Rating: High Five
Who I'd Recommend to: Fans of fractured fairy tales and books like Divergent.
Fav Quote: "You want to make them sick," Channary said, slowly and tiredly, "and then you want to make them better? That is the stupidest war tactic I've ever heard." (referring to the letumosis disease and finding an antidote.)
Synopsis (from Amazon):
Mirror, mirror, on the wall.
Who is the Fairest of them all?
Pure evil has a name, hides behind a mask of deceit, and uses her "glamour" to gain power. But who is Queen Levana? Long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress in The Lunar Chronicles, Levana lived a very different story--a story that has never been told . . . until now.
Oh, I'll just kill my niece and I can be queen forever. That's not heartless, not monstrous, I'm doing Luna a favor, or Oh, how terrible, my parents were assassinated, all that blood will look nice on my lips.
Everything Levana does, she finds an excuse to say that it's for the good of Luna. Conquering Earth by killing millions? Luna will thrive with all those extra resources.
The writing, as always, was incredible - like with Cinder and Cress, I was reading this book the entire day and finished it in one day (Cress took 2 days, as did Cinder). Levana's love life with Emret (? I think that was his name, please correct me if it's not) went a little overboard - I would have liked to see more of the story centered on Levana's past. I got the idea that Channary was a terrible, cruel sister, but I think I needed to see a little more of her and Levana together (in cases where Channary was doing horrible things to her) to really grasp what Levana felt. There was a lot of hints, but besides the whole fire scene (which was a little confusing) I felt that Channary and Levana's hate for each other was kind of pointless. I might've missed something, but that's just my opinion.
Overall, incredible book, however some things I felt Meyer went overboard on and others I felt weren't stressed enough on us readers.