In a land where beauty means everything, Aza finds herself lacking in every way possible. Her only redeeming quality is the beauty in her voice. If on...moreIn a land where beauty means everything, Aza finds herself lacking in every way possible. Her only redeeming quality is the beauty in her voice. If only her singing reflected what others saw when they looked upon her face. She spends most of her time trying to hide her face from the staring eyes of guests at her parent’s inn. Singing is the only beauty Aza finds in herself, and she sings often while she is working at the inn. She discovers that she can “throw” her voice and make it appear as though it came from another place in the room! She tries to teach her family her new trick but no one else is successful.
A Duchess passing through the inn on her way to the King’s wedding invites Aza to come as her maid. While at the castle the new Queen discovers Aza’s talent in “throwing” her voice and insists that Aza stay at the castle and become a lady in waiting, so that the Queen can use Aza’s voice as her own. When the King is injured, the young Queen is hungry for power and the kingdom is soon threatened to fall apart as well as Aza along with it.
I have heard great things about Levine as a writer so when I had a chance to read Fairest I jumped at it! And I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed! I loved the fairy tale setting and the story telling quality of Levin’s writing. The plot was faced paced and Aza’s growth within the novel is believable. Aza isn’t your typical heroine and that made the story so much more enjoyable. I loved that the book tackled the issue of beauty, which is something that I know I struggle with as well. I’m looking forward to reading more of Levine’s works in the future! (less)
got the board book for baby girl. she loves reading this one, but she loves be read to! i like this one because i work in the dental field so i'm all...moregot the board book for baby girl. she loves reading this one, but she loves be read to! i like this one because i work in the dental field so i'm all about teeth! and you gotta love Dr. Seuss! (less)
Found this one in all my stuff at mom & dad's! Reaffirms that I was a mythology nut even as a kid. (Here I thought I might have been imagining it...moreFound this one in all my stuff at mom & dad's! Reaffirms that I was a mythology nut even as a kid. (Here I thought I might have been imagining it all.)
I must have gotten this one from a scholastic book fair... or perhaps one of the flyers they sent home selling books. Seems like I always had a list a mile long of the books I wanted!
This is a great book for children or really for whoever! It's an easy way to lean about the norse myths... about Odin and Thor and Loki and all the gods and goddesses! My favorite story is The Marriage of the Ice Maiden!
A great book for my growing mythology collection! (less)
I've been wanting to read this book forever and I finally got the chance to sit down and read it. I loved the fairy tale Cinderella twist. Plus you ha...moreI've been wanting to read this book forever and I finally got the chance to sit down and read it. I loved the fairy tale Cinderella twist. Plus you have to love a happy ending.
Lucy has moved to Long Island from San Francisco, to live with her new step-mother and two step-sisters. While her father remains on the west coast working on a big case. Lucy isn't exactly enjoying living with her new "family" alone. She doesn't really have any friends at school, okay she doesn't have any friends, actually.
Luckily for Lucy her knowledge for basketball helps her catch the attention of senior basketball superstar and hottie, Conner Pearson. Then suddenly everyone wants to be her friend. And even though it seems that her life is turning into a fairy tale at home everything is still difficult. Then to confuse matters even worse she finds her self connecting with the artistic Sam, and wishing her conversations with Conner had such substance,
As her family issues start to resolve, Lucy finds her fairy tale taking on a whole new direction. Maybe her stepmother isn’t so wicked after all, and maybe her prince charming isn’t who she thought it would be.
Any fan of Cinderella will love this book. It is an equal balance of romance, teen angst and real life. Some parts are a little unrealistic, such as the going from a zero to popularity princess in two seconds flat. But overall the story was light and enjoyable.(less)
There have been reviews for this book all over the place, well now it’s my turn! First off, I just want to express my concern that some readers have b...moreThere have been reviews for this book all over the place, well now it’s my turn! First off, I just want to express my concern that some readers have been surprised that there is sex in this book. Number one: It’s called “Anatomy of a Boyfriend,” number two: there is a naked man-doll on the cover, number three: are there still really people out there that think teens don’t have sex? Let me throw this little factoid at you, nearly half (46%) of all 15-19-year-olds in the United States have had sex at least once. If you don’t believe me check out Guttmacher.org.
Now that I’ve aired that out. I only wish I would have had something like this to read when I was a teen. Thankfully I have an extraordinary mother that was there for me. The only sex talk my mother ever received growing up was that sex was a dirty, nasty, thing that you only did with the one your love. I guess she didn’t want me to grow up with that same warped view on sex. I’m not condoning or condemning teen sex, but I think that having information available and books like this are absolutely necessary.
Okay seriously I’m off of my soap box now, and on to the review. It’s probably obvious that I liked this book, I enjoyed reading it. It was a great story and I’m sure that is some ways it parallels the first love that many of us have experienced. The only thing that bothered me, and I know I’m not alone in this, is there wasn’t enough “love story” for me. I didn’t see the how of why these two feel in love, or really why Dom fell in love with Wes. Had that aspect been fully represented I think that this read would have been even better.
However the actual depiction of the relationship, was totally believable! The highs, the lows and everything in between. The characters had sex yes, but they did have safe sex. The sex scenes themselves, while they were graphic, never crossed the line of becoming phony or smutty. It’s authentic, maybe that’s why I liked it so much. And probably also because The Princess Bride is my all time favorite movie. (less)
This was the first book I received after I announced my pregnancy, so it holds a special place for us! Plus it's an adorable book. I also received the...moreThis was the first book I received after I announced my pregnancy, so it holds a special place for us! Plus it's an adorable book. I also received the baby book and bought the soft crinkle version of the book too! (less)