Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Reads: Fairest by Marissa Meyer!!

Hello there guys!

Friday is here and for me is the end of my days off and the start of my working weekend! On Tuesday I went to a meeting for my apartment complex and it was a bit nuts, so on Wednesday I decided to take a full reading day!

For my first Friday Reads entry of the week I have a new release of this year and as such one that counts toward my 2015 release category on my 105 challenge!





Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)Fairest by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Fairest is one of those extra books that we didn't expect and we didn't think we needed, but once you've read it, you realize that it was a really good idea to add it to the series!

We've hated Levana since pretty much the first time she came onto the page and that hate has continued growing with each book and each revelation of her evil plan, or at least that has been my case.

I was really excited to see Levana's story because I always like villains to have layers to their story, their evilness and their evil plans. I always like to know the reasons and why's of actions of everyone, I prefer a villain that I can understand how in their twisted way they can justify their actions, even if I'll never agree with them. Evil for evil's sake without some grey areas is rather boring for me!

And we do get a lot of background information about Levana and her entire family of psychopaths. I did feel bad for Levana every time she interacted with her sister because if Levana is nuts, Chanary was even worse! We learn about their parents, the lack of familial love in the family and between the sisters. There's quite something about the nature vs nurture in here, but in Levana's case is nature + nurture!

She is born in a family of sociopaths (and probably psycopaths) so she's got both things against her, and although we see her making some better choices here and there and being worried about Luna's welfare... she ends up being true to type and make choices that show her lack of empathy and her delusions that end up in lies that she makes herself believe.

I can understand better how she came to be the cruel and mad queen that we met in Cinder and I was quite glad once the book was over, because being in her head was one hell of a twisted place to be! We also get more background story on Winter's and on princess Selena's pasts and I'm sure all that will help us understand Winter better the next time we meet her.

A great book that would deserve a warning, because getting into Levana's head is not something for the faint of heart, but worth every cringe-worthy moment for the insight that we get and how the fight of our heroines and heroes being even more dire! Very well deserved 4 stars, Marissa Meyer knows how to write and write well ALL sort of characters!



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14 comments:

  1. I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN! Being in her head made me feel so dirty because of how twisted it was. She is complex to the very bone, and I love that. I mean, I hate her, but I love how we have come to understand her here a little. She's delusional and so misguided. The worst part of all here is is the fact that she believes in her heart that she is the best for Luna, for her lover, for everything, and she refuses to see anything else despite the evidence in front of her.

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Yep, she's completely delusional!

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  2. I still haven't read Fairest, but I'm dying to know more about Levana.
    So glad you enjoyed it!!

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    1. Anything you wanted to learn about Levana, you get here, Lis! I hope you'll get to read it too!

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  3. I actually just saw a two-start review for this book, posted today as well :D I read Cinder and liked it, but I can't see myself finishing this series. I'm so glad you loved this one! Oh well! Excellent review, Pili!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Interesting... I found this such an intriguing book, even if it made me dislike Levana even more!
      Thank you, Alyssa!

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  4. Yay :D I'm glad you enjoyed this book a lot Pili :) Though.. I felt differently about Levana, hah. I actually grew to really like her. Sigh. Though she is all kinds of evil. Yet I still loved her a little, hih :D But I did love all the other parts too ;) Waiting for Winter is torture. Sigh. Almost here. <3

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    1. I felt bad for Levana on occasion but I couldn't help but dislike her even more!
      And yes, the wait will be awful! Thank you sweetie!

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  5. My sister loves this series, but she hasn't gotten to Fairest yet. I will tell her about your great review!

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    1. Oh yeah, I hope she'll read it soon! It's so very interesting!
      Thank you, La!

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  6. You're totally right, it was the point of view we thought wasn't needed, but man it was done so well! Channary scared the crap out of me, considering she was worse than Levana. Great review Pili!

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    1. Agreed! Chanary might have not being interested in ruling Luna as much but she was completely mad!
      Thank you Jeann!

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  7. I always find that sometimes reading a novella can be hard because they can be too short to include everything we really need. But it looks like this one is done incredibly well! I am curious to start reading Scarlet as well!

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    1. This is a very atypical novella, because it's over 200 pages! And very much worth the read!

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