Review: ‘Fairest’ by Marissa Meyer plus Contest Giveaway

I received this book for free from publisher request pitch in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Fairest’ by Marissa Meyer plus Contest GiveawayFairest by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles 0.5
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 27th, 2015
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Retelling, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 222
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher request pitch
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.

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Um. Wow. Unrequited love, a sadistic psychopathic sister and her downright spiral into evil, Levana really makes you want to sympathize and even pity her. Fairest is set when she is about sixteen years old to the time she’s in her early twenties I’m assuming. It really does set the tone for how she acts in all of the previous books.


Now that I have a better understanding of where she came from and what she had to deal with, her absentee parents, her beautiful and mostly cruel older sister Channery..I can begin to understand why she wanted to rise to become empress of the galaxy. She is good at it. She’s good at protecting her country, her home because it’s all she has left. As I kept reading I slowly grew more horrified. The scars, the pain, the manipulation that happened..I knew it could be so, but I didn’t want it to happen. And even with her family problems, she happened to crush on one of her guards who so happened to be with a family. This is unrequited love at its finest, and Marissa Meyer does it so well. I even felt sorry for her. It just so happens that she started her powers for mind control and manipulation here. No doubt it was sparked by her crazy sister.You can see the selfishness start to creep, the sinister thoughts that awaken at every turn. I was a little creeped out to be honest.


I loved Fairest. It definitely added to the overall world building experience. To catch a glimpse into the point of view of a villain must be a hard thing to do, but nonetheless, I enjoyed it. Wholly 5 stars for me because I know I will be thinking about some of the scenes in here for a long time. Fireplaces will not be the same for me after reading this.



I know you bear the weight more than anyone. (17)
Manipulating your prey is an easy way to cheat at the game. (92)
That’s the problem. I don’t trust you. I don’t even know how to start. (146)
Maybe the princess can save herself. (182)

reading progress


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  1. Karleigh

    March 5, 2015 at 12:03 PM


  2. Heather A

    February 28, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    I have not, but this one is so lovely to look at with an intriguing sounding plot line.

  3. Tracey

    February 26, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    No not yet.

  4. andrea amy

    February 22, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Not yet, but I did get Cinder, Scarlet and Cress for Christmas but I haven’t started them yet. After I finish the book I am currently reading, I was going to start Cinder 🙂

  5. Sarah

    February 21, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Your photos are so nice! What camera do you use?
    Also, I started to read Cinder a while ago, but then I got caught up with reading some other books… I should get back to it soon.. hehe

  6. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    February 19, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    No not yet but I do have Cinder and Scarlet and I cannot wait to read these!

  7. Sherry

    February 18, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    I have read everything besides fairest!!

  8. Rachel

    February 16, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    I have read all her books so far besides Fairest 🙂 She is so talented

  9. Chantale F

    February 16, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    I loved Cinder but I haven’t read the others yet. Thank you for the chance to win

  10. jackeh (@painrynyoung)

    February 10, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    I’ve read Cinder and loved it pretty much :”) Just got Scarlet and Cress today and I’m hoping to finish them before Winter is released later this year!

  11. Cherie Varrin

    February 8, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    I havent read any of her books yet

  12. intensev5

    February 7, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    i have not read any of her books yet…

  13. Elizabeth H

    February 6, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    I haven’t read any of her books yet, but I am looking forward to experiencing one! 🙂

  14. Bobby Karmakar

    February 5, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    I hear very great things about this series. And I must admit, I LOVE the cover to this one of the other previous 3! And also, I hear this is book 0.5 of the series so if I win, it’d be great to maybe start here. Then if I like it, I could invest in the rest of the series 🙂

    • giselle

      February 6, 2015 at 12:41 PM

      I don’t even know if it’s 0.5..It can work that way, but it makes a lot more sense if you read it right after CRESS

  15. Karleigh

    February 5, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    I read Cinder and enjoyed it but I really want to learn about The queen she sounds so interesting

  16. Jessi Elliott

    February 5, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    I haven’t read any of those books yet!

  17. Eileen

    February 5, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    I love your photos! The book looks gorgeous. I’m excited to learn about Levana’s past and see how much it’ll creep me out haha 🙂

    • giselle

      February 5, 2015 at 4:52 PM

      shudders it’s disturbing what happened!

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