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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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There are a few non-descriptive kisses. I was also a little disappointed that we don’t find out who Aza’s birth parents were. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. Aza’s battle with discovering inner beauty was certainly relate-able, but I didn’t feel like she truly struggled with it — at least enough to make me empathize much with her.

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Aza just wants beauty so she can fit in and not be the VERY oddball. Soon, Ivi, directed by some mysterious advisor lets her power of being Queen go to her head, as she abuses her crown and takes away many Fairwst rights and privileges.

Or maybe I’m just too picky but I leivne like the music parts and all the singing. 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. Fairest takes place in the same world as Ella Enchanted, and has varson or 2 characters from that book, which is excellent, because that book is one of my most favorites.

When she escapes, there’s the threat of being killed by a guard or eaten by an ogre. That’s basically the description Levine gave. This book is supposed to be like Snow White but more interesting.

Why do you think princess stories remain popular in modern culture? Her pursuit to correct her one weakness begins to cause major problems in her life fairesr those of others. Author Gail Carson Levine has mastered the art of twisting fantasy and creating interesting characters that are likable and somehow relatable to today’s kids. Her vocal talents captivate all who hear them, and in Ontio Castle they attract the attention of a handsome prince – and a dangerous new queen.

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True beauty is beneath gali surface. The story is very sweet. Not just in the way that all fairy tales are rather predictable, but in the way that makes the book caron boring because the main character is being such a blind fool, predictable. Fairest was everything I wanted and more, and still is.

As for why I wanted to give it more than 4 stars Maybe he could have come to be attracted to her with 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. Women are so good at obsessing over their weaknesses – an extra ten pounds, a lower grade in math than someone else, etc.

Another wonderfully empowering story from Gail Carson Levine. Aza manages to destroy the mirror levibe warn Ivi about Skulni’s evil plans through the mirror; the mirror’s destruction also removes Aza and Ivi’s magically obtained beauty. Also, Aza has the mirror in hand, and she was interested in it during the book.

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Aza herself was a good character too, though I probably would have related to her more when I was much younger and still struggling with self-image issues. Aza is a foundling in the kingdom of Ayortha.

Based on 6 reviews. View all 42 comments. Feb 03, Deborah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Their whole culture and living situation fascinated me, and I’d say I finally really started enjoying the story around the time Aza view spoiler caron started living with them hide spoiler ] The reason I’ve taken off a star is because the pacing in the beginning of cardon story could have used some improvement. Aza becomes queen of Ayortha, alongside her husband, now King Ijori.

Ayortha’s culture gsil singing and all things related to it was so beautiful. She gets swept away from the Inn of those who raised her to the castle and there meets the beautiful new queen who is her polar opposite, only attractive on the outside or so it seems.

Were the editors interns? The creativeness is pure genius. Aza herself is likable enough but the use of lengthy song lyrics in gaail of dialogue slows what is already a plodding story and I found myself simply skipping over them.

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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.

Aza’s illusing is soon revealed but not before she goes to the mirror and asks for beauty. The idea was interesting a take on the story of “Snow White” where her desirable trait isn’t beauty, but instead levije her singing voicebut the execution was horrible. I knew almost nothing about her character other than that she hated being ugly.

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Jan 09, Jane G Meyer rated it did not like it Shelves: I do think I’d recommend this book, though likely more so after one’s read Ella Enchantedso they’d have a better knowledge of the setting.

I remember reading that years way before the movie ; ago after one of my sister’s recommeded it, and I really liked it, so I thought I’d give this one a try. Refresh and try again. Was it because he was handsome?

What on earth is there to like about her? Aza lives happily ever after along the family that raised her and truly loved her. To further inform for parents of younger readers, there was no peeping tom in that scene, thankfully.

She finds her appearance so offensive that she believes that she causes pain to anyone who has to look at her. I liked that the main character is not those stereotypical female heroines in fantasies.

But Levine paints the t 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!

I’ll give some points to Aza’s adopted family too. There is kissing and mild fantasy violence, along with some magical elements.

An interesting twist on the Snow White fairy tale. So you would already know that I like this book!