Fairest [Gail Carson Levine] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to be pretty Aza’s singing. 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. 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.

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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. 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.

It’s a take on Snow White, but only in the loosest of ways, and only after pages.

He assures her that while she is certainly not part ogre, he believes one of her ancestors was a gnome, explaining her strange appearance and htun hair also the point that she can see htun if he holds her hand.

It didn’t go further than the use of the word “naked,” though that in itself I felt wasn’t needed. When the country seems to be lefine the verge of revolt, Aza and Ivi’s deception is publicly discovered by accident. Levien was like watching a musical. To her surprise, Ijori is also there, and he apologizes for not defending and believing her.

About Gail Carson Levine. Open Preview See a Problem? Dec 18, HeavyReader rated it really liked it Shelves: The connection to the classic story made this story worse, whereas fairewt connection to Cinderella made Ella Enchanted better.

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I would have prefered if Fairest had been an original story, rather than trying to be a retelling of Snow White.

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True beauty is beneath the surface. This story had such an amazing theme of struggling against vanity and discovering inner beauty. 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.

The kingdom of Ayortha, the setting of the story, is the neighboring kingdom of Kyrria, where Ella Enchanted was set and the story makes several allusions to the previous work.

Levine’s writing style is plain, but I can forgive that if the gairest are fabulous, but they weren’t.

Jan 20, Rachel M rated it really liked it. Overall, Fairest was good, but it just didn’t live up to my expectations. I just didn’t have the energy to completely finish a book I knew I was going to be lukewarm about. Fairest makes for a fun little read, and would probably be enjoyed most by pre-teen girls. Essentially, they loved each other because GCL said that then they were in love, which was incredibly disappointing.

The characters, I had a hard time coping with. Aza is tricked and imprisoned in a fairets where she’s tied up with a gag in her mouth. Talk to your kids ccarson Gail Carson Levine’s retellings are truly so amazing, and I’m so glad I read these as a kid.

Overall, it was faierst very clean book, great for children and adults, but definitely aimed at pre-teens who suffer from self-esteem issues and need a good example of self-acceptance. Aza goes to court and of course the new Queen has zeroed in on her.

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At court, Aza meets the new Queen Ivi and her life changes drastically when she is asked to be her Lady in Waiting. Various characters are in peril from time to time, but none of it was intense or upsetting. Gail Carson Levine Genre: She starts off by being socially awkward, lying to everyone, and allowing herself to be pushed around.


I often found carsson forgetting I was even reading the story of snow white because I was swept up so much in the story itself. First of all, the two most prominent female characters are alike in that they find themselves carsom like two sides of a coin, even their names are like each other.

Aza was such a realistic character! The story is about a girl named Aza who is found as a baby by owners of an inn. I suppose the plot was fine; it kept me turning pages, but in the end I was disappointed.

I greatly admire how Gail can so boldly weave unique cultures and intricate languages into her stories! I was always a fan of Ella Enchanted the movie when I was a kid, and I remember that day at around ten fairezt old when I realized that Ella Enchanted was in fact a book.

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She’s not a flawless, saintly character either. I enjoyed many of the characters too, Prince Ijori probably being my favorite.


In Fairest, I had no idea what attracted Aza to the Faifest. But seriously, how beautiful is this cover? Everything horrible that the queen does, it’s either out of stupidity, insecurity, or because someone else convinced her to do it. I’m really glad I did! When a nip of the original came in, I was happily surprised and kept saying to myself View all 4 comments.