ABCDE & FGHIJ – Top 5 Tuesday, 9th July 2019

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a great start to the week. Since I missed Top 5 Tuesday last week, I’m going to combining last week’s and this week’s topic together since I think it would be really cool if I could somehow go all the way from A-Z!

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Top 5 Fantasy – Sept 18

Yes, another Top 5 Tuesday! I’ve been loving these September topics!! …OKAY FINE, if you’ve been following this blog for some time, you’re not going to learn anything new, because I’ve already raved about these books loads of times on this blog (because that’s what bookish blogs are for, right?) – but at least your suspicions will be confirmed, and perhaps you’ll be even more convinced to read these books if you haven’t already…

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Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Review – Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Image result for fairestTitle: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: 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.

Pages: 222

This book is crazy. First of all, it must be understood that this is a story of a villain, so it’s not going to be a happy fairy tale. It has a pretty dark aspect to it (okay, a very dark aspect to it) and has some more than a little disturbing scenes that I chose to skip/skim as much as possible.

But why do I rate it four stars? Because everything was portrayed in a very well-done manner. Nothing seemed forced (as in more telling than showing) or anything. I had a lot of doubts about Levana, and as I delved through this book, I was debating whether it was really her fault she was such an awful person. Conclusion: you have to read the book and make your own mind up.

I’m still torn, really. In a way, I do understand how she is so bitter and evil but I also don’t think that excuses her behaviour. It’s hard, because I pity her but I also loathe her actions. I think I do hate her more than I pity her, because any naturally kind person would be much more forgiving, although I do understand how she is the complete opposite of that (you guys basically need to read the book to find out and actually understand what going on about here).

This book answered a lot of questions for me, another reason why I finished it within a day (and also because it is a novella). It is intriguing, and I was completely gripped, as much as I disliked the dark aspects of it, hey, this is an evil queen we’re talking about here. If this was really going to be realistic, what can we expect, right?

Another reason why this book is so good is how it managed to twist and turn my emotions with every step into the plot. I was doubtful about her goodness and evilness through every turn of the page, and even now, having just finished it, I still wonder whether hating her might be a bit harsh. No doubt she has done some absolutely horrific, horrific things, but what can you expect when you look at her upbringing? I definitely hate her, but do pity her as well.

You can’t really skip this book in the series, as it answers a lot of important things that I’m assuming will be needed for the final book.

Anyway, what were your thoughts on this book? Would you skip this book on a reread of the series? And who do you think is more evil, in the end, Levana or her older sister? 

Speak soon! 🙂