Reflecting on FAIREST by Marissa Meyer

See what I did with the title there? Didja, didja? (Okay, it wasn't initally on purpose. But when I saw that I used the word Reflecting in reference to the fairest...well, you get it now!)

A few people have asked me for my thoughts on Marissa Meyer's FAIREST, perhaps because I so blatantly talked about Snow White and mirrors and all that good stuff this past Tuesday when posting the cover for THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows. Yesterday, my WoW was for KING by Ellen Oh. Did I completely miss the announcement for my beloved Marissa Meyer? After all, I've done A Week of Cinder(ella), A Week of Little Red, A Week of Rapunzel.

The truth is, I always planned to post about FAIREST today. Because today is Thursday, and you know what that means...

Love fairy tales and mythology?
Fans of mermaids, dragons, unicorns, and other mythical creatures?
Enjoy when a beloved classic tale is retold?
A Twist in the Tail Thursdays features all this and more!

It's my favorite time of week!

So, let's talk about FAIREST!

First, let me rip off the bad news like a band-aid left on way too long:



Ready for the good news? The reason for the delay is because...


*Okay, let's all die together now! ...Wait, no, we're not a brainwashed cult. Or...are we!?*

The news broke on Monday via USA Today. Check out the link for the full story, and also a wonderful Q&A with Marissa.

The book will be coming out this January instead of WINTER.

The reason for the move is that WINTER will make so much more sense when we know the story behind Queen Levana and what makes her so evil.

I'm excited, actually. I love authors such as Gregory Maguire who get into a twisted villain's head and make readers feel sympathy for a character they might otherwise blindly hate. I'm excited to see Marissa's take on this.

With the news, came a cover reveal. The cover is very different from the other books in the series, though the font is still the same,, connecting them all. Macmillan even made an awesome animated version of the cover. It's so creepy! Ready to see?

Last night, Marissa sat down for an online video chat. It lasted a little over an hour. During the chat, we found out that the creepy image of Levana on the cover of FAIREST was straight from a pinned image on Pinterest, and designer Rich Deas (Whom I've previously interviewed here) took the image and ran with it.

Marissa also talked about the best place to put FAIREST on your bookcase. She would recommend putting it first, before CINDER, or else it will break the pattern of how the spines look together if placed between CRESS and WINTER. But of course, it's your bookshelf, so do it anyway you wish!

The chat last night was illuminating and shared extra tidbits. If you missed out, watch now! It's just over an hour long, so prepare to tuck in!

Finally, what's to be done in regards to A Week of Snow White?

It will still the fall. Since that opens up a gap earlier in the year, I'm toying with the idea of dedicating a week to VILLAINS. I may keep it fairy tale themed. I might go beyond fairy tales. But I think a week celebrating villains is in order this coming January. What are your thoughts? What would you prefer to see?

Are you excited about FAIREST!?


  1. I've never been all that interested in Queen Levana so there isn't really any excitement over here... I do love the cover though and I'm sure it's going to be great because well, I trust the author. But waiting even long for Winter now? :'( At least we get 2 books from Meyer in 2015.

    I think a week of villains would be really fun!

  2. Can't wait to dive into this book.. I want it out now..

  3. I'm excited for Fairest, but disappointed by Winter. I'm sure I will love it though. A week of Villians sounds awesome. I will have to read some books to prepare. I also want to do a couple reviews during A Week of Snow White so I need to read a couple Snow Retellings.


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