Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fairest by Marissa Meyer [Joint Review!]

5 out of 5 Robots!

Fairest by Marissa Meyer 
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, 0.1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release: January 27, 2015
Hardcover:  222 Pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon & Julia

Book Summary:
Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Julia & Shannon: Joint Review!

1. Fairest - What did you think?
Shannon:  I loved that we got to learn more about Levana - her complicated and fairly horrifying background.  It doesn't really change my feelings toward her, but it was definitely enlightening. It helps to understand her motivations for some of the things she does in the other books.

Julia: Fairest is absolutely captivating. You're rooting for this evil character, though you're a little shocked about her behavior (and her sister's!) It definitely makes you sympathize with her a wee bit. It's awesome to see the childhood of a villain, helping to understand who she is as an adult. I definitely didn't sympathize or root for her much in the end, but I still loved this story. 

2. We don't usually read novellas/prequels... Was this one necessary for the series? 
Shannon:  I generally don't like novellas, but I really like this one.  I think the length helped. It is nearly full length, so it felt like another books in the series.  I don't think reading this novella is necessary for the series, and I'm happy about that.  Part of my aversion to novellas is that sometimes they change the canon (*cough* Shatter Me *cough*) and I don't think I should have to read a 64 page story to change my perceptions of the storyline.  So, this novella won't really change anything you thought before, but it does give some background into why Levana is the way she is.

Julia: For whatever reason, I never want to read novellas, but something made me want to read this one. Shannon is right, the length made it more than just a short story- that's probably the reason. I was so entertained and was sad to see it end. It isn't necessary for the series, but you would be missing out if you didn't read Fairest. Levana's back story is fascinating. 

3. Let's talk a little about those evil Blackburn sisters... And other characters. 
Shannon: Yes, well, the whole Lunar royal family is a  I was kind of surprised by how awful Levana's sister was.  She was truly terrifying.  I should have figured out the connections and relations a lot sooner than I did (considering it is addressed in the books), but it was interesting to see how it all pulled together.

Julia: The lengths that Levana will go to in order to get the man she wants and the throne is astounding. Shocking even! But then you have her terrible sister- I mean, brutally awful older sister. Love how everything in Fairest explains things in the other books... The characters are three dimensional and geesh I wish this was a longer book. 

4. Favorite part? Least favorite? 
Shannon: My favorite part was learning about Levana's childhood.  I didn't really dislike anything.  There is a small part in the middle that lags a bit, but that is a super minor complaint.

Julia: I didn't have a least favorite part. My favorite part is definitely getting to know the parentage of the leading characters in the other books- and Levana's childhood. It just pulls everyone together! 

5. How did you feel about the time Fairest ended and how it ended?
Shannon:  I liked how it ended.  I felt pretty satisfied overall by the events and how they shaped our main story.

Julia: I liked how it ended, the time in the story when it did end. It gave us everything we needed. The ending is pretty intense though, it was one of those- come on! That's it! Now what! BUT, you get all that by reading the rest of the stories.

6. What is your rating? Who should read it and should they read it before or after already getting into the series?
Shannon:  I would give this 4.5 stars.  I think all the fans of The Lunar Chronicles would also enjoy it and should read it.  I'm tore on whether it would ok to read before the would definitely put things together a lot sooner than if you read it between the 3rd and 4th book, so read at your own peril, I guess!

Julia: I would give it 5 stars. I was enamored and entertained until the very end. Everyone who loves The Lunar Chronicles needs to read this book. You can read it before you start or you can read it sometime after you read Cinder. I am glad that I read in the middle of the series because it made me appreciate Levana's story more.

The Lunar Chronicles in the order they should be read:
0.1 Fairest
0.2 Glitches
0.3 The Little Android
1.0 Cinder - Our Review
1.5 The Queen's Army
2.0 Scarlet - Our Review
3.0 Cress - Our Review
3.1 Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky
3.5 The Princess & The Guard
4.0 Winter  

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