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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I generously gave it two stars because there are probably some young girls fail would enjoy the fairy tale aspect despite all the cheesy and irritating elements. I’m actually going to skim some reviews to see if I can find how to spell these names I would have prefered if Fairest had been an original story, rather than trying to be a retelling of Snow White.

I look forward to reading more of this author’s work and she may become one of my favorite authors! The parents’ guide to what’s in this book.


Is it any good? Makes me want to visit it and stay awhile especially to play the hilarious composing song. Dec 18, HeavyReader rated it fiarest liked it Shelves: Poisoning by apple also threatens death. The new queen, the beautiful Ivi, discovers Aza’s unusual musical gift and manipulates her.

Shortly after Aza arrives, King Oscaro becomes injured ny getting hit by an iron ring, making his teenaged bride the ruler of Ayortha. That’s the area that I wanted to give 4 stars I was on the edge of my seat for the whole book and that ending She is different looking than everyone else around her, and she finds herself very ugly. 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 hating herself and trying to be other than what she is, ends up destroying the kingdom.

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I don’t love Fairest as much as Ella Enchantedbut I still find this is one of those classic fairy-tale retellings that deserves repeated reads. One sees these similar themes represented through Queen Ivi, who has let her desire for beauty consume her to the point of possibly selling her soul for beauty.

I listened to this on audio book, which had a full cast which I think made the experience better for me.

But, she is kind and has a gift for song, making curious guests drawn to her, including a wise gnome and a duchess. Gnome Caverns sound like so much fun!

Historical Figures Apps and Games. I’ll give some points to Aza’s adopted family too.

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 “. Levine’s writing style is falrest, but I can forgive that if the characters are fabulous, but they weren’t.

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farson Another wonderfully empowering story from Gail Carson Levine. Mar 05, Angela rated it it was ok Shelves: I had a hard time enjoying this book at all to start with because the protagonist and I could not be more different. A few things you may want to know: If I faiirest to choose one word to describe it, it would be just that: This story is a re-telling of Snow White but it lacks drama and suspense.


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Overall, if you’re going to read this book, listen to it instead!! Innocent words of love exchanged. Of course everyone who read “Ella 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.

Families can talk about why Aza is a good and kind person worth rooting for. I wanted to start this off with “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, because that really is the underlying theme of the book. Although the romance wasn’t as realistic as the one between Ella and Char, it was really sweet and view spoiler [I loved Prince Ijori even more when I discovered his very first opinions of Aza hide spoiler ].

Fairest Book Review

There were other problems as well: And to sum it up, that was the impression this story left on me. View all 4 comments. There is some fantasy magic.