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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Yes, it is a retelling of Snow White, but with insights that really apply to most women today. 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. So, there is magic and ffairest creatures also. Apr 12, Mary rated it it was ok Carsno Return to Book Page. Moreover, Levine adds an ironic twist: This story includes many subtle lessons: Aza just wants beauty so she can fit in and not be the VERY oddball.

Love and respect from family and friends help one to overcome low self-esteem. It was really hard for me to decide between 4 and 5 stars.

Fairest Book Review

Books by Gail Carson Levine. Feb 03, Deborah rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 6 comments. Of course everyone who read fairrst 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.


I was also a little disappointed that we don’t find out who Aza’s birth parents were.

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine – review

This is a retelling of Snow White, but loosely in my opinion. I HATE it when main characters are gall stupid! 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! Add your rating See all 30 kid reviews.

Fairest makes for a fun little read, and would probably be enjoyed most by pre-teen girls. I must admit, nevertheless, that making Queen Ivi a rounded character instead of an archetypical Evil Queen was a nice touch. Shortly after Aza arrives, King Oscaro becomes injured ny getting hit by an iron ring, making his teenaged bride the acrson of Ayortha.

One thing that surprised me was that the mystery surrounding Aza’s birth was never unveiled, when from the beginning I thought it would be used as an important plot point later on. Maybe he could have come to be attracted to her with time and as he got to know her, but with the way this story is set up, I’m finding it very hard to suspend my disbelief for the entire length of it.

And they ask these questions in a way that makes you see the story as if there was a fun house mirror but it has been taken away. Aza has a beautiful voice and a beautiful spirit but physically she is nothing to be admired.

Superficially, Aza is tall, wide, has dark hair and white skin I’m short, small, blond, and tan easil When I read a book, especially when I read fantasy, I find myself mentally putting myself in the place of the protagonist.


But, in this story: Talk to your kids about When she escapes, there’s the threat of being killed by a guard or eaten by an ogre. Were the editors interns? I’m actually going to skim some reviews to see if I can find how to spell these names I love how it’s based on Snow Acrson, but the author went in-depth with the story, and the plot is much more complicated; Levine took Snow White and revised it, making it a better, more interesting story.

I loved the dear, sweet king Oscaro; and Aza’s parents were some of the best book parents I’ve read about in a while. Set preferences to see our top age-appropriate picks for your kids. It could have been building and inspiring to the youth, whereas I’m afraid it ended up being just yail opposite. Want to see more bookish things from me?

Retrieved from ” https: 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. She chooses Aza after spending some time with her.

Aza wants to be beautiful. There is a firest of singing done in the book so having the auditory component was a great addition! Because she has to do what anyone commands her to.