Meyer, Marissa Fairest, 220 p. Feiwel (Macmillan), 2015. $18. Violence: PG (burnt bodies, not graphic).
Princess Levana has always lived under the shadow and cruelty of her beautiful older sister Channary, the heir to the Lunar throne. Her entire life, Channary has never missed a chance to emotionally brutalize Levana and after their parents are murdered by a shell, the abuse only worsens. In order to find someone to love, Levana uses her Lunar powers to manipulate one of her guards. Every chance she has to make a choice to be kind or good, Levana chooses manipulation, brutality, and even murder to get what she thinks she wants.
Meyer has fully drawn a portrait of Levana as an evil person, who, despite her childhood under her evil sister, deserves no pity as she has never chosen kindness when manipulation will get her what she wants much faster. Enjoy this bridge as we all wait for Winter, the final book in the Lunar Chronicles, to be published.
MS, HS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library Teacher