Here is the Goodreads synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: **Any book review will most likely contain spoilers** Wow Levana is truly horrid person. In the beginning of this book, I think we feel a little sympathy for her and what she has been through, but she completely loses it when we really get to know her and her thoughts. Yes, her sister Channary is pretty horrid too which I was a little sad about, I wanted Cinder to come from someone who was kind and compassionate; someone completely different from Levana. Her feeling no sympathy or regret in “killing” her niece Selene (Cinder) just further cemented my hatred for Levana. There was no waver in her thoughts to go through with her plan.
I do not even know where to start when it comes to how Levana handled her feelings for Evret. She completely controlled him and forced him to marry her practically two weeks (give-or-take) after his wife died, whom he loved very much. Levana would constantly tell Evret she loved him while using glamour of his newly departed wife. What was Evret supposed to do; had Evret said no then he and his daughter Winter would most likely have been executed. What is worse is after Levana practically got/took the majority of things she wanted, Evret included, she devises a plan to have Evret (whom she still professes her love to) be killed so she could marry a royal from Earth. That was when/if I had any shred of sympathy for her flew right out the window.
I enjoyed reading this perspective of Levana and it giving us an idea of how she came to be the awful person she was. I definitely saw no redeeming qualities in her.This was a quick read and had me engaged the entire time. I absolutely recommend the Lunar Chronicle series.