Trailer Å Fairest PDF by ☆ Gail Carson Levine Sequel to the Newberry Honor Award winning Ella Enchanted and a retelling of Snow White, completely its own, Gail Carson Levine s Fairest tells the story of Aza a young woman with hideous looks yet a voice to make up for them abandoned at an inn when she was a child.
I really enjoyed Ella Enchanted, so I had rather high expectations for Fairest Though the beginning and end were both rather slow, Gail s tasteful writing and curious plot in between helped to make up for it I greatly admire how Gail can so boldly weave unique cultures and intricate languages into her stories The characters, I had a hard time coping with Aza s battle with discovering inner beauty was certainly relate able, but I didn t feel like she truly struggled with it at least enough to make me empathize much with her.
I also felt no connection to Ijori, Ivi, Areida, or many of the main characters the character I enjoyed the most was probably zhamH Random comment Gnome Caverns sound like so much fun The setting was good, but I rather wish there had been description As interesting as Ayortha s musical culture was, it wasn t enough to make me fall in love with the kingdom.
I do think I d recommend this book, though likely so after one s read Ella Enchanted, so they d have a better knowledge of the setting Fairest makes for a fun little read, and would probably be enjoyed most by pre teen girls You may want to know There is kissing and mild fantasy violence, along with some magical elements.
It was really hard for me to decide between 4 and 5 stars I wish I could give it 4 1 2 Fairest takes place in the same world as Ella Enchanted, and has one or 2 characters from that book, which is excellent, because that book is one of my most favorites In fact, this world seemed instantly recognizable, after reading Ella Enchanted It was like revisiting that book, in a way.
It s a take on Snow White, but only in the loosest of ways, and only after 200 pages That s the area that I wanted to give 4 starsor even less The story is about a girl named Aza who is found as a baby by owners of an inn She is different looking than everyone else around her, and she finds herself very ugly Think Snow White s appearance, but in a world that doesn t appreciate that asthetic She also lives in a world that loves singing Singing for any reason, and sometimes no reason At this she excels, and in fact discovers she has a gift of throwing her singing voice A dame visiting the inn decides to take Aza to the castle, to be her lady in waiting She s going to the castle because the King is getting married to an out of towner, who can t sing When the new Queen discovers Aza s gift of throwing her singing voice, she hires her as her lady in waiting, and binds them together with a secretwhether Aza likes it or not As long as that took to describe, that s only about the first 50 or so pages Sounds nothing like Snow White, right Whereas Ella Enchanted was so brilliant because it answered a question that Cinderella left in a totally plausible way, i.
e why does Cinderella humble herself by working as a servant for her evil mother in law Because she has to do what anyone commands her to That just makes sense But, in this story ah The story Snow White is the way it is because she can throw her singing voice It didn t fit in the traditional story, and didn t add anything to it I would have prefered if Fairest had been an original story, rather than trying to be a retelling of Snow White The connection to the classic story made this story worse, whereas the connection to Cinderella made Ella Enchanted better.
Another reason that I wanted to give it less than 5 stars is because there are a lot of songs in the book It s a world that loves singing, and the author made up songs for itbut most of them are just STRANGE Due to my years of choir experience, I tried to figure out their melody as I read them, but the number of syllables changed constantly, so that was impossible In addition to that the lyrics of most of the songs are very weird.
As for why I wanted to give it than 4 starsit s just a great enjoyable read It was great being in Ella Enchanted s world again I didn t want to stop reading It was a great romance, very adventurous, funny, a good sense of character, and after I finished, I wished there was All the signs of a good book which is why I m torn 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 IsAges The title of this book suggests that the story would be a fantastic tale about a beautiful young girl in distress who is the Fairest of all waiting to be scooped away by a fine handsome prince But that is not the story of this book at all which makes it really unique especially that the title totally negates the actual description of the main character and of the main conflict of the story I liked that the main character is not those stereotypical female heroines in fantasies I also like that there are no total makeovers done in the character despite her imperfect physical characteristics.
Snow White but so much When I picked up this volume I was unaware of the ties to Ella Enchanted so I giggled maniacally when I came to mentions of Sir Peter of Frell and Areida I love Ella but I feel like with Aza there is so much like Levine simply stepped everthing up a notch I think people tend to see fairy tales as having to be about the pretty princess getting the handsome prince and happily ever after, but personally I love fairytales because they can call into question what is beauty What is friendship What is love What is happiness And they ask these questions in a way that makes you see the story as if there was a fun house mirror but it has been taken away Aza has a beautiful voice and a beautiful spirit but physically she is nothing to be admired She gets swept away from the Inn of those who raised her to the castle and there meets the beautiful new queen who is her polar opposite, only attractive on the outside or so it seems The prince has ears that are too big and a saucy hound by the name of Oochoo In this tale of magic and mystery things are not hardly ever as they seem, they are never as they seem.
