Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 3.5
Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction
Method of Acquirement: Library
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
My Rating: 4-5 Stars
Five Stars for story and writing, Four Stars for content
Marissa Meyer has managed to write the origin story of the villain in The Lunar Chronicles in a way that the reader can sympathize with her on a certain level, but it is still obvious that she is not a good person. Levana's childhood was very difficult, but it is show to us as an explanation, not an excuse for her behaviour.
I thought the story was very well written, and the characters were well developed for a short novella - even the ones that just appeared in Fairest .
And I really loved how all the little connecting pieces to the rest of the series fell into place and have begun to make even more sense. I can't wait for Winter!
I gave the content 4 starts because there was a lot of talk about Levana's older sister, Channary, sleeping with guards and soldiers, and also a huge part of the story revolved around Levana's odd lust for Evert, to the point where she forced him to marry her...and it was really awkward...
IT SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED that there is a VERY LARGE excerpt of Winter in the back of Fairest. It's not so large that it cuts into the length of the actual book too much though.
And the inside of the book has a gorgeous illustration of the Lunar palace