Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Fairest
Published January 27, 2015 · Feiwel & Friends
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WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR CINDER, SCARLET, AND CRESS.

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.

Rating: ★★★★★

Fairest is a strange book to love. It was twisted and brutal, with a main character – Levana – whom you can’t help hate but sympathise with at the same time. With this story, Meyer did something other authors rarely would – humanise a villain. In doing so, she gave readers a deeper understanding of Levana’s actions and motives. It made me more invested in the Lunar Chronicles and how it’ll end – not that I wasn’t already dying for Winter! Continue reading “Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer”

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by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Publication Date: 27 January, 2015
by Feiwel & Friends

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.

Add to Goodreads graydividerFairest had definitely been an unexpected surprise for us Lunartics. Even though it meant Winter‘s publication was pushed back, who could resist the fact that there would be full-color art included in Fairest? It’s scary how badly I want this book right now. How am I going to go the next 3.5 months without it?

Which book are you waiting on this week?

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Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

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by Marissa Meyer
Series:
The Lunar Chronicles #3
Publication date: 04 February 2014
Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, 550 pages
Source: Library

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WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR CINDER AND SCARLET.

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Rating: ★★★★★

As The Lunar Chronicles continues, the books get progressively fatter and crazier. Crazier being a good thing, of course. My love for Cress really can’t be encompassed in a review. Picking up immediately where Scarlet left off, there wasn’t a single dull moment in Cress and it definitely shines in every aspect. No, I’m not exaggerating at all.

Because Cress is the retelling of Rapunzel, I sort of expected it to be all fun and fluffy, pretty much like the movie, Tangled. Well, there were plenty of cute moments between Cress and Thorne but this novel was about so much more than just the relationship between them two. Honestly, that shocked me a little because back in Scarlet, Wolf and Scarlet did have this epically romantic adventure… But in Cress, you’ll find action, humor, family values, friendships, violence, galactic politics (that sounded so good to my sci-fi loving brain) and in the midst of all that, romance! Despite addressing a bunch of issues, every detail in the story was still impeccably put across and the whole book in general was a bundle of feels.

Cress was also full of surprises; I was completely unprepared for how gory the events in the book got at some points and also how much more we got to know the characters. As we all know, there are a lot of characters in The Lunar Chronicles. Before starting the book, I was a teensy bit worried due to the great number of POVs that would be involved, the story-telling might get slightly messy. However, that was pointless fretting because each individual had such a clear voice and Meyer did a fantastic job in getting readers to sympathize with each of their different perspectives, both the villains and heroes/heroines.

One of my favorite aspect in Cress was Meyer’s incredible ability to juggle four amazing relationships – Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf, Cress and Thorne, Winter and the guy I shall not name because not every knows who he is yet (unless you stalk Marissa Meyer’s book news like I do or have already read Cress). While some authors struggle to handle just one fictional relationship, Meyer pulls off four without hindering the main plot at all. In fact, the romance complements the story!

There had been plenty of ways for the whatever-it-is thing going on between Cinder and Kai to go wrong, especially since they’ve only known each other for such a short amount of time. Scarlet and Wolf’s relationship could also have easily become lackluster as compared to how hot it burned in Scarlet. Of course, these two ‘older’ romances continued to play out perfectly and the new romance between Cress and Thorne had been flawlessly weaved into the story too. Excuse me while I go swoon and fan myself in a corner for a moment; I ship everyone in The Lunar Chronicles so, so much.

Now that I’m done obsessing over the romance, lets move on to the plot. I’m not sure what to say about the plot because the only thing I can even think of to describe it is “so darn amazing my brain is still processing the awesomeness I’ve just witnessed“. I loved every single thing that happened (or loved hurting over the painful bits) and a word of caution to those who intend to read Cress soon: be prepared to start severely pining for Winter after finishing Cress.

All in all, Cress is one heck of a novel and fans of The Lunar Chronicles will definitely not be disappointed with it. I’m still pretty hungover and after the monumental way Meyer ended off this third installment, I really cannot wait to get my hands on the final novel, Winter. I know I would probably die from the feels it would bring but well, I’ve died multiple times in the hands of talented authors and I can’t say those deaths were ones I did not want.

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