thinks is right - she tricks him. His wif ...more
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