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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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. Aza was such a realistic character! This story is a re-telling of Snow White but it lacks drama and suspense.

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine – review

I could really sympathize with Queen Ivi, but at the same time I hated her guts; faitest is an interesting combination. Yes, I know it is not fair, but I just couldn’t help myself.

Throughout the text we watch her begin to improve and respect herself, especially when Prince Ijori shows that he loves Aza despite her looks. But Levine paints the two characters so you can see how one, in coming to accept herself as she is, finds happiness and bu 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.

I am a great Gail Carson Levine fan for her books. Aza manages to gai, the mirror and warn Ivi about Skulni’s evil plans through the mirror; the mirror’s destruction also removes Aza and Ivi’s magically obtained beauty.

She gets to the point where she will do almost anything to be beautiful. This is a retelling of Snow White, but loosely in my opinion.


Content Advisory for those who want to know: I was also a little disappointed that we don’t find out who Aza’s birth parents were. In Ayortha, singing and beauty are prized above all else. Anyway, Aza falls in love with the Prince Ijori and Prince Ijori falls in love with het too, not caring that she is ugly. Just letting you all know: Snow White has such an emphasis on beauty, and it was nice to see that subverted.

Open Preview See a Problem? Women are so good at obsessing over their weaknesses – an extra ten pounds, a lower grade in math than someone else, etc. Dec 01, Sella Malin rated it it was amazing. Maybe I hate happiness? Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free.

Fairest Book Review

Oh, now I see how this all links together! I really enjoyed Ella Enchantedso I had rather high expectations for Fairest. That’s carzon the description Levine gave. Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options The world she has created is charming with it’s many fantastical creatures and Ayortha’s music-based culture, and I know Aortha is only one small part of the world.

A book is too hard to write. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. This skill becomes the tool for the newly married, beautiful young queen to win the hearts of the kingdom. And how young Aza is It’s a fun read, but not in a ‘fluffy’ way. I love Ella but I feel like with Aza there is so much more like Levine simply stepped everthing up a notch.

Retrieved from ” https: Adult Written by lollipop November 3, Apr 12, Mary rated it it was ok Shelves: I knew almost nothing about her character other than that she hated being ugly. Levine poignantly portrays the incredible harmfulness of envy and shows how hatred fairesh self can come to destroy our worlds, if we let it.

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Oct 04, Kate Willis rated it liked it Shelves: Her characterization, in my opinion, ruined the entire book. 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. 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.

Aza wants to be beautiful. 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!

It could have been building and inspiring to the youth, whereas Lvine afraid it ended up being just the opposite. She had the makings of a great book, but I’m thinking that deadlines kept her from flushing away the weeds that seemed to crop in all around her She grows up to be large and not pretty, causing her shame and low self-esteem.

Aza is tricked and imprisoned in a dungeon where she’s tied up with a gag in her mouth. To her surprise, Ijori is also there, and he apologizes for not defending and believing her.

I think the main thing is that there is barely any vairest development to Aza and zero to everyone else. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine is a Fiction book and is told in first person.