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Fairest Paperback – July 24, 2012
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Very loosely based on Snow White, _Fairest_ is filled with all of the insightful and humorous writing that made _Ella Enchanted_ so delightful and is sure to quickly become a hit with readers of all ages.
Also recommended: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Ella Enchanted, the Septemus Heap series, books by Shannon Hale
Aza was abandoned as an infant at the Featherbed Inn and adopted by the innkeeper and his wife. Though loved by her family, Aza is ashamed of her weight and perceived ugliness, particularly since the kingdom of Ayortha is one that prizes beauty and song above all other virtues. Shunned by many of the guests, Aza enjoys solitude and occasionally the company of the gnomes that sometimes stay at the inn, including one that prophesies that in the future they'll meet again underground at a time when Aza will be in grave danger.
A change in the routine of life comes when a noblewoman in need of a lady's maid convinces Aza to attend the marriage of King Oscaro and his young commoner wife Ivi. Through a sequence of events, Aza finds herself in way over her head when she's made lady-in-waiting to the new Queen Ivi, who wants to exploit her talent of throwing her voice (what Aza calls "illusing") in order to make it appear as though she herself is a gifted singer.
What follows is a fairly loose retelling of "Snow White", with several good ideas on adapting fairytale to fit Aza's personal story, including a more sympathetic wicked queen, a unique interpretation of the magic mirror, gnomes in place of the seven dwarfs, and even a funny twist on the poisoned apple (it turns out Aza doesn't like apples all that much).Read more ›
Aza's life changes when a special talent catches the new queen's eye. Asked to be the queen's lady-in-waiting, Aza is thrilled--until she learns the price she must pay. Trapped in a deal she dare not break, Aza will face love and danger, and a chance to gain the beauty she always wished she had. In order to find her way, Aza will risk everything she has, and more.
Levine has created a fresh interpretation to the Snow White story. Set in the world of ELLA ENCHANTED, FAIREST introduces us to a young heroine who is forced to rely on her talents and wit where other girls would use their pretty faces. Aza is strong, yet fallible, as she embarks on an adventure beyond anything she ever imagined. Her character is wonderfully realized within Levine's vivid world.
FAIREST provides girls and young women a strong message of self-worth. As they say, beauty is skin (or voice) deep. It is a person's character that counts, and girls are perfectly capable of handling their own problems--or accepting help when they need it. Aza does both in this story. She learns to stand up for herself and what's right, but she also finds out when it's wise to let others help.
As great as this novel is, the ending is wrapped up a little too neat. The villain of the story doesn't seem to get the sort of punishment that they seem to deserve, although this is an issue discussed at one point. Some other loose ends are left dangling at the end of the book, but perhaps this is a lead-in to more modern fairy tales.
I highly recommend this book for girls aged eight and up.Read more ›
I really wanted to love this book. But I couldn't even stomach it most of the time. First of all, there was the obsession that the main character had with her looks. Every other sentence has something about her being "ugly". Either she's saying it to herself or someone else is saying it about her because it's understood that she's not good looking. The main character, on the other hand, is well known for having a beautiful voice. All the sentences that don't harp on her (bad) looks go into detail about her beautiful voice. (It makes one wonder what would happen to a character in that world who - HORRORS - doesn't have a beautiful voice or a great face.)
The Prince Charming of the book is also quite unlikable. Well, the reader is supposed to like him, but I found it difficult to like a hero who so readily turns his back on his 'beloved' - even when it means she will be imprisoned. And, then, when he sends her a letter asking her to forgive him, the heroine does it so easily that it's almost offensive to the reader that we're expected to just go along with it. I couldn't help but think that Ella of Frell would have kicked his rear end.
When I wasn't annoyed and turned off by the horrible characters, I was irritated by the inclusion of a song every two seconds. And they weren't even GOOD songs. So, I found myself skimming through most of the songs and that accounts for - at least - 50% of the book.
In short: If you must read, please get it from a library. I actually bought mine from a used bookstore at half off and I regret even spending that much.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This new take on the Snow White story is a bit darker than Ella Enchanted but still funny. Dealing with betrayal, self-worth, and the true meaning of beauty, Fairest is a great... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kelsey McAtee
I was disappointed about Fairest. Ella Enchanted was an amazing book. But Fairest was a love story which was not at all like Ella Enchanted. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah Hutchings
I listened to this instead of reading it. The full Cast Audio production is AMAZING! They actually sing all the songs. I was humming them afterwards. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kylara Jensen
i have read this book at least a dozen times and it is just amazing. i work in a kids store and recomend it all the time. it is truly a spell binding book.Published 3 months ago by JazParks
I read this once when I was about 10. I've come back to it at 21, and it's still heart-wrenchingly relatable and has every bit of the whimsy it did all those years ago. 5/5.Published 3 months ago by Mariah Martinez
This was a great book, i loved how instead of the run of the mill,beautiful princess we have a ugly,fat, innkeepers daughter,who looks like the wicked stepsister but acts like a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
I love Ella Enchanted. I love the plot, Ella, Char and Arieda. I guess I am not being fair, putting these two books together and comparing them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gabie Kim♥books
This book is okay but I really dislike the characters. I mean, if Ijori really loved Aza, then why did he turn on her? Read morePublished 4 months ago by W. Jeon
I love this book. It has a good message and a interesting heroine. It is great to see a story about someone who is not considered the beauty at the ball and who is dealing with... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robin