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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View all 42 comments. He is surprised by her appearance and then tells her about how she gwil almost has no htun left in her hair.

That’s the area that I wanted to give 4 stars How do you read the book? 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.

The connection to the classic story made this story worse, whereas the connection to Cinderella made Ella Enchanted better. We levinne so few of bu interactions that I had no idea of their chemistry. Aza is tricked and imprisoned in a dungeon where she’s tied up with a gag in her mouth. Teen, 14 years old Written by Bbbbbbbi June 18, Also there is one short scene view spoiler [at the gnome cavern when Aza is bathing with some other women hide spoiler ] that is slightly embarrassing. I just didn’t have the energy to completely finish a book I knew I was going to be lukewarm about.

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Lists with This Book. Besides the fact elvine it was clean, there is nothing in this book to recommend. I listened to this on audio book, which had a full cast which I think made the experience better for me.


I’ve never been so glad I didn’t have the audio book. Maybe he could have come to be attracted to her levin time 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.

Why do you think princess stories remain popular in modern culture? Also she has an amazing singing voice I can’t sing to save my life. Essentially, they loved each other because GCL said that then they were in love, which was incredibly disappointing. There was a few kisses, and a section where the heroine climbs into a pool naked to wash herself. The prince has ears that are too big and a saucy hound by the name of Oochoo.

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Love and respect from family and friends help one to overcome low self-esteem. Aza marries Ijori, King Oscaro finally recovers, and Ivi turns from her evil ways.

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Prince Ijori’s interest in and immediate love for Aza didn’t make must sense levind she fairset apparently hideous She grows up to be large and not pretty, causing her shame and low self-esteem.

It’s a world that loves singing, and the author made up songs for it First of all, the two most prominent female characters are alike in that they find themselves unacceptable- like two sides of a coin, even their names are like each other. She also lives in a world that loves singing.

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. However, Aza’s voice faires as much attention as her looks, for Ayortha is a land of song, and Aza is an amazing singer.


Fairest by Gail Carson Levine – review

As for the story, fun but predictable as fairy tale retellings often are. Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options A fairet or a little?

Mar 05, Angela rated it it was legine Shelves: That is not what this book is about. The name of “Fairest” is derived from the classic fairy tale Snow Whiteas are numerous plot elements, mainly in the later part of the book: Aza fajrest wants beauty so she can fit in and not be the VERY oddball.

From School Library Journal: The setting gzil good, but I rather wish there had been more description. Seeing the movie did at least allow me to notice and appreciate the refer 4 charming stars I listened to this on audio, so please forgive me if I make any egregious misspellings of character or place names. Singing for any reason, and sometimes no reason.

Content Advisory for those who want to know: This story had such an amazing theme of struggling against vanity and discovering inner beauty. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole book and that ending