Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

Wow. I just finished Fairest by Gail Carson Levine. I thoroughly enjoyed this clean book. I enjoyed Ella Enchanted when I read it years ago. I enjoyed The Two Princesses of Bamarre recently. For me though, Fairest is the best book to come from Levine’s wonderful imagination so far.

Fairest is a retelling of Snow White, but if you think you already know the story, you are completely mistaken. This take on Snow White is completely original and interesting. First of all, Aza is not a beauty. In fact, people shun her for her ugliness to the point that she questions if she is actually part ogre. Aza does have one redeeming quality though. Her voice. She is the most amazing singer in a land where singing is greatly valued. In Ayortha, they sing more than they talk. They sing their conversations.

Aza is thrown into the middle of all kinds of adventures in Fairest. She fights a bipolar queen, tricks ogres, lives with gnomes, and falls for a prince.

If you remember Areida from Ella Enchanted, she is in Fairest. Areida's sister, Aza, is the main character in Fairest. Although these books are set in the same world, you do not have to read one to understand the other. They both stand alone.

I hope you like this one!
Recommended Readers: 8 and up.

Posted by me, Emily.
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  1. I adored this book as well. I don't like the cover however, because I think it will turn off boy readers...and there's so much adventure in this text, I know many boys who would enjoy it just as much as girls.

  2. I'm adding this to my summer reading list now. It sounds great!

  3. I absolutely loved this book. My school librarian recommended it to me, and I read it, thinking it would get her off my back about it. Its now officially one of my favorites, closely followed by Ella Enchanted. I can relate quite a bit to Aza, and it was awesome to read. My highest recommendations! :)