Fairest [Gail Carson Levine] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to be pretty Aza’s singing. 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. 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.

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Apr 19, Colleen Houck added it Shelves: I look forward to reading more of this author’s work and she may become one of levije favorite authors!

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 is beauty?

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She gets dropped off at the inn as a baby and is all wrapped up in these fine velvet fabrics with fancy gold embroidery, hinting that she was the daughter of someone important, and then we get to the end and are told that they just never found out who her parents were. From Wikipedia, the fairesf encyclopedia. Soon after Aza reluctantly accepts Ivi’s offer, the castle is thrown into turmoil when King Oscaro is terribly wounded during a sporting event with centaurs because the king threw himself in front of Ivi to save her.

Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. To view it, click here. Aza, like Snow White, has white skin, red lips and black hair – but unlike Snow White, this does not faitest her beautiful in prevailing Ayorthaian standards; on the contrary, she considers herself ugly and is so considered by nearly everybody except lwvine Prince Ijori. Not the worst way to be disappointed, I guess, but after all those hints I really thought crson would be revealed.

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Now that I have read one of her books, I see what all the fuss is about. But much like the story, she grew on me as things went along, and I was happy to see her overcome her problems in the end. She bears three children, all of whom greatly resemble their father but have htun hair and can illuse just like their mother. Parents recommend Popular with kids.


She finds her appearance so offensive that she believes that she causes pain to anyone who has to look at her. I fairwst also liked to have more development of the character of Skulni, the inhabitant of a magic mirror.

I greatly admire ho Sequel to the Newberry Honor Award-winning Ella Enchanted and a retelling of Snow Whitecompletely its own, Gail Carson Levine’s Fairdst 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. I’ve read this one quite a few times but apparently it never occurred to me firest much of a Snow White retelling it really is.

Ever since Aza was left on her adoptive parents’ doorstep as a baby, she’s been a mystery. I just didn’t have the energy to completely finish a book I knew I was going to be lukewarm about.

Aza is smart, competent, and gifted in song, a highly honored and valuable means of communication in this society. At this she excels, and in fact discovers she has a gift of throwing her singing voice. I fairset admire how Gail can so boldly weave unique cultures and intricate languages into her stories!

As for the story, fun but predictable as fairy tale retellings often are.

I liked Aza’s gift of illusing but Carzon believed it could have been used in a much more interesting way than it was done. One, however, becomes the villain, and the other, the heroine. She didn’t do anything smart, and certainly didn’t act brave. I was annoyed because the plot of Ella Enchanted seems to flow naturally and everything makes sense. Anyway, the idea of a country where everyone sings instead of speaks as often as possible and birds fly around in the halls and make messes on people seemed pretty ridiculous to me.

And the audience includes young teenage girls. A dame visiting the inn decides to take Aza to the castle, to be her lady in waiting.

Fairest Book Review

In this masterful novel filled with humour, adventure, romance, and song, Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine invites you to join Aza as she discovers how exquisite she truly is.


As long as that took to describe, that’s only about the first 50 or so pages.

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

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Spirited novel offers warts-and-all view of the Middle Ages. About these links Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Maybe he could have come to be attracted to her with ldvine 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. This one just isn’t for me.

Going to find something else to fit the “A Grimm Tale” square. 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. I enjoyed Aza for the most part but her preoccupation with beauty was a bit annoying at times Also she has an amazing singing voice I can’t sing to save my life.

I don’t hate myself enough to continue to read this book. Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Ages 8 – 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.

One day a Duchess comes to the inn and quickly finds herself in need of a fairet to accompany her to the King’s wedding.

There is some fantasy magic. I’ll give some points to Aza’s adopted family too. But seriously, how beautiful is this cover?