Title: Fairest
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, book 3.5/6
Genre: Dystopian, Fairytale, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: January 27th, 2015
Note: This post reviews a prequel of The Lunar Chronicles. You may like to read the first three books in the series, Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, before reading this review. 

In Fairest, we see the untold story of Levana, the villain of the series. Levana has grown up in a loveless family. Channary, the first born and heir, certainly has no love for Levana. Cruel and vain, Channary abuses her lunar powers on her six-year-old sister, forcing her into a fire. Levana carries her burn scars for the rest of her life, but she becomes skilled at using her glamor to cover them up.

Desperate for love, Levana begins to pursue one of the palace guards, even though he is married. Levana believes they are truly meant to be together, especially after Evret’s beloved wife dies in childbirth. Her infatuation with him becomes obsessive – she begins using her mind powers to make him return her love, which he never did before.

Even when Levana uses her glamor to resemble his deceased wife, he does not return her love. He only cares about his child, Winter. In addition to her marriage problems, Levana must accept the fact that she will never be queen. Instead, her young niece, Selene, is next in line. Levana is convinced that Selene will be just as terrible a queen as Channary, and she begins to plot how she will get Selene out of the picture to find her own happy ending.

This book was disturbing, young adult level though it was. It shows sibling abuse, marital abuse, and child abuse. We see just how messed up Levana really is in Fairest, which helps us see why she does everything she does in the rest of the series. Thankfully, this is a quick read, so we don’t have to deal with Levana’s obsessive behavior for very long.

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