Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to be pretty . . .
Aza's singing is the fairest in all the land, and the most unusual. She can "throw"t her voice so it seems to come from anywhere. But singing is only one of the two qualities prized in the Kingdom of Ayortha. Aza doesn't possess the other: beauty. Not even close. She's hidden in the shadows in her parents' inn, but when she becomes lady-in-waiting to the new queen, she has to step into the light—especially when the queen demands a dangerous favor. A magic mirror, a charming prince, a jealous queen, palace intrigue, and an injured king twine into a maze that Aza must penetrate to save herself and her beloved kingdom.
I love Gail Carson Levine. I've read most of her work and so when I started my Fairy Tale Party which involves people referring me to versions of Snow White and Fairest was said, I was shocked. I've already read Fairest and yet, never before had I realized that it was a re-telling of Snow White.
Fairest is a fun, lovely, song filled story of a girl who is considered ugly. She longs for her outward appearance to be as beautiful as her voice. This is a beautiful re-telling (or Fractured Fairy tale, depending on how you look at it.) of Snow White and one that I definitely recommend.
Over all, I give Fairest 3.5 music notes. (Which really works for this book because it is all about singing).