Who’s the Fairest of them all?

April 7th, 2011 Posted in 52 Books in one year challenge, Fantasy, Fiction, Kelly, Young Adult

Aza spends most of her life trying to hide her face from guests at her parents’ inn. She might not be the fairest girl in Ayortha, but she has the most beautiful singing voice. Aza also have a few unique talents. She can mimic other voices and sounds. She’s also able to illuse, or make her voice sound like it’s coming from elsewhere. No one else can do this.

Of course, these skills are taken advantage of in this loose retelling of Snow White. When Aza unexpectedly finds herself at the marriage of the king, and falls prey to the insecure new queen, will she be able to save herself and her future?

Fairest is an enjoyable read set in a fun, fairy-tale land. Some of the small details (“Oochoo answers to ‘her royal highhoundness’”) are great, and the larger world within the book is as enjoyable. The overall message, in which Aza learned to accept her strengths and weaknesses, and engage with the world bravely, is important. Aza is beautiful inside, and finds her place in the world with people who respect her mind, character, and singing voice.

Title: Fairest
Author: Gail Carson Levine
Source: Public Library
Read: April 2011




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