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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I don’t hate myself enough to continue to read this book. Pages to import images to Wikidata. There is a lot of singing done in the book so having the auditory component was a great addition! I just don’t have the patience for the singing or Aza and others talking about how ugly she is every freaking five seconds. About Gail Carson Levine. Because she has to do what anyone commands her to.

Definitely recommended to preteens, although maybe not quite as much as Ella Enchanted.

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Why do you think princess stories remain popular in modern culture? The story Snow White is the way it is because she can throw her singing voice??? Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Uju takes Aza to the Gnome Caverns to keep her safe, fulfilling zhamM’s prophecy.

Aza had none of these – she was whiny, miserable, thoughtless, and full of self-loathing throughout the entire book. She is invited to the castle as the handmaid for the king’s wedding to a mysterious young woman from another land.


Jul 18, Rosalba rated it liked it Shelves: Published September 19th by HarperCollins first published September She’s going to the castle because the King is getting married to an out of towner, who can’t sing. When the country seems to be on the verge of revolt, Aza and Ivi’s deception is publicly discovered by accident.

The “evil” queen Ivi was interesting though not necessarily likable because she wasn’t actually all that evil — more like misguided and infuriatingly self-centered. But I call it an inconsistency because Aza was not only unlovely, but alm This was a really pathetic book – a sad departure Levine’s other fantastic novels.

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During the book, they commented on the eyes Aza had, and the cover model had the eyes like her. Snow White is a story that doesn’t necessarily appeal to me. Gail Carson Gsil Fairy Tale Aza herself is likable enough but the use of lengthy song lyrics in place of dialogue slows what is already a plodding story and I found myself simply skipping over them.

In the kingdom of Ayortha, who is the fairest of them all? Gnome Caverns sound like so much fun! Anyway, Aza falls in love with the Prince Ijori and Prince Ijori falls in love with het too, not caring that she is ugly. There’s enough negative criticism without me piling on.

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine – review

I could really sympathize with Queen Ivi, but at the same time I hated her guts; which is an interesting combination. Also, the prince likes her almost immediately, before he has any chance to get to know her: I think people tend to see fairy tales as having to be about the pretty princess getting the handsome prince and happily ever after, but personally I love fairytales because they can call into question what i Snow White but so much more.


I enjoyed many of the characters too, Prince Ijori probably being my favorite. Think Snow White’s appearance, but in a world that doesn’t appreciate that asthetic.

Love and respect from family and friends help one to overcome low self-esteem. Growing up in a happy, caring family and helping to run the family’s Featherbed Inn. Her writings always make me feel as if I’m standing in the room, seeing everything pan out.

Yes, it is a retelling of Snow White, but with insights that really apply to most women today. Throughout the text we watch her begin to improve and respect herself, especially when Prince Ijori shows that he loves Aza despite her looks. Moreover, Levine adds an ironic twist: A creature lives in the mirror, giving the queen levinne advice on running the kingdom while the king is ill.

Plus-size princess turns fiarest in spiritually tinged tale. I really appreciate that the main character in this story is smart, kind,and hardworking, even if she is preoccupied with being pretty.

Adult Written by lollipop November 3, Ever since Aza was left on her adoptive parents’ doorstep as a baby, she’s been a mystery.