Fairest is a novel by Gail Carson Levine. It uses some plot elements of the classic Snow White and is set in the same world as Ella Enchanted. 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. Aza, the adopted daughter of innkeepers in Ayortha, has always hated her appearance. Her prodigious size and her odd coloring — milk-white skin, dragon tongue lips, and hair that seems to be frying-pan black — are greatly at variance with the land's standards of beauty and often make her the target of stares and rude comments. However, Aza's voice garners as much attention as her looks, for Ayortha is a land of song, and Aza is an amazing singer.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Fairest by Gail Carson Levine. In the kingdom of Ayortha, who is the fairest of them all? Certainly not Aza. She is thoroughly convinced that she is ugly. What she may lack in looks, though, she makes up for with a kind heart, and with something no one else has-a magical voice.
Her vocal talents captivate all who hear them, and in Ontio Castle they attract the attention of a handsome prince - and a dang In the kingdom of Ayortha, who is the fairest of them all? 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. In this masterful novel filled with humour, adventure, romance, and song, Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine invites you to join Aza as she discovers how exquisite she truly is.
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Is that Aza on the cover? During the book, they commented on the eyes Aza had, and the cover model had the eyes like her. It could be Ivy, …more yes i would say its Aza on the cover. It could be Ivy, but i doubt it. Also, Aza has the mirror in hand, and she was interested in it during the book. So in short, yes I'm sure it's Aza. How do you read the book? Andraste how do you think you either own it or get it from the library you don't read it off goodreads if thats what you're thinking.
See all 7 questions about Fairest…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Fairest. Jan 20, Rachel M rated it really liked it. 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!
Yes, it is a retelling of Snow White, but with insights that really apply to most women today. 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. One, however, becomes the villain, and the other, the heroine. 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!
But Levine paints the two characters so you can see how one, in coming to accept herself as she is, finds happiness and bestows 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. Women are so good at obsessing over their weaknesses - an extra ten pounds, a lower grade in math than someone else, etc.
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. She gets to the point where she will do almost anything to be beautiful. She finds her appearance so offensive that she believes that she causes pain to anyone who has to look at her.
But another character, Ivi, is so obsessed with the idea of beauty that she actually does begin to destroy people in order to appear to the best advantage. Her pursuit to correct her one weakness begins to cause major problems in her life and those of others. We are constantly distracted by the idea that our external weaknesseses hold us back from true happiness; when really it is the inability to accept our imperfection that is the bane of our existance.
Why is it easier to notice and worry over an extra five pounds, when the real problem is a dissatisfaction with ourselves and a belief that if we were other than what we are in every respect, things would be better? Levine poignantly portrays the incredible harmfulness of envy and shows how hatred of self can come to destroy our worlds, if we let it.
View all 3 comments. Jul 20, Riannon rated it it was ok. When I read a book, especially when I read fantasy, I find myself mentally putting myself in the place of the protagonist.
Which is why my very favorite books of all time are the books that have strongly developed protagonists that I can identify with well in some way or another.
I had a hard time enjoying this book at all to start with because the protagonist and I could not be more different.
Superficially, Aza is tall, wide, has dark hair and white skin I'm short, small, blond, and tan easil When I read a book, especially when I read fantasy, I find myself mentally putting myself in the place of the protagonist. Superficially, Aza is tall, wide, has dark hair and white skin I'm short, small, blond, and tan easily. Also she has an amazing singing voice I can't sing to save my life.
Small things like this could be overlooked if she had some mental or personality characteristic I could identify with or get to like. But she doesn't. She starts off by being socially awkward, lying to everyone, and allowing herself to be pushed around. I HATE it when main characters are this stupid! And the prince falling for her right away is totally not even believable.
I'm sorry, but people don't fall in what is apparently love at first sight with people who are physically unattractive and especially men do not do this. 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. 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.
And to sum it up, that was the impression this story left on me. If I had to choose one word to describe it, it would be just that: ridiculous. I generously gave it two stars because there are probably some young girls who would enjoy the fairy tale aspect despite all the cheesy and irritating elements. View all 42 comments. Mar 05, Angela rated it it was ok Shelves: adoption , folklore-fairytales , romance. This was a really pathetic book - a sad departure Levine's other fantastic novels.
The idea was interesting a take on the story of "Snow White" where her desirable trait isn't beauty, but instead is her singing voice , but the execution was horrible. The book staggered under one major inconsistency: the main character is horribly ugly, but the prince falls in love with her very quickly anyway.
Hopelessly romantic? But I call it an inconsistency because Aza was not only unlovely, but alm This was a really pathetic book - a sad departure Levine's other fantastic novels. But I call it an inconsistency because Aza was not only unlovely, but almost unlovable. Aza had none of these - she was whiny, miserable, thoughtless, and full of self-loathing throughout the entire book. Also, the prince likes her almost immediately, before he has any chance to get to know her: this would suggest to me that either the prince has horrible taste in looks, or that Aza really isn't as ugly as she constantly tells us she is which would only make her whining all the more exasperating.
Her amazing voice and ability to compose music are impressive to him I suppose, and her "ability to make him laugh" was apparently important Even knowing that she deceived him, he falls for the ugly wet blanket. She was never clever, except in her skill at singing. She didn't do anything smart, and certainly didn't act brave. Her sister says she is kind, but we never see her acting like it.
What on earth is there to like about her? Her characterization, in my opinion, ruined the entire book. There were other problems as well: Couldn't Levine have come up with a more realistic antagonist than 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.
To me, the next biggie after “Cinderella” is “Snow White.”
Search: Title Author Article. History Publication Information. Rate this book. The fairy Lucinda has once again given a dreadful gift. This time it's a mysterious magical mirror. The gift is disastrous when it falls into the hands of Aza, who never looks in a mirror if she can help it.
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When you read this book you will feel like you are no longer in London, you have travelled to the land of Ayortha. The main character is Aza, she is the adopted daughter of innkeepers in Ayortha and has always hated her appearance. Her unusual size and her odd colouring, milk-white skin, blood-red lips, and hair that seems to be sooty black, often make her the target of stares and rude comments. Aza's singing is the fairest in all the land.
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