Thursday, September 3, 2015

Review: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer

22489107In 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. ~

Source: Finished copy provided by the publisher via BEA15

Review: I enjoy Meyer’s Lunar Chronicle series, but I’m not a huge fan of it, as so many others are. It’s wildly hit or miss for me so I wasn’t super excited to read this. I believe it came out not too long after the movie Maleficent, and while I loved that movie, I didn’t want to see Queen Levana humanized to the point of pity or sympathy, as Maleficent was. Sometimes I like my villains to stay - villains. Reviews started to trickle in that it wasn’t that kind of story so I decided to give it a try.

This is considered a novella (I think – it’s shorter – 220 pages - but feels like a full length story) and a companion novel to the Lunar Chronicle series and while I suppose you don’t need to read it, you really should. It explains SO much. About Levana, Cinder and it’s a crazy good introduction to Winter’s story (the next and final book of the series).

So did Fairest soften Levana? God no! If anything I like her even less. That woman is diabolical. Sure you see how different things shaped her, but it’s clear that she was never going to be a nice person, no matter what.

I felt empathy for how alone she must have felt in the palace, for things that happened to her at the hands of her (beautiful) sister, for being raised by neglectful parents, but she hits a level of cruelty that can’t be explained away.

She does a lot of horrible things – both physically and psychologically - but when she crossed the line of taking away a certain characters free will, I felt ill. I wonder how much of this would have even made it to print if there was a man doing some of the things she does. I mean, I was just horrified by her. She is straight up delusional.

As a character study, it was both fascinating and horrifying. Levana garnered no sympathy from me but it was an excellent addition to the series and leaves you breathless with anticipation for Winter – which I wasn’t even looking forward to before.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Pick Your Book Giveaway!

I haven’t done one of these giveaways since February. I’m going to try to get back to doing them every month. We shall see lol


You can win any ONE book up to $15.00 value as long as it is released during the month of September.

Here are a few ideas to get you started but you can pick whatever book you want (as long as it releases in September)

For inspiration check out these lists:  Popular September Releases | September Releases | September Mystery Book Releases | New and Upcoming - PW


The winner will be announced on October 1st on this post - on the rafflecopter form - and notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond or I will pick another winner.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

August reading wrap-up

August was a very productive reading month for me. I guess my idea to post what I needed to read really did give me the kick in the pants I was hoping for!

This was my TBR pile reading goal for August (in addition to A Lady’s Guide to Skirting Scandal by kelle Bowen & A Wish Upon Jasmine by Laura Florand for review – not pictured) - Initial post link


I read everything except Another Day by David Levithan and that’s because I still would like to read the companion novel  Every Day first and I need to buy it.

In addition to my reading goals, I read several more books for a total of 13 for the month of August.



FairestDaughter of Deep SilenceAfter the Red RainThe Hunt


In the DistanceFull ExposureSixty Five HoursTreble Maker

Historical Romance
Shattered SecretsButterfly SwordsA Lady's Guide to Skirting Scandal

Contemporary Romance
A Wish Upon JasmineThe Music of Temptation

AND! I made my 100 books read in 2015 goal already!

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Karen has completed her goal of reading 100 books in 2015!

Since that worked out so well for me, I’m going to try to keep it and have my next set of reading goals posted the first week of September. And I guess I’ll update my challenge to either 125 or 150 on Goodreads.