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 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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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 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. Something I noticed when I was thirteen, and even now, is that Gail Carson Levine does not write action and travel scenes well. The sentences in these scenes are choppy, rushed, and confusing. However, these statements were placed randomly throughout the story, making no sense in context.
There were also many unpronounceable Ayorthaian and Gnomic words laced within the tale. Outside of these issues, Fairest was easy to read. The beginning is a slow burn, used for world building and character development. This helps establish Fairest as its own story, and not simply a retelling.
The Snow White parallels are obvious, especially with the reoccurring theme of the colors white, red, and black, along with the mention of the items the Evil Queen originally used in her attempt to kill Snow White: a comb and lace-up dress. I found it funny and ironic that Aza claimed to hate apples multiple times throughout the story. Yet, nothing came of this tidbit of information. What was the point of that hatred being mentioned? Though not much happens before chapter twenty-four, each chapter ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger, urging the reader to continue.
However, three chapters later, things begin to drag, rush, drag, and then rush again. Here, the sloppy action and travel scenes are introduced. At this point I just wanted the story to be done and over with. He was merely a pawn to the plot, switching back and forth between being loyal to Aza, and thinking her to be a liar and a traitor.
Fairest is her journey to finding an inkling of self-esteem regarding her outward appearance. Her peers fuel her insecurities, but she is her own worst critic. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.
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Book Review: “Fairest” by Gail Carson Levine
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Fairest by Gail Carson Levine – review
In an alluring companion novel that some readers may argue even surpasses Ella Enchanted , Levine gives a visionary rendering of the Snow White tale that challenges conventional ideas of beauty. Fifteen-year-old narrator Aza is anything but pretty. In fact, she is so unsightly that her loving innkeeper parents who found Aza abandoned as a baby keep her hidden from most of their guests. However, Aza possesses two special gifts and when, through a series of events, she winds up in the royal court, her talents draw notice.
To me, the next biggie after “Cinderella” is “Snow White.”
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.