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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Aza goes to court and of course the new Queen has zeroed in on her. During the book, they commented xarson the eyes Aza had, and the cover model had the eyes like her.

Parent of a 8 year old Written by clarisaBellamy September 25, User Reviews Parents say Kids say. It was really hard for me to decide between 4 and 5 stars. Nov 09, Serethiel rated it liked it Shelves: Snow White was never a favorite fairytale for me.

This book was somewhat charming in that typical YA way, except I couldn’t help compare carso to Ella Enchanted, and it didn’t measure up. I look lvine to reading more of this author’s work and she may become one of my favorite authors!

I remem I thought I’d just read for a hour or so before bed to make sure my bedtime snack had enough time to settle. I was annoyed because the plot of Ella Enchanted seems to flow naturally and everything makes sense. Aza had none of these – she was whiny, miserable, thoughtless, and full of self-loathing throughout the entire book. Left as a baby, Aza is found by a loving innkeeper and wife who raise her as their own.

It didn’t fit in the traditional story, and didn’t add anything to it. 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. Content Advisory for those who want to know: Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Oh, now I see how this all links together! 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. A girl is gagged, tied up, and left in a dungeon cell, then threatened to be killed by a guard or eaten by faidest. Our ratings are based on child development best practices.


Fairest by Gail Carson Levine – review

I’d give it a 4. Yes, it is a retelling of Snow White, but with insights that really apply to most women today. Couldn’t Levine have come up with a more realistic antagonist than On a note of caution though, there were a lot of things I was uncomfortable with, but I felt that since it is fantasy that gives enough liberty to the make believe.

What is interesting about this story is that Aza the heroine has one of the best singing voices in the kingdom, but thinks and worries more about her ugly face.

I suppose the plot was fine; it caeson me turning pages, but in the end I was disappointed. The story Snow White is the way it is because she bt throw her singing voice??? This book is supposed to be like Snow White but more interesting.

She gets to the point where she will do almost anything to be beautiful. LOL Six hours after starting, and no sleep later, I finished. As Ivi cannot sing well, she offers to reward Aza with land, wealth, and riches for her family as well as elevation to the rank of lady-in-waiting in exchange for Aza illusing a marvelous singing voice for her when she needs to sing; when Aza tries to refuse, Ivi threatens to imprison her and close her family’s inn.

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Fairest by Gail Carson Levine | Scholastic

Sequel to the Newberry Honor Award-winning Ella Enchanted and a retelling of Snow Whitecompletely its own, Gail Carson Levine’s Faieest tells the story of Aza — a young woman with hideous looks yet a voice to make up for them; abandoned at an inn when fzirest was a child. Aza, the adopted daughter of innkeepers in Ayortha, has always hated her appearance.

Jan 09, Jane G Meyer rated it did not like it Shelves: Add your rating See all 30 kid reviews. With physical beauty, the problems begin for Azaincluding imprisonment and a run-in with a poison apple. We saw so few of their interactions that I had no idea of their chemistry. As fairets as that took to describe, that’s only about the first 50 or so pages. Everyth This book is very fairesy. I am a great Gail Carson Levine fan for her books.


Apparently being beautiful and being able to sing are the only things people care about. I’m not one for fantasy books, but I don’t mind dipping my toes in for a bit of Levine’s Masterful writing.

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

Although she recovers, she’s left with a marble pinky toe. Aza is branded carso the dangerous relative of an ogre because of her figure and strong powerful voice and imprisoned, but she escapes with Ivi’s guard Uju, who later tells her that he was ordered by Ivi to kill her, but could not now that she is beautiful. View all 3 comments. 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.

Apr 09, E. This story was set in the world of her older book “Ella Enchanted” and was about the older sister of Arreita. Adult Written by lollipop November 3, One thing that surprised me was that the mystery surrounding Aza’s birth was never unveiled, when from the beginning I thought it would be used as an important plot point later on.

The incident does not deter her desire to be beautiful, which leads Aza to drink a beauty potion created by Skulni, the mysterious, evil creature living in a magic mirror given to Ivi as a wedding gift from the fairy Lucinda. Families can talk about why Aza is a good and kind person worth rooting for. Common Sense Media’s unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren’t influenced by the product’s creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

I pulled this book off of the Young Adult shelves expecting some light fiction, but I really enjoyed some of the deeper meanings behind this story!