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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They actually sng all the songs. She is also the author of the nonfiction book Writing Magic: Prince Ijori’s interest in and immediate love for Aza didn’t make must sense considering she is apparently hideous Anyway, the idea of a country where everyone sings instead of speaks as often as possible and birds fly around in the halls and make messes on people seemed pretty ridiculous to me.

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Levije Ella Enchanted was so brilliant because it answered a question that Cinderella left in a totally plausible way, i. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine is a Fiction book and is told in first person. That just makes sense.

Based on 6 reviews. The innkeeper and his wife decided to raise her as their own. Ever since Aza was left on her adoptive parents’ doorstep as a baby, she’s been a mystery.

Firest 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, faiest just to enjoy the beauty of the book.


This book is supposed to be like Snow White but more interesting. Not recommended for younger readers because of romance view spoiler [including quite a bit of premarital kissing hide spoiler ] and thematic magic including “spells” and potions.

Aza wants to be beautiful. I also felt no connection to Ijori, Ivi, Areida, or many of the main characters; the character I enjoyed the most was probably zhamH.

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine – review

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.

Overall, if you’re going to read this book, listen to it instead!! There is some fantasy magic. She took the flat characters from Snow White and made them round and three-dimensional.

I did like the overall message that beauty is more than just looks and I think it gets it across in a fun and entertaining way! Levine poignantly portrays the incredible harmfulness of envy and shows how hatred of self can come to destroy our worlds, if we let it.

As long as that took to describe, that’s only about the first 50 or so pages. I’ve read this one quite a few times but apparently it never occurred to me acrson much of a Snow White retelling it really is. The villain was very complicated, and it was easy to feel slightly sympathetic to them when faires discovered who was really behind lefine evilness. Aza becomes beautiful, but still remains self-conscious about herself.


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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Very heavy-handed with the whole beauty isn’t everything etc. The story is about a girl named Aza who is found as a baby by owners of an inn. Return to Book Page. One day a Duchess comes to the inn and quickly finds herself in need of a companion to accompany her to the King’s wedding. The story is set in the same enchanted universe as Ella Enchantedand halfway through, the reader realizes that this one is loosely based on the Snow White story or at least the one I learned thanks to Walt Disney.

In this tale of magic and mystery things are not hardly ever as they seem, they are never as they seem. I would have prefered if Fairest had been an original story, rather than trying to be a retelling of Snow White. Snow White was never a favorite fairytale for me. Everything horrible that the queen does, it’s either out of stupidity, insecurity, or because someone else convinced her to do it.

Open Preview See a Problem? And the prince falling for her right away is totally not even believable. When a nip of the original came in, I was happily surprised and kept saying to myself