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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True beauty is beneath the surface. The heroine, Aza, is refreshingly less attractive than your average protagonist and suffers from quite a bit of self-doubt because of it. He loved Aza for who she was despite her “ugly” appearance, and even when she turned faairest beautiful, he liked her better the way she was before because that was the real her.
Although she recovers, she’s left with a marble pinky toe. Superficially, Aza is tall, wide, has dark carzon 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. Aza herself is a sweet character though rather bland in comparison to spunky Ella, and Ijori, nice though he is, turns out a little too generic.
Various characters are in peril from farson to time, but none of it was intense or upsetting. Truthfully, I probably would have enjoyed it more when I was the target age for the book, rather than nearly twenty-five, like I am now. And they faigest 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. To further inform for parents of younger readers, there was no peeping tom in that scene, thankfully.
She took the flat characters from Snow White and made them round and three-dimensional.
Fairest Book Review
Shortly after Aza arrives, King Oscaro becomes injured ny getting hit by an iron ring, making his teenaged bride the ruler of Ayortha. I really appreciate that the main character in this story is smart, kind,and hardworking, even if she is preoccupied with being pretty. When I picked up this book at the library, ggail summary didn’t sound too terribly interesting, but then I saw carsln said ‘set in the land of Ella Enchanted.
Retrieved from ” https: The main character Aza is very ugly and unlike most YA where ugly isn’t ugly, she’s described as actually not attractive. Her family hides her away in the tavern not really, she acts like a fool if anyone sees her and most people don’t seem levinf care and or know her until a Duchess needs Aza to accompany her to the royal wedding.
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine – review
This is a retelling of Snow White, but loosely in my opinion. She starts off by being socially awkward, lying to everyone, and allowing herself to be pushed around. Levine poignantly portrays the incredible harmfulness of envy and shows how hatred of self can come to destroy our worlds, if we let it.
Gnome Caverns sound like so much fun! This was a really pathetic book – a sad departure Levine’s other fantastic novels. Why is it easier to notice and worry over an extra five pounds, when the real problem is a dissatisfaction with levins and a belief that if we were other than what we are levune every respect, things would be better? Innocent words of love exchanged.
Just a faiirest while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But, she is kind and has a gift for song, making curious guests drawn to her, including a wise gnome and a duchess.
In exile, Aza is welcomed by the gnomes ; zhamM provides bail with food, shelter, and a sense of heritage.
I don’t hate myself enough to continue to read this book. All the signs of a good book This is my fav book! As for the story, fun but predictable as fairy tale retellings often are. Although this one has a storyline fairdst 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.
I bet even pretty teenage girls worry that they aren’t pretty enough.
The writing is repetitive, and I loathed all the songs. Her vocal talents captivate all who hear them, and in Ontio Castle they attract the attention of a handsome prince – and a dang In the kingdom of Ayortha, who gall the fairest of them all?
I liked Aza’s gift of illusing but I believed it could have been used in a much more interesting way than it was done.
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 “.
For example, instead of making the queen completely evil and power-crazy, she made her insecure, foolish, weak, slightly barmy, and easy to manipulate. Prince Ijori’s interest in and almost immediate love for the main character, Aza is never fully explained and his abrupt disinterest feels even less plausible.
HarperCollins Children’s Books Publication date: Based on 6 reviews. Her writings always make me feel as if I’m standing in the room, seeing everything pan out. Is it because she grows up in a house of love and respect? Sounds nothing like Snow White, right?
I admit that I didn’t initially find her all that interesting, and for some reason, at the beginning of the story especially, I had trouble believing she truly was as horribly ugly as she and certain others seemed to think she was. To ask other readers questions about Fairestplease sign up. 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 levime herself and trying to be other than what she is, ends up destroying the kingdom.
Going to find something else to fit the “A Grimm Tale” square. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.
I liked that the main character levie not those stereotypical female heroines in fantasies. View all 42 comments. LOL Six hours after starting, and no sleep later, I finished.