Audio Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Audio Review: Fairest by Marissa MeyerFairest by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Published by Feiwel & Friends on 01/27/2015
Genres: fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible

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.

You guys, I just love The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, which is seriously shocking because generally I don’t obsess over series, and they are also science fiction (a genre I generally don’t care for).  But despite that, this series is just amazing!  Even still, though, I was a tad bit nervous and apprehensive to read Fairest because it’s about scary Queen Levana and I knew it would stress me out.

But Fairest was fantastic, which truly isn’t surprising.  That said, this was a book that I could only read in small chunks, because I would get pretty stressed.  I really enjoyed learning all about Levana and how she became the crazy scary lady that she is now, but it wasn’t an easy read.

I actually expected to sympathize more with Levana than I actually did.  Even from the beginning of Fairest, when Levana is only fifteen years old, she still freaked me out a bit.  The way she thinks about things is just a bit scary, really.  Even with her traumatic childhood and her crazy parents and sister, I never really sympathized with Levana much.

And then, as the story progressed, Levana just got a little crazier and crazier.  Don’t get me wrong, Levana is incredibly intelligent, and sometimes her intentions aren’t terrible (although I would say they are almost alway self-serving in some way), but she’s crazy.  I hated, hated, hated everything that happened to Everett.  It was what really stressed me out the most while reading Fairest.  I don’t know how he dealt with it, but he did and he made me love him all the more.

It was entertaining to spot references to the other Lunar Chronicle books though out Fairest.  Although Fairest is a prequel of sorts, I definitely think it’s best to read this following Cress.  It will make a lot more sense that way, and I think readers will appreciate it more, too.

What I loved best about Fairest, though, is the set up for Winter.  I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m even more excited to get my hands on Winter than I was before I read this one.  So, if you’re a fan of The Lunar Chronicles, you should totally read this.  And if you aren’t a fan of The Lunar Chronicles – why the heck aren’t you?


20 Responses to “Audio Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer”

  1. AlyssaZ

    Thanks for referencing the best time to read this one. I was going to pick it up soon (I’ve only read Cinder) because it was called a ‘prequel’. Since I am in no hurry anyways, I will wait until after Cress. Thanks!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Yes, definitely read this after Cress. I think that will be the best. And I hope you enjoy Scarlet and Cress. All these books are just amazing. I cannot wait for Winter!

  2. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    Oh I feel like I should read this a bit closer to Winter’s release now so I won’t be in as much pain waiting for Winter to come out! I’m glad this was a great addition to the series – I’m a bit afraid to learn more about Levana now, but I look forward to delving back into this fantastic world Marissa Meyer created!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Waiting a little bit closer to Winter’s release would not be a bad thing. I found it totally creepy, getting inside Levana’s head, but it was a good read, and I’m just so curious about Winter now.

  3. Whitney

    My hold at the library cannot come fast enough! Levana just seems like a bad seed from the get go, it sounds like there really are some interworkings to her. Great review, it got me very excited for Fairest and Winter.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Certainly Levana didn’t have the best life growing up. Her family . . . well I won’t spoil anything. But this is a great book. Highly recommend reading this before Winter is released.

  4. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    I had very similar reactions to this. I figured that Meyer would try to make me empathize with Levana more, but I’m thankful she resisted. Levana is one crazy, scary villain and I thought Fairest just emphasized that fact. And, yes, everything with Everett made me cry…so sad…though I’m excited to see his Winter get her own happy ending soon. Great review!

  5. Candice @ The Grown-Up YA

    I think one of the things I dislike about these smaller books written about the bad guy is that they always make me sympathize with the character. Like I understand that villains have layers just like our heroes do, but sometimes I don’t want to feel bad and understanding for the villain. Love that this one didn’t make you feel too sympathetic towards Levana!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I think you’d like this one Candice. Certainly Fairest goes a long way in helping us understand why Levana is the way she is, but really, I didn’t sympathize with her very much. There were a few times when I felt bad for her, but they were few and far between.

  6. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’m so intrigued by this series but have no real idea why. Like you, I’m not a big scifi reader but I can’t wait to try this series. I’m kind of glad that Meyers didn’t make the villain likable or sympathetic. I’m going to have to get Cinder soon. I’m thinking of trying it in audio as that’s the only way I’ll be able to get to it anytime this year!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Truly I think you’d really like The Lunar Chronicles. Science Fiction is so not my thing, but really this whole series has more of a fantasy feel. And honestly, it’s just amazing.

  7. Amanda @ On a Book Bender

    I completely loved the creepy look into Levana’s world. Though I also like glimpses into crazy (I do like watching true crime shows after all). I agree, though — what Levana did to Everett was so, so hard to take.

  8. Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings

    I completely understand needing to take breaks for this book! I think that I felt the opposite and needed to just read as fast as I could to get to some sort of happy conclusion, haha. I agree though that the setup for Winter is just so killer and gah I need it now!

  9. Alisa Selene

    I agree it was so creepy going insider her mentality! I view her as basically an abused child who becomes a sociopathic adult..who hasn’t been
    taught the difference between right and wrong…who thinks wanting something =deserving it. What she wants is true love but she has no idea what to do to obtain it. I definitely think poor Everett deserved SO much better!

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