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. Parents need to know that Gail Carson Levine’s Fairest is a fairy tale from the author of Ella Enchanted. The heroine, Aza, is refreshingly less attractive than your. This is the story of a magic mirror, a prince, a wicked queen, and a girl with an amazing singing voice.

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Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

I soon found out that the magic mirror made queen Ivi prettier but she was already pretty. At the end Queen Ivi is exiled from her crown and Prince Ijori and Aza get marriend and live happily ever after.

How Tech Is Changing Childhood. Not just in the way that all fairy tales are rather predictable, but in the way that makes the book really boring because the main character is being such a blind fool, predictable.

Parent of a 8 year old Written by clarisaBellamy September 25, It could be Ivy, …more yes i would say its Aza on the cover. I greatly admire how Gail can so boldly weave unique cultures and intricate languages into her stories! Fairest it will teach kids on it to judge people by how they look just whats on the inside!

Add your rating See all 6 parent reviews. From School Library Journal: It didn’t fit in the traditional story, and didn’t add anything to it. Apparently being beautiful and being able to sing are the only things people care about.

Aza, the adopted daughter of innkeepers in Ayortha, has always hated her appearance.

Although this one has a storyline similar to Ella Enchanted teenage girl goes through trials and tribulations, grows wiser, and things work out positively in the endit was different enough that I was not bored. 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.


Fairest makes for a fun little read, and would probably be enjoyed most by pre-teen girls. Jul 28, Katie rated it it was ok. Because she has to do what anyone commands her to. Her self-conscious demeanor and self-loathing are evident in her voice as a character. Her family hides her away in the tavern not really, she acts like a fool if anyone legine her and most people don’t seem to care and or know her until a Duchess fakrest Aza to accompany her to the royal wedding. I liked that the main character is not those stereotypical female heroines in fantasies.

When Farest Ivi becomes aware of Aza’s carskn of illusing, she secretly tells Aza to use her voice when Iviwho can’t sing, must perform at the high-profile courtly Sings. But, she is kind and has a gift for song, making curious guests drawn to her, including a wise gnome and a duchess.

Retrieved from faieest https: Caarson 8 – Innocent words of love exchanged, and there’s some hand-holding and kissing. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase.

I just don’t have the patience for the singing or Aza and others talking about how ugly she is every freaking cwrson seconds. See how we rate. Set preferences to see our top age-appropriate picks for your kids.

Fairest Book Review

Prince Ijori’s interest in and almost immediate love for the main character, Aza is never fully explained and his abrupt disinterest feels tail less plausible.

The heroine, Aza, is refreshingly less attractive than your average protagonist and suffers from quite a bit of self-doubt because of it.


Maybe I hate happiness? Sounds nothing like Snow White, right? Learn how we rate.

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine – review

I generously gave it two stars because there are probably some young girls who would enjoy the fairy tale aspect despite all the cheesy and irritating elements. Moreover, Levine adds an ironic twist: I’d give it a 4. Aza, a commoner, can sing, and Queen Ivi is a beauty. Though the beginning and end were both rather slow, Gail’s tasteful writing and curious plot in between helped to make up for it.

This one just isn’t for me. What on earth is there to like about her? At court, Aza meets the new Queen Ivi and her life changes drastically when she is asked to be her Lady in Waiting. Aza marries Ijori, King Oscaro finally recovers, and Ivi turns from her evil ways. I completely related to Aza, as I’ve delt with self confidence problems, and eating disorders, and everything she felt about herself completely resonated inside me. I’m really glad I did!

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! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And gial prince falling for her right away is totally not fakrest believable. So you would already know that I like this book!

Now that I have read one of her books, I see what all the fuss is about. Think Snow White’s appearance, but in a world that doesn’t appreciate that asthetic.