Fairest: Levana’s Story by Marissa Meyer ⭐⭐⭐

“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. “

Official GoodReads Synopsis

Talk about an origin story. The Lunar Chronicles as a whole was an amazing series. Great for people of all ages which I really enjoyed.

If you haven’t read the Lunar Chronicles are haven’t finished then DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW! Mild spoilers are below!!!

We have Levana, her sister Channary and Evret as our main characters. Levana and Channary are so emotionally stunted it can be difficult to read about them and their relationship. You can’t help but feel bad for Levana, being constantly tortured both physically and mentally by Channary but you also know that it doesn’t excuse any of Levana’s behavior. Both girls aren’t loved by their parents and are taught to use their glamour to get whatever they want.
This leads us to Evret, one of the royal guards who Levana has “loved” since she was a child. She glamours him into marrying her and assumes, through a glamour the appearance of his beloved wife Solstice who died in child birth.
Levana has this twisted view of love and relationships, seeing Channary never love anything except for her daughter, Selene (Cinder) and Channary’s relationships being just a line of bodies filing in and out of her bed chambers. Then, when Levana sees real love, like that which Evret had for his first wife and his daughter, Winter, she feels overtly jealous and will do whatever it takes to make people love her. Until she confuses love and fear as the same thing.
The main theme to me was, should we hold the abhorrent actions of those who were either physically or emotionally mistreated against them? And then the sub-theme that no matter how much we try to hide from our past, our scars are permanent. We can either look past them or be them.

Levana was a cruel and ugly person on the inside and she let that hate and cruelty grow and fester until that’s all she was and no matter how much she glamoured everyone so she was the most beautiful person in the room, she would always be the ugliest.

As a bonus, this song came up in my Suggestions on Apple Music when I was reading Fairest and it is totally Levana’s theme song! Have a listen!

Levana’s unofficial theme song

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