Snow White is a story that doesn t necessarily appeal to me It s about beauty and jealousy and the cliche evil stepmother That is not what this book is about Fairest is an incredibly subvervise retelling The main character is not beautiful, and the queen is not jealous of her beauty Aza s most praised quality is her beautiful singing voice She s not a flawless, saintly character either I like the message sent here around beauty, that everyone is beautiful to someone Snow White has such an emphasis on beauty, and it was nice to see that subverted VERDICT Gail Carson Levine s retellings are truly so amazing, and I m so glad I read these as a kid Definitely recommended to preteens, although maybe not quite as much as Ella Enchanted.
Once I started to read this I couldn t stop it took me two days to read it and it was good Fairest by Gail Carson Levine is a Fiction book and is told in first person Fairy Lucinda has done it again but instead of having a gift to obey like in Ella Enchanted this time it s a magic mirror Ever since Aza was left on her adoptive parents doorstep as a baby, she s been a mystery She is plain looking, with large bones, pale white skin, ruby red lips, a big sphere of a face and round button eyes For all this, though, she makes up with a beautiful, even magical voice In the kingdom of Ayortha, music and singing are prized among all other gifts, sometimes they sing for no reason which I didn t get, and Aza has the most beautiful voice in her whole region What Aza has that all other Ayorthaians don t have, is the gift of illusing, of throwing one s voice and mimicking the song or speech of almost any other person, which she invented by starting to hiccup Growing up in a happy, caring family and helping to run the family s Featherbed Inn Aza wants to be beautiful Through a series of events, Aza is chosen to go with a duchess to the marriage of King Oscaro to a foreign princess, her quiet life will change forever Shortly after Aza arrives, King Oscaro becomes injured ny getting hit by an iron ring, making his teenaged bride the ruler of Ayortha When Queen Ivi becomes aware of Aza s power of illusing, she secretly tells Aza to use her voice when Ivi , who can t sing, must perform at the high profile courtly Sings Soon, Ivi, directed by some mysterious advisor lets her power of being Queen go to her head, as she abuses her crown and takes away many Ayorthaian rights and privileges Anyway, Aza falls in love with the Prince Ijori and Prince Ijori falls in love with het too, not caring that she is ugly I soon found out that the magic mirror made queen Ivi prettier but she was already pretty At the end Queen Ivi is exiled from her crown and Prince Ijori and Aza get marriend and live happily ever after The author s purpose in this book was to send a message about the value of inner beauty and that it shouldn t matter what somebody looks on the outside and also to entertain us in another Great book by Levine This book is supposed to be like Snow White but interesting It s also romantic which I like I am a great Gail Carson Levine fan for her books So you would already know that I like this book I would recommend this book to anyone definitely because its just good if you have read Ella Enchanted you can see that these to books are great and interesting Like a lot of fairy tale books I read I like then end because good always wins and they live happily ever after like in this book and almost in every other fairy tale book I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars because once I started to read it I couldn t stop, even at school in classes the teachers would tell me to put it up It kept me entertained just like Ella Enchanted did.
I don t love Fairest as much as Ella Enchanted, but I still find this is one of those classic fairy tale retellings that deserves repeated reads I ve read this one quite a few times but apparently it never occurred to me how much of a Snow White retelling it really is And how young Aza is 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 different 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.
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 Perhaps But I call it an inconsistency because Aza was not only unlovely, but almost unlovable Many wonderful heroines are not particularly beautiful Jane Eyre, Jo March, Anne Shirley, Princess Amy, etc , but they have wit, strength, courage, charm, or passion that makes them remarkable 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 exasperating Her amazing voice and ability to compose music are impressive to him I suppose, and her ability to make him laugh was apparently importantbut he lives in Ayortha, where almost everyone sings and composes well, and he was called merry, smiling, and laughing long before Aza captured his heart 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 realistic antagonist thanLucinda 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 Unfortunately, it didn t fit her character at all Lucinda loves attention and admiration she would never visit the bride alone and give the gifts with absolutely no ceremony or a huge crowd of people around and why would she give a potion of disguise to someone she was making beautiful , and it even discredits her change of heart that comes at the end of Ella It was a total cop out.
Last of all, it was predictable Not just in the way that all fairy tales are rather predictable, but in the way that makes the book really boring because the main character is being such a blind fool, predictable Besides the fact that it was clean, there is nothing in this book to recommend.