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Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
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Feb 01, 11

bookshelves: juvenile
Read in January, 2007

Aza is not beautiful, and it makes her very self conscious around her parents' guests at the inn. Aza actually is adopted, so her heritage is a bit of a mystery. Her life changes when she's asked to accompany the duchess to the palace for the king's wedding, as the duchess's maid fell ill. Aza is thrilled to see the king and listen to the court music (the land is known for its singing and music). While there, Aza meets the prince, becomes friends with the queen and learns of the queen's terrible secret. The king is wounded in an accident, and Queen Ivi takes Aza on as her lady-in-waiting. But the queen is jealous and guided by a mysterious advisor, and eventually, Aza finds herself in serious trouble.

This is a Snow White tale, and is every bit intriguing as Ella Enchanted. The story is very fast paced and readers will be very curious to know what happens to Aza. It was fun to pick out the parts that were directly related to the original Snow White, and Levine has perhaps made the main character even more lovable than the Disney version. There is action, romance, intrigue and fantasy wrapped up in this tale, so there's a little bit of something for everyone. Part of me wished her writing style could be a littler cleaner and kicked up a notch, but overall, this was an enjoyable read, and kids will enjoy her to no end.

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