Mini-Reviews: Fairest & Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Hi Munchworms!

I originally added these two books to my Sequel September TBR as a bonus, in case I got through all the other sequels I planned on reading.
In the end, though, I ended up really feeling like reading those sooner. Sorry, mood reader alert, haha.

Since I’d completely fallen in love with The Lunar Chronicles a couple of months back, I just knew I was going to love these stories as well. But did I?

Fairest: Levana's Story (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)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.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets curious about the villain’s story once in a while. Actually, I do have that often. I always wonder what they had to go through that changed them so thoroughly to want to destroy others.
I guess you can say I really wanted to read Levana’s story as well!

Even though I didn’t sporadically sympathized with her or felt any kind of friendliness towards misses Fairest, I really enjoyed reading this. I lost myself in Luna once again and remembered how much I enjoyed this world.

In some way, I did get detached at times, though. So for that, I’m giving Fairest a 4 / 5!

Stars AboveThe universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories – and secrets – that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies? With nine stories – five of which have never before been published – and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

Stars Above consists of nine short stories that give you a better insight in the multiple characters Meyer’s created in The Lunar Chronicles.

Since I love to know more about the characters I cherish, I couldn’t wait to read this little book. Being a collection of short stories, I really flew through them all. Of course, I liked some more, some less and some I completely loved.

There was only one that I didn’t particularly like really, and that was The Little Android. It didn’t feel like it added much to The Lunar Chronicles but was more like an actual “extra” that had nothing to do with the Chronicles at all. I just couldn’t get into it.

And, of course, I adored Something Old, Something New.

All in all, once again, a 4 / 5!

Have you read these two books? What did you think?




I paid full-price for both books. All opinions are entirely my own. I’m not being compensated in any way.

19 thoughts on “Mini-Reviews: Fairest & Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

  1. Lovely reviews! I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed both of these 🙂 I have read Stars Above and really liked it, I loved getting a bit more of these characters I grew to love…but I’m just like you, that story, the Little Android, felt a bit weird in the middle of it all, I did not really get the point, or maybe I missed something here ahah 🙂

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  2. Hello, Kathy! I have fairest but haven’t read it yet. I absolutely hated Queen Lavana and I was in two minds about reading it. But having read your review, I might read it this winter. Personally, winter is the best season for reading TLC, at least for me. I really love this series!!

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    1. Hi!
      Honestly, she’s simply a hard character to like, haha. But still, since it’s more background on TLC, I’d read it for that alone! Anything to get more of that world, really.
      I can understand why you’d rather read them during the winter, haha!

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