Book Review:  Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles Book 3.5)

Title:  Fairest

Author:  Marissa Meyer

Series:  The Lunar Chronicles

Release Date:  January 27, 2015

Genre:  Fantasy / Young Adult

Audiobook:  Narrated by Rebecca Soler

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It took me a while to decide whether I wanted to read this book.  I didn’t want to risk upsetting my view of Queen Levana.  Just to be clear… she’s manipulative, crazy, and unredeemable.  Or at least, that’s my opinion of her and I wasn’t sure if reading this book would tarnish that view.   Yep, you read that right, I totally wanted to go on hating Levana.

Thankfully, my love for these characters persevered and I bit the bullet.

Fairest definitely sheds some much needed light on how the evil Queen becomes… well… EVIL.  But she’s still unredeemable in my eyes.  I enjoyed the background information on Cinder’s mother Queen Channary and how Levana ascended the throne.  However, Levana remains a very disturbing character.  While I can empathize with the horrors she survived, it just doesn’t justify her awful behavior.  Marissa Meyer’s imagination and creativity really shines in this novel.  She does the characters justice while also giving the readers what they crave.  Very impressive.  I’d recommend this book to fans of the series, but it’s not totally necessary to read it in sequence.  I read this novella after completing Winter.

Audiobook Review:  Rebecca Soler rocks!  The narration is great.  I’d definitely recommend the Audible version.

I rate it:  four-stars

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