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.
Source: Pan Macmillan Australia
My feels for this book are indescribable! I have never loved, hated and felt sorry so much for a character before. This book gave me so much insight on Queen Levana’s life. It was painful and alluring to read and the story was definitely opening when it came to the Lunar Chronicles. I remember reading Cinder, Scarlet and Cress and feeling so much hatred for Levana but this book totally changed that. Well, I still don’t like her but its less now. Much less.
I would recommend this book to every single fan of this series. READ IT!
This book is begins when Levana is sixteen, the younger sister of the soon-to-be, super bitchy, superficial Queen Channery. Their parents have just been murdered and the kingdom of Lunar is left to Channery. Oh man, Channery is the role model for all mean, bitchy older sisters. Levana has been left seriously scarred by an accident when she was younger and so she is now “ugly”. Therefore, Levana depends on her glamour to make herself beautiful. One moment she could be a dark beauty, the next, a fair haired, fair skinned one.
She is the lonely, insecure, overlooked sister who is desperately in love with a guard, Evret. The only problem is he’s marriage, ten years older than Levana and doesn’t repeat her feelings.
This is a story of mainly two things:
1) A crush gone way too far
2) An evil, paved with good intentions
3) And how to make a guy like you via good ol’ manipulation.
There were a lot of cringe-worthy events during this book where I literally banged the book against my bed going “No! Don’t do that, Levana!” (she did anyway). She’s a very narrow minded person who wants her way. She creates these ridiculous fantasies in her head where Evret is bursting with love for her when reality, it is just politeness. This fantasy may seem harmless only in her head but Levana begins to believe them. And so, when she began to chase after him with her little manipulative, puppy-dog eyes, all I could do was uselessly watch as she embarrasses herself and becomes the evil queen she is in Cinder, Scarlet and Cress.
It’s a great book and in it we learn about how Cinder was born and “killed” and with it we also see Levana’s relationship with Winter and Winter’s with Jacin. I love how we got to see everyone’s beginnings. Cress is born in this book, Wolf kinda is, too. I loved it and it was adorable to see Winter and Jacin’s budding romance from when they were babies. It was just so cute. I admit to squealing.
Levana’s story is a great one to read and I really do think that this should be a definite read before Winter because everything just finally makes sense after it. I can guarantee you that your feels will be HIGH when reading this.