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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Sequel to the Newberry Honor Award-winning Ella Enchanted and a retelling of Snow Whitecompletely its own, Gail Carson Levine’s Fairest tells the story of Aza — a young woman with hideous looks yet a voice to make up for them; abandoned at an inn when she was a child. They actually sng all the songs.

There is something so deeply satisfying about falling in love with a book and the world inside that book and then discovering that there are more books by the same author also set in the same world. Aza’s journey to 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.

True beauty is beneath the surface.

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

On a note of caution though, there were a lot of things I was uncomfortable with, but I felt that since it is fantasy that gaio enough liberty to the make believe. It could be Ivy, …more yes i would say its Aza on the cover. Talk to your kids about She was never clever, except in her skill at singing.

During the book, they commented on the eyes Aza had, and the cover model had the eyes like her. Poisoning by apple also threatens death. Essentially, they loved each other because GCL said that then they were in love, which was incredibly disappointing.

I also like that there are no total makeovers done in the character despite her imperfect physical characteristics. Want personalized picks that fit your family? Preview — Fairest by Gail Carson Levine. As for the story, fun but predictable as fairy tale retellings often are.


Their whole culture and living situation fascinated me, and I’d say I finally really started enjoying the lsvine around the time Aza view spoiler [ started living with them hide spoiler ] The reason I’ve taken off a star is because the pacing in the beginning of the story could have used some improvement.

When the new Queen discovers Aza’s gift of throwing her singing voice, she hires her as her lady in waiting, and binds them together with a secret He assures her that while she is certainly not part ogre, he believes one of her ancestors was faireat gnome, explaining her strange appearance and htun cwrson also the point that she can see htun if he holds her hand.

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The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because there are some books I like more. Her self-conscious demeanor and self-loathing are evident in her voice as a character. As for why I wanted to give it more than 4 stars When I read a book, especially when I read fantasy, I find myself mentally putting myself in the place of the protagonist. Overall, it was a very clean book, great for children and adults, but definitely aimed at pre-teens who suffer from self-esteem issues and need a good example of self-acceptance.

Aza just wants beauty so she can fit in and not be the VERY oddball. To ask other readers questions about Fairestplease sign up.

The idea was interesting a take on the story of “Snow White” where her desirable trait isn’t beauty, but instead is her singing voicebut the execution was horrible.

Add your rating See all 30 kid reviews. Gnome Caverns sound like so much fun!

To view it, click here. And to sum it up, that was the impression this story left on me. This review has been leevine because it contains spoilers.

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine – review

I liked Aza’s gift of illusing but I believed it could have been used in a much more interesting way than it was lwvine. Or maybe I’m just too picky but I didn’t like the music parts and all the singing.

Her amazing voice and ability to compose music are impressive to him I suppose, and her “ability to make him laugh” was apparently important Gail Carson Levine’s retellings are truly so amazing, and I’m so glad I read these as a kid.

I just don’t have the patience for the singing or Aza and others talking about how ugly she is every freaking five seconds. September 19, Publisher’s recommended age s: Think Snow White’s appearance, but in a world that doesn’t appreciate that asthetic.


Aza’s battle with discovering inner beauty was certainly relate-able, but I didn’t feel like she truly struggled with it — at least enough to make me empathize much with her.

Why do you think princess stories remain popular in modern culture? And they ask these questions in a way that makes levinne see the story as if there was a fun house mirror but it has been taken away. Love and respect from family and friends help one to overcome low self-esteem.

But Levine paints the two characters so you can see how one, in coming to accept herself as she is, finds happiness and bestows grace on those around her, and how the other, in hating herself and trying fzirest be other than what she is, ends up destroying the kingdom.

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When she escapes, there’s the threat of being killed by a guard or eaten by an ogre. In addition to that the lyrics of most of the songs are very weird.

If I had to choose one word to describe it, it would be just that: The Wide-Awake Princess, Book 1. Aza’s extreme self-consciousness about her perceived ugliness, her efforts to make herself more beautiful and her eventual coming to terms with her appearance have no parallel in Snow White and are more reminiscent of ” The Ugly Duckling “. Here, there wasn’t any payoff, the people who were mean to her never get punished and the resolution is a giant Deus Ex Machina.

Due to my years of choir experience, I tried to figure out their melody as I read them, but the number of syllables changed constantly, ffairest that was impossible. Oh, now I see how this all links together! Very heavy-handed with the whole beauty isn’t everything etc. Families can talk about why Aza is a good and kind person worth rooting cason.