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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 an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

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ATTENTION : SPOILERS des tomes 1 et 4.

Et voilà ! C'est avec ce préquel que je termine officiellement Les Chroniques Lunaires.
Bien que le roman soit court - 220 pages en VO - je l'ai ouvert avec appréhension, 1 an et demi après son achat.

Et maintenant qu'il est terminé, je me sens très confuse quant à ce que je viens de lire.

J'ai beaucoup apprécié l'histoire, la base de la base des Chroniques Lunaires, le fait d'enfin savoir qui est réellement Levana. Mais mon mental a été touché ... je m'explique.

Levana est un personnage qui a subit énormément de rejet et cruauté de sa vie, qui explique le personnage que nous côtoyons durant les 4 premiers tomes.
Et j'avais très souvent mal pour elle, j'avais terriblement envie de lui venir en aide (ça m'arrive tout le temps, ça...)
Elle nous montre ce que l'amour et le besoin d'amour font faire, ce que le désespoir fait faire, ce que le besoin de reconnaissance fait faire ...

Et j'ai eu pitié.

Mais ça va tellement loin. Et quand on se rend compte que la manipulation mentale peut mener à un viol ... là j'ai du mal.

Et c'est là que je suis confuse. D'un côté, j'ai mal pour elle, et de l'autre et j'ai envie de l'egorger.
La deuxième option prend le dessus.

Levana évolue en permanence, tantôt étant cruelle, tantôt étant un être humain avec des émotions et des sentiments. C'est probablement le roman qui met le plus le lecteur dans une position délicate. Que ressentir au juste ?
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Being in Levana's head will make you cringe because she is crazy. The author succeeded in giving us a glimpse at the mind of a mad woman.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting expansion to the series 30 janvier 2015
Par Canadian eReader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Fairest - Levana’s Story by Marissa Meyer is a prequel to her fairytale reimagining series The Lunar Chronicles. It provides the backstory to series antagonist Queen Levana Blackburn of Luna. If you are new to The Lunar Chronicles, PLEASE don’t start with this book - go read Cinder, Scarlet and Cress and then come back to it. It will be more engaging in that way.

This book is a very focussed character study of Queen Levana and how she turned from a naive, self absorbed young girl into the tyrant our heroines are trying to depose. There is little in the way of worldbuilding or major plot development. It remains mostly confined to the Lunar Royal Palace.

What I liked

Character development. This is the focus of the book and is excellently done. We follow Levana’s progression from a self absorbed, naive young girl to the vicious despot of the later books. I appreciated how each step and decision she took along that path was small and logical at the time but each developed her character as it turned out to be. I found her an interesting character, and at many points she gained my sympathy for what she went through.

Character cameos. Many of the characters from the later books made cameo appearances as their younger selves. Even if they weren’t specifically named as such it was great fun to spot Cinder, Cress, Kai and other characters.

Audiobook narration. Once again narration is provided by Rebecca Soler who did the narration for the other books in the series. She does a brilliant job of capturing the characters’ voices and I hope she continues for Winter, the final book in the series.

What I didn’t like

Very expensive for such a short book. This book is really a novella - barely 272 pages or 6 hours and 36 minutes of audiobook - and yet is was priced comparatively expensively. I paid the price but a bit more resentfully than for other books.

No chapter breaks. The book is written in one long narrative unbroken into chapters. Now, I am a working woman and I don’t have the luxury of settling down to long chunks of several hours’ reading. For me, the chapter breaks are valuable to give me a good place to stop.

Not Whispersync for Voice compatible. In other words, the ebook and the audiobook didn’t sync. Combined with the lack of chapter breaks, it made switching between ebook and audiobook a very frustrating experience. If you’re only enjoying the book in one medium this won’t be an issue for you, but I did contribute to my lack of enjoyment.

Less engaging protagonist. Yes, Levana is a fascinating character and yes, I enjoyed learning about her backstory. However, it cannot be said that she is immediately likeable or engaging in the way that Cinder, Scarlet and Cress are.

