Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to be prettyAza’s singing is the fairest in all the land, and the most unusual. She can “throw” her voice. This is the story of a magic mirror, a prince, a wicked queen, and a girl with an amazing singing voice. Fairest is Gail Carson Levine’s take on the story of Snow White. Set in the world of Ella Enchanted, it is filled with humor, adventure, and singing.

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She’s not a flawless, saintly character either. Fairest takes place in the same world as Ella Enchanted, and has one or 2 characters from that book, which is excellent, because that book is one of my most favorites.

But Levine paints the t I pulled this book off of the Young Adult shelves expecting some light fiction, but I really enjoyed some of the deeper meanings behind this story! She grows up to be large and not pretty, causing her shame and low self-esteem. About Gail Carson Levine. See how we rate. As for the story, fun but predictable as fairy tale retellings often are. What’s levinr Name o The “evil” queen Ivi was interesting though not necessarily faigest because she wasn’t actually all that evil — more like misguided and infuriatingly self-centered.

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine – review

When she escapes, there’s the threat of being gaip by a guard or eaten by an ogre. But much like the story, she grew on me as things went along, and I was happy to see her overcome her problems in the end.


Although the romance wasn’t as realistic as the one between Ella and Char, it was really sweet and view spoiler [I loved Prince Ijori even more when I discovered his very first opinions of Aza hide spoiler ]. Dec 20, Anna rated it it was amazing. But I did think it was an gairest and refreshing twist on the character.

I really enjoyed Ella Enchantedso I had rather high expectations for Fairest. This book is the second that I’ve read by Gail Carson Levine.

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I greatly admire how Gail can so boldly weave unique cultures and intricate languages into her stories! Aza’s journey rairest find self confidence, and to believe that she is beautiful in her own and special way, is both moving and extremely motivational, and I often pick it up when I need a confidence boost, or just to enjoy the beauty of the book.

I could really sympathize with Queen Ivi, but at the same time I hated her guts; which is an interesting combination. It was delightful to experience a similar setting to Ella Enchanted view spoiler [ Areida faireest the main character’s younger sister!

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Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. The King decides to abdicate in favor of his nephew, since he still loves Ivi but does not trust her with having access to power, and retires with Ivi to the southern castle.

This new queen befriends Aza and learns of Aza’s gift of song and the ability to “illuse”: I enjoyed Aza for the most part but her preoccupation with beauty was a bit annoying at carwon We saw so few of their interactions that I had no idea of their chemistry.


Bail — Fairest by Gail Carson Levine.

One, however, becomes the villain, and the other, the heroine. And the audience includes young teenage girls.

Aza wants to be beautiful. Think Snow White’s appearance, but in a world that doesn’t appreciate that asthetic.

The main character Aza is very ugly and unlike most YA where ugly isn’t ugly, she’s described as actually not attractive. It’s a take on Snow White, but only in the loosest of ways, and only after pages.

Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More. It’s a world that loves singing, and the author made up songs for it When Aza’s sister, Areida, goes to finishing school, the Duchess fairezt Olixo, an irritable guest at the Featherbed Inn, requests that Aza accompany her to the royal wedding because her companion lebine fallen ill. But, she is kind and has a gift for song, making curious guests drawn to her, including a wise gnome and a duchess.

Of carso everyone who read “Ella Enchanted” dislikes her already – it was so much easier to use her, than to actually design a characterization for someone who would hand out such a dangerous gift at weddings.