Review of Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Rating: 4.25/5 Stars
“Are you still waiting for me to fall in love with you?”
Right, so I really, really despise Levana.
First of all, holy cow, this story was much, much darker than I had expected it to be. I knew Levana was bad, I knew she had done bad things, but in this backstory of hers you really see that Levana is the epitome of EVIL.
Initially, I felt sympathetic for Levana. Growing up in her beautiful sister’s shadow, ignored and underestimated, I thought perhaps she was just misunderstood in her actions. Then I continued reading and the reality of her character came into focus.
I felt terrible for all of the people around Levana as she descended into madness. Her manipulation of others was downright terrible, especially that of Evret. As her power as queen grew, so did her desire for more, unimpeded power. In addition, her own insecurities over how she is seen and regarded grew exponentially, creating a power hungry and infinitely paranoid leader. A dictator in every sense of the word.
By the end of this story, there was no denying that Levana deserved no sympathy for her actions. Sure, she was treated unfairly and abused in her childhood, but she took that unfairness and brutality to a whole new level in her own actions.
Levana is my new favorite villain to hate and I’m grateful to Meyer for giving us this look into what made Levana The Evil Queen she is.