Less humour. One of the fun parts of The Lunar Chronicles is the banter that is exchanged between our main characters. This was missing from Fairest - Levana’s Story. Thinking back, it’s because in this book we spend very little time with characters who actually like and respect each other. This book contains the first few chapters of Winter, which I listened to, including a scene on the Rampion and I immediately felt “yes, THIS is the Lunar Chronicles I know and love!"

To summarise, while I enjoyed Fairest - Levana’s Story, for me it wasn’t a must-read part of The Lunar Chronicles. Certainly, it shouldn’t be the first book you read in the series. It does provide an interesting expansion to the series though.

I gave Fairest - Levana’s Story 3.5 stars out of five.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The true horrors that lie behind our evil Queen. . . 16 novembre 2015
Par Alicia - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
4 STARS

A twisted fairytale that shows the dark side of an happily ever after. Told in the POV of our favorite evil Queen from the explosive debt that shook the YA genre with a fairytale that has been told time and time again, but not quite as delicious and addicting as CINDER!

Levana story is finally told, and it is enough to make you recoil in revulsion, yet, find a tad bit of sympathy for our evil Queen that's determined to rule the world, making all cower and serve her evil purposes.

Marrissa Meyer is a MASTERMIND of a storyteller!! I love everything this woman writes. She creates the most unique, addicting, oddly disturbing in this case, worlds that could awaken any feelings that have never been roused. Meyer's takes this story by force with her vivid details, developed characterization, flush writing, uniquely enthralling world-building and tantalizing anticipation that seizes you from the first page and does not let up until the very end. FAIREST is another exquisite hit for Meyer's!

When I read CINDER last year I fell head over heels in love with the unique fairytale world, but I despised, yet was fascinated with the evil villain Levana. I had a love/hate relationship with her. On one hand I thought she was despicable and the worst kind of evil, but I also found her the best villain for the story, and this series wouldn't be the same without her. She fit so well with the complex world and all her evil jabs were so riveting as she unleashed her manipulation and wrath on whom ever she chooses. She's as evil as it comes, and I loved the lengths she would go to get what she wanted. She was the perfect villain for this world. She's vile, evil, manipulative, selfish, conceited with her "false beauty" and willing to kill anyone who gets in her way to the throne she wants, and I LOVED every second of all that evilness.

But in FAIREST we get to see how she became the evil queen everyone feared and despised, and the reasons that turned her heart to ice. And trust me, none of what she does is excusable, but you can kinda understand how she was able to become so cruel. I loved reading Levana's POV, it was engrossing to see how she went from the shy, naive, lonely, disfigured girl, to the unstoppable evil queen that bathed her palace walls in blood to rise to the top. And with the power she wielded, she became unstoppable.

In a way I felt sorry for Levana, and at times caught myself even liking her (I said at times, not always. ;) She was very lonely, tortured by her older sister and disfigured by her cruelty. We didn't get to know her parents, the former king and queen of Luna, but from what I gathered from this book, they didn't care about Levana either. They pretty much abandoned her and didn't so much as bat their eye when she was around. And with extreme self esteem issues due to her disfigurement and lack of love, her hate manifested and grew into something evil. Then slowly, very slowly she began to see life very different, a dark place that bent to her will. And when her sister Queen Channary died, leaving the now crown princess Selene the heir to the Luna throne, Levana was able to become the queen regent that would rule all of Luna until Selene turned thirteen. With no one left to stop her, Levana now had the authority she needed to rule all of Luna with an iron fist, lashing out with her cruelty and thirst for blood. Now, if only she could get rid of Princess Selene . . . .

THE PLOT:

Fifteenth year old Levana becomes crown princess to all of Luna after her parents are brutally murdered by a shell seeking retribution for the their ill-willed rule. She's always been neglected, unloved and wanted by everyone including her parents and torturous sister. And after the forced "accident" the made her disfigured, she is more ugly then anyone could of imagined. She tries to brighten her life by using her glamour to hide her true self by wearing a false mask of beauty. The exact opposite of what truly lies on the outside, slowly becomes the inside, until she is falsely beautiful, but truly ugly both inside and out.

