Mini-Review // Fairest

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.

  • Levana was a terrible villain throughout the Lunar Chronicles series, and I never thought that I’d be able to understand her… But this novel put me in her shoes, and gave me a glimpse into what Levana had gone through and why she had become the person she was. This book was certainly a strange experience because I soon found myself on Levana’s side and rooting for her to find happiness.
  • I loved that Levana was independent and ambitious, with an interest in politics. From the start of the novel, it became clear that Levana’s goal was for Luna to become stronger and more prosperous. Unfortunately later on her actions became misguided and twisted.
  • Levana’s relationship with her love interest was a complicated one. I liked that it wasn’t perfect. It was a nice break from all the picture perfect romances out there (in the present series included!)
  • The book was a quick read for me. I finished it in less than 24 hours lol. I wouldn’t say that the pacing of the book was fast, however Levana’s engrossing personality made me continue turning the pages.
  • It was pretty cool to catch a glimpse of some of the MCs from the main series as babies and as children!!
  • I didn’t expect this book to be a tearjerker…. but it totally was! Even more so than any of the other books in the series (for me at least.)
  • Going into this novel, I knew exactly how everything would end, but it still didn’t damper my enthusiasm to continue reading Levana’s story. Although I couldn’t relate to her, I did sympathize with her and hoped that she could have some form of happiness.
  • Levana will forever be on my list of favourite villains.
  • I couldn’t really get behind the relationship in this book. It was a bit twisted (but granted- Levana’s not your usual romance heroine) and I didn’t understand Levana’s love interest’s intention for most of the book… although towards the end it was explained. I still hoped that she would have her happily ever after though.
  • Levana’s face and body was disfigured and that was the cause of much of the pain in her life. I was a bit disappointed that this series in general perpetuated the (very false) stereotype that beautiful people were good and those who weren’t conventionally beautiful were evil. I wished that Levana’s condition wasn’t associated with such devastating outcomes.

3/5 fishies!

Fairest was an enjoyable read and an unexpected tearjerker! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loved the Lunar Chronicles series and wanted to read more.

Have you read this book (or other books in the Lunar Chronicles series?) What are your thoughts about Levana?

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8 responses to “Mini-Review // Fairest”

  1. Lovely review, Sophie 🙂!
    I flew through Fairest too, and it was one of my favorite books from the series! I can’t remember much from it 😅, but I do remember thinking that the relationship was quite twisted 😕. I also loved finding about how good Levana’s intentions were in the beginning and how she still believed they were later in her life. This book totally made me cry the most 🥺😅.

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    1. Hello Belle! Yeah Levana and her husband do have a strange relationship dynamic that was sweet but also twisted haha. Glad that you enjoyed this book as well. I agree that it was the most heartwrenching of the series! Have you read Stars Above by any chance?

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      1. Yes, I have! It’s another book I don’t remember much of, just that I liked it haha 😅. Have you read it?

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      2. Nope but it’s on my TBR 🙂

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  2. Wonderful review, Sophie! I love the Lunar Chronicles series so, so much and I’m looking forward to reading that one and getting a deeper insight into Levana’s character 🙂

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    1. Hi Marie!! I think if you like the Lunar Chronicles series, you’ll enjoy this novella as well 🙂

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  3. […] Because I loved The Lunar Chronicles series sooo much, I was thrilled to read Fairest!! This novella gave me more insight into Levana’s character, and cemented her as one of my favourite villains of all time! ❤️❤️❤️/5 stars (Check out my review here!) […]


  4. I seriously need to re-read this (along with the rest of the series) at some point this year. I do remember enjoying it though so I’m glad that you did too (:


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