Each day torment by her sister Channary, now the Queen of Luna, and exiled by the rest of the court, Levana finds herself daydreaming about a handsome guard who she blindly thinks cares about her. But he's uninterested and ten years her senior, and married to the most beautifulest woman in all of Luna, and she just so happens to be carrying his child. But Levana doesn't care, she stupidly thinks he loves her, and each day her desire and false love grows, becoming hardened and forceful, and viscous and deceiving, until one day she is determined to take what she wants, one way or another he will be hers . . .

Levana's world slowly starts to unravel, but for her, it starts to come together. She will marry the man she wants, she will become his child's mother, she will take what should be hers, she will murder for what is rightfully hers, and she will stop at nothing to not only be the queen of all Luna, but the Empress to all of earth. . .

Power, blood, murder, destruction and false beauty bath the path to Levana's evil reign, and she will hold nothing back has she takes what she's destine to have. Fate has given her all the glories in her world, because she is the best Queen that has ever sat on the Lunar throne, because she is . . .

THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL . . .

Levana's story takes us through the mind of a sociopath, and the fascinating back story of how she became the evil Lunar Queen. FAIREST is a must read for all Lunar fans, I think it'll give you an open mind to the woman behind all the evilness in The Lunar Chronicles. She's an evil, heartless, despicable women, that's equal parts intriguing as she is revolting, and has quickly become my new favorite villain!

Overall, FAIREST was just what I needed to see this world from both sides. This book had great back story and we get to see true glimpses of Levana's true self. I think it puts her character into perspective and helps us understand (but not agree with) some of her choices. This book was a great addition to THE LUNAR CHRONICLES that brings it's own wicked story and is definitely a must read for any Lunar fan!!!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautifully written, but not best format 7 mars 2017
Par Laura Marshall - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This tells us the story of Queen Levana, who once had a love herself. She was like the other girls--dreamy and imaginative like Cress, or her love was a guard, like Winter. However, he didn't love her back. It begins around seventeen years before Cinder.

It is interesting to see things happening and knowing what will become of them, like a man named Dr. Darnel having a shell daughter. Young Winter is also adorable. I never liked the teenage one because of her illusions and imitating a wolf, but the Winter in this book is irresistible. She runs in and out of her stepmother's closet, bringing pairs of shoes to her dad or asks him why it is always a prince that rescues the princess. As you go farther into the book, you see more of how things happened, like Levana burning Selene. Near the end, you read about how Channary, Levana's sister, tortured her by fire, which was a bit confusing at first, because Channary had died, and I didn't see why she was mentioned again.

The end is tragic and sad. This was the most heart-touching book of the Lunar Chronicles for me. The last two pages made me cry. Marissa Meyer is an incredible author and continuously inspires me. This book is worth reading.

About the book, not the story, it didn't have much humor, and it is not as long as it appears. There are no chapters, only little marks between groups of paragraphs, making sections. It is spaced wider than the other books, and there are three chapters from the book Winter. Even though this was written after Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, read it after Winter, too. The proper order is not necessarily the order books were written in.

So, overall, the story is great, but the book could have been a bit longer and had chapters.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 "Who is the Fairest of Them All?" 13 février 2017
Par Kristin B. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Several months ago, I discovered the Lunar Chronicles series and I tore through Cinder, the first book in the series. Since then, I've been trying to take my time with these books and spread them out a bit so I get to enjoy them more. Sometimes that doesn't happen and I just have to dive into the next book! Such was the case with Fairest since I recently finished Cress and had to get back to this awesome series which is a fun blend of fairy tales and science fiction.

We are first introduced to Queen Levana, the Lunar queen, in Cinder, the first book in the series. Levana is shown as manipulative, vain, and will do anything to be the most powerful ruler among the Lunars and Earthens. As the series progresses we see many of her malicious acts to gain power over everyone and these acts seem to get worse and worse. What we don't see in the first three books in the series are the reasons why Levana is the way she is and it all stems back to her childhood.

As I was reading Fairest, I could tell it has a darker feel than the other books in the series. The book starts when Levana is 15 but there are flashbacks to when she is a little girl which help fill in some blanks about her past. I don't want to insert any spoilers in my review because, even though I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others, I still feel it's a significant addition to the Lunar Chronicles series since Levana plays a fairly large role. As the story progresses, I could see Levana having mixed feelings towards many people and situations but, as well as know, she turns out to be a fairly malicious person.

There were some instances where I actually felt bad for Levana because she wasn't initially responsible for what happened in her past and those events seemed to affect her mentally. As she gets older, she makes some bad choices and we see her leaning towards the "dark side" because she has to be the fairest of them all, just like the Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, whom Levana is based on. It was those bad choices that made me not feel as sorry for her and I started to greatly dislike her character.

Overall, I enjoyed Fairest but it I didn't like it as much as the other books. However, if you have read and enjoyed the other books, I feel it's good to read this one as well to further explore Levana's character. I read the interview questions with Marissa Meyer at the end of the book and she recommends reading Fairest in between Cress and Winter, which is what I happened to do. I feel reading the other books gives readers a good sense of Levana's character and most likely urges readers to wonder why she is like that. Having a good knowledge of her character and then going back to read about her past to see how some of the puzzle pieces fit together helps to paint a picture of Levana and some of the other characters. I still recommend Fairest even though I didn't enjoy it as much and I'm looking forward to Winter but I'm going to try to hold off because it's the last book in the series and I don't want it to end!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Even though Levana isn't a likeable character, I found her story fascinating. 18 novembre 2015
Par LibraryCanary - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This review is also on my blog, The Library Canary: http://thelibrarycanary.blogspot.com/2015/11/review-fairest-by-marissa-meyer.html

Before we even get into this book can we talk about the beautiful artwork on the inside cover?? If you haven’t seen it, hop on over to my Instagram where I posted a picture. It is stunning. A gorgeous view of Luna with Earth in the backdrop.

Now that I’m done gushing over that, let’s get into this book. A lot of people didn’t like this book. They found Levana to be annoying and/or didn’t like her backstory, didn’t feel sorry for her, etc. And I agree with all of that. Levana is not a good person. Her backstory didn’t elicit feelings of sympathy from me. In fact, her backstory only made me hate her more. And it’s hard to like a book where the main character has zero redeeming qualities. So I get where people are coming from. But I found this story fascinating.

What’s fascinating for me is that Levana and Cinder’s backstories are actually quite similar. They both had tragedies happen in their past, they both don’t really have anyone who cares about them and yet they both have gone down drastically different paths in their lives. One turned into a villain and the other into a hero. And this is what made me enjoy this book. It was so interesting to see how different choices create such different characters. Both people hiding who they are, craving the love of someone, anyone around them. But one person chooses to harbor that anger, to use it to get revenge, to force the people around her to love her. The other retains her humanity, does the best she can and chooses to enjoy the things in her life she does have. The juxtaposition of these two characters was captivating. All the questions it brought up. Does your past define your future? Can you blame your upbringing on who you become as a person? When do you have to start taking responsibility for your actions? I loved all the questions this book brought up and made me ponder as I was reading.

I also loved all the tiny details we get to see in this book, like Winter and Jacin as children and even Princess Selene as a small child. It was these moments that kept me smiling even in the midst of a horrible backstory about a horrible villain.

I think maybe some people will think that Marissa is trying to make us sympathetic to Levana in this book. I don’t agree though. I think she’s showing us that yes, Levana hasn’t had the greatest past, but that doesn’t excuse her behavior. I think that Marissa is showing us that there is no redemption for her. There’s no coming back from the dark path she wandered down. And I think Marissa is showing us that Levana had a choice and she chose evil. Cinder chose good. Levana had the same opportunity and she chose not to take it. So I don’t think Marissa is trying to garner sympathy for Levana. I think she’s showing us what a true villain she really is. I can’t wait to see her get taken out in Winter